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As a group organizer or trip goer, renting from Bus.com is a great way to set yourself up for success. With 24/7 customer service and an online booking system that is easy to use, there’s no reason to be stressed during your journey with our help along the way. At Bus.com, safe and reliable transportation comes first.
Your tour bus experience depends on your style of travel. Not everyone is on the same mission, nor will they explore an area in the same ways. Here is just a sampling of some of the types of groups we have experience working with.
We have a variety of options available depending on your group’s needs. Our services include four different charter bus types, including a minibus, mini coach, school bus and coach bus.
The beauty of chartering a tour bus is that you can plan ahead, allowing you to curate the perfect tour -- without breaking the bank. We’re here to help you navigate your planning, so you can come in on budget.
The price of a tour bus rental will vary depending on several factors, including the type of bus you choose,the amenities you require, region, seasonality, distance, and drive time. Use the Bus.com instant booking tool to get an up-to-the-minute, personalized quote that factors in everything from total drive time, to taxes, to gratuity. This means no guessing, and no surprises.
The biggest causes of fluctuation in tour bus pricing are bus type and time, which includes not only the duration of your trip, but time of year and day, as well. Generally speaking, peak tour season will see a surge in pricing, as will nighttime rentals, given that drivers are typically paid a premium after dark (which shouldn’t be a problem for you, unless you’re planning a night tour). Time is on your side once again, as most tours can be completed in a day. However, if you’re planning a longer, out-of-town tour, your rental cost may include accommodations for the driver. For a breakdown of what drive time and on-duty time mean for your budget, take a peek at our guide to how minimum drive times factor into your bus rental quote.
As for bus type, while there is a difference between the budget-friendly school bus, the compact mini coach bus, and the full-size coach bus, that difference is not as significant as you might think, as the bulk of the cost goes towards paying for the driver’s time.
The amenities you choose depend entirely on the size of your group, its needs, and your itinerary. Whether you want a no frills ride, or to tour the town in the lap of luxury, we’ve got you covered.
As many or as few as you want! For smaller groups travelling shorter distances and don’t require luggage space, the minibus can be an option.
For larger groups travelling longer distances, the coach bus or the mini coach is a better options. The full-size coach accommodates up to 55 passengers, and the mini coach 32, both with plenty of storage space for luggage.
This depends on the level of comfort you’re after. Typically, the school bus and minibus offer minimal amenities, keeping your rental inexpensive and free of bells and whistles you don’t necessarily want or need. That said, the full-size coach and mini coach bus rental options offer a variety of the bells and whistles to help pass the time on longer hauls.
The coach and mini coach offer the most storage, with overhead bins and undercarriage bays, for longer tours that take you out of town — or if you’ve got a lot of equipment, like tripods and trekking poles (a couple dozen pairs of poles will take up some serious real estate).
We can provide full wheelchair accessibility for all bus types upon request. Just be sure to talk to one of our award-winning booking agents two to three months before the tour, and they’ll get you sorted.
Your comfort level is up to you. If your tour requires long stretches on the road, or consists of seniors or people with physical limitations — or simply lovers of lounging — it doesn’t get more comfortable than the full-size coach or mini coach. A solid suspension system ensures a smooth ride, and reclining seats and a surprising amount of legroom allows your group members to stretch out and relax between sites, or simply to rest their heads while gazing out the window at the landscape.
You’ve done your research and settled on a bus type. Now what? Let’s go through the rental process together.
Lucky you, we’ve done all the grunt work for you! All you have to do is input the details of your trip into the online booking tool, and we’ll search our database of over 2,300 charter bus operators and come back to you with a custom quote on the spot. You can play around with the parameters until you find one that fits perfectly with your needs and budget. Then, once you’ve accepted the quote, you have three days before it expires, during which you can talk to one of our award-winning booking specialists to finalize the booking.
And more good news!You don’t have to pay a thing at the time of booking. Our book now, pay later option allows you to defer payment until 21 days before departure. Finally, we’ll contact you 24 hours before your trip to give you your driver’s name and contact info, as well as a helpline accessible 24/7 in case there are any bumps in the road.
The early bird gets the best deals! If you can, book at least 6 months in advance, 9 if your tour falls within peak tourist season for the area. Not to worry, our lovely staff will be able to sort you out if a last-minute tour pops up, but our pool of charter bus operators will be considerably smaller, and you may be subject to surge pricing and fewer amenities.
Don’t have the funds yet? Don’t stress! Our book now, pay later feature means you don’t have to pay a cent until 21 days before departure.
Whether it’s a school trip, a church group outing, a seniors’ sightseeing tour, or a family vacation, any group that is looking for a convenient, cost-effective way to take in the sights or visit local landmarks can rent a tour bus.
Maybe you want to explore your destination through the window from the comfort of a plush leather seat. Or perhaps you’d prefer to immerse yourself in local culture with a hop-on-hop-off experience, that you can customize to your group using our multi-stop trip builder. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll help you find the perfect ride.
Chartering a tour bus allows you to avoid the high cost of cab fares, the confusion of public transportation, and the stress of navigating a strange city. And, by planning ahead, you don’t have to spend precious touring time coordinating transport. One pickup, one drop-off, and your group stays together the whole time. Finally, you get to plan a tour that is perfectly tailored to your group.
An important aspect of any group trip is togetherness. A chartered tour bus ensures that your group stays together, and that your plans are not derailed by other tourists, or by unforeseen public transportation issues. Plus, you won’t have to worry about traffic or parking. Our professional, carefully-vetted drivers will do that for you!
It’s great when all the planning is done and you don’t have to worry about a thing. This is why people love booking a chartered tour bus. Once the details are sorted and the bus is booked, you’re in our hands, and you can relax and enjoy the sightseeing. After all, that’s what you’re there for!
To start, you should have a handle on the number of passengers you will need to accommodate. This will be your biggest clue when it comes to choosing a bus type. Next, get an idea of what kind of amenities your group requires. Consider things like whether they need WiFi, have mobility issues, or can’t live without A/C (especially if you’re touring in a hot climate). Input these parameters into the Bus.com instant booking tool, along with the dates of your trip to get a quote.
Now onto the crux of the matter: what sights do you want to see? You can add as many stops as you want when getting your quote, and our award-winning booking specialists can help you with any changes you want to make to your itinerary at any point.