Organizing a large corporate event is no small task — you have scheduling, venue selection, guest lists (and more!) to take care of before the big day finally comes around. We’re here to take one important task off your hands: group transportation. In this guide to Los Angeles corporate bus rentals, we’ll run you through everything from the cost of transportation to venues to cool bus branding ideas.

Do you need a charter bus to get to your LA corporate event venue?

In short, yes. Los Angeles drivers spend, on average, 128 hours a year in traffic. ‘Nuff said! Avoid the stressful delays and unfamiliar freeways by chartering a bus. You’ll also alleviate all the hassles of parking in a major metropolitan city. One other advantage: keep the whole group together and continue sightseeing even during transit. Get out from behind the wheel and charter a bus for your Los Angeles corporate event.

How far in advance should you book your transportation to and from your venue?

Typically, we advise large scale bus rentals to be booked six months ahead of time. For corporate events, chances are you’ll know the event is 100% happening well ahead of time. So if you know your company will be holding its annual kickoff meeting in early 2020 with global employees descending upon Los Angeles, go ahead and reach out to Bus.com before the end of Q2. Prices increase as the date of departure approaches, so your Finance department will thank you! To really get their attention, take advantage of our Book Now, Pay Later policy.

How much should a Los Angeles charter bus cost?

So, your friends in Finance are asking about cost? Here’s what you can tell them: The cost of your bus rental will depend on your charter bus selection as well as your group size. If you know both of those, then you can start to give them an estimate. Our most luxurious bus option is the coach bus, which’ll cost you between $600-$1000 for the day and can hold 55-59 passengers. To get to LA on a coach from Anaheim or Santa Clarita, you’re looking at $121/hour, while a trip from Santa Monica costs $157/hour. If you’re looking to go smaller and simpler, our minibus averages 21 seats and starts at $98/hour.

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How many buses will I need to transport all attendees to my LA corporate event?

Depending on the nature of your event and the size of your group, the bus fleet you’ll need will vary. One-way and round trips are both common, and we can even organize a shuttle service for your clients or employees. For big groups of more than 50, consider a school bus or coach bus. (Hint: For longer trips, opt for the upgraded amenities of the coach bus.) For smaller groups fewer than 30, take advantage of our specialized minibuses and mini coach buses. Take stock of your group size, plus the frequency and distance of trips, and start doing the math!

Which LA event venue is best for me?

Loews Hollywood Hotel

You won’t find a corporate event venue more Hollywood than the Loews, a hotel neighboring the Dolby Theatre. As the Dolby annually hosts the Oscars, the luxury Loews Hollywood routinely holds Academy Awards week dinners. The hotel partners with local artisans like Chocovivo, Conway Family Wines, and Duidough Cookie Lab to create a curated culinary experience. For corporate events, you can choose between the Hollywood Ballroom, best for large gatherings, the rooftop Pool Terrace, or the 20-story-high Panorama Suite for dazzling city views.

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City Club LA

City Club is the city’s private business club for its community and corporate leaders to bring clients, discuss business affairs, or just unwind. It’s also well-suited for corporate events or large-scale meetings. Its traditional yet modern design is inviting, and its sophisticated meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology are conducive to high-level productivity. City Club LA is conveniently located in DTLA off the Harbor Freeway and Transit Way and offers stunning views of La La Land.

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Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall

Some trivia: which venue hosted the first ever Academy Awards? Answer: this one! Also known for its appearance in the 1933 classic King Kong movie, this venue has hosted its fair share of celebrities over the years. Next to the University of Southern California main campus, the Shrine‘s 1920s Moorish Revival Style Architecture helps give it its distinguished look. For corporate events, it can hold 1,500 people, and also has room for a stage for keynote speeches. It’s also a great spot for trade shows, galas, and conferences.

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The NoMad Hotel

Housed in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Giannini Building — formerly Bank of Italy’s LA HQ — the NoMad Hotel is a remake of a New York original, that one named for its location North of Madison Square Park. This edition flaunts a Mediterranean countryside-inspired aesthetic and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space inside and out. That includes a rooftop reception area (with a pool, of course) that’s big enough for 250 guests. Any corporate event at The NoMad should be prized like a Michelin-star restaurant reservation. That’s because the hotel’s in-house chef is Daniel Humm, the man behind the NYC NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, one of the world’s highest-regarded restaurants.

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The Novo

Los Angeles’ famous downtown entertainment complex, L.A. Live, is just a decade old, but it’s already made its mark on the city. Along with the multisport arena and concert venue, Staples Center, music and theatre venue, Microsoft Theater, the Grammy Museum, and several restaurants, there’s The Novo, an intimate music and cultural performance venue that annually hosts the ESPY Awards and has hosted the DreamWorks Wrap Party. The 59,000 square foot venue can hold 400 seated guests for a banquet-style event or 1,200 for a reception.

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Can I customize my bus for my corporate event?

You sure can! Rep your company on the road with a fully customizable bus wrap featuring your company logo or even themed for the event. We’ll help you out: send our Ultimate Guide to Branded Bus Wrapping over to your branding department and you’ll have a marketing campaign on wheels in no time. If your team will be spending a good chunk of time on the charter bus, then wrapping it in company colours is a no-brainer. Take inspiration from National Geographic and Axe in our collection of inspiring bus wrap ideas.