When renting a coach bus or charter bus, it can never hurt to ask yourself, as well as your group, enough questions to iron out the important details and information. Planning a charter bus trip — whether for a sporting event, company event or retreat, or another large group event — requires gathering a lot of information, as well as careful and thoughtful planning. In addition, finding the right charter bus company is essential for a positive trip experience. In this quick guide, we gathered 10 helpful questions to ask yourself and those in your group, as well as your local charter bus company.
1. Where Is The Destination?
If you are interested in renting a charter bus, you obviously have a trip and destination in mind. However, you would be surprised by how destinations can change once a large group of people is trying to decide where to go. Be sure to choose a destination that everyone agrees upon. Be sure to do the proper research to ensure all the details are figured out. Once the destination is confirmed, you can move forward with planning.
2. How Many People Are Attending?
Whether you are going on a corporate trip or taking a bus trip to casinos, getting a headcount is essential as the charter bus size can vary depending on group size. Try to get a sure headcount before booking your bus rental.
3. What Are The Different Bus Sizes Available
The sizes of charter bus rentals can vary, depending on the rental bus company. A minibus rental can usually accommodate around 28 to 37 passengers, while charter buses and motor coach rentals can often fit greater numbers, typically between 47 and 56 passengers. Additionally, the size of the charter bus, the number of travel days, and destination are often reflected in the overall travel costs.
4. What Is The Best Bus Charter Company?
The best charter bus company in San Francisco can vary from the one in Seattle as well as the rest of the nation. Assuming you have a confirmed destination and group size, you can start getting charter bus quotes from bus rental companies nearby. For additional help on choosing a company to work with, check out our tips for choosing charter services.
5. What Amenities Are Available?
Again, the amenities inside a charter bus can vary depending on the company. Some bus rental companies have a more luxurious interior and amenities than others. Some amenities to look for are:
- Reclining Seats With Plenty Of Legroom
- Adjustable Foot Rests
- Spacious Restrooms
- A/C and Heating
- Carry-On Storage
- Electrical Outlets
- TV Monitors
What Can I Bring On A Charter Bus?
If your trip involves bringing items onboard, be sure that it gets the green light from the charter bus company you are working with. Some bus companies will allow you to bring coolers with food and drinks. Some companies will limit the amount of bags that can be brought on. If there is an item you are unsure about, always be sure to ask the bus company for approval.
Are Any Special Accommodations Needed?
If there are members in your group who require special accommodations, such as wheelchair accessibility, oxygen tank, or other handicap provisions, be sure to consult with the charter bus company about their ability to accommodate your group’s needs.
What Is The Cost Of The Trip?
Again, the bus or coach company you choose to work with will determine the cost associated with the trip. Make sure that the company works with you to ensure you understand all of the charges and possible charges that may be incurred during the trip. Professional bus companies should be able to give you a total estimated cost for your trip with the exception of tolls, parking, and other variable fees.
By answering these questions, you and your group will be more likely to enjoy your charter bus rental experience for your trip. Renting a charter bus for a group trip, company business trip, or another occasion can save you time, hassle, and money.
At Professional Charter Services, we can provide your group with reliable transportation. Our services are available for numerous tours, events, trips, and more! Instead of having to deal with stressful traffic, let our professional and experienced bus drivers take your group to your desired destination.