If a large group of your friends or family members are planning a vacation or a destination wedding trip, consider chartering a bus rather than driving separate vehicles. Many charter bus services provide clean, comfortable, and roomy transportation for both short and long distances.
If you split the price of the charter bus, it may end up costing each group member less than if they drove individually and paid for their own gas. In addition to saving money, traveling via a charter bus will also give you and your friends or relatives time to talk and visit, without having to worry about driving, on the way to your destination.
There are several charter bus services to choose from, so do your research prior to reserving one to make sure all of your needs will be met. Picking the best service will ensure that your trip begins and ends on the right note.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a bus charter service for your group:
1. What is the service's safety track record?
This is especially important if you will be traveling a long distance to get to your destination. You can check with the U.S. Department of Transportation to find out the company's rating.
2. What amenities does the bus service provide?
Besides the bus and the driver, look into what other amenities and services, if any, the transportation company provides. Find out if they provide a bathroom, which may come in handy on long excursions or if you're traveling with kids or people with health issues.
Some bus companies also provide entertainment such as TVs with DVD players so you can watch movies while on board, satellite radio, and MP3 hook-ups. You may also be able to find a service offering Wi-Fi and satellite TV capabilities.
3. How comfortable is the bus?
While on-board comfort may not matter as much on short trips, it will play a much bigger role on cross-country treks. Inspect the bus to see how plush the seating is and if it reclines for sleeping. Also, find out if the seats have individual lights for reading if you'll be traveling overnight, and see if overhead luggage storage is available.
4. What are the transportation company's policies?
When considering a company like Trans America Transport, check out their policies regarding smoking, eating, and drinking on the bus if these activities are important to you or any other members of your group.