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Group Travel and Charter Tips & Information


The "Ins and Outs" of the Group Travel and Charter Industry


Travel Tips

If you have any questions or concerns about the charter and group travel industry, including the process of finding an operator and securing a booking; you've come to the right place.

Over the years of helping charter-seeking consumers contact and book directly with the bus companies that are right for them, we've amassed some great tips and info that we love to pass on to our users. We hope the resources below help you in the process of contacting and booking directly with the travel & tourism providers that fit your group the best.



What Bus Type Should I Search For?

If you're trying to determine what would be the best bus type for your group travel, please review our Bus Types Reference Guide.

BusRates.com Bus Type Reference Guide

It's a quick and helpful summary of the types of buses that BusRates.com indexes. It describes the common seating, amenities, and average price per day to give you a general overview of the options available to search for in your area.

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How Can I Verify Operating Authority?

One of the easiest ways in which to determine if you are dealing with an actual bus-owning company as opposed to a broker is to verify the company's operating authority. View our Operating Authority Guide to get the real scoop on bus operators.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration maintains records on all licensed carriers of interstate passenger transportation. Prior to being listed on BusRates.com, each company is verified for proper authority, and periodic reviews are also conducted by BusRates.com staff to ensure out-of-service companies are removed from the directory.

The USDOT FMCSA SAFER System catalogues operator safety, status, and authority

We always suggest you personally verify a company's operating authority prior to booking. We have composed a user-friendly guide to determine compliancy at a glance, including safety records, inspection data, and more; per the FMCSA's records. Don't pass over our Operating Authority Guide.

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Group Planner's Charter Guide

Whether you are a first-time group planner or a seasoned professional, our Group Planner's Charter Guide addresses important questions and things to look for when orchestrating group travel. The information is presented in a concise, easy to reference manner. Specific aspects of BusRates.com are also reviewed to ensure you get the most out of your experience with our website.

Be in the know, talk the talk, understand the quotation process, and maximize the resources that BusRates.com offers with the articles linked below.

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NTA Travel Tips

BusRates.com is a partner with NTA (formally National Tour Association) in support of group travel and tourism. NTA has provided a handful of tips related to being safe, smart and prepared for traveling both locally and abroad. Whether it's tips for packing luggage or keeping your group together at the destination, these articles will keep you on point for a successful travel experience.

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