The Safety, Convenience, Comfort and Timeliness of a Charter Coach
Whether you’re hosting and organizing a big event with many participants, or sending a group, you need to plan your ground transportation with great care. Everything else can go without a hitch, but if people have problems getting where they need to go when they need to be there, it may be all that they remember.
With all of the perceived convenience of smartphones, apps and digital media, you may be inclined to simply let everyone handle their own transportation, using Uber, Lyft or one of the other ride share providers. For many reasons, though, a charter bus from US Coachways is a better choice:
- Safety and security—With a charter bus, you’ll have a professional driver behind the wheel at all times, someone with regular and extensive training. Most ride share operators have minimal training. In addition, access to a charter bus is extremely limited, making it easy to monitor who comes and goes. With a charter bus, maintenance of the vehicle is typically a regular part of the business model. With an Uber or Lyft vehicle, any maintenance of the vehicle is at the discretion of the vehicle owner. Furthermore, charter bus operators are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety jurisdiction. Ride-sharing, at this point, is subject only to state regulation.
- Convenience—With a charter bus, you can move larger numbers of people simultaneously. Instead of 20 cars pulling up to a venue, you can have a single bus. That means far less likelihood of traffic jams and delays. In addition, it can help promote camaraderie and community among participants in any event. With a ride share, you’ll be lucky to get more than two people in a single vehicle. At that rate, it typically takes a lot longer to get everyone to a destination.
- Comfort—When you travel on a charter bus, you know that you’ll ride in comfort, luxury and style. The seats are big and there’s more leg room than on any other mode of travel—certainly more than you’ll find in the back seat of just about any ride share. In addition, you’ll never have to worry about whether there’s enough room for all your personal items. With a ride share, you’ll be at the mercy of the private driver. You may end up in the back seat of a mid-sized sedan, with your luggage in your lap.
- A charter bus is far more environmentally friendly than a ride share—When a larger group travels together on a coach, it reduces the number of private vehicles on the roads. That reduces the carbon impact and that’s good for the planet.
Other Great Reasons to Travel by Charter Bus
A charter bus is hands down the preferred way to handle the transportation needs of any group:
- It’s the most dependable way to get there and back—With most other modes of travel, delays and cancellations are commonplace. Consider air travel, where as many as 800,000 people arrive late at a destination every day. That doesn’t happen with a charter bus. Your driver will have the tools and technology to anticipate potential traffic issues and find alternate routes to get you there in a timely manner. In addition, because of the extensive network of charter bus service providers, it’s easier for us to find a replacement vehicle, should you have mechanical problems.
- There’s no mode of transportation that offers the flexibility of a charter bus—You won’t have to pick from a limited selection of pre-packaged trips. With a charter bus, you tell us when you want to travel, where you want to go, when you want to be there and how long you want to stay. We will handle all the details. In many instances, we can make last-minute or real-time changes to your itinerary without any difficulties. We can also book entire trips with little advance notice.
- It’s the most stress-free way to travel—With other forms of group travel, someone from the group has to be in charge. Someone has to follow the GPS, keep an eye on the clock, battle traffic and look for a place to park. On a charter bus, everyone can relax while the driver handles all the details.
- Charter buses don’t have a lot of the hassles that come with other forms of transportation—With a charter bus, you’ll ride on the same coach for your entire trip, and your luggage will travel with you. You won’t ever miss a connection or lose your bags. There’s no TSA security line or checkpoint, so you won’t have to remove your shoes, empty your pockets or throw out your toiletries. There’s no “bus mode” for your phone, either, so you can stay connected with family and friends at all times.
- The charter bus can serve many purposes—It’s not just a way to get you there and back. It’s a perfect place for a meeting, whether you’re prepping employees, giving last-minute instructions, or leading family members in a sing-along. It can also provide a quiet place for much-needed down time in the middle of a busy trip.
- You can take advantage of the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes, so that you don’t spend a lot of time in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
- Charter buses are one of the most affordable forms of group travel—On a charter bus, you’ll share many of the costs of getting there and back. That makes charter bus travel consistently one of the most cost-effective ways to go.
At US Coachways, we bring more than 30 years of experience in the charter bus industry to groups and group leaders across the United States. When you work with us, you’ll have your own dedicated service team, so that you have a single point of contact at all times. You’ll have access to the US Coachways trip management portal, where you can find data on all your trips in one place. We offer professional dispatch services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have the local market knowledge and purchasing power that comes from booking an average of $55 million in charter bus rentals every year.
To get a free estimate on the cost of a charter bus rental, visit our online cost calculator. For more information about the full range of services we offer, call 1-855-287-2427 to speak with an experienced customer service agent.
We’ll Help You Find the Ideal Coach for Your Group
One of the best reasons to choose charter for your ground transportation needs—the options that will be available to you. When you book with US Coachways, we’ll take a close look at the details of your trip—how many people are going, how long you’ll be on the road, what you’ll need to bring or take home with you, and whether any of your guests have special needs. Then we’ll go to our vast network of charter bus service providers to find the right coach for your group and your needs.
For small-to-midsized groups, the mini-bus is a great fit, seating 24 to 35 comfortably. There’s also ample room for your personal items. For larger groups, the full-sized bus is a great option, with accommodations for up to 57. Multiple bus rentals are available.
You can expect basic modern amenities on most buses, including Wifi, DVD players, stereos and PA systems and charging stations for your devices. Additional features, such as on-board bathrooms, are available on some coaches. Check with your booking agent
A Charter Bus—The Smart Choice for Any Occasion
The many attractive aspects of charter bus travel that make it stand head and shoulders above ride shares also make it an excellent option for other events or types of travel:
- Senior trips—A charter bus can offer a real lifeline to elder citizens who may have difficulties driving. It’s perfect for trips to museums, casinos, concerts, shopping destinations and fall color tours.
- Family affairs—On a charter bus, you can spend real quality time while you’re on the road. It’s ideal for weddings, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, graduation parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, reunions, birthday, anniversary and retirement celebrations.
- Business and corporate travel—A charter bus lets you use your travel time productively, holding meetings, giving last minute instructions or building team morale. Take a charter bus to a convention, conference, seminar, training session, team-building event, golf outing or company party.
- School events—When you have responsibility for getting young people safely to and from anything, you’ll appreciate the security and accountability that comes with a charter bus. Use it for athletic team travel, prom and graduation after-parties, class and club trips, and arts and cultural offerings.
Book Your Charter Bus Today
At US Coachways, we have been leaders in ground transportation services for more than 30 years, working with groups and group leaders throughout the country. To find out the cost of charter bus services for any type of trip or event, go to our easy-to-use online cost calculator. For answers to questions about charter buses or ground transportation, or to learn more about the full range of services we offer, call 1-855-287-2427 to speak to an experienced travel consultant.