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Looking for a cost-effective and fuel-efficient charter bus rental? Bus.com offers safe and affordable minibus rentals for all your shorter trips. Book your minibus rental online or call us at (855) 428-7266 if you need assistance with your booking.

Why Rent a Minibus?

Safe and affordable ride

Every minibus rental comes with a fully-vetted and experienced driver ready to get you to your destination safely and efficiently.

Purpose-built for efficiency and economy

Minibus rentals are designed with fuel-economy and cost-efficiency in mind, offering smaller groups a convenient and affordable charter bus rental.

Book Now, Pay Later.

Our book now, pay later policy allows you to defer the payment of your coach bus rental up until 21 days before departure date.

Minibus charter rentals

Minibus rentals are the most convenient and cost-effective way to transport smaller groups within and between communities. Minibus charters are great for trips over shorter distances, offering a great alternative to 18 passenger van rentals and 20 seater vans

 

Minibus rentals are purpose-built for economy and efficiency, comfortably accommodating up to 21 passengers. Whether you’re looking for reliable transportation for a looping shuttle service, or your next tour, minibus charters have you covered. 

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Safety measures for all trips

In order to better protect our customers and our bus partners, our bus partners have implemented new COVID19 safety measures such as disinfecting 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

Uses for minibuses

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Weddings

Minibus rentals are ideal for consolidating your bridal party in one compact vehicle, be it on your wedding day, bridal shower, and even bachelor and bachelorette parties. Comfortably seating up to 20 people, minibus charters are the perfect choice to keep your wedding party intimate and all your guests safe.

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Businesses

Minibus rentals are a smart option for business events where efficiency and affordability matter. Minibus charters are ideal for keeping your employees together, promoting team-building on route to your next corporate retreat or conference. Accommodating up to 20 people, minibus rentals are designed to transport your employees over shorter distances.

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Shuttle services

Minibus rentals are a great choice for recurring shuttle services, offering passengers a compact and fuel-efficient charter bus rental. Whether you’re transporting employees to a work site, or a tour group between local attractions, minibus rentals are among the most convenient options due to their compact size and affordability.

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Tour Groups

Minibus rentals offer tour operators a convenient option for both small and medium-sized groups looking to explore new cities in comfort. Minibus charters are perfect for multi-destination trips, making them a great fit for tours and their many attractions. A fully-vetted driver will navigate the tricky roads so you don’t have to.

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Other minibus uses

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Student groups

Minibus rentals provide student groups with one of the most economical bus types and is purpose-built for short hops across the town. Whether visiting college or university campuses, or travelling to a case competition, minibus charters are among the most convenient options for student groups.

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Sports teams

Sports teams regularly turn to minibus rentals for all their transportation needs, offering their athletes a valuable opportunity for morale-building. Minibus rentals are best suited to small to medium sized sports teams without much equipment, however, seating at the front or back of the bus can easily be repurposed.

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K-12 Field Trips

Minibus rentals are perfectly suited for K-12 field trips, transporting up to 21 students safely and reliably. Minibus rentals offer teachers and chaperones the unique ability to keep the entire class consolidated in one compact, and affordable charter bus rental, allowing students to make the most of their educational experience.

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Conferences

Minibus rentals provide conference organizers a cost-effective and reliable method of transportation for all their guests and attendees. Every minibus charter comes with a fully-vetted and experienced driver with extensive knowledge of the area, ensuring your guests will be picked up and dropped off safely and on time.

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Construction

Construction projects often rely on minibus rentals, be it for a one-way charter or recurring daily shuttle services, transporting workers to and from the job sites efficiently and affordably. Minibus rentals are a great way to move small to medium-sized teams quickly, guaranteeing your workforce shows up on time.

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Event planners

Minibus rentals offer event planners the versatility and affordability they require for all their transportation needs. Whether operating as a wedding shuttle, transportation for a corporate seminar, or a company holiday party, minibus rentals are designed to keep the entire group together in one reliable charter bus rental.

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Military

Minibus rentals offer all branches of the military convenient and reliable transportation across short distances. Minibus rentals represent a cost-effective and comfortable transportation solution, eliminating unnecessary amenities to keep costs streamlined. Every minibus charter comes equipped with a fully-vetted and experienced driver, ensuring your military personnel arrive on time.

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Government

Minibus rentals are perfectly suited to all the transportation needs of municipal, state, and federal government groups, providing a cost-effective and reliable method of transportation. Purpose-built for efficiency and economy, minibus rentals are ideal for small to medium-sized government groups looking to travel shorter distances.

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Non-profits

Minibus rentals are regularly used for all the transportation needs of non-profit organizations, offering the perfect balance between functionality and cost-effectiveness. Minibus rentals offer small to medium-sized non-profit groups convenient and reliable transportation, ensuring their trip goes without a hitch. A fully-vetted and experienced driver will navigate the tricky roads so  you don’t have to.

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Festivals

Minibus rentals are an excellent choice for small to medium sized groups making their way to nearby festivals, safely accommodating up to 21 passengers in one cost-effective bus rental. A fully-vetted and experienced driver will be there to pick you up and drop you off, leaving passengers free to bond on the ride.

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Spiritual/church groups

Minibus rentals completely eliminate the hassle of group transportation for spiritual and church groups, consolidating up to 21 passengers in a cost-efficient and comfortable bus rental. All minibus charter rentals come with a fully-vetted and experienced driver that will navigate traffic and parking so you don’t have to.

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Touring musicians

Minibus rentals provide comfortable and cost-efficient transportation for touring bands, ensuring musicians arrive at their next gig safely, well-rested, and reliably. Minibus rentals may not boast excessive storage, however, seats at the front or back of the bus can easily be repurposed for storing musical equipment.

Available minibus rentals

Bus.com offers one type of minibus rental, the FordE450. Contact a booking specialist or call us at (855) 428-7266 with all your minibus rental questions! Here’s everything you need to know about the FordE450.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Minibus Bookings

What is a Minibus?

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.

How many people fit on a Minibus charter rental?

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.

Who usually rents a Minibus?

Minibuses are rented by a wide variety of groups and organizations for an equally varied list of roles.

Schools, church groups, senior groups and youth groups enjoy the cost-effectiveness as well as the roomy passenger cabins that make loading and unloading easy.

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.

What kind of trips are a Minibus for?

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.

What are the benefits of renting a Minibus?

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.

Can I buy an intercity or a single Minibus ticket?

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.

When does the Minibus rental make pit-stops?

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.

Can I rent a Minibus for myself and my family?

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.

Can I rent more than one Minibus?

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.

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

We’d be happy to! Either refer to our shuttle page for more detailed information, or contact us directly at [email protected].

Can I organize a Minibus shuttle service instead of having tw Minibus doing 1 transfer each?

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.

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

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.

Are Minibus rentals a sustainable mode of transportation?

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.

Are Minibus rentals a safe mode of transportation?

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.

Minibus Specifications, Amenities, and Accessibility

What amenities are available on a Minibus?

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.

Are Minibuses wheelchair accessible?

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.

Are Minibuses comfortable?

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.

How much storage space does a Minibus have?

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.

Does my Minibus rental come with a driver?

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.

Is it possible to rent a Minibus without a driver?

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.

Can I take a Minibus for a driving test?

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.

Where can I see pictures of a Minibus?

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.

Minibus Pricing

How much does a Minibus rental generally cost?

The average minibus rental price is  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.

What factors impact Minibus rental prices?

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 minibus rental price. 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.

What can I do to ensure I have access to the lowest minibus rental prices?

One of the best ways to make sure you can access the lowest price options possible for your minibus rental is to try to rent a minibus during the off-season if possible. The off-season generally falls between December and March, when minibus 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.

What is the service fee on my Minibus quote?

The service fee we charge is for booking your trip, and much of it goes to maintaining our website.

What is the driver's hotel fee for in my Minibus 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. 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.

How do your insurance plans work for a Minibus booking?

The majority of our U.S. bus partners have $5 million coverage for any automobile liability and an additional $5 million for general liability.

What is your Minibus rental cancellation policy?

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.

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

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.

 

To learn more about this program, check out our blog post or to contact us directly about setting up a custom payment plan, reach us at [email protected].

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

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.

Can Bus.com do a Minibus booking at my budget?

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.

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

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.

Does Bus.com offer Minibus rental discounts for nonprofit organizations?

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.

Does Bus.com offer Minibus rental discounts for veterans?

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.

How to Rent a Minibus

How do I rent a Minibus rental?

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.

Which details do I need to know before renting a Minibus?

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.

How do I find a Minibus rental near me?

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.

When should I book my Minibus?

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.

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

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].

Other available bus types

Not sold on what kind of charter bus rental is right for you? Bus.com offers a variety of options.

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