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Safe, compact, and cost-effective transportation for your groups
Discover the most convenient and cost-effective way to transport smaller groups within and between communities. With a similar interior layout to a school bus, but on a smaller scale, minibuses are ideally suited for tours involving short distance hops between local attractions, or as nimble feet vehicles in a looping shuttle service for larger events with multiple venues. The minibus is as versatile as it is convenient, and comes purpose-built for economy and efficiency above all else.
The cost of a minibus rental rates will vary according to a number of factors, such as region, season, and drive times. To get a detailed quote for your trip, check out the Bus.com instant booking tool. It generates personalized quotes for trip itineraries, and includes your driver’s on-duty time and total drive time.
The price to rent your minibus may vary according to local availability, what time of the year you’re planning on renting, gas prices, the distance you plan to be traveling, and the entire duration of your trip. It’s important to keep in mind that the amount of time a driver spends driving is what is usually the factor that is most impactful to the price of your rental in the end. For help in understanding exactly what this means for your rental plans, consult our quick guide on how minimum drive times factor into your bus rental quote.
Minibuses are more suited for shorter distance trips and groups without luggage. But that doesn’t mean they don’t offer amenities to make those short jaunts comfortable. Learn more about minibus amenities from these FAQs.
A minibus will provide seating for up to 21 passengers. If you’re planning a group trip with more than 21 passengers but need transportation within a similar price range, a school bus rental can keep you on budget while providing seating for up to 52 people.
The standard minibus purposefully features a set of bare-bone amenities in order to keep your rental as inexpensive and streamlined as possible without loading the vehicle with amenities that you and your group won’t need. That being said, certain minibus configurations can be fitted with air conditioning as well as DVD/TV audiovisual equipment.
To ensure you book the bus that works best for you, be sure to speak with one of our award-winning booking agents. If your group requires more in the way of amenities and has fewer than 31 people, consider a mini coach bus, which includes standard overhead and undercarriage storage, and can be equipped with AC, DVD/TV equipment, power outlets, and WIFI connectivity. If your group is larger than 31 people, you may want to consider renting a full-size coach bus, which includes all of the aforementioned amenities in addition to an onboard restroom and can accommodate up to 57 seats depending on the configuration.
As is the case with the amenities available aboard, the storage space of a minibus is limited. Bear in mind that seating space can easily be repurposed as storage space, but if your group will be traveling with baggage or equipment, you may want to upgrade to a mini coach bus — which comes standard with overhead and undercarriage compartments designed to accommodate anything your group might need to bring along.
Although not a standard feature, we do offer minibuses with full wheelchair accessibility. To ensure that you book the bus that meets your group’s needs, contact one of our award-winning booking specialists at least two to three months before the date of your trip. Our specialists can reach out to our network of over 2,300 bus operators, and connect you to the bus that best suits your needs.
Modern minibuses are purpose-built for efficiency and convenience, and are equipped with spacious, cushioned bench-seats that are very comfortable when travelling short distances. If your group is planning a trip projected to take longer than three hours, however, you may want to consider the rental of a mini coach bus specially fitted for passenger comfort with top-of-the-line seating or even a full-sized deluxe coach equipped with an on-board restroom.
Have decided that a minibus is right for your group travel needs? Ready to book your minibus rental? Check out these FAQs on how to rent a minibus.
Renting a minibus for your group’s trip is a great idea when convenience and cost-effectiveness are paramount. Minibuses are great options when efficient, timely transportation over short distances is required.
If your smaller group requires transportation for distances up to 300 miles, and added amenities or storage space isn’t required, then a minibus is ideal. Compared to full-sized school buses or coach buses, their smaller frames make pick-ups and drop-offs easier in urban centers, and allow for easier parking. Minibuses are also ideal for city or country tours with multiple destinations. and multiple minibuses can easily be used as a shuttle fleet for ferrying passengers between hotels and conference venues.
Before you rent a minibus, it’s important to determine the number of people that will be in your group. Also, determine the date of your trip, your itinerary, and your route. Finally, input your trip parameters into our easy to use instant booking tool and generate a custom quote for your trip.
Once you’ve decided on the details of your trip, renting a minibus is simple with our online booking tool. Simply input your trip’s particulars and the tool will generate a custom quote. The tool won’t lock you into your quote before you’re ready, so feel free to experiment by adjusting your trip’s variables to find the perfect option for you.
Once you you’ve received a quote that fits your budget, you can take advantage of our book now, pay later option. This way you can secure your current quote and defer payment up to 21 days before your trip. A full 24 hours before your trip begins, you will be given your driver’s name and contact information, as well as an emergency 24/7 contact number that will connect you with our helpful staff if you experience a problem at any point.
The earlier you can book your minibus, the better. We recommend booking your trip six months in advance, or even nine months if you’re planning a trip during the peak season in your area. Of course, our staff can also help with last minute booking, but the closer you get to the date of your projected trip, the more likely it becomes that the bus you need will be more difficult to secure — and may be subject to price surges that can easily be avoided by booking well ahead.
After accepting a quote, you will be contacted by one of our award-winning booking specialists who will finalize your booking and answer any questions you may have. If you’ve received a quote you’re happy with, but are still finalizing your guest list or securing financing from your group, you may want to take advantage of our book now, pay later option. This will allow you to reserve your quoted price, but defer payment to up to 21 days before your trip.
Minibuses are rented by a wide variety of groups and organizations for an equally varied list of roles.
Corporate clients and wedding planners rely on minibus rentals to ferry their guests quickly between multiple locations. A minibus with all your guests onboard will guarantee your group stays together and arrives on time.
Strange as it may seem, a large part of what makes a minibus appealing for group organizers is what it lacks. A minibus is intentionally lacking in unnecessary features that would only drive up the price of your rental. A minibus is ideal for keeping small groups together and getting them between local destinations as quickly and efficiently as possible. Their smaller frame grants them the versatility and maneuverability that larger buses lack, and makes parking in difficult areas much easier. This makes them perfect for field trips, sightseeing tours, and airport shuttles.