Bus transportation has long been a fantastic method of getting people around, but the story of buses goes back way further than the invention of automobiles. In fact, people have turned to buses as a reliable mode of transportation for the better part of 200 years!

Professional Charter Services is proud to provide the best charter bus services and bus rental in all of Northern California, and we are extremely grateful to the technological advancements that led to us being here today. From corporate commuter shuttles to intercampus shuttles and bus rentals, we support the transportation needs for any need.

As you might have noticed from our previous blog post, we also happen to enjoy a little history. So let’s take a peek back in time and learn just how we all ended up with the amazing bus transportation we have today!

Omnibus

As the Industrial Revolution roared on, people began to migrate from rural areas and their traditional careers and farmers or ranchers, and moved into urban cities searching for work and opportunity. As populations grew in cities, there needed to be a bus transportation solution.

At A Glance:

  • Created in the early 1800s
  • Horse-drawn carriages designed to hold 8-10 people
  • Terribly uncomfortable when riding on old cobblestone streets

This was well before automobiles and personal cars, so omnibuses were invented. Essentially, they were large carriages pulled by horses. Some had multiple stories and the biggest held 42 people pulled by three large horses! Unfortunately, they were extremely cramped and uncomfortable as they bumped along largely cobblestone roadways in the 1820s.

Horsecar

The next decade saw the advancement of bus transportation technology, taking the carriages and placing them on railways for the first rail-based transit system. The tracks made the trips far more smooth and comfortable and reduced the weight for the horses thanks to reduced friction.

At A Glance:

  • Similar to omnibus, but pulled on rails, the first of its kind
  • Much more comfortable rides on smooth rails
  • Horses got tired, or sick, and couldn’t keep up with the workload

Customers could ride these old-school buses for as little as 5 cents, making them more or less available to the middle-class workers residing in the cities so they could commute to work and back home easily. However, there were still traffic jams, the horses left behind manure and spread equine flu.

Cable Car

By the late 1800s, innovation was really starting to take off and bus transportation moved away from the need for horse labor. Instead, people used cables in the tracks to pull the carriages along, making them quicker and more reliable than tired or sickly horses.

At A Glance:

  • First appeared in the 1870s
  • Eliminated the need for horses with cables drawing the carriage
  • Were relatively fast, but very unsafe as cable often snapped

In fact, the first cable car system was in San Francisco! It was tested in 1873 and was intended to fix the challenge of navigating the city’s hills. But innovation was often favored over safety and cable cars were frequently dangerous modes of transportation as the cables snapped, which was less than ideal halfway up a hill.

Streetcar

A safer alternative to cable cars (which soon went out of fashion due to their hazards), streetcars instead relied on an electric cable system above the carriage itself to pull them along the railways.

At A Glance:

  • Carriages were pulled by lines above the roads as opposed to beneath
  • Gave citizens easy, safer bus transportation to and from work
  • Eventually placed underground for a subway system still in use today

They were able to use the existing infrastructure, keeping implementation costs relatively low and quickly streetcars were the best way to travel cities. Fewer people than ever stopped walking, and because travel was so easy, people began leaving city centers in favor of nicer suburbs and commuting into town for work.

Rapid Transit

Streetcars, as great as they were up to that point, still rode around on busy streets and had to deal with traffic and congestion, making commute times slow and unpredictable. So naturally, people looked at putting them above the roadways — and below them.

At A Glance:

  • Elevated or underground rail systems
  • Were faster and could avoid traffic conditions
  • Expensive to build and implement and couldn’t make route adjustments

Chicago built the L-Train above its roads in 1892 (and it continues to run to this day), while Boston became the first city to utilize a subway in 1897. Subways didn’t have to stop for poor weather and conditions, unlike its above-road sister. But it was expensive to build them and they had set routes, with no room for minor adjustments as needs changed.

Modern Bus Transportation

Once automobiles were invented and implemented more regularly in the early 20th century, people began using roads more frequently again and bus transportation as we know it today began to form.

At A Glance:

  • Made for better street travel as use of roads increased following automobiles
  • Additional comfort with individual seats
  • Could travel anywhere with no need for rails or cables

Not everybody could own a car, or in big cities, wanted to deal with parking and other traffic-related issues, so public bus systems were adopted in practically every town in the world. In huge cities like San Francisco, even if you have a car, getting to work can be a pain. Parking is extremely pricey and annoying, so using a shuttle service became great options for getting to work effectively.

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Thankfully, we’ve all come such a long way in both comfort and safety over the last 200 years of bus transportation. The thought of bumping around the whole trip sounds truly horrifying. But we would never let that happen to you!

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Close your eyes for a moment and try to picture this: You have to navigate just a single day in your life without modern transportation. No car, no bus charter, no train. How long would it take? Hours? An entire day? Maybe longer?

OK, open your eyes. It’s simply too terrifying to even imagine. Whether you live in a rural area or a big city like we have in Northern California, trying to get around without so much as bus transportation would be a nightmare. Thankfully, it’s not a concern nowadays, but for thousands of years throughout human history, transportation was a chore. One which inspired some of our greatest technological advancements.

To honor those pioneers — and perhaps to make us all appreciate modern technology a bit more — Professional Charter Services brings to you a brief history of transportation. Be thankful you don’t have to use many of these methods anymore and schedule your bus rental today!

Ancient Transportation

Back in the earliest days of human existence, the world was vast and infinite. Yet at the same time, our known universe had never been smaller because transportation was in its infancy. People were limited to the small area they could get to and this is the time in history we begin!

Walk This Way

Before any other mode of transportation was discovered, or created, we were stuck to doing it all ourselves. Groups of humans in the ancient world were nomadic by nature in order to survive, walking everywhere in pursuit of food, shelter and a better life. Which of us would even willingly walk across the Golden Gate Bridge?? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

Float Your Boat

As we continued to expand ever outward across the landscape, people ran into water obstacles where walking and riding would do no good. So we put those developing brains to use and found a way. Yay for human ingenuity! Canoes and rafts are the oldest known water transports, dating back nearly 9,000 years ago. Egyptians invented sailboats, and later on, wooden ships for trade!

Horsin’ Around

Well, it didn’t take our ancient ancestors long to figure out it was better to have animals do the walking for them. As humans began domesticating the creatures in their environment (somewhere around 4000 to 3000 BC), distance became less of an issue and we spread out. Donkeys and horses were popular and camels were sort of like the bus charter for desert climates!

Progressive Transportation

As mankind became more technologically advanced and curious about the world around them, transportation naturally had to keep up. Every need demanded an answer and so we began to work our way up to bus transportation (OK, OK, very slowly admittedly), starting with one of our most important inventions in history!

Wheel Innovative

Archaeologists discovered the first evidence of the wheel tracing back to roughly 3500 BC and began finding them all across the old world! Obviously, not everybody had #TheWheel trending on Twitter back then, so it’s pretty cool that all these groups of people created their own version of the same transportation independently! The wheel not only made transportation easier, but quicker and allowed us to take more stuff!

Road Warriors

With the wheel unlocking tremendous transportation potential, more people than ever were now migrating around the known world and beyond. Because of this, it became apparent for infrastructure to facilitate ease and safety in travel. The Romans perfected this by using their vast wealth and technology to build roads, which spanned from Europe to Asia!

Shuttle Transportation

Romans were true innovative giants and pushed transportation forward with advanced ships that could carry lots of people (usually for war) and cargo for trade to further increase their wealth and power. Guess that’s how they dominated Earth for more than a thousand years!

Blowin’ Hot Air

The fall of the Roman Empire brought the world into an era of darkness for technology (the Middle Ages), which lasted for hundreds of years until at last technology, and transportation, blossomed again during the Renaissance. While not a functional mode of transportation, hot air balloons were invented in the 1700s and gave us our first taste of air travel!

Powered Transportation

Finally! Bus transportation as we know it is just around the corner. But first, people pushed forward into the Industrial Revolution, where machine technology really took off. Steam engine technology developed around the start of the 1800s, our first step towards automobiles!

Full Steam Ahead

The Wyatt steam engine changed the game in 1769, powering boats at great speeds in Europe. But great as they were, people were not quick to adopt steamboats for transportation. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that a New York City inventor made steam travel feasible by water, clocking in at a whopping five miles per hour!

Establishing (Loco)motive

With the expansion of America to the west, efficient means of travel across and now huge U.S. was critical. A great push was needed and trains were the way to make it happen. Rival inventors competed to make the best steam engine and so locomotives took off and unlocked the West!

On The Road Again

Yes, we’ve done it! Well, sort of. The first combustion engine was invented in 1858, but they were extremely heavy and impractical. The first real car was the 1901 Mercedes, but in America, Henry Ford and William Durant (General Motors founder) were making them accessible. The Model T by Ford could be produced quickly (relative to the time) and so cars were more affordable by the early 1900s. It would take years still for cars to become commonplace, but bus transportation gave all people the chance to ride in an automobile by the mid-20th century!

Modern Transportation

The invention of the combustion engine changed transportation forever as we continued to push them to the limit and find new ways in which they could be used. Land travel was fun and all (and we still contend bus transportation is the best!), but the sky was so tempting, so we took off!

The Plane, The Plane!

Orville and Wilbur Wright ditched bikes for aircraft in the early 1900s and beat the competition racing for the fame of first air travel by taking off officially in 1903, the world’s first airplane. Within just 15 years, air travel expanded to military uses, cargo transportation and eventually to passenger aircraft. It was expensive, and certainly dangerous at times, but looking at the world from on high was a rush worth the risk!

Fly Me To The Moon

We end with a nod to the future. Space was an obsession during the height of the Cold War as the U.S. and Soviet Union scramble to own the world beyond our own, beginning with Russian Sputnik in 1957 and the first person to touch something other than Earth with Neil Armstrong taking one giant leap for mankind via his small step onto the surface of the Moon in 1969. Perhaps one day, we’ll all be so lucky to experience space (safely!) as well.

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So maaaybe riding a horse to work every once in awhile could be a little fun, albeit in Northern California, slightly more terrifying than travelling already is here. Let’s be thankful we all have so many options at our disposal.

If you need corporate commuter shuttle services, employee transportation or simply need to rent a bus, then give Professional Charter Services a call today! We believe in comfort, reliability and cost-effective bus transportation for any situation, so that’s exactly what we provide you!

When it comes to public transportation, public buses, especially in major cities, like San Francisco, tend to be crowded, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. However, unlike public transportation, these qualities do not exist when it comes to a charter bus rental. Renting a charter bus for your group is a much more convenient and efficient option than taking separate vehicles, and it’s also a much more viable option when compared to public transportation. Charter buses are equipped with amenities that can make it easy to forget you are riding on a bus.

At Professional Charter Services, our charter bus fleet is packed with amenities, such as reclining seats, adjustable head- and footrests, and on-board, spacious restrooms. Additionally, some of our buses are equipped with free WiFi, and in today’s blog, we are going to review some of the underestimated benefits of renting a charter bus with wifi.

Endless Entertainment

The internet is full of entertainment, but of course, you know that. From catching up on the news to posting on social media or streaming your favorite TV shows, being able to connect to WiFi on a charter bus is very beneficial. With all this entertainment in the palm of your hand, your bus ride will be over before you know it!

Increased Productivity

Using a charter bus rental for corporate commuter shuttle services? With wifi, your employees can connect to the internet and catch up on work or respond to emails. With internet accessibility, the transition between your commute and your next meeting will be seamless. Forget about driving to work or meetings yourself; take the time to relax in the comfort of a charter bus rental while catching up on work by using our free WiFi.

Convenience

In general, one of the major benefits of a charter bus rental is convenience. But by knowing your rental has access to free WiFi during your commute allows you to be proactive and bring a laptop or tablet and prepare work or entertainment-related activities. However you look at it, taking advantage of free charter bus WiFi services during your work commute or on your way to an event is a great way to multitask and ensure you have everything ready for your trip. And, because many of our buses that are equipped with WiFi also have electrical outlets to ensure that your laptops and personal devices remain charged during your trip, you won’t even need to worry about preserving battery life or bringing a spare power source. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Before you rent a charter bus, it is important to be aware of your group’s technological needs. More likely than not, choosing a bus rental with WiFi is a choice that will not be regretted! At Professional Charter Services, many of the bus rentals in our fleet have free WiFi, making your trip or commute more enjoyable and comfortable than ever before. If you are interested in booking a charter bus rental or would like to receive a free estimate, contact our friendly representatives today!

According to a study, football is still America’s favorite sport to watch. And, there’s no experience quite like watching your favorite collegiate or professional football teams play from the seats of their stadium. From tailgating to cheering and jeering in the seat among fellow die-hards, there are plenty of benefits to making the trip to the stadium to catch some gridiron action. However, actually traveling to and from the game can be a hassle. Between, fighting traffic, finding — and paying for — a parking space, and walking numerous blocks just to arrive close to the stadium, it may not seem worth the inconvenience.

However, with a charter bus rental, traveling to a football game this season is a much more convenient option. In this blog, we are going to share why traveling to watch your favorite team play is much more convenient when you take a charter bus.

A Professional Driver

Nothing is more relieving than not having to deal with the stress of game day traffic. However, when you and your group travel to a football game by charter bus, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself while a professional bus driver handles the logistics to ensure you arrive at the event planned. Even if your destination is far away or difficult to get to, you and your guests won’t have to deal with heavy traffic, rush hour delays, or confusing directions. At Professional Charter Services, all of our drivers are professionally trained and receive ongoing training and testing to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Plus, they know the best routes to take to put your mind at ease so you can relax during travel.

No Need For A Parking Spot

When it comes to game day frustrations, finding a parking spot is often at the top of the list. Not only do you typically have to pay outrageous fees to be able to park your car, but you also have to walk multiple blocks just to get to the stadium — something you don’t want to do on a hot California day. Not to mention, leaving your vehicle in these lots can leave them susceptible to theft and damage. However, with a charter bus rental, you don’t have to worry about the stresses of finding a good parking spot. Oftentimes, the driver will be able to drop you off right at the stadium and pick you up in a similar location afterward. Plus, any items and belongings left on board during the event will be secure from theft or damage.

Saves Money

If you are traveling with a group to a football game, it can actually be a more cost-effective option than taking individual cars and paying for separate parking sports. When the cost of a charter bus rental is divided among each individual onboard, you can actually save money as it is typically less expensive per person for bus charter travel. You’ll be surprised by how much less the cost is than what you originally thought, and how it is less than other modes of transportation.

Onboard Entertainment and Fun

When taking a charter bus to a game, you get a luxury experience. Not only are these buses equipped with comfortable reclining seats, but they also are equipped with audio systems and DVD players with color monitors. You can crank up the tunes, put on a movie or last year’s playoff game to get ready for the big game! Not to mention, many charter buses allow you to eat and drink on the way there, so you can ensure you properly prepare for the upcoming game.

Comfortable Transportation Method

A few hours of cheering and enjoying camaraderie with fellow fans can leave you exhausted, and nothing is worse than having to get into an uncomfortable car that is packed with people, only to be stuck in traffic for who knows how long. But with a charter bus rental, you can relax in the luxurious, spacious seats equipped with footrests after the game. Plus, with climate and lighting control, you can create the perfect setting to unwind in. Additional coach rentals have spacious bathrooms — typically larger than what you would find on an airplane — so you don’t have to worry about any unscheduled stops. Most charter buses are equipped with wifi, too, and have AC charging outlets to allow passengers to use their personal devices during the trip.

As you can see, taking a charter bus to a football game this season can have a lot of benefits. If you are looking for a charter bus service to take you and your group to watch your favorite team play, contact Professional Charter Services! We offer bus trips for professional sporting events, including bus trips to Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Levi’s Stadium, and more! To learn more about our bus trips for sporting events, contact us today!

The beginning of the school year is almost here! For teachers, a field trip is one of the most effective tools that can be used this school year to provide every student with real-world experiences. Whether it is a class trip to a museum, a theater, or a community garden, each experience that a student participates in contributes to their understanding of the world.

Reasons To Choose A Charter Bus Service For A School Trip

When planning a long-distance, overnight, or weekend class trip, taking the school district’s buses might not be the most beneficial method of transportation. In this blog, we are going to share some great reasons why using a charter bus service, such as Professional Charter Services, can make class trips much easier for the teachers, students, and chaperones.

Safety Is A Priority

At Professional Charter Services, we are thorough about our charter buses and our drivers being among the safest in the industry. Our charter bus fleet is expertly maintained by mechanics on a meticulous routine to make sure that each charter vehicle is in phenomenal working condition. If it is not, it simply will not be used! In addition, all of our drivers, even the experienced ones, receive ongoing training and testing to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, and we are SPAB (School Pupil Activity Bus) Certified.

Everyone Is Together On One Bus

Coordinating parents to drive students in multiple vehicles on long-distance trips, although it may seem like a cost-effective option, often costs more money and is much more of a hassle. Not only can vehicles get lost and cause groups to separate, but taking multiple vehicles instead of one is not exactly our idea of being environmentally friendly. However, with bus charter services, the entire group can remain together and not get lost, take a wrong turn, or miss the right exit, and it’s much easier to keep a head count of the students.

Much Better Than A School Bus

School buses are not ideal for long-distance school trips or ones that last multiple days. Not only is there t inefficient heating and cooling, but the seats are not that comfortable and are often crammed. On these trips, comfort is key, and charter buses offer exactly that. With padded, reclining seats and footrests, climate and lighting controls, and plenty of aisle room, riders travel to their destination in comfort, whether asleep or awake, and arrived refreshed and ready to learn!

No Need For Bathroom Stops

Having to take continuous bathroom stops can really push back time. However, charter buses have spacious, onboard bathrooms, so there is no need to factor in stops at rest areas on your agenda, saving you time overall coming and going!

Plenty of Cargo Space

Many overnight or weekend field trips will require students to bring extra baggage. Coach buses not only have space for small luggage, such as backpacks and drawstring bags, but there is an ample amount of below-deck storage space. You can ensure that there will be enough space for luggage, as well as essential equipment and gear and personal items.

Amazing Charter Bus Amenities

The amenities of a charter bus go far beyond those of a school bus. Not only is there climate-controlled air conditioning and heating, but there is also often amenities, such as AC electrical outlets for charging devices, audio equipment and DVD players with color monitors, and wi-fi! Riders will remain entertained with a movie or their own devices, making the trip fly by!

Charter Bus Field Trip Tip: Going somewhere unique with your class? Play a video about the location or topic on the way there for a unique educational experience!

Accommodating Any Group Size

In addition to providing transportation to smaller groups in 28- to 36-passenger buses, Professional Charter Services has charter coaches to accommodate groups of over 50 people! Additionally, the drivers are very accommodating to any trip changes or quick detours — we want to make your field trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible!

As you can see, using a charter bus service for class trips can be very beneficial. No matter the size of the group, the amount of luggage, or the distance of travel required, a charter bus rental is the best option for all of your class trip needs.

If you need a charter bus rental for your school field trip, contact Professional Charter Services to begin planning your trip and reserve your vehicle.

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
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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.

Now that the summer is officially here and the temperatures are rising, it is the perfect time to spend time outdoors. Additionally, this time of year offers businesses great weather for a company retreat. Company or corporate retreats are an effective way to tackle important topics such as team building, leadership, and sales goals that often require more than your average meeting room or coffee shop.

In order for a company retreat to be effective, it takes some careful planning. One of the biggest factors of a planning a company trip or retreat is finding reliable transportation to get a business and it’s employees from point A to point B safely. Instead of having employees be responsible for transportation and use their personal vehicles for a work-related event, businesses can ensure that everyone gets to the destination safely and at the same time by getting a corporate bus rental. Because planning a corporate retreat can be a daunting affair, and finding reliable and affordable corporate transportation services in San Francisco is often overwhelming, we put together some helpful tips to maximize your experience.

Decide When and Where

Before you hire a charter bus service for transportation to a company retreat, it is first essential to have a set date in mind as well as a destination. Whether you choose to have a corporate camping trip or a retreat at a comforting resort, there are plenty of destinations and venues that work. Once you have your date and destination set you can continue your planning.

Plan Your Route

Depending on how many members of the staff are going on a company retreat, the charter bus may have to make multiple stops to pick them up. Because of this, the trip route should be planned ahead of time. Pick two to three destinations for employees to meet at and set up scheduled pick-up times to ensure everyone gets a ride.

Add Driving Time

When planning a company retreat, it is important to factor in the time it will take to get there. Is the destination local or out-of-state? Are there any stops that need to be made along the way? Answering these questions will help determine how much driving time is needed. Remember, be sure to factor in the time it takes to make multiple pickups as well as stops for food and bathroom breaks along the way if needed.

Book A Charter Bus Rental In Advance

A company retreat typically involves a large group of people, many of whom would not like to be left behind. Forgetting to book a corporate charter bus in advance can result in not having enough seats available, or worse, no transportation at all! Additionally, some charter bus companies may charge the highest fee for last minute bookings. Be sure to share the details of the retreat, including the date, destination, and driving time. Finding a reliable charter bus company can be a challenge, but check out some helpful tips to make the process easier!

Share Retreat And Transportation Information

Once the date, time, and transportation method is confirmed, it is important to share the details with employees and staff members. Let the employees know all the details, especially the pick up and the drop off times and locations. Letting staff members know the details far enough in advance will better ensure they have enough time to make the necessary accommodations to attend.

By following these tips, booking a charter bus for a company retreat is not as hard as it may seem. The best way to ensure that your transportation service is safe, reliable, and comfortable is to work with a reputable and experienced company. When it comes to charter bus companies in San Francisco, choosing Professional Charter Services for corporate transportation is the best choice! If you have a medium to large sized business looking for transportation for your next corporate retreat, look no further than our charter bus rental company. We specialize in getting large groups to a destination in a professional and efficient manner. We have years of experience when it comes to company events and transporting large groups of people from one destination to another. We offer a variety of corporate charter services, contact us today to get a free charter quote for your company retreat!

While it is a beautiful city year-round, there is nothing like San Francisco in the summertime. As one of the most eclectic cities in the United States, both locals and visitors have a seemingly endless amount of options for things to do this summer. In addition, with school out and more free time, the summer is the ideal time for group activities and events. Whether you have a medium-sized or large group, planning group activities can often be overwhelming. Not only will you want to choose an event or activity that most people involved will enjoy, but you also have to figure out traveling logistics, as well as other tedious details.

At Professional Charter Services, we make transportation to and from group events or activities easy and stress-free by offering complete bus rental services. Whether you have a family, corporate, or a religious or non-profit group, we can accommodate for your needs and ensure your group arrives to the desired destinations on time and in comfort. We specialize in transporting medium to large groups to their destinations throughout San Francisco and the surrounding areas. To help make planning your group trips and activities this summer easier, we are going to review some of the most popular destinations that are enjoyed by visitor and tourists alike during the summertime.

Top Destinations For Group Trips In San Francisco

San Francisco is full of fun, entertainment, shopping, food, and more, making it a great city for a group trip. While there is a seemingly endless amount of options for venues, events, and destinations, here are some of the most popular to visit with your group this summer.

Catch A Ball-Game

Nothing says summer like spending a day at the ballpark. Even if group members aren’t big sports fans, they’ll be sure to enjoy the experience one of the most charming stadiums in Major League Baseball, AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The ballpark’s waterfront location, along with the stadium’s unique infrastructure and architecture, offer simply stunning views. The baseball team plays at the iconic stadium multiple times in June, July, and August so finding a date to take a trip to the ballpark should not be too difficult.

At Professional Charter Services, we offer transportation services to and from AT&T Park, as well as various other stadiums, arenas, and sporting venues. When you travel with us, you don’t have to worry about the traffic, parking, and other travel logistics, so you can focus on tailgating and getting ready to cheer on your team. If you prefer the team on the other side of the Bay Bridge, we can also bring your group to the Alameda Coliseum to catch an Oakland Athletic’s game!

Attend A Concert or Music Festival

The summer is notorious for being the time of year when major concerts and music festivals take place. This summer, there are a number of concerts and live music events in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. You can find performances at top venues, like the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Fillmore, and the Warfield. In addition, our charter bus services can take you to some of the top music festivals in the area, such as the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Stone Grove Festival, and Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Like sporting events, concerts and festivals can cause a lot of traffic that can be stressful to deal with. When your group uses a charter bus rental to travel to music events, you can ensure that your trip will be safer, more convenient, cost-effective, and a more enjoyable experience.

Unwind In Wine Country

If your group is looking to get out of the city for a day and relax, a trip to Wine Country may be exactly what you need. One of the most popular excursions in the San Francisco area during the summer is visiting both small-boutique and large-scale wineries. Your group can plan stops at multiple wineries, enjoying tastings at each one along the way. With popular vineyards, like Sutter Home Winery, Sebastiani Vineyards, and Madonna Estate, there are plenty of wineries and tastings to ensure your group enjoys their time. At Professional Charter Services, we offer affordable Wine Country tours for your group!

Test Your Luck At A Casino

Sometimes, the California heat can just be too much for large group activities. If you are looking to escape the heat but still have a blast, heading to a casino can provide your group with hours of fun. There are few things more exhilarating than taking a trip to the casino, especially when you go with a group of relatives and/or friends. Rather than having to worry about who is driving and trying to coordinate who will ride within what vehicle, you should instead leave the driving and route planning to experienced drivers at Professional Charter Services. We have taken numerous groups of all sizes on a memorable trip to some of the best casinos near the Bay Area. Our San Francisco casino bus trips are a great way for your group to arrive in comfort and style, and ready for a night of fun!

Spend The Day At Fisherman’s Wharf

If you have a group that enjoys exploring and seeing various attracts, Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect destination for groups looking for some fun and entertainment. This eclectic, waterfront neighborhood is filled with unique and fun attractions, and it has more family-friendly activities than any other part of San Francisco. From here, your group can take a trip to Alcatraz Island, the historic Hyde Street Pier, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, and Aquarium of the Bay.

Have A Fun-Filled Park Day

Golden Gate Park is one of the most popular destinations in the area. Here, you will find dozens of gardens, running and walking trails, playgrounds, recreation and picnic areas, monuments, and so much more spread out through over 1,000 acres of delightful, urban, green space. If your group wants to do more than just lay back and enjoy the scenery, there are various attractions and museums located within the park. For example, the California Academy of Sciences is located in the park and features a four-story rainforest, a natural history museum, an aquarium, and the world’s largest all-digital planetarium. Here, your group is sure to kill some time while enjoying the numerous attractions and features within the popular park.

In addition to what we covered above, there are plenty of events and activities throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area to do and see this summer for your group. Whichever destination you choose for your group, it is essential that you figure out the tedious details of transportation. To avoid the hassle of figuring out travel accommodations, let a charter bus service handle your transportation needs.

At Professional Charter Services, we offer reliable and affordable charter bus rentals for group trips. If you are interested in booking a charter bus rental for your group trip or event, contact our team today for a free estimation.

Wedding planning is one of the most exciting, and occasionally stressful, events that you get to experience as a couple. There is a seemingly endless amount of details to finalize, guests to invite, and other tasks to do before the big day arrives. From getting the perfect dress, booking a beautiful venue, and finding delicious food and wedding cake, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the perfect wedding day. However, what many brides and grooms tend to forget about is how they, and their guests, will get from one destination to the next, and renting a bus for a wedding is one of the best ways to do so.

With most wedding ceremonies and receptions now being at two different locations, getting from one destination to the next in a timely fashion is essential. The bridal party and guests not only need to find a method of transportation to the wedding and reception but also back to their hotels and lodging accommodations after a night of celebration has ended. Private buses, are both a convenient and economical transportation method to ensure you and your guests arrive on and in this article we are going to cover some of the reasons why renting a private bus or shuttle for your big day is a great idea!

Change Things Up

A limo rental has been the most traditional wedding transportation method for the bridal party, but they can be extremely expensive. Generally, after the bride and groom stay “ I do”, the wedding party piles into a limo to go off and take pictures before the reception. While a limo may be a great option for small, more traditional weddings, there are more modern and creative ways to transport a party from point A to point B. Charter bus rentals are a great alternative to limos. Not only do they have more room, but they can easily be turned into a fun party bus, which we will dive into later on.

Saves Money

When planning a wedding, it can be difficult to save money, and with couples spending between an average of $19,323 and $32,205, the last thing couples want to dish out money for is transportation options. If you are having a wedding with a large number of guests from a particular city, organizing group transportation can help save you and your guest time, money, and hassle. Renting a private bus is a great way to ensure that you and your guests arrive at the same place on time. What’s more, you can save even more money by securing a group rate at a hotel and offer them the ability to buy into your group transportation option. Even if you don’t need transportation options for out of town guests and just need to transport guests from the hotel to the ceremony or from your reception back to the hotel, renting a private bus is a great option.

Helps Your Special Day Run Smoother

Believe it or not, renting private buses or shuttles can make your wedding day run much smoother. Transportation to and from venues is an important part of the day, and hiring a charter service is a great way to ensure that it is taken care of. Let’s take a deeper look into how charter services can make transportation accommodations much smoother.

Hotel Wedding Shuttle Transportation

It is likely that there are many friends, family, and guests traveling from various towns, cities, and states to watch your special day. Many of them will have to stay in a hotel. Travel expenses can start to quickly add up for your guests, so in order to be considerate and prevent any issues on your wedding day, set up transportation from the hotel they are staying at to the wedding destination. While certain hotels may provide complimentary shuttle buses, they usually run on their own schedules and have limited proximity and space. Not to mention, most hotel shuttle services only driving within a three to five mile radius, which may mean your ceremony and reception venues are not accessible. A charter bus or shuttle bus will help ensure that your guests arrive safely and on time to the wedding and reception, as well as back to their hotel after a night of celebrating the newlyweds. As mentioned, be sure to set up a group rate at a hotel to ensure your guests are together. This will make transporting them to the venues easier and more efficient.

Transportation To And From The Venue

Guests and members of the bridal party traveling in multiple vehicles can quickly get confusing and overwhelming. Renting a private bus ensures that no matter who you are transporting, whether it be family members, a bridal party, or other guests, that they all arrive together, safe, and on time for your special day. Plus, f you are getting married at a venue where parking is limited or will require your guests to pay a parking fee, renting a charter bus for your wedding transportation becomes a more efficient idea. Getting married is a special event and you want your friends, family, and guests to only be worried about celebrating your marriage!

Transportation For the Bridal Party

As we briefly mentioned above, charter or shuttle buses are a great way for a bridal party to arrive at their destination in style. Limos are small and can quickly become crowded. Charter buses have the space, comfort, and convenience to transfer you and your entourage to each destination, from the venue, photo spots, the reception, and the hotel.

Transportation For A Destination Wedding

If you are having a wedding in an area that is unfamiliar to most guests, getting there can be stressful for them. Setting up a charter service will make it easy for your guests to get to and from the airport to their hotel and take a lot of stress off of their shoulders. Plus, they will ensure that your guests will arrive to your wedding safely and on time.

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to book a charter service for your special day. Finding the right charter or shuttle bus will ensure the transportation side of your wedding day is handled for you and your guests.

Need A Wedding Bus Rental In Northern California?

If you are considering getting a wedding shuttle or bus for your special day in Northern California, contact Professional Charter Services! We are dedicated to providing safe, comfortable, reliable and cost-effective charter bus transportation, especially for weddings! To learn more about how our charter buses and mini shuttles in San Francisco can make your wedding day go smoother, contact one of our friendly representatives today to request a free travel quote.

If your company or workplace is looking at implementing a last mile shuttle service, congratulations! This is an exciting step that you won’t want to look back from once you take it. Last Mile Shuttle Service is an employee delighter that will allow you to get more productive and loyal employees and attract better talent. This service will pick your people up from their last transit stop and drop them off at your front door. Then, at the end of the day, we’ll pick them up again and drop them off at the nearest location or most logical dropoff point for the Cal Train, BART, bus, or ferry. This will save your employees valuable time, make them less stressed and more productive, and even earn you goodwill in the public eye.

However, a last mile shuttle service isn’t for everyone, and making the decision to do it will require you to look at several factors. Take a look at the following points to see if last mile shuttle service would be a good fit for you.

Size of your company

The number of employees you have is one of the biggest factors that will make a difference in whether a last mile shuttle service will be a viable option for you. However, don’t consider yourself to be automatically shut out if you’re a small business. First, consider that even if you have as few as three to four employees who would need a last mile shuttle, you don’t have to send a huge, 60-passenger bus for them. Our fleet includes vehicles like an executive SUV and Lincoln Town Car, meaning that you could simply have us send a smaller vehicle if you have fewer employees.

Another point for small businesses to consider is this: If you would benefit from a last mile shuttle but can’t quite afford it until you’re larger, why not pay a visit to the neighboring businesses on each side of you and see if they’d like to collaborate with you? All your employees are going to be heading for the same transit terminals—why not pick up all of them and share the cost? It will be a benefit to your neighbors and might foster additional goodwill between your companies.

Distance from transit stops

If you’re lucky enough to be located in the Financial District, you’re in the area with the most densely-packed concentration of transit stops available. However, not every business is located there or lucky enough to be within a block or two of the closest bus stop. Even if you are, it may be one that runs on a less-frequent schedule, while the main terminal where most people will be arriving is a mile or more away. Even in the financial district, people arriving from the ferry have to either walk from the ferry stop, catch a taxi, or board another type of public transportation.

The farther away you are from the nearest transit stops, the more sense it makes for you to join our Last Mile Shuttle Service plan and offer your employees a comfortable ride to work.

Number of changes that employees have to make

Any time your employees have to change lines or board a different type of transportation, they’re losing valuable time. Would you rather that this time be dedicated to productive work, or have it spent with people being stressed out over whether they will make it to work? A last mile shuttle can help you to opt for the former. Your employees are undoubtedly very good at navigating the transportation network and changing lines as needed, but there is a better way. Offer them the chance to reclaim that lost time and eliminate the distress over missing a stop and having to wait 20 minutes for the next bus or train, making them late to work.

Shifts / staggered arrivals

Do your employees all arrive at a uniform time of day, or do you have shifts of work or staggered arrivals? It’ll be simpler to implement last mile shuttle services if everyone is expected to arrive at work and leave at the same schedule. However, if the number of your employees is high enough for each shift, you might be able to justify running a last mile shuttle for each one.

Set up your last mile shuttle service today

Getting started is easy — simply ask us for a quote. From there, you can evaluate the decision and we’ll work together on the next steps to getting your shuttle service set up.