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The coach bus, sometimes called the motor coach, is more comfortable than your average car or school bus. Amenities like audio-visual equipment, wifi, and air conditioning can be included in your coach charter bus rental—all adding up to create one very pleasant ride. Even the most seasoned traveller must acknowledge that the coach bus has worked its way up in the ranks in terms of becoming the comfiest means of group transportation.

 

 

Looking to rent a bus that be can be driven by a member of your team? We now offer sprinter van rentals that come with or without a driver. More information here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coach Bus Bookings

What is a coach bus?

A coach bus is a large motor vehicle used for transporting groups of up to 55 people. A coach charter bus rental is the preferred type of bus for many groups, including corporations, sports teams, tour groups, wedding parties, faith groups, nonprofit organizations, military or local government groups, and more.

Who usually rents a coach bus?

From corporate clients and sports teams to student groups and not-for-profit organizations, a coach bus rental is very versatile and can be ideal for a wide range of groups.

Sports teams will benefit from the undercarriage, which has room to store all your hockey, football, or track and field equipment. And group types such as corporate clients, student groups, or faith organizations, will benefit from the high level of comfort and wide range of available amenities. A coach bus is also the recommended vehicle for any trips longer than two and a half hours.

The onboard restroom that comes standard on all coach bus rentals means you can schedule fewer pit stops and spend more time on the road, shortening your overall drive time.

What kind of trips are a coach bus for?

Coach buses are well suited for longer trips and are perfect for large groups that need transportation from one city to another. Coach buses are often rented by sports teams to move coaches, players, and support staff to out-of-town games. They’re also frequently rented by sports fans attending tailgate parties for their favorite teams.

If you simply want to be more comfortable during your trip, renting a coach bus is also an excellent option, especially when you consider all the amenities that aren’t always available with other bus types. Faith groups will often rent charter buses for spiritual trips involving many members of their congregation. Companies often use coach bus charters when transporting their employees to corporate retreats or conferences. With outlets on board and the possibility of adding Wi-Fi connectivity, employees and guests are able to remain productive and stick to their routine, even while on the road!

What are the benefits of renting a coach bus?

The most obvious benefit of renting a more comfortable vehicle is that you can spend more time on the road and still arrive at your destination fresh and well rested. When you travel by coach bus, you’ll still want to make the occasional pit stop, but you won’t have to scour the road for parking every time one of your 55 passengers has to use the restroom. Amenities like air conditioning, TV/DVD entertainment equipment, and Wi-Fi also provide extra comfort and plenty of ways for your passengers to stay occupied in transit. Corporate clients appreciate a certain standard of travel and an executive coach bus is sure to satisfy even the most demanding guest.

Is it possible to rent a coach bus without a driver?

No. A special driver’s license is required to drive a coach bus, and we only offer chauffeured coach bus rentals. However, we do offer Sprinter van rentals without a driver that you or a member of your group may drive.

Can I buy an intercity or a single coach bus ticket?

While we do offer shuttle tickets to some of the most popular music festivals, we do not currently sell individual bus tickets or run scheduled transfers between cities at this time.

When does the coach bus rental make pit stops?

That’s up to you! Pit stops are available on request, but we recommend at least one for every three to four hours of driving time.

Can I rent a coach bus for myself and my family?

Of course! Note that most coach buses are very large and can fit up to 55 people, but if you’ve got a big family event or would like a little space to stretch out, a coach bus is a perfect option. If you’re interested in something a little smaller, a mini coach bus seats up to 32, while a minibus seats up to 21.

Can I rent more than one coach bus?

You can rent as many coach buses as you need for your groups and no trip is too large or complicated for Bus.com. If you need to rent multiple buses, be sure to check out our enterprise page, which is tailored to larger-scale plans.

Can Bus.com help me organize a shuttle service with one or more coach bus?

Certainly! Refer to our shuttle page for more detailed information, or email us at [email protected].

Can I organize a coach bus shuttle service instead of having two coach buses doing one transfer each?

Absolutely. This can be a great way to keep costs down when only moving a group short distances, but keep in mind that some of your group will have to wait for the bus to make its round trip, so it may not be a viable option if your destination is far away.

When do I learn which company will be servicing my coach bus trip?

We’ll provide you with all the information on which of our bus partners will be providing the vehicle for your trip on your final itinerary 24 hours before departure.

Are coach bus rentals a sustainable mode of transportation?

Charter bus travel is one of the most environmentally sustainable modes of transportation. After comparing average passenger complement, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions, The Union of Concerned Scientists and The American Bus Association Foundation found that buses and motor coaches are the most sustainable form of transportation in the U.S. For more information, check out our blog post on charter bus sustainability.

Are coach bus rentals a safe mode of transportation?

Travel by charter bus is the 2nd safest way to travel in the world. For comparison, it’s four times safer than travel by train and a shocking 50 times safer than traveling by car. If you’re interested in more information about charter bus safety, check out our blog post on the safest ways to travel.

Coach Bus Specifications, Amenities, and Accessibility

How many people fit on a coach bus charter rental?

Most coach buses transport up to 55 passengers. Depending on the design of the bus, there might be one or two fewer seats. When you calculate the number of buses needed to accommodate your trip or shuttle service, remember to include the number of chaperones, tour guides, or other facilitators in your guest list.

What amenities are available on a coach bus?

Out of all the charter bus types, the coach is the most luxurious. But there are levels of comfort to the coach bus that depend on the number of features you request. The standard coach bus rental includes an onboard restroom, a vetted and courteous driver, and a massive undercarriage for extra luggage or sports equipment.

Coach buses are the roomiest option out of all the bus types, with plenty of undercarriage space for any of your luggage. With the possibility of having dedicated storage both below and above seats, you’ll be able to bring along your baggage worry-free and access your carry-on during your journey. Additionally, coach bus rentals can also include TV/DVDs to keep guests entertained,  onboard Wi-Fi to keep everyone connected, and electric outlets and to make sure devices are fully charged when your guests arrive at their destination.

Are coach buses wheelchair accessible?

Yes, most coach buses are wheelchair accessible. However, to be sure that your specific coach is equipped to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs, confirm with your Booking Specialist.

Are coach buses comfortable?

In short, absolutely. On top of the standard features, you can request audio-visual equipment, power outlets, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning to make your ride all the more cushier. With every extra amenity, your ride only becomes more comfortable and fortunately, adding amenities doesn’t add a lot to the price of your coach bus. It simply narrows the field of bus companies from which we can source your bus. Our network of charter bus companies is over 3,300-strong and spans all across North America, so we’re sure to find a coach in your region that checks all your boxes at an affordable price.

How much storage space does a coach bus have?

Coach buses have the most storage space available with large comparts in the undercarriage of the bus. Some coach buses also have smaller storage compartments above seats. Reach out to our customer care team at [email protected] about your storage needs so we can find the best bus for you.

Does my coach bus rental come with a driver?

All coach bus rentals come with professionally vetted drivers with knowledge of the areas you’ll be traveling through.

Can I take a coach bus for a driving test?

Unfortunately, all of our coach buses are driven by professional drivers, and we’re unable to supply a bus for those needing to complete a driver’s test. However, in some areas, we offer driverless Sprinter van rentals. If this is an option that works for you, check out our page on how to rent a driverless Sprinter van near you.

Where can I see pictures of a coach bus?

As soon as our procurement team confirms your booking with our network of bus partners, we’ll be able to provide photos of your coach bus as the interior and exterior appearance of buses can vary between our partners.

Coach Bus Pricing

How much does it cost to rent a coach bus?

The average coach bus rental cost ranges from $600 to $1200 per day. Please note that a charter bus cost is subject to vary based on many factors such as your trip date, length, and location. Visit our online booking tool to receive an instant accurate overview of the charter bus cost of your particular trip.

When chartering a coach bus, there are certain factors that come into play to affect charter bus costs. The most important factor that changes a charter bus price? Time.

When you book––from the time of day to the time of year––will have a significant impact on the cost to rent a charter bus. For example, coach buses typically run higher bills during night routes, given that suppliers often need to pay drivers a premium when driving after dark. Prices also peak during longer trips.

The more time spent on the road, the higher your bus rental costs will be due to mileage rates, fuel surcharges, and the possibility of employing multiple drivers to cover the distance of the trip.

What can I do to ensure I have access to the lowest charter bus prices?

There are a few ways to hunt down a low bus rental price. One strategy is to book in the off-season, as this tends to be when charter bus rental prices are at their lowest. The off-season is generally between December and March. Even if you are not traveling during this time, it’s still possible to secure a better bus deal by booking far in advance.

We also run a price-matching program. If you’ve found a quote at a more competitive price, let us know and we’ll do all we can to match it, so you can get the best possible price for your booking.

What is the service fee on my coach bus quote?

The service fee represents Bus.com’s booking charge and is used to maintain our website.

What is the driver's hotel fee for in my coach bus quote?

A driver’s hotel fee is automatically added when a driver’s total number of driving hours exceeds daily limits set by the Department of Transportation in the U.S. and Canada.  In the U.S., these limits dictate that a driver can legally drive for 10 hours and be on duty for 12 hours. After this, a driver must take an 8-hour break. In Canada, a driver can legally drive for 12 hours and be on duty for 14 hours, but then must take an 8-hour break.

The hotel bookings are typically handled by our procurement team and cost approximately $150 per night. However, this may be affected by location and seasonality.

How do insurance plans work for a coach bus booking?

Nearly all of our U.S. bus partners have $5 million coverage for automobile liability as well as $5 Million for general liability.

What is your coach bus rental cancellation policy?

For coach bus, mini coach, minibus, and Sprinter van charters, we offer 100% money back on cancellations made 21 days or more before the trip and 50% money back on cancellations made between 20 and 14 days before the trip.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to issue refunds on service fees or cancellations made on coach buses, mini coaches, mini buses, or Sprinter van charter rentals 13 days or less before the start of the trip.


Our policy is slightly different for School Bus charter rentals.

We offer 100% money back on cancellations made seven days or more before the trip and

50% money back on cancellations made between six days and three days before the trip.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to issue refunds on service fees or cancellations made 72 hours or less before the start of the trip.

How do payments work for coach bus rentals? Do you have any payment plans?

We offer a “book now pay later” option that allows you to register your credit card to your account, and we only charge the card 21 days before your departure date. This method also confirms your booking so our team can secure your bus in advance.

We also offer payment plans. Reach out to us at [email protected] for further details.

Can I get an estimate for a coach bus rental booking without providing my email?

To provide you with a quote for your trip, we need your email address to make an account to associate your trip with. But, you can always unsubscribe from any further email correspondence afterward.

Can Bus.com do a coach bus booking at my budget?

Working closely with our partners, we’re working to make your booking as affordable as possible. Let us know what your budget is, and we’ll do our best to make your trip a reality.

Does Bus.com offer discounts for multiple coach bus rentals or for coach bus rentals spanning multiple days?

Typically, we reserve our premium rates for multi-month contracts, trips that span over several days, or multiple trips in the same year. Be sure to ask us about setting up an enterprise account for you, and we’ll see what’s possible!

Does Bus.com offer coach bus rental discounts for nonprofit organizations?

At this time, we don’t offer discounts specifically for nonprofit organizations, but we do offer premium rates for certain scenarios (see above for more details).

Does Bus.com offer coach bus rental discounts for veterans?

While we don’t currently offer rental discounts specifically for veterans, we offer premium pricing for some long-term and recurring trips (see above for more details). For more information, reach out to us at [email protected].

How to Rent a Coach Bus

How do I book a coach bus rental?

Rather than calling a dozen providers to find a coach bus, simply request a price option using our online booking tool. We’ll call on our network of bus partner companies to find the one that can provide your ultimate coach bus rental at the best price. Once you have accepted a quote, our award-winning booking specialists will reach out to complete the booking. You can then take advantage of our Book Now, Pay Later option, and put off paying until 21 days before your departure. 24 hours before you leave, you will receive your driver’s name and phone number and an emergency number to contact if there are any problems. If you have questions, our customer service team is here to help!

How do I find a coach Bus rental near me?

You can check on the local availability of coach buses in your area by filling out the details of your upcoming trip into our online booking tool. If you can’t find an available bus that suits your needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our 24/7 customer care team for assistance at tripsupport@bus.com.

When should I book my coach bus?

It’s best to book your motor coach rental at least 6 months in advance. As your departure date approaches, bus availability tends to dwindle and consequently, prices tend to increase. We can provide last-minute coach bus rentals, but it won’t be at that sweet early-bird price. Our Book Now, Pay Later option makes booking early easy.

Pro tip: Find out when your city’s tourism industry is at its peak. If you’re traveling during that time, it’s a good idea to book even earlier. For example, the prime time for weddings in San Francisco is autumn. If you’re renting a coach bus for a wedding shuttle service in the fall, aim to book your bus at least 9 months in advance.

I have a question that has not been answered here. Is there somebody I can speak to?

Bus.com’s support team is there for you 24/7. Please reach out by emailing us at [email protected].

Why Bus.com?

Safety measures for all trips

In order to better protect our customers and our bus partners, we have implemented new measures such as the disinfecting of buses between trips

Making a change? No problem

Bus.com customers benefit from a flexible change and cancellation policy, including no-fee changes and cancellations for most trips

Here for you 24/7

Our award-winning team of bus experts can offer custom solutions for you and your team — and our support team is can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Available coach bus models

When it comes to renting a coach bus, one size does not fit all. That's why Bus.com is happy to offer a variety of modern coach bus models with various passenger capacities and amenities, to better fit your trip size and budget.

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Other types of bus rentals

Every bus rental offers its own perks, so it can be hard to determine which one is a good fit for your group. However, there’s a reason why a deluxe motorcoach is often the most preferred option among renters. Unlike school buses and minibuses, the coach bus offers comfortable amenities like a washroom onboard.

Coach bus uses

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Corporate trips

Whether you’re hosting or attending a trade show, a conference, an off-site meeting, or a company retreat, your transportation needs to run smoothly. Corporate groups rent charter buses for a variety of reasons. A motor coach rental is perfectly suited for large groups, offering seating for upwards of 55 passengers and unparalleled comfort that is sure to impress your guests.

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K-12 field trips

Field trips can be a great experience for students, but they can also be a logistical hassle for educators. Whether you need to rent a charter bus to get you to a museum exhibition, a science demonstration, a theme park, or an out-of-town wilderness adventure, a coach bus is our most comfortable bus type and is perfect for keeping your students together.

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Weddings

Weddings are special occasions, but they can present transportation challenges. Wedding planners, brides, and grooms rent coach buses to help their wedding run smoothly. No matter the exact needs of your ceremony or reception, if you want to rent a charter bus, we can help. Our sleek coach buses easily match the formal tone of a wedding and are a great fit for larger wedding parties.

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Student groups

Coach buses are a great choice for college and university group trips. They’re our largest bus type, accommodating up to 55 passengers in most configurations and come standard with an onboard restroom that can make a huge difference on longer trips. If you’re looking for a luxury charter bus for rent, coach buses are also fully customizable with a range of amenities.

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Spiritual/church groups

Religious and spiritual trips can vary greatly in their needs and specifications, but most of them rely on motor coach rentals for trips. Our coach buses are our largest charter bus type and are purpose-built for comfort, even over long distances. Our coach buses can be equipped with a variety of optional amenities including AC, Wi-Fi connectivity, TV/DVDs, and power outlets.

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Conferences

Coach buses are well suited for impressing conferences guests with spacious leather bucket seats, onboard restrooms, and generous legroom. Coach buses also offer a range of optional amenities, including DVD/TVs, WiFi connectivity, AC, and power outlets. A charter bus rental can ensure your guests’ comfort, connectivity, and productivity in-transit so that they arrive at conferences well-rested and eager to engage.

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Event planners

From seminars and galas to trade shows and reunions, the transportation needs of event planners can vary widely. Coach buses are a great choice for their versatility, featuring high passenger capacity, spacious undercarriage storage, a focus on passenger comfort, and professional styling that blends seamlessly into casual and formal events alike. Coach buses include standard onboard restrooms and also offer event planners a wide range of optional amenities, including WiFi connectivity, AC, power outlets, and more.

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Construction projects

Construction projects often rely on efficient group transportation; be it to ferry workers, engineers, inspectors, or prospective investors to or between worksites, a deluxe motorcoach is a great choice for the job. Coach buses offer an ideal cost-effective transportation solution with high passenger capacity, generous undercarriage storage, and first-class comfort to ensure passengers arrive rested and ready for work.

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Sports

Traveling sports teams looking for a comfortable and cost-effective mode of transportation are a perfect match for the coach bus. Ample undercarriage storage for team equipment, an onboard restroom, and roomy seating with plenty of legroom provide everything a team needs to arrive at their sporting events in perfect form. A Coach bus also provides the widest possible range of optional amenities, including TV/DVD equipment, onboard WiFi, power outlets, and AC.

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Shuttle services

Alongside traditional bus types, Bus.com also services shuttle services for employees, hospital workers, and more. A coach bus makes for a comfortable shuttle option for medium and large groups.

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Military personnel

Deluxe motorcoach transportation is an ideal choice for all branches of the military in need of efficient and affordable options. Coach buses have the largest passenger capacity among charter buses, generous passenger capacities, onboard restrooms, and separate undercarriage cargo bays. Coach buses also feature many optional amenities that can ease long-distance relocations, including AC, power outlets, and WiFi capabilities.

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Government groups

For municipal, state, or federal government transportation needs, chartered coach bus bookings offer high seating capacity, undercarriage storage, and a range of available amenities, including AC, WiFI capabilities, and power outlets. Furthermore, coach buses are a more cost-effective and sustainable option than commercial airline travel, and they provide roomier seating and more comfortable passenger accommodation overall. With Bus.com, bus rental prices always include tax and tip, which makes financial planning easier than ever. 

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Tour groups

Coach buses are the most comfortable charter bus type, making them a great choice for tour groups. Coach buses feature the highest seating capacity of all bus types, generous storage compartments, an onboard restroom, large windows, and roomy leather bucket seats with ample legroom for all passengers. Additionally, they offer the widest variety of optional amenities, including AC, WiFi, TV/DVDs, and power outlets. Thanks to low charter bus prices, it may be the most cost-effective option for larger groups who are traveling together. 

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Festivals

Coach buses are a great cost-effective fit for festivals for their high seat capacity, generous undercarriage storage, and comfortable guest accommodations, including an onboard restroom. Additionally, of all charter bus types, coach buses feature the widest variety of optional amenities to keep passengers comfortable and entertained when traveling to and from venues. These optional amenities include AC, TV/DVDs, WiFi, and power outlets. Oftentimes, the bus rental price will be less than the cost of renting a number of multiple smaller shuttles. 

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Touring bands

As the most comfortable of all bus types, coach buses are perfect for touring bands when proper rest and recuperation between shows can make all the difference. Coach buses include spacious seating, onboard restrooms, and dedicated undercarriage storage space for instruments and equipment. Additionally, coach buses can be outfitted with optional amenities like WiFi, TV/DVD, AC, and power outlets to provide a cozy home away from home for bands on the road.

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Non-profits

Coach buses are a cost-effective and professional choice for non-profit groups in need of group transportation. Coach buses are extremely versatile, featuring high seating capacity, plenty of undercarriage storage, and an onboard restroom. Coach buses also feature a wide range of amenities that can make even longer journeys enjoyable, including AC, WiFi, TV/DVDs, and power outlets for recharging devices.

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