A Quick Guide to Charter bus Pricing
By Brandon Dudley March 15, 2012
On the BusBuzz Blog, we often discuss destinations that are fun to visit, group travel news and occasionally about buses themselves. Today, we are going to take a bit of time to go over a key question asked by many customers.
How Much Does A Charter Bus Cost?
This is a very typical questions that is asked by many customers and new hires also do not know how a charter bus is priced. Charter bus pricing can vary greatly depending on the type of trip that you are doing. Here are some of the key questions that you need to know prior to calling any bus company or service for charter bus pricing:
- Where are you going to be leaving from and heading to?
- How many people with be traveling with your group?
- How long are you going to need the bus?
If you do not know these 3 basic questions, you will not be able to get pricing from any company!
How Do they Price Charter buses?
Charter buses pricing often fits into two categories:
- -Hourly Pricing based on a minimum rate
- -Transfer Rate- Generally used for one way charters
Over The Road Pricing (OTR)
This type of pricing is typically created by companies based on a mileage rate as an average price per mile. However, if the rate for renting the bus is more this is what is charged. Bus companies do have various other charges such as driver change pricing for longer trips and fuel surcharge may be charged as well. These fuel surcharges often use pricing based on the Department of Energy.
Why does charter bus pricing vary from company to company?
This is due to many factors.
One thing to make clear is just because a company is lower in cost doesn’t make it a bad charter bus company along with just because a bus charter company is expensive make it a good company.
Each charter bus company operates with different costs associated with the business and have different business models. Levels of insurance are fairly consistent in the industry, with certain minimums required by the different States and Federal Government.
Let Us Help You With Charter Bus Pricing
We understand that making sure you are working with a quality bus operator is very important to your charter bus trip. Understanding bus pricing is just one component of booking a charter bus for your group. Having knowledge of the bus charter safety regulations, types of equipments of an operator, types of charters that an operator typically does is critical to having a successful charter bus trip.
We have an operator network that we have taken the steps to know that information and are ready to assist you with your needs.
If you have any questions about charter bus pricing or would like some help with a quote for an upcoming charter, let us know.