Five Tips When You are Booking a Bus.

Five Tips When Booking a Bus

Lately we’ve received questions from numerous customers asking about pricing and rates when booking a bus, this can be complex and slightly nerve-racking for customers. What amenities come with the bus? Is it hourly or a specific rate? What if something happens on the bus, would you liable? All great questions and ones we have no problem answering, so while you’re still waiting for a price or just starting to plan out your trip, we put together a simple list of what to consider when booking a bus.

Know the Company

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When you’re looking to reserve a bus from a certain company, make sure to do your research. Most bus travel websites are either a direct bus company or a broker. They consider themselves eco-conscious and tech friendly, but the best way to learn about a company is by their reviews. Sites like the Better Business Bureau, Google Reviews and the American Bus Association show you comments left by customers and their status as a business.

How many people are going

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When booking a bus, size matters. Small groups (14 – 38) can probably afford to reserve a mini bus or even a school bus. If you’re looking to go all out maybe your group is too, you can even reserve a motor coach, (42 – 61). Be sure to check out the Bus Pricing and Types page on our site.

How far are you heading?

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Time is money and whether you’re going across country or somewhere local, this could factor into your price when booking a bus. Bus companies tend factor mileage versus a day rate, if the trip is over the companies locality, (200 to 250 miles) typically are priced by day rate and or miles.

Finding a place to rest for the night.

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Look, no one wants to be stuck on bus for 12 hours, so it’s a good idea to shack up for night. It’s also nice to book a hotel for your driver. Customers are responsible for the driver’s hotel. Sites like HotelPlanner offer great group rates for local and across country travelers.

Change Places!

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Most across country, (or over-the road) trips that are more than 12 hours are required to change drivers over 10 hours. Switching drivers can range from $500 up to $1000 depending on how far you’re going and when the switch has to be made.