July 16, 2018

Chartering a Bus vs. Driving

SHARE:

When it comes to long-distance travel, chartering a bus offers many advantages over driving. In fact, it may come as a surprise that group transportation is more eco-friendly than a hybrid car. In the transportation industry, efficiency is measured per passenger and how many miles driven per gallon. This means that for every coach bus you see on the road, it has the potential to replace up to 50 cars or more. And because 1 or 2 people occupy the average car, it doesn’t even come close to the seating capacity of a charter bus, which can seat up to 60 passengers.

Why Book a Charter Bus?

There are many benefits to booking a charter bus for your travel rather than other transportation options such as flying or driving. The first reason is safety. Charter bus travel is twice as safe as flying, and as much as 50 times safer than driving a car on long trips. With safety-certified vehicles and professionally trained and licensed drivers, you can rest assured that safety is a priority while you relax and enjoy the ride. Metropolitan Shuttle also provides peace of mind on the journey with 24-hour customer service.

It can’t be said enough – Charter buses are a budget-friendly transportation option. Unlike airline tickets, charter buses don’t typically raise rates as travel dates approach. When considering the price per person, charter buses are less expensive than taking a taxi.

Another reason to book a charter bus is the ease of reserving. When you book a charter, you can expect an upfront quote with no hidden cost. At Metropolitan Shuttle, our experienced staff will then organize the details and scheduling.  A long list of satisfied customers attest to the fact that traveling by charter bus is the perfect option to make your trip an extra special yet budget-friendly event.

Not only is chartering a bus more economical, but it also reduces your carbon footprint by being more fuel efficient than any other type of travel. Some companies use buses that are fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) and other alternative fuels that are more environmentally friendly, including clean-diesel and electric hybrids, which help reduce greenhouse gasses emissions and air pollution.   

The charter bus might get 5 to 7 mpg compared to 63 mpg of a hybrid car, but it’s still more eco-friendly because of its high passenger capacity, which isn’t even comparable to a tiny hybrid vehicle. Charters also reduce highway congestion, a big-time headache for everybody on the road.

Charter Bus Pricing

When you compare charter buses to other forms of transportation, chartering a bus is always the most economical option, whether it’s a train, plane, or your own car. Pricing a charter bus depends on volume – the more passengers, the more you save on travel per person. Pricing also depends on time of year, length of rental, and type of charter.

Charter reservation companies like Metropolitan Shuttle offer a fleet of vehicles that range in price and amenities. For smaller groups and short trips within the same city, the shuttle van is a budget-friendly option for a party of 15 or less. If your budget is a top priority, consider booking a school bus. The most economical option for large groups of 44 to 60 people, the school bus pricing ranges from $440 to $810 for five hours, plus $75 to $95 for each additional hour. This could be a great option for more casual events like school field trips, a worksite trip, or sporting event.

If your group is smaller, the minibus is another economical option. Accommodating up to 24 people, it’s perfect for smaller groups that need to be transported to events or movie productions because it can make multiple stops. The price varies depending on the season, area, and availability.

If luxury is important, the Luxury Coach option is your best bet. With amenities to make the trip comfortable and relaxing, the luxury coach sure beats driving. Fitting up to 25 people, the luxury coach is perfect for corporate meetings and excursions. The swiveling reclining seats have arm and foot rests, plus you can socialize and relax on the way there with sofas and tables in the lounge area. Some coaches have a full galley kitchen complete with fridge, sink, coffee maker, and microwave.

If you want to kick it up a notch, try the Entertainer Coach. Fitting between 8-12 people, this luxury vehicle is perfect for traveling to music events or movie productions when you want to travel in style. With large flat-screen TV’s, DVD players, and Wi-Fi, all the modern amenities are at your fingertips. With reclining seats with arm and footrests and a sofa area with tables for lounging, there is no more comfortable way to travel with your group. To top it off, this option also has restrooms with a vanity, a full galley kitchen, and sleeping accommodations.

How to Charter a Bus

Once you have a budget for your trip, it’s time to get a quote for a charter reservation online or by phone. There are several factors that impact the pricing, including the size of your group. For example, you could select a Party Bus that can fit up to 40 people. This type of charter bus is perfect for larger events such as bachelor parties or school events, plus it allows you to travel in high style, with TV screens, fiber-optic lighting, and tinted windows.

After the details have been ironed out and the contract signed, the buses will be reserved for your specific dates. At this time in the process, many charter reservation companies, including Metropolitan Shuttle, require a refundable deposit to secure your bus and confirm your reservation. For your convenience, Metropolitan Shuttle doesn’t request full payment until thirty days before your departure. Approximately 24 hours before your trip, you will receive your travel itinerary and driver details, which can also be accessed at any time with the MetroTrac® app.

When you make plans for a big event, book a charter bus, a proven winner in affordability, convenience, and comfort, the trifecta of a successful journey. With a large vehicle that comfortably seats all your friends, family, or co-workers, getting there is half the fun.

SHARE:
6 Healthy Travel Tips

6 Healthy Travel Tips Getting sick is no fun, but it can be a bigger pain when it happens during …

Read the article
6 Destinations to Visit in the U.S. That Will Soon Be Gone

  If you’re planning a vacation, we recommend taking a break from the well-grooved tourist tracks of popular destinations like …

Read the article
Things to Remember When Road Tripping to Mexico

If you’re making plans to run to the border, follow these tips from the travel experts at Metropolitan Shuttle and …

Read the article
  • Sign up for our newsletter

    Subscribe to our newsletter to receive useful information, general travel tips and an occasional promotional offer.

  • Recent Posts
June 22, 2018

What You Need to Know to Charter a Bus for the First Time

SHARE:

What You Need to Know to Charter a Bus for the First Time

There are many factors that need to be considered when chartering a bus, especially for first-timers. Here’s everything you need to know:

The Process

The Metropolitan Shuttle staff helps walk you through every step:

  1. Quote – Request a quote online via our website or over the phone.
  2. Review quote by phone or via email with a Metropolitan Shuttle representative.
  3. Receive contract – After signing a contract, a refundable down payment is required.
  4. Trip Confirmation – The buses are reserved for your party.
  5. Payment – The full payment of your trip is due 30 days before departure.
  6. Receive trip and driver details 24 hours before departure.

Pricing

Local Area Charter (trip within metropolitan area)

  • Charges hourly ($95 -$195 depending on size and grade of bus)
  • Garage time (the time it takes to get the bus from garage to departure point and back) is included
  • Typically a 4-5 hour minimum

Interstate Charters

  • Over-the-road trips are charged by mile ($3-4 per mile)
  • A deadhead rate, which accounts for the return trip of the empty bus, is charged on one-way rentals

Benefits of Charter Bus Rental

  • Compared to airfare, a charter bus is often much cheaper per passenger, especially when every seat is filled. Bus travel is the safest mode of transportation. Professional chauffeur allows passengers to relax.

Payment Terms and Options

  • Metropolitan Shuttle requires full payment 30 days before departure
  • Accepts credit cards, checks, and money orders

Charter Bus Safety

  • Twice as safe as air travel
  • 50 times safer than a car
  • To ensure the safety of passengers, Metropolitan Shuttle only works with vendors and operators that are properly insured, and are in good standing with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA.)

Support

  • At Metropolitan Shuttle, customer satisfaction is a top priority, which is why someone is always available for support or your questions.

Have more questions about chartering a bus? Call us at 1-866-556-3545 or request a free quote today.

 

SHARE:
6 Healthy Travel Tips

6 Healthy Travel Tips Getting sick is no fun, but it can be a bigger pain when it happens during …

Read the article
6 Destinations to Visit in the U.S. That Will Soon Be Gone

  If you’re planning a vacation, we recommend taking a break from the well-grooved tourist tracks of popular destinations like …

Read the article
Things to Remember When Road Tripping to Mexico

If you’re making plans to run to the border, follow these tips from the travel experts at Metropolitan Shuttle and …

Read the article
  • Sign up for our newsletter

    Subscribe to our newsletter to receive useful information, general travel tips and an occasional promotional offer.

  • Recent Posts
September 19, 2017

Charter Bus Pricing [Infographic]

SHARE:

Charter Bus Pricing

 

 

For your next corporate retreat, homecoming celebration, or other special occasions, Metropolitan Shuttle offers a variety of charter bus services, a safe, reliable, and economical way to meet your transportation needs.

Metropolitan Shuttle Services

Charter bus pricing varies by vehicle, availability and local area. Below is a list of average pricing and amenities.

Charter Bus

  • 55 to 57 people
  • Air conditioning
  • $625 – $1100 for 5-hour minimum
  • Additional hours $135 – $175
  • Reading lights
  • Onboard restrooms
  • Wi-Fi

Minibus

  • 24 people
  • Ideal for short trips
  • $460-$750 for a 5-hour minimum
  • Additional hours $95-150

Party Bus

  • Up to 40 people
  • Perfect for bachelor parties, college events, or big corporate celebrations
  • Fiber-optic lights
  • TV screens
  • Tinted windows
  • Prices vary depending on size of vehicle and length of rental

School Bus

  • 44 to 60 people
  • Economical way to transport passengers to events, field trips, or work sites.
  • $440 to $725 for five hours
  • $95 to $105 for each additional hour

Shuttle Van

  • Up to 15 people
  • Great for special events, meetings, or multiple stops with a small group
  • Prices vary depending on season, area, and availability.

Luxury Coach

  • Up to 25 people
  • Perfect for meetings or corporate excursions
  • Plush swiveling recliner seats with arm and footrests
  • Sofas or lounge seats with tables
  • Passenger thermostat controls
  • Full galley kitchen with fridge, sink, coffee maker, and microwave

Entertainer Coach

  • 8-12 people
  • Great for music events or movie productions
  • 4-hour minimum rental time
  • Rental rates vary by area, availability, and season.
  • Sleeping accommodations
  • Large flat-screen TV
  • DVD players and Wi-Fi
  • Plush swivel seat recliners with arm and footrests
  • Sofa and lounge seats with tables
  • Restroom with vanity
  • Full galley kitchen with fridge, sink, coffee maker, and microwave

Benefits of Charter Buses

  • Twice as safe as flying and nearly 50 times safer than driving an automobile on long trips.
  • Charter bus companies don’t typically raise rates as travel dates approach
  • An average cab ride is $45 per person compared to $2 & up on charters
  • Get an upfront quote with no hidden costs.
  • Our staff organizes the details and scheduling.
  • We offer a 24-hour service
  • Safety-certified vehicles
  • Professionally trained drivers
  • A long list of satisfied customers

 

Call today for a free quote and let us take care of all your transportation needs so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Share this Image On Your Site

SHARE:
6 Healthy Travel Tips

6 Healthy Travel Tips Getting sick is no fun, but it can be a bigger pain when it happens during …

Read the article
6 Destinations to Visit in the U.S. That Will Soon Be Gone

  If you’re planning a vacation, we recommend taking a break from the well-grooved tourist tracks of popular destinations like …

Read the article
Things to Remember When Road Tripping to Mexico

If you’re making plans to run to the border, follow these tips from the travel experts at Metropolitan Shuttle and …

Read the article
  • Sign up for our newsletter

    Subscribe to our newsletter to receive useful information, general travel tips and an occasional promotional offer.

  • Recent Posts