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The minibus is the perfect vehicle for an efficient charter bus rental
Discover the most convenient and cost-effective way to transport smaller groups within and between communities. Corporate groups, student groups, and tourist groups are all people who may rent charter buses, and many of these groups prefer a minibus rental. With a similar interior layout to a school bus, but on a smaller scale, minibus rentals are ideally suited for tours involving short distance hops between local attractions, or as nimble feet vehicles in a looping shuttle service for corporate events with multiple venues. A minibus rental is as versatile as it is convenient, and is a great alternative to an 18 passenger van rental or 20 seater vans. Every minibus comes purpose-built for economy and efficiency above all else.
A minibus is very similar to a classic yellow school bus, but it’s quite a bit smaller, making it an excellent cost-effective choice for smaller groups travelling short distances.
A minibus charter bus rental has 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, there are other charter bus options available. A school bus rental can keep you on budget while providing seating for up to 52 people. As a Sprinter van rental can generally accommodate up to 15 passengers, a minibus is a great option for groups of 16 passengers and more.
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.
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. Minibus charter bus rentals 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.
Strange as it may seem, a large part of what makes a minibus rental 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, tour groups, and airport shuttles.
We don’t currently run scheduled trips between cities or sell individual tickets at this time. Although, we do offer shuttle tickets to some of North America’s most popular music festivals. You can find more information on our festival shuttle services here.
That’s entirely up to you! You can schedule pit stops during your trip whenever you like, but we recommend at least one stop for every three or four hours of driving time.
You certainly can! A minibus is a great bus for family rentals, but if you’re planning a bigger family event or need some space for luggage, you may also want to check out a mini coach which seats up to 32.
Yes! You’re able to rent as many minibuses as you need for your events. If you’re planning a trip that may involve multiple rentals, head over to our enterprise page, which is tailored to helping you organize your large-scale plans.
Absolutely. Organizing a minibus shuttle service instead of a pair of minibuses making one transfer each can be a great way to cut down on costs when moving your group over short distances. Just bear in mind that a portion of your group will have to wait for the bus to make a full circuit.
We’ll be able to offer you all the information on which of our bus partners will be providing the vehicle for your trip 24 hours before your scheduled departure.
It so happens that minibus rentals and charter bus rentals, in general, are one of the most sustainable modes of group transportation when comparing average passenger count, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions. A joint study between the American Bus Association Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists found that buses and motor coaches are the most sustainable forms of transportation in the United States. If you’re interested in more information, check out our blog post on sustainability in the charter bus industry.
Traveling by charter bus is actually the second safest way for groups to travel worldwide. Charter bus travel is four times safer than train travel and a whopping 50 times safer than traveling in a private car. If you’re interested in more information about the safety of charter bus travel, check out our post on the safest ways to travel.
The standard minibus charter bus rental purposefully features very few amenities in order to keep your rental as inexpensive and streamlined as possible without loading the vehicle with features that you and your group won’t need. That being said, certain minibus configurations can be fitted with extras such as air conditioning, DVD/TV audiovisual equipment, and power outlets.
To ensure you book the charter bus rental that works best for you, be sure to speak with one of our booking specialists. 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 Wi-Fi 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.
Although not a standard feature, we do offer minibuses with full wheelchair accessibility. To ensure that you rent a bus that meets your group’s needs, reach out to one of our customer care specialists at [email protected] at least two to three months before the date of your trip. Our specialists can reach out to our network of over 3,300 bus partners, 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 traveling short distances. If your group is planning a trip projected to take longer than three hours, however, you may want to consider other charter bus rentals, such as a mini coach charter bus rental specially fitted for passenger comfort with top-of-the-line seating or even a full-sized deluxe coach equipped with an on-board restroom.
As is the case with the amenities available aboard, the storage space of a minibus rental is limited. Bear in mind that seating space can easily be repurposed as storage space, but if your group is traveling with baggage or equipment, you may want to upgrade and rent a bus that comes with more storage — like a mini coach bus — which comes standard with overhead and undercarriage compartments designed to accommodate anything your group might need to bring along.
All of our charter bus rentals come with a vetted, professional driver with knowledge of the areas you’ll be traveling through during your trip.
No. As a special driver’s license is required to drive a minibus rental, we only offer chauffeured minibus rentals that come with professional drivers. However, we do offer Sprinter van rentals that can be driven by a member of your group.
Regrettably, we require that all of our minibuses are driven by professional drivers and we can’t provide a minibus rental for the purpose of a personal driver’s test. That said, in some areas we offer Sprinter van rentals that you can drive yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about this option, check out our page on how to rent a driverless Sprinter van in your area.
Once our procurement team has confirmed our booking with our network of bus partners, we can provide you with photos of your minibus. Unfortunately, we’re unable to do this sooner as the exact appearance of our minibuses can vary slightly between bus partners.
The average minibus costs between $400 and $900 per-day.
Please note that minibus rental prices are 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 pricing overview of the minibus rental prices for your particular trip.
Your minibus rental may vary according to local availability, the time of the year, 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 charter bus rental quote.
One of the best ways to make sure you can access the lowest price options possible for your minibus rental is to try to book your trip during the off-season if possible. The off-season generally falls between December and March, when bus rental prices are usually at their lowest. If you have no choice but to book during the busier bus rental season, you can still take advantage of much lower prices if you’re able to book well in advance.
Note that we also have a price-matching program and will do our utmost to match any lower price options you may find.
The service fee we charge is for booking your trip, and much of it goes to maintaining our website.
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. or 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 majority of our U.S. bus partners have $5 million coverage for any automobile liability and an additional $5 million for general liability.
For all minibus charter rentals, we offer 100% money back on any cancellations made 21 or more days before your trip and then 50% money back on any cancellations made between 20 and 14 days before your trip.
Unfortunately, we don’t issue refunds on service fees or cancellations made on minibus rentals 13 days or less before the scheduled date of your trip.
That said, our policy is somewhat different for school bus rentals. We offer 100% money back on school bus rentals made seven days or more before the trip date and 50% money back on any cancellations made between six and three days before the date. Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer refunds on service fees or cancellations made 72 hours or less before the scheduled start of your school bus rental trip.
We have a “book now, pay later” option that lets you reserve your bus and price point option well in advance by registering with your credit card. Your card will only be billed 21 days from your departure date.
We need your email address to create an account to give you an accurate estimate for your trip. However, once we’ve made your account and provided you with an estimate, you’re free to unsubscribe from our mailing lists at any point.
We work closely with our network of over 3,300 bus operators to provide the lowest possible price options. If you have a budget in mind, reach out to us directly and we’ll do our best to make your trip happen within your budget.
Typically, we offer discounts for multi-month contracts, trips spanning several days, or several trips in the same calendar year. If you may be planning several rentals and are interested in these discounts, be sure to ask us about setting up an enterprise account, and we’ll see what we can do.
We don’t presently offer discounts for any specific nonprofit organizations. However, we do offer discounts for recurring or long-term rentals. If you’re part of an organization planning frequent or longer-term trips, be sure to let us know.
We don’t currently offer any discounts specifically for veterans or veteran organizations. However, we do offer discounts for certain scenarios such as multi-month contract bookings or trips that span several days.
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 price options in your area. 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 fit for you.
Once you’ve received a price option that fits your budget, you can choose to 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.
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 list of price options for your charter bus rental.
Inputting your trip information into our quick, easy-to-use booking tool will not only find you the best minibus price options but the best minibus price options in your area. If you discover there aren’t any minibus rentals available near you for your required booking dates, please reach out to our customer care team at [email protected] and we’ll see what we can do.
The earlier you can book your minibus rental, 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.
Bus.com’s customer service team is here for you to answer any questions about your charter bus rental. Please reach out to us at [email protected].
In order to better protect our customers and our bus partners, we have implemented new measures such as the disinfecting of buses between trips
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If you have wedding guests to transport, why not rent a minibus? Most minibus rental configurations comfortably seat groups of up to 20, making them the perfect size for keeping your bridal party together and accounted for while you switch venues. A small bus rental is the perfect touch for your perfect day.
A minibus charter bus rental is a smart choice for corporate events when efficiency and affordability are key. As is the case with all of our charter bus rentals, our minibus rentals come with a vetted hired driver who knows the area you’ll be traveling through and will handle all your trips driving, parking, and navigation.
A minibus rental from Bus.com also comes standard with a professional hired driver, carefully vetted and picked for their knowledge of the area you’ll be traveling through. When you rent a bus, your driver will handle all the navigation, driving, and parking throughout your trip. This will free you up to focus on your students, guaranteeing them the best possible educational experience while you’re out of the classroom.
Cost-effective and efficient, a minibus charter bus rental is an ideal choice for conference organizers. A minibus is well suited for small to medium-sized groups, or for running continuous shuttles between conference venues. The small size of a minibus also ensures it can travel where larger buses might have difficulty. A minibus can easily cross dense downtown cores, and facilitate loading and unloadings on even the busiest streets.
Aside from traditional charter bus rentals, Bus.com also offers dynamic shuttle services that can be adapted to fit any company or group’s specific needs. The minibus is a great choice for shuttles due to its compact size and affordability.
The versatility and affordability of a minibus make it the perfect charter bus rental for event planners. Whether operating as a wedding shuttle, as bus transportation for a corporate seminar, or a safe and reliable end-of-night service for a company holiday party, a minibus can fill a wide variety of roles. When you rent a bus, it is a great way to make sure your attendees won’t get lost in transit, and that they arrive together and on time.
When it comes to college and university events, their bus transportation needs can vary greatly. The minibus is our most economical bus type and is purpose-built for short hops across town, ideally with travel times of less than two hours, or as efficient circuit shuttles between multiple venues.
Transportation needs for spiritual group events can vary greatly. A minibus charter is perfect for smaller groups of up to 20 people and is a great way to avoid the hassle, cost, and confusion that can come with your group members having to arrange for their own but transportation.
Assembling workers for construction projects can be challenging, but the functionality and cost-effectiveness of a minibus can be an enormous help. Whether a simple one-way charter or a recurring daily shuttle service, a minibus is a great way to transport small and medium-sized teams to worksites quickly and efficiently. A minibus can contribute to team morale, providing time for your team to bond, while ensuring your workforce shows up together and right on time.
A minibus is an affordable choice for sports teams, particularly small to medium-sized teams without much equipment. As with all charter buses from Bus.com, a minibus comes with a vetted, professional driver with knowledge of the area you’ll be traveling through, guaranteeing none of your teammates will get lost trying to find a venue on their own. Chartering a minibus for your sports team also provides a valuable opportunity for morale-building while in transit.
A minibus is a great choice for any branch of the military that needs to quickly and efficiently transport military personnel across short distances. A minibus is a functional and affordable choice, offering a comfortable ride without unnecessary amenities. As with all charters from Bus.com, a minibus charter also comes with a vetted, professional driver who will handle all driving and navigation, ensuring your team always arrives together and on time.
A minibus makes a great option for small and medium-sized groups who require comfortable transportation but don’t need the size and specialty amenities provided by several of the other bus types. The minibus is ideal for efficient trips between one, two, or even several locations, and as is always the case at Bus.com, our charter buses include a professional driver with knowledge of the areas you’ll be traveling through.
For small and medium-sized groups in need of affordable and reliable festival transportation, a minibus charter is an excellent choice. Your booking automatically includes a vetted, professional driver who will handle all the pickups and drop-offs, leaving passengers free to bond on the ride in and recuperate while swapping stories on the way out.
For touring bands, a minibus can provide comfortable and efficient transport without going over budget. As with all charter rentals from Bus.com, a minibus also comes with a vetted, professional driver who will handle all the navigation, driving, and parking, so that all bandmembers can get the rest they need before each gig.
Non-profits often need transportation to fill a wide variety of roles. A minibus is an adaptable candidate to fill these roles thanks to its reliability, affordability, and focus on functionality. The minibus is a great fit for small to medium-sized teams, and our professional drivers ensure your teams won’t have to worry about the logistics of navigating, parking, or driving.
A versatile minibus is well suited to municipal, state, and federal level transportation needs when requiring the efficient movement of small to medium-sized groups over short distances. Purposefully lacking some of the unnecessary luxuries of other bus types, the minibus remains surprisingly comfortable and is a perfect balance of functionality and cost-effectiveness.
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