How to choose the right bus rental company for your trip.
If you’re planning a large event and you need transportation for your group, chances are you’ve considered booking a coach bus. Coach buses are great for moving everyone safely and comfortably. Just researching coach bus services in your city feel impossible. Like shopping for cereal, there are just too many options available. In this article, we’ll try to provide some tips for choosing the right coach bus rental service for your needs and budget.
Before researching and picking a charter bus business, we suggest gathering as many details as you can about the trip. Important details include,
- Amount of passengers
- Time and day of the event
- Length of the event
- Size of vehicle
- luggage amount
- amenities needed
- travel distance
1.Research & Compare
The first step is obvious enough, research and compare the different coach bus companies in your city. Google maps does a great job highlighting businesses and their reviews. Google maps can be a great tool for deciding which businesses to consider. Taking into account the total stars a company has in their reviews as well as the amount of reviews they have can be very useful for deciding what service to book with.
2.Consider your budget
Booking a coach bus can be more expensive than booking something like a school bus. However, it is still a very cost-effective way to travel. Instead of booking many different Ubers, or figuring out who will car-pool, putting all your money towards one large vehicle can be a smart decision for you. Coach buses usually come with extra amenities too like televisions, WiFi, and more. These are great for long-distance travel. Look for a service that provides a good balance between cost and quality of service.
3. Always ask about insurance and liability
You can ask a coach bus rental service about their insurance and if they’re willing to share some details about their policy. A good coach bus company has enough liability coverage to handle accidents and injuries.
4.Review their fleet
When booking a coach bus you want to make sure that the fleet is modern and well-maintained. You do not want to worry about a vehicle breaking down before, or during your trip. This can result in being late to an event and lots of wasted time. A modern well-maintained fleet ensures comfort and reduces the amount of headache that comes with planning for a busy day. Also, take list of the type of amenities you look for in a bus. Do you need WiFi, televisions, bathrooms, or something else? Be sure to include this in your research.
5.Ask about availability and cancellation policy
It’s important to book your bus with plenty of time to spare. Coach buses can book fast depending on the season. Ask your business of choice if they have availability for that time and date. It’s also worth asking about the cancellation policy in case your event is canceled. Most companies will have a nonrefundable deposit due at the moment of your booking.
6. Customer service
Communication with the customer is one of the most important factors for selecting a Charter Bus rental business. You want a friendly and knowledgeable staff that can answer questions and address your concerns. Also, if you have an overnight trip you should check and see if the company has 24/7 service in case of emergencies.
In conclusion, our best advice would be to ask many questions. Companies usually have easy ways to contact them and they encourage communication. A proper coach bus company should be eager to address all questions and concerns and have nothing to hide. We hope that with this article you’re able to select the right charter bus business that fits your budget and quality goals!