February 22, 2017

Charter Bus

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Charter Bus Prices and Amenities

Ready to hit the road, but not quite sure how you’re getting to your destination yet? Metropolitan Shuttle makes it easy. We’ve built our business on connecting customers to high-quality, safe, and reliable charter buses to get groups of all sizes from A to Z and back again. Motor coach rental has long been a popular method of group transportation thanks to its affordability and convenience.

Of course, when it comes down to the nuts and bolts, you need to know bus and coach rentals can fit into your budget. We’re here to help.

Have questions about charter bus prices? Or are you wondering about the process of chartering a bus? Metropolitan Shuttle has straightforward numbers and fast answers to all your questions about charter bus rentals.

Charter Bus Prices

The questions we get the most revolve around the cost of chartering a bus. Coach bus rental prices vary by state, but there are two basic pricing scales: local area and interstate charters. It’s less complicated than you might think!

For local area charter bus rentals, prices average $240 per hour, with a five-hour minimum. Please see the table below for regional pricing. Across state lines, motor coach rental prices can run around $3.50 to $4.00 per mile, including the cost for the return trip (even if the bus is empty).

Region 5 HR Min Additional Hour
Region I New England & Upstate NY $850-$1,600 $150-$250
Region II New York City metro area $850-$1,400 $150-$200
Region III NJ, DE, PA, MD & DC $850-$1,250 $150-$200
Region IV WV, OH & MI $850-$1,250 $150-$200
Region V VA, NC, TN & KY $850-$1,600 $150-$200
Region VI AL, GA & FL $800-$1,250 $150-$200
Region VII WI, IL & IN $850-$1,250 $150-$200
Region VIII MN, IA, MO, AR, OK & KS $850-$1,250 $150-$200
Region IX MS, LA & TX $750-$1,100 $150-$200
Region X MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, CO, NM, UT, NV & AZ $850-$1,400 $150-$200
Region XI Southern CA & HI $900-$1,450 $150-$200
Region XII Northern CA, OR, WA & ID $950-$1,650 $150-$200

Please note: These prices are to be referenced as examples of our typical prices and may vary due to seasonality and high demand dates and events. The actual price for your trip is subject to availability and local sourcing in major metropolitan areas for metro area travel. In the event that a vehicle cannot be locally sourced, “garage time” to the desired pick-up location and return back will be charged. For prices specific to your trip, please request a quote from Metropolitan Shuttle.

For more information on how coach bus rental prices are calculated, see our article, “How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Bus?”

Charter Bus Service Considerations

When it comes to nailing down a charter bus quote, the numbers above can give you a good indication of what to expect. However, there are several factors to consider that may influence the final price you pay. These include:

  • “Deadhead” mileage: After dropping off passengers, a now-empty bus may sometimes be driven a significant distance. To save rental buses from losing out on revenue, a deadhead fee is often charged in the overall price of the trip. This fee varies according to the size of the bus and the number of passengers, but you can typically expect it to be less than the per-mile rate.
  • Planning time: Unlike purchasing airline tickets, the price of charter bus services don’t tend to rise as the date of your trip approaches. This gives you more flexibility and less stress when planning, as you can expect the quote to stay consistent.

If you have any concerns or questions, our team members are just a phone call away. We’re happy to help you unpack the numbers and help you find ways to meet your budget. We’re big fans of transparency, so you can always trust us to shoot straight and not try to upsell you on anything unnecessary.

Charter Bus Amenities

When contracting a bus and driver for your trip, safety and reliability are at the forefront of our mind. We always verify that drivers and vehicles are properly insured and comply with Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety standards. We also keep a close eye on timeliness and efficiency to make sure you’re satisfied with every aspect of your charter bus experience.

With these priorities locked down, we also strive to make sure your trip is as convenient and comfortable as possible. How do we do it? Through amenities designed for a premium journey. This looks a little different for each type of bus and coach. You won’t find the same layout and amenities on a school bus as you will on a luxury bus, for instance — although that should go without saying.

In our charter buses, you’ll find several exclusive amenities designed to create a memorable ride. These include air conditioning and onboard restrooms for a comfortable experience no matter the length of the trip. Charter buses also have reading lights and onboard WiFi to provide guests with entertainment options.  We’ll help you choose the bus that’s right for your trip and point you towards the amenities included so that you can make the most of your experience.

Charter Bus Rentals

If you’re confused about what it takes to charter a bus, don’t be. We make the process for chartering a bus simple:

  1. Contact us for a free quote via our website or over the phone.
  2. We help you find a bus and a pricing plan. You’ll sign a contract and provide a refundable down payment.
  3. Metropolitan Shuttle secures your buses, confirms your trip, and sends you all the details before your departure.

That’s pretty much it! All the stuff regarding insurance compliance, DOT regulations, FMCSA records, etc., we will handle for you! If you’d like, you can always get more details in our article on what you need to know about chartering a bus for the first time.

Metropolitan Shuttle prides itself on helping clients choose the best bus for their transportation needs. Our competitive charter bus prices, superior customer service, and extensive network of bus rental partners across the US and Canada make us the best in the business. No wonder the biggest names in industry and government rely on us!

Reach Out to Us Today to Get Started

Have more questions about prices for charter buses? Contact us for a free quote and get started planning your next trip! We’ll send you the bottom line number so that you know what to expect. Our friendly staff members can answer any questions or concerns you have along the way, and they are here to make sure your trip starts and ends seamlessly. We’ve been in business since 2001, and our years of expert experience have made us a go-to service around the nation.

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February 22, 2017

School Bus

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School Bus Rental

Whether you’re chartering a bus for fun or for work, a school bus is the most cost-effective way to go. We’re here to help you plan and coordinate the entire process so that your event is a success – even if you’ve never chartered a bus before.

School buses are ideal for school field trips and transportation for extracurricular events. They’re also perfect for parties and trips for social groups.

School buses aren’t just for school.

They’re also a cost-effective way and ideal way to transport employees to construction or other work sites or to meetings. Rather than have your employees drive in separate cars, you’re instead enhancing reliability while doing something good for the planet. Using school buses for corporate parties can also be a fun way to travel – not to mention that it’ll save the company money.

Region 5 HR Min Additional Hour
Region I New England & Upstate NY $550-$950 $95-$125
Region II New York City metro area $550-$950 $95-$125
Region III NJ, DE, PA, MD & DC $550-$950 $95-$125
Region IV WV, OH & MI $550-$950 $95-$125
Region V VA, NC, TN & KY $550-$950 $95-$125
Region VI AL, GA & FL $550-$950 $95-$125
Region VII WI, IL & IN $550-$950 $95-$125
Region VIII MN, IA, MO, AR, OK & KS $550-$950 $95-$125
Region IX MS, LA & TX $550-$950 $95-$125
Region X MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, CO, NM, UT, NV & AZ $550-$950 $95-$125
Region XI Southern CA & HI $550-$950 $95-$125
Region XII Northern CA, OR, WA & ID $550-$950 $95-$125

Please note: These prices are to be referenced as examples of our typical prices and may vary due to seasonality and high demand dates and events. The actual price for your trip is subject to availability and local sourcing in major metropolitan areas for metro area travel. In the event that a vehicle cannot be locally sourced, “garage time” to the desired pick-up location and return back will be charged. For prices specific to your trip, please request a quote from Metropolitan Shuttle.

Why Rent A School Bus?

  • Perfect for daily shuttle services to a work site or construction project
  • Safe and reliable transportation for school field trips, sports, or other extracurricular events.
  • Ideal for any short-distance travel
  • A safe and reliable way to travel and a cost-effective alternative to charter buses
  • You can book either a one-time event or multiple trips
  • Our centralized billing streamlines the process so that any questions you may have are answered within one call.

Whether for event transportation or other activities, Metropolitan Shuttle can provide reliable school bus rentals for all of your needs. Contact us for more information or request a quote today!

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February 22, 2017

Party Bus

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Using a Party Bus for Group Travel

Corporate party events are the perfect way to reward your employees or promote a teamwork environment. While many companies prefer to have their employees drive themselves to corporate sponsored events, using a party bus for group travel has its advantages over renting cars or using personal transportation.

Party Bus Rental Prices

Region 5 HR Min Additional Hour
Region I New England & Upstate NY $900-$1,500 $190-$303
Region II New York City metro area $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region III NJ, DE, PA, MD & DC $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region IV WV, OH & MI $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region V VA, NC, TN & KY $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region VI AL, GA & FL $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region VII WI, IL & IN $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region VIII MN, IA, MO, AR, OK & KS $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region IX MS, LA & TX $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region X MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, CO, NM, UT, NV & AZ $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region XI Southern CA & HI $900-$1,500 $190-$300
Region XII Northern CA, OR, WA & ID $900-$1,500 $190-$300

Please note: These prices are to be referenced as examples of our typical prices and may vary due to seasonality and high demand dates and events. The actual price for your trip is subject to availability and local sourcing in major metropolitan areas for metro area travel. In the event that a vehicle cannot be locally sourced, “garage time” to the desired pick-up location and return back will be charged. For prices specific to your trip, please request a quote from Metropolitan Shuttle.

The Benefits of Using a Party Bus for Group Travel

Safety should be a top concern for organizations who plan on holding events for their employees, and statistics show that over 1 million drunk driving arrests occurred last year. Corporations can avoid these types of safety issues by hiring a party bus to transport their employees to and from the event.

Cost of travel should also be another concern for employers. The average car rental exceeded $35 per day last year, and employees who don’t have their own cars might think twice before attending a corporate sponsored outing. A party bus is the perfect solution to this problem because employees won’t have to worry about spending in excess of $50 on a rental and gas, and instead can sit back and enjoy the luxuries of a well-equipped party bus.

Other benefits of using a party bus rental for group travel include:

  • Logistics Coordination – When hiring a party bus, you won’t have to worry about handling the logistics of ensuring that everyone arrives safely and on time.
  • Cost Effectiveness – A party bus alleviates the need to reimburse employees for any travel related expenses that may be incurred during the trip.
  • Improved Travel Experience – Whether you plan on taking your employees to a baseball game or to a convention, the luxuries included with every party bus rental means that your team will be able to relax and enjoy the entire trip.

Different Types of Party Buses

There are a variety of party buses available that cater to different needs:

The 20 Passenger Bus- This bus is perfect for teams of 20 people or smaller. This smaller bus has all the features of the larger party buses but at a more affordable price.

The Luxury Passenger Mini Bus- This bus is perfect for group outings that require overnight travel to far destinations. While they don’t come with some of the “party” features that the other buses do, your employees can still sit back, relax, watch a movie or listen to the radio.

The 40 Passenger Limo Bus- This top of the line bus has all the features your employees could ever ask for. From unique couch-like seating to fiber optic lights, television screens and more, this bus is perfect for rewarding employees with a well-deserved night on the town.

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