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When it comes to group travel, charter bus transportation is a great option.

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.

Why Bus.com?
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 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
Why do tour groups love Bus.com?
The price is right
Tour operators love that they can benefit from flexible change and cancellations from Bus.com — all without having to pay a high price
Fully-vetted service
A variety of bus types
Have a request that would make your tour extra special? We’ll do our best to accomodate you
We're the big groups expert
Service you can trust
We only work with bus partners who have exceeded our high quality standards for safety and customer service

Frequently asked questions for tour group organizers

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.

How much does a tour bus rental cost?

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.

What impacts tour bus pricing?

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.

Does every vehicle rental come with a driver?

Yes, most buses chartered through Bus.com comes with a vetted, professional driver. However, it is possible to rent a sprinter van that can be driven by a member of your group. Visit the sprinter van without driver page for more details.

Tour bus amenity FAQs

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.

How many people fit on a tour bus?

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.

Which amenities are available on a tour bus?

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.

Is there a lot of storage on a Tour bus?

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).

As for the school bus and the minibus, you might have to get a bit more creative with storage, such as cordoning off the back of the bus for luggage

Are tour buses wheelchair accessible?

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.

Are tour buses comfortable?

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.

For smaller groups or budget-conscious groups, however, the school bus and minibus are more bare-bones, but are still quite spacious, with padded bench seats.

How to Rent a Tour Bus FAQs

You’ve done your research and settled on a bus type. Now what? Let’s go through the rental process together.

How do I book a tour bus rental?

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.

When should I book a tour bus?

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.

Who usually rents tour buses?

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.

What are the benefits of renting a tour bus?

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.

Why should I rent a Tour bus for my trip?

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!

Why do people typically rent a Tour bus?

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!

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

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.

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

Bus.com’s support team is there for you 24/7. Please reach out by calling us 1-855-428-7266 or emailing us at info@bus.com. Also, don’t forget to check out our full FAQ to see if your question is answered there.

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Senior groups

Are you a senior citizen embarking on an adventure? Senior group travel is a popular option for people ages 55 and over. It helps unite like-minded individuals who want to meet new people and see new places. Senior citizens actually travel more than any other demographic, and oftentimes through curated tours with comfort in mind. A reliable charter tour bus is the ideal solution for anyone with limited mobility or senior couples who want to make it easy to organize a trip on their own.

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Combined destination trips

Why limit yourself to exploring one city? Going from city to city on one vacation rather than visiting different places on separate trips actually helps you save money. If you hope to combine multiple destinations in a single trip, doing so with the guidance of a bus company is a wise choice. Whether you’re going from Toronto to Niagara Falls or another route, having a reliable mode of transportation that will stay by your side is the answer to your woes.

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City tours

When visiting a city, travelers typically aim to get the most out of their time. Seeing those must-visit locations and stopping by local-recommended establishments fills your time with purpose. Moreover, corporate business trips often take place within city limits, so a city tour only makes sense for business professionals seeking a casual outlet. When venturing in an urban sprawl, having the help of a reliable city tour bus helps.

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Airport pickups

Traveling is wonderful, but there are parts of it that people often avoid discussing. Airport transportation is one of them. In large cities, passengers lean toward subways, trains, buses, and even taxis. However, when you’re dealing with a larger group, those options become a moot point. For utmost ease getting to and from the airport, bus rentals are the way to go—that is, of course, if you want to get where you’re going efficiently and affordably.

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Youth travel

When you’re dealing with children and minors, the logistics of travel become even more pertinent. Youth safety is the primary concern, which is exactly why your mode of transportation matters. Rent a bus and you’ll have invaluable peace of mind to accompany you on every leg of the journey. Student groups on the field trip of a lifetime, youth group travel for the mission-minded, and sports teams ready to win the game can all benefit from a comfortable bus that will get them where they’re going.

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