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.

Choosing the right charter vehicle for your group event, whether its a corporate meeting, sporting event, or casino bus trip, is an important factor to the success of your trip. You not only want to choose a vehicle large enough to accommodate your group size, but you also want to search for options that offer safety, comfort, and versatility. At Professional Charter Services, our San Francisco charter bus fleet includes a variety of different sized vehicles to get you and your group from Point A to Point B safely, in style, and — most importantly — in comfort.

A Look At Some of Our Charter Vehicle and Bus Rentals

If you are planning a group trip or event that requires ground transportation, we understand how challenging it can be to choose the right vehicle. Our friendly representatives are always willing to assist you with your charter bus booking, but to give you an idea of what charter vehicle is right for you and your bus trip, we put together a brief overview of the available options in our fleet.

Charter Minibus

Our 28-passenger mini buses offer comfort, dependability, and convenience that will exceed your expectations. Whether you call it a mini bus, mini coach, shuttle bus, or just a small bus rental, they are perfect for smaller group outings such as sporting events and weddings. This event bus has top-notch features making it a comfortable and enjoyable ride for any event. There is cushioned seating and there is plenty of room to move around and party.

Perfect For

  • Prom and Other School Dances
  • Sports Team Travel
  • Corporate Events and Outings
  • Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
  • School Trips
  • Weddings

Features on Our Minibus Rentals

  • Fits Up to 28 passengers
  • Cushioned Reclining Seats
  • TV monitor and DVD player
  • Climate-Controlled Cabin
  • Storage
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Electrical Outlets

Charter Mini Coach

Comfortably seating 36 passengers, this charter coach is the perfect solution for groups that require luxury and comfort. Executive-style seating and a smooth, quiet ride make this charter vehicle ideal for shuttling conference attendees and corporate groups between airports, hotels, and event locations. Moreover, one of our professional drivers will ensure that you have everything you need to either relax and entertain your group or run your business as needed.

Perfect For

  • Corporate Events and Outings
  • Airport and Hotel Transfer
  • School Trips
  • Weddings
  • Sporting Events

Features on Our Minibus Rentals

  • Seats Up To 36 Passengers
  • Cushioned, Executive-Style Seating
  • Overhead Storage
  • Climate-Controlled cabin
  • Sound System
  • TV monitor and DVD player
  • Electrical Outlets

Charter Coach Bus

This coach bus rental is perfect for large groups that need to get from one destination to the next. With cushioned reclining seats, ample leg room, and a climate-controlled cabin, this bus charter has the amenities you need for a comfortable and enjoyable ride. This coach would suit large groups for casino bus trips, travel and tours, professional sporting events, and so much more. What’s more, these luxury bus rentals have immaculate on-board restrooms.

Perfect For

  • Casino Trips
  • Professional Sporting Events
  • Corporate Events and Conventions
  • University and School Trips
  • Nonprofit Trips

Features on Our Minibus Rentals

  • Seats Up to 56 Passengers
  • Cushioned, Reclining Seats
  • Luggage Storage
  • Climate-Controlled cabin
  • Comfortable Footrests
  • TV monitor and DVD player
  • WiFi

Charter Sprinter Van

Professional Charter Services Sprinter Van Rental is perfect for small groups under 12 passengers. This vehicle offers a truly inviting interior that features a variety of comforts to provide safe, luxurious transport for airport transfers, corporate or university campus shuttles, concerts and sporting events, and so much more. When you rent a sprinter charter bus, you get the luxury amenities of a limousine, but with the added benefits of spacious headroom while standing, easy vehicle access through a large exit door, smooth ride and accessible to most locations.

Perfect For

  • Airport Transfers and Pickups
  • Birthday Parties
  • Sightseeing Excursions
  • Sporting Events
  • Executive Meetings and Events

Features on Our Sprinter Buses

  • Fits Up to 12 Passengers
  • Plenty of Headroom
  • Comfortable Seating
  • CD/DVD/AM/FM stereo
  • Outlets for Charging Devices

Executive SUV

Nothing makes you feel more like a VIP than traveling in our Executive SUV rental. Whether traveling for a business meeting or just a night on the town, these luxury vehicles offer comfort, style, and class. Comfortable and leather bucket seats, large storage capacity, and a professional driver are just a few of the great amenities that are included with this executive vehicle rental.

Perfect For

  • VIP Events and Galas
  • Date Nights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Business Meetings
  • Concerts and Shows

Features on Our Executive SUVs

  • Fits Up to Six Passengers
  • Comfortable Leather Bucket Seats
  • Climate-Controlled Cabin
  • Plenty of Legroom
  • AM/FM Radio

Lincoln Town Car Sedan

The Lincoln Town Car Sedan is perfect for transporting small groups to any location in the Bay Area. The vehicle comfortably sits up to four passengers and typically about four medium-sized suitcases can fit in the trunk space. With this town car rental, you have the ability to sit back and relax as you enjoy the luxury and convenience of being chauffeured by one of our professional drivers.

Perfect For

  • VIP Events and Galas
  • Date Nights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Business Meetings
  • Point-to-Point Trips

Features on Our Executive SUVs

  • Fits Up to Four Passengers
  • Front and Rear A/C
  • AM/FM Stereo with CD Player
  • Leather Interior
  • AM/FM Radio

As you can see, we have charter vehicles to accommodate just about any group size or needs. Plus, when you rent charter buses and vehicles from Professional Charter Services, in addition to the various amenities you also get a professional driver to drive you to your destination. Gone are the days of worrying about traffic, parking, directions, and other driving frustrations.

No matter what you need one of our rentals for, we have the charter solutions that you need for maximum safety, comfort, and versatility. If you still need help choosing the right vehicle from our fleet or are interested in receiving a free quote, get in touch with us today! One of our friendly representatives will be happy to assist you!

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.

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.

When your business is considering implementing any new service that costs money, one of your first questions will be whether you have the budget for it. However, the bigger question is whether you can get a return on investment from allocating that budget to that tool or service. For instance, if you could make a $5000 investment that brought you a $200,000 return, it would suddenly be a lot easier find the budget for that item, even if you didn’t initially think that you had any spare cash to work with. In other words, it’s not necessarily about the presence or absence of budget, but rather the return that you can stand to gain.

So let’s look at the return on investment for our Last Mile Shuttle Service in San Francisco. What do you get back when you invest in a service like this?

Monetary Returns

While we can’t promise that you’ll get a return to the tune of six figures like in the example above, our shuttle bus company does believe that you get a lot in return for implementing a Last Mile Shuttle Service for your company. Here are some of the areas where you’ll benefit from offering your employees this option, in ways that translate to dollars.

1. Employees Are More Productive

The way that Last Mile Shuttles work is that they provide your employees a smooth and comfortable ride from the last public transit stop to your premises, sparing them from having to walk. Then, at the end of the day, the Last Mile Shuttle will pick people up at the door and drop them off at the nearest stop for the Caltrain, BART, bus, or ferry.

One of the biggest returns you’ll get from the investment in a Last Mile Shuttle Service is that your employees will arrive to work in a frame of mind that’s more rested, calm, and tranquil. Rather than having to fight with inclement weather and uncomfortable shoes while they walk to the office lugging a heavy briefcase and lunch bag, they can simply board the shuttle, ride in comfort, and walk in the door without breaking a sweat. The benefit of this is that it reduces stress and negativity. It also cuts down on the amount of time that gets lost at the beginning of every day while people are trying to switch gears for work and get their heads in the game.

How much would even 15 minutes of extra productivity per employee per day be worth to you? If that dead space can be filled with productive work by implementing a Last Mile Shuttle Service, that alone could pay for itself many times over.

Plus, there are lots of ideas of what you can do to enhance the amount that your employees take advantage of the shuttle. For instance, you could declare the first hour of each day an email-free zone and ask everyone to walk in the door having already checked their email on the shuttle’s wifi on the ride to work. (Obviously, this will not fit with all roles, but if you find that email is creating a distraction to “real” work, it can be an option to consider.) Or, you could hold a training on how to use the shuttle ride to get your head in the game so that you walk in to work charged up and ready to go. You could even choose a series of 5-minute clips of motivational, inspirational material to play over the shuttle bus’s speaker system.

2. HR Can Attract Better Talent

It’s no secret that San Francisco companies are competing harder than ever to win top talent. Employee perks like free food, transit passes, and nap pods are becoming more commonplace than ever. When your company offers Last Mile Shuttle Service, it can be a way to stand out from the pack and be noticed by the applicants whose qualifications would allow them to take their pick of positions around the Bay area. It’s an undeniable job perk when employees understand that they’ll be paying less for transit, won’t have to fight to park their car, and won’t have to settle for either hailing an Uber or walking from the last transit stop to the workplace.

The return of landing even one all-star employee is Incalculable, as the work they do not only benefits you directly, it also raises the bar for everyone around them, causing coworkers and team members to also press on to new heights.

Offering a Last Mile Shuttle Service is an easy way to make your company stand out among the other businesses where that people are applying, and it’s also affordable. Get a quote today.

Other Intangible Returns

When we talk about intangible returns on your investment, these are things that don’t translate quite as directly to dollars, but that still represent a gain for your company.

Employees Are Happier

When you reduce the stress on your employees, they will be happier, and when people are happier, it cuts down on workplace negativity. Everyone knows how much poison even one negative employee can spread, and there are far-reaching benefits for reducing that negativity and fostering positivity and happiness.

Another source of that happiness might be that your workers get to claim that little bit of extra family time (the amount of time they would have had to allocate to walk from the last transit stop to work). When you’re working 40+ hour weeks with a one-hour commute on both ends of every workday, even a fractional increase in family time is a gift. And a person doesn’t have to have a family to be happy about reclaiming that fraction of an hour. Whether they use that time for their studies, their pets. their hobbies, or just plain downtime, a few minutes of time is a valuable prize.

Employees Are More Relaxed

Giving back even a few minutes of time to people can help them to feel more relaxed, and this, again, has benefits in the workplace. People who are relaxed outside of work have far more fuel to burn when it’s time to turn on the drive for performance at the workplace.

Employees Are More Loyal

When you roll out an employee perk like Last Mile Shuttle Service, your employees won’t see it as a gain for you — they’ll see it as a gain for themselves. This can cause employee loyalty and morale to spike. It’s good for business when your employees think thoughts like these about you:

  • My company is generous to their employees.
  • People in leadership treat subordinates well.
  • My boss is looking out for the well-being of employees

Implementing an offering like Last Mile Shuttle Service is a great way to trigger a flood of thoughts like these in people’s minds.

Don’t Wait — Implement Last Mile Shuttle Service At Your Company

Take the first step to getting Last Mile Shuttle Service for your business or workplace. Ask Professional Charter Services for a quote today.

In the last two blog posts from our corporate commuter shuttle company in San Francisco, we have looked at some of the ways that in America, we are coming to the point where dependence on personal automobiles to get anywhere is becoming a costly and unsustainable model. (Please note that we are not talking about eliminating dependence on cars. Many people will always need some form of transportation by car. However, reducing the amount that you need to use your car can help you to reduce cost, your carbon footprint, and your inconvenience.)

We also pointed out that San Francisco is an ideal place, in many ways, to start a transportation revolution that will act as an important model for the rest of the country to follow. In part 1, we looked at the history of our dependence on cars and the problem with this continuing. In part 2, we looked at some of the barriers to implementing a viable model of public transportation that works for everyone. Today, we’ll share a few ideas for how we can bring viable transportation options to the table in a way that works for Americans.

Ideas Of Alternatives That Reduce Our Dependence On Cars

When you think of public transportation options, a number of things probably come to your mind. For the moment, we’ll put aside the obvious ones (city buses, trains, and ferries). These are already in operation, and at least in San Francisco, they are already working well. Still, many people are completely dependent on their cars, and these ideas could help.

Corporate Commuter Shuttles

Park and ride models can only go so far when they involve people driving themselves and one or two guests to work. It’s far more scalable and efficient to have people from outlying areas drive to one central location where they can take a shuttle the rest of the way to work. These corporate commuter shuttles are quickly becoming a favored method of transportation for workers who have found homes in the cheaper surrounding areas around San Francisco. It doesn’t eliminate dependence on cars, but it does reduce it, requiring you to only drive partway, park where there’s still space to do so, and then go the rest of the way in comfort with someone else driving.

Grocery Delivery

In the first blog in this series, we looked at the practical fact that people simply can’t all live within walking distance of the grocery store and also have homes on half-acre lots. Short of relocating Americans into more compact dwelling arrangements, it would seem that grocery store runs will just have to be done by car. However, what can be a viable alternative is for people to get grocery delivery. In this way, the grocery store can combine the delivery for several people in one area all at one time, increasing efficiency and reducing the need for people to drive their own vehicles. This model can also be a vital service for seniors and people with illnesses that prevent them from driving.

More cars + Less Space = Inconvenience

One of our observations is that there is a critical tipping point where the convenience of being able to drive yourself to the places you need to go on your own timeline comes up against the inconvenience of having to fight with traffic and then succeed in parking your car. When the balance tips so that it is more inconvenient to drive than not to drive, Americans will begin to favor other public transportation options. This is already beginning in San Francisco, and it is only a matter of time before it is the case nationwide.

The more we look down the road and see this moment coming, the more we will be prepared when it gets here. Count on Professional Charter Services to provide cutting edge transportation solutions with our fleet of vehicles, including corporate commuter shuttles. Contact us for a quote today.

In the last blog post from our Corporate Commuter Shuttle company in San Francisco, we looked at the history of why Americans are far more dependent on their personal automobiles than most people in other countries. We also briefly touched on the problem and cost of making individual cars our primary transportation method across the country. However, even though it’s costly for each person to drive everywhere they go, it’s also difficult to implement a viable solution because of certain barriers that stand in the way. Today, we’ll look at those things and discover why it’s not that simple to simply realize that our dependence on driving is beginning to be a problem.

Barriers in the way of reducing our dependence on cars

1. The Vast Expanse of Space

In Europe, it’s common to be able to walk to the grocery store and run other common errands. In America, it’s unheard of (or it’s a fluke if you happen to live close enough to walk). America has had the luxury of land availability, making us a spread-out, sprawling culture where everyone has plenty of space. This is reflected in the design of our cities, our living quarters, and even the width of our parking places, which tend to be approximately 1.5 feet wider in the US than in Europe. People have long been used to having a house and yard in the suburbs rather than living in an apartment in an urban area. However, there simply isn’t room for everyone to have a half-acre lot and also find themselves within walking distance of the grocery store. Reducing our dependence on cars requires us to think through viable solutions that allow people to get to the places where they need to go.

2. Fierce Independence

It’s part of our independent nature that we want to do our own thing, precisely when we want to do it, without interference from other people or circumstances. We don’t walk down the street in proximity to other people with whom we can wave and exchange a friendly greeting. Instead, we drive down the street, surrounded by the metal-and-glass bubble on four wheels that protects us from ever having to interact with strangers. When your car is a sanctuary, it’s hard to reduce the amount you use it. Greener solutions for our cities will have to take this factor into account.

In addition, our fierce independence leads many people to feel indignant at the very idea that they would ever drive less. We enjoy a sense of ownership and of freedom when we drive, and giving that away seems to feel like an imposition. The natural reaction that many people have when the discussion comes up is a personal one. “How dare you even suggest that I drive less? No one had better even think of taking that away from me.”

3. Unfamiliarity With Other Options

In Europe, it’s as natural as can be to ride a bus, purchase a train ticket, or ride the subway. In America, however, our unfamiliarity with other styles of public transportation leads us to be uncomfortable with the idea. People tend to avoid what they do not understand, and if public transportation is one of the things that people don’t feel comfortable with, it’ll be hard to bring them to use it.

This is one of the areas where we feel that San Francisco is pioneering the way for other American cities to follow. While many larger cities have some sort of public transportation system available (i.e. city buses), in San Francisco, it is far more mainstream. While in many cities, you’ll typically find the lower-income portion of the population on public transportation, in San Francisco, you can find people of all walks of life riding our buses and trains.

4. Stigma

Following from the fact that public transportation primarily services the lower-income population in many cities in the US, some wealthier people consider there to be a stigma attached to riding on a city bus or train system. This is an unfortunate extra hurdle that public transportation must solve in order to truly develop into a broadly-accepted thing in our society. When you think about it, there’s nothing intrinsically wrong, shameful, or unsavory about riding on a bus, train, or subway. The only thing that makes it feel like it is prejudice. We need a public transportation system that people don’t look down their noses at, feel unsafe using, or avoid because of prejudice or stigma.

Count on Professional Charter Services for your Corporate Commuter Shuttle Service

Stay tuned for our next blog post, when we’ll cover some of the ideas that our Corporate Commuter Shuttle company has for solutions that will take the public transportation system to the next level. Everywhere in America, people need options that will allow them to reduce their dependence on cars, and we are committed to doing our part to bringing that to pass. Contact us for a quote today.