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A school bus charter bus rental provides convenient and affordable group transportation

A school bus rental is a great option for shuttle services, field trips, and they even make a great backdrop for wedding photos. Any time you’re planning something short and sweet, renting a school bus from a charter bus company is a safe bet.

 

New: looking to rent a vehicle that be can be driven by a member of your team? While a school bus rental must be driven by a professional driver, we now offer sprinter van rentals that come with or without a driver. More information here.

Frequently Asked Questions About School Bus Bookings

What is a school bus?

The iconic yellow school bus is a common sight across North America, and while they’re closely associated with safely carrying students, they’re also extremely versatile vehicles frequently used to transport people of all ages for a wide variety of events.

How many people fit on a school bus charter rental?

The average school bus fits 47 people. When you decide how many school buses you need for your trip or shuttle service, remember to account for chaperones and other leaders. Most school buses do not have undercarriages like coach buses do. That means you’ll have to account for luggage space. Reserve a few rows of seats if you are transporting lots of equipment. This is an important consideration for sports teams and campers. If you’re planning a shuttle service for a wedding or an office party, you may want to book more than one school bus. Speak to a Bus.com booking specialist for shuttle bus details.

Who usually rents a school bus?

If you’re looking to save money on short trips, you can consider the school bus as your dependable, go-to vehicle. Whether it’s school staff and parents planning for field trips, community leaders organizing spiritual events, or a group of old friends preparing the ultimate bachelor party, just about any sized group will benefit from the affordable flexibility a school bus rental offers.

For some lighthearted, rustic flair, school bus shuttle rentals have become a popular choice for wedding planners as well. Not only are they a fun and affordable way to get your guests between venues, but you might be surprised how their iconic yellow color and retro design can make the perfect backdrop to a set of wedding photos.

What kind of trips are a school bus for?

School buses are one of the most versatile and affordable bus types available and they’re perfect for a wide range of groups.

They’re a popular choice for student ski trips, sports teams, and other student groups and they’re commonly used by tour groups, church groups, not-for-profits, fundraisers, or other large community organizations that need to make frequent short distance trips. School buses are even a trendy choice for weddings and make a great backdrop for a fun photoshoot.

What are the benefits of renting a school bus?

School buses are super practical, as well as one of the most inexpensive group transportation options out there. Instead of having a stream of cabs lined up outside your venue (making navigation a bit harder to do!), rent a charter bus and set up a convenient school bus rental to guarantee a smooth ride for your guests, whether it’s for your wedding, conference, corporate retreat, or school outing.

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

Unfortunately, we don’t currently have individual intercity bus tickets for sale, but we offer shuttle tickets for some of North America’s most popular music festivals.

When does the school bus rental make pit-stops?

That decision is entirely up to you and you can make as many as you like. We strongly recommend at least one stop for every four hours of driving time you have planned.

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

You can! A school bus is a safe and affordable way to organize large family gatherings. A typical school bus fits up to 47 people, but keep in mind that there aren’t any dedicated storage bays like those found on a coach bus, so if you’ve got lots of luggage to bring along, be sure to take that into account. And if you don’t quite need space for 47 people, you may want to consider a smaller bus type such as the minibus or Sprinter van.

Can I rent more than one school bus?

You can rent as many school buses as you need. The easiest way to rent multiple buses is to check out our enterprise page which we’ve tailored for larger-scale events that typically involve more than one charter bus.

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

We certainly can! For more information on organizing a shuttle service, be sure to check out our shuttle page or email us directly at [email protected]

Can I organize a school bus shuttle service instead of having 2 school buses doing 1 transfer each?

Absolutely! A shuttle service with a single vehicle can be a great way to keep your transportation budget in check when you need to move groups across relatively short distances. Be sure not to forget that doing this means some of your group will have to wait for the bus to make a full round trip, so it’s not always an option when your destination is further away.

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

We can provide you with all the information for the bus partner that will be servicing your booking 24 hours before your departure.

Are school bus rentals a sustainable mode of transportation?

Yes! In fact, charter bus travel is actually one of the most environmentally sustainable modes of transportation when comparing fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and passenger count. The Union of Concerned Scientists and the American Bus Association Foundation have found that group motor coach travel is the most sustainable form of transportation in the United States. To learn more about the sustainability of charter bus travel, check out our blog. 

Are school bus rentals a safe mode of transportation?

School bus charter rentals are very safe. Every bus is equipped with security features like specialized brake systems, lighting, emergency exits, and escape hatches in the roof. The driver has also been strictly vetted to ensure quality and safe service. Many people wonder about the safety of school buses because they don’t typically have seat belts, but their lack of belts is actually a safety feature. The school bus was designed to transport children, and historically, passenger groups have been mostly kids and one or two adults. The belts were left off because it would be too unsafe for the adults to undo all 40 kids in the case of an emergency. To make up for the lack of belts, the seats are designed to absorb impact. Before you rent a charter bus, learn more about school bus safety.

Is it possible to rent a school bus for a wedding?

Absolutely! Renting a school bus for wedding shuttle services is very on trend, after all. Their gorgeous yellow color and retro design is a perfect addition to any wedding photo. Please consult our wedding page for more information.

Any tips for transporting students?

Whenever you’re transporting minors, planning becomes a bit more complicated. There are a few extra items to add to your to-do list when you rent a school bus. At the top of that list should be collecting permission slips. It’s also important to plan on having chaperones on your school bus. We recommend having at least two chaperones on every charter bus. For more information about student transportation, read “The Ultimate Guide to Student Bus Rentals.”

School Bus Specifications, Amenities, and Accessibility

Do school buses come in different sizes?

Several different school bus sizes are available. Some of the most common and popular are the International RE300 which has room for up to 42 passengers, the Bue Bird Vision which seats up to 46, and the iconic Thomas school bus which seats up to 52.

What amenities are available on a school bus?

Consider the school bus as a reliable, no-frills option that provides all the essentials for your trip. They’re also extremely versatile and make a great choice for student trips, shuttle services, urban foodie tours, corporate retreats, or even for a lighthearted wedding. However, the lack of amenities like air conditioning, storage space, and onboard restrooms means you’ll need to be conscious of how you’re planning to use your charter bus rental

Are school buses wheelchair accessible?

We can provide ADA accessible buses that are available upon request. If you require accessible transportation, be sure to reach out to our booking specialists at [email protected] once you’ve completed your booking.

Are school buses comfortable?

Yes, the school bus is a comfortable form of charter bus. We wouldn’t call school buses luxury vehicles—they’re no coach bus—but the school bus has come a long way since their first iteration. Early school buses took the form of a vehicle called “the kid hack.” They were designed by Wayne Works Company, and they were pretty much a big sled or wagon. Today, school buses are spacious and fitted with cushioned seats. But they don’t have onboard restrooms, so they’re not great for trips longer than 3 hours. But shuttle bus services, field trips, and other short rides are well-served by a school bus.

How much storage space does a school bus have?

School bus rentals typically come with limited or no storage, but with a little bit of creativity, you can make it work regardless. Set aside your own storage space by reserving a few seats in the front or back of the bus, and there you have it, extra room for baggage! Just make sure you rent a school bus with a number of seats that’s a little over your number of passengers.

Does my school bus rental come with a driver?

It does! All of our charter bus rentals come with a vetted professional driver who will handle all the transportation aspects of your booking.

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

No. As a special driver’s license is required to drive a school bus, we only offer chauffeured school bus rentals. However, we do offer Sprinter van rentals that can be driven by a member of your group. If you are looking to transport a large group, your best bet is to rent a charter bus.

Can I take a school bus for a driving test?

We don’t currently offer buses for those needing to complete a driver’s test. That said, in certain areas, we provide driverless Sprinter van rentals. If this is an option that works for you, be sure to check out our page on renting a Sprinter van without a driver.

Where can I see pictures of your school buses?

As soon as our procurement agents have confirmed your booking, photos will be available to show you what your bus will look like. Unfortunately, we can’t provide photos sooner as the interior and exterior look of buses can vary somewhat between our bus partners across North America.

School Bus Pricing

How much does a school bus rental generally cost?

Renting a school bus typically costs between $389 and $850 per-day. Please note that this price is subject to vary based on many factors such as your trip date, length, and location. There is a four hour minimum rental fee, as per industry standards. Visit our online booking tool to receive an instant accurate pricing overview for your particular trip and to find a charter bus for rent.

What factors impact school bus rental prices?

Renting a school bus typically costs between $389 and $850 per-day. Please note that this price is subject to vary based on many factors such as your trip date, length, and location. There is a four hour minimum rental fee, as per industry standards. Visit our online booking tool to receive an instant accurate pricing overview for your particular trip and to find a charter bus for rent.

What factors impact school bus rental prices?

As with every charter bus, school bus rental prices vary depending on a few factors. Everything from which time of year you book your school bus to which time of day has a significant impact on school bus rental prices. School bus rental prices are generally more expensive during the early mornings (since you’re in direct competition with school bus fleets dedicated to actual schools), and late at night, when it’s harder to secure a driver. The best times of year to book a school bus are during July and August, when school’s out and bus availability becomes abundant, which impacts the price to rent a school bus.

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

One of the best ways to make sure you can access the lowest possible price options for your trip is to book during the off-season, as this is typically when charter bus rental prices will be at their lowest. Depending on your exact location in North America, this off-season generally falls between the months of December and March. If you’re unable to book during the off-season, it’s still possible to secure a much better deal if you book well in advance.

Note that we also provide a price-matching program, so if you’ve located a quote at a lower price than we’ve provided, be sure to let us know, and we’ll do all we can to match it.

What is the service fee on my school bus quote?

The service fee represents our booking charge and goes towards maintaining our website.

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

A driver’s hotel fee is added automatically whenever a driver’s total number of driving hours exceeds the daily limits set by the Departments of Transportation in both the United States and Canada. Our drivers can legally drive up to ten hours in the US and be on duty for 12 hours, but then they need to take an eight-hour break. In Canada, our drivers can legally drive up to 12 hours and be on duty for 14 hours, and then they have to take a break.

How do your insurance plans work for a school bus booking?

The majority of our United States-based bus partners have a $5 million coverage policy general liability and a $5 million for automobile liability.

What is your school bus rental cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is slightly different for each bus type, but for school bus charter rentals, we offer 100% money back on all cancellations that are made at least seven days or more before the trip date. We also offer 50% money back on cancellations made between six and three days before a scheduled trip. Unfortunately, we don’t provide refunds on service fees, or cancellations made 72 hours or less before a trip’s scheduled start.

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

We offer a  Book Now, Pay Later option which means you’ll only be charged 21 days before the departure date of your booking. Taking advantage of this offer also confirms your booking so our procurement team can make sure your bus is secure well in advance. Additionally, we can also set up payment plans. Be sure to send us a message at [email protected] for more information.

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

Unfortunately, no. We need your email address to make an account for your booking to be associated with so we can provide you with instant quotes. That said, you can unsubscribe from all email correspondence as soon as we’ve established your account if you prefer.

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

We’re always working closely with our bus partners to get the best prices possible. Reach out to us with your budget, and we’ll do all we can to make your trip a reality.

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

Typically, we offer discount rates for multi-month contracts, trips that span several days, or for several recurring bookings in a calendar year. If you’re planning a large-scale or frequent booking, ask us about setting up an enterprise account, and we’ll see what we can do!

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

At present, we don’t offer discounts specifically for nonprofit organizations. That said, we offer discount charter bus rental rates for certain situations, such as multi-month bookings, recurring trips, or some longer trips. If you’re curious about our discount criteria, be sure to contact us at [email protected]

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

We don’t currently offer charter bus rental discounts for veterans specifically, but we offer discounts for certain scenarios like multi-month contracts, recurring bookings, or trips that span multiple days. To discuss a possible discount for your booking, reach out to us at [email protected]

How to Rent a School Bus

How do I book a school bus rental?

To explore school bus rental options, start by inputting your trip date, destination, and preferred bus type into our easy to use booking tool. You are under no obligation to accept a bus rental price option at this point, so feel free to play around with different travel scenarios. Also, keep in mind that when you’ve accepted a price option, you then have three days before it expires. Once you’ve confirmed your booking with our booking team, you can move on to collecting funds from your participants, communicating your transportation plan, and organizing any necessary permission slips (very important if you’re traveling with minors). If at any point you need help, be sure to contact our 24/7 customer care team or consult our travel guides. For all school bus road trips, we recommend reading our guide for packing carry on luggage.

Which details do I need to know before booking a school bus?

Before you find a school bus to rent, add up the amount of people who’ll be traveling in your group, determine the date of your trip, the venues you’ll visit, and an idea of the type of bus you’d like to ride. You’ll also need the contact information of the person responsible for booking transportation—which may be you. Simply enter this information into our online booking tool to receive a custom quote for your trip. You’re under no obligation to accept a quote, so feel free to play around with different group sizes, different dates, and different bus types.

How do I find a school bus rental near me?

By inputting the details of your upcoming trip into Bus.com’s easy to use online booking tool, you’ll be given a range of school bus rental options in your area. If there aren’t any school buses available in the region for the dates you’ve chosen, be sure to contact our customer care team at  or [email protected] We’re standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to turn your trip plans into a reality.

When should I book my school bus?

It’s best to rent your school bus at least 6 months in advance. We recommend this time frame because it allows renters to benefit from early bird prices. The closer you get to your departure date, the fewer buses will be available. As bus availability dwindles, prices tend to increase. That’s why booking early is important. If you’re waiting for funding and don’t have the full amount up front, take advantage of our Book Now, Pay Later option. Accept your quote at the best price, but wait to pay until 21 days before departure.If you are traveling with a smaller group, a minibus rental may better suit your needs.

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. You can contact a reservation specialist by  emailing us at [email protected]

What sets Bus.com apart from other school bus companies?

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 school bus rental 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 school bus rental solutions for you and your team — and our support team is can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Available school bus models

When it comes to renting a charter bus, different groups have different needs. That's why we offer a wide variety of school bus rentals.

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Uses for school buses

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K-12 field trips

School buses are the quintessential field trip bus types, and are great for large class sizes, even with chaperones and teachers, as the buses seat up to 48 people. School buses are also our most cost-effective bus type for large groups and offer a safe, comfortable ride, purpose-built for travel times of 2.5 hours or less.

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Student groups

Not just for younger students, classic big yellow school buses can be a great option for college and university events. When you charter a school bus, you guarantee your groups won’t get lost, arrive staggered, or show up late. When you rent a charter bus, it also prevents them from having to grapple with expensive taxis or public transit systems they may not be familiar with.

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Corporations

A school bus rental is our most economic bus type for larger groups, with seating for up to 48 people, and are best employed in situations when overall travel time is less than 2.5 hours. A school bus rental is great for ensuring your guests or employees get to your event venues without having to grapple with securing their own transportation. Corporations rent charter buses for all kinds of events, such as team building or transport to training sessions.

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Weddings

A school bus makes a fun choice for wedding transportation, and it’s quickly gaining in popularity. School buses are a quirky, nostalgic way to get you and your guests around and are perfect for creating a less formal, more lighthearted celebratory atmosphere. Many wedding planners rent charter buses as an alternative to multiple vehicle transport. Rent a school bus for your wedding if you are not willing to compromise on price or convenience.

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Conferences

A bus type valued for its functionality and affordability, a school bus is also a great fit for conferences.  A school bus is an efficient way to get your attendees between their hotels and conference venues, and all Bus.com school bus charter rentals include vetted drivers. Conference organizers rent charter buses to cut down on planning time and parking headaches. 

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Shuttle services

Along with traditional “point A to point B” charter bus services, Bus.com also offers dynamic shuttle services that can be customized to fit your group’s unique needs. A school bus is a great vehicle for a shuttle service as it is economical and comfortable for short distances.

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Church and spiritual groups

A school bus rental is an excellent choice to facilitate your spiritual event plans and is a great way to keep your group together and accounted for while in transit. They’re our most cost-effective bus type, so large groups of up to 48 people will often charter school buses. Rent a school bus to transport your large church group for less.

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Non-profits

A school bus is an excellent choice for non-profit organizations who charter school buses when they are in need of efficient and cost-effective transportation. Non-profits will benefit from the versatility and high passenger capacity of a school bus, and as with all Bus.com charter rentals, a school bus comes with a professional driver who will handle all aspects of your transportation and has a knowledge of the area you’ll be traveling through.    

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Tourist groups

A school bus is an excellent option for tour groups in need of reliable, cost-effective transportation. School buses are well-suited for multiple short trips, as might be the case for tours around a city’s museum district, or between vineyards in wine-growing regions. As with all charter bookings from Bus.com, a school bus charter also comes with a vetted driver who will handle all the necessary transportation logistics for your group.

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Government groups

Whether for municipal, state, or federal government transportation, a school bus is a great choice for reliability, flexibility, and overall cost-effectiveness. A school bus features a high passenger capacity, omits the inclusion of unnecessary amenities, and includes a vetted, professional driver for each booking. A school bus charter is an efficient way to ensure your governmental group on time at their destination and as a cohesive unit.

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Military personnel

For reliable personnel transportation across all branches of the military, a school bus is ideally suited to the job. School buses have some of the largest passenger capacities among available bus types while being one of the most affordable, and without including unnecessary amenities. Military groups may rent a school bus as an economical way to get them to and from points of duty. Booking a school bus charter will ensure your team relocation goes off without a hitch, and that they will arrive at their destination as a unit and on time.

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Festivals

A popular choice for festival-goers, school bus charter rentals provide reliable and affordable transportation to and from festival sites. The large passenger capacity and functional lack of unnecessary added amenities of a school bus make it a great choice. School bus charter rentals from Bus.com also include a professional driver to handle all your transportation logistics, leaving your entire group free to socialize and relax in transit.

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Touring musicians

For their functionality and affordability, a school bus is a great choice for touring bands. School buses are extremely versatile, and their large passenger capacity can be partially dedicated to equipment storage. Large bands may rent a school bus because it may be more economical than renting a number of separate vehicles. A charter bus rental ensures your entire band will arrive together, and the vetted, professional driver included in each charter bus rental will guarantee each band member has time to rest up before the show.

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Event planners

Whether you’re planning a class reunion, an industry tradeshow, a company party, or even if you’re after a school bus for a birthday party, a school bus is a reliable and cost-effective transportation solution for event planners. A school bus provides a nostalgic touch that guests, attendees, and employees are sure to appreciate, and Bus.com’s charter rentals always include a professional driver who will ensure your groups arrive safely, together, and on time to your carefully planned events. Many event planners may opt to rent a school bus as an effective way to stay on-budget. 

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Sports teams

A school bus is a great candidate for providing sports teams with functional, efficient transport. The high passenger capacity of a school bus is well suited to even large teams, especially those without the need for dedicated equipment storage. A school bus is one of the most affordable bus types, and with a professional driver included in each charter rental, you can ensure your entire team gets the rest they need so they can focus on the upcoming game.

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Construction sites

For assembling construction workers as efficiently and affordably as possible, a school bus rental is an excellent choice. School buses are reliable and functional bus type with high passenger capacity and without unnecessary amenities. Rent a school bus to quickly deliver your workforce according to your time frame, and each charter rental includes a thoroughly vetted driver with knowledge of the local area.

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