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Bus Types Reference Guide

 

Find the Best Bus Type for Your Group

There are many different types of charter buses produced by major manufacturers as well as individuals who specialize in conversion.

Below is a reference guide to the most common bus types and their industry names. We classify each company's fleet on BusRates.com according to these guidelines.

Charter Bus / Deluxe Motor Coach

The motor coach is also referred to as a tour bus, charter bus and deluxe motor coach. There is a wide variety of motor coaches available for charter across the US and Canada. Popular manufacturers include MCI, Prevost, Setra, and Van Hool.

Interior and Exterior of a West Valley Charter Bus

Photo Courtesy of West Valley Charter Lines, CA

Most Common Seating: 47, 55, 56 and 57
Range of Seating: 36 to 61
Restroom: Almost Always
Air Conditioning: Almost Always
DVD/TV: Almost Always
Capable of Long Trips: Almost Always
Average Price Per Day: $960

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Minibus

Though most companies listing minibuses in our database/directory are used for shuttling, airport transfers and other local travel, some are used for trips over the road. They can be a more cost effective alternative than the larger deluxe motor coach for smaller groups.

Interior and Exterior of a Richfield Bus Co Minibus

Photo Courtesy of Richfield Bus Company, MN

Most Common Seating: 21, 24, 25 and 29
Range of Seating: 10 to 41
Restroom: Rare
Air Conditioning: Almost Always
DVD/TV: Sometimes
Capable of Long Trips: Sometimes
Average Price Per Day: $820

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School Bus

School buses are ideal for short, local movements on a low budget. School bus companies are either contractors, or they are school district providers. The BusRates.com directory only lists school bus contractors that charter to the public.

Interior and Exterior of a Northfield Lines School Bus

Photo courtesy of Northfield Lines, MN

Most Common Seating: 44, 48
Range of Seating: 10 to 60 (adults)
Restroom: Never
Air Conditioning: Sometimes
DVD/TV: Never
Capable of Long Trips: Rare
Average Price Per Day: $610

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Entertainer / Sleeper / Tour Bus

The companies listing entertainer coaches in our database are typically leased by musical groups & celebrities for extended touring, and include 9 or 12 bunks to accommodate sleeping. They are usually leased for 30 days or more. Entertainer coaches are the only bus type where driver and fuel costs are itemized in the quote.

Interior and Exterior of Masters Trans Entertainer

Photo courtesy of Masters Transportation, IL

Most Common Seating: 9 and 12
Range of Seating: 9 to 18
Restroom: Almost Always
Air Conditioning: Always
DVD/TV: Always
Capable of Long Trips: Always
Average Price Per Day: $1500

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Executive Coach / Day Coach

The companies listing executive coaches in our database are typically booked for one-day or one-evening excursions and are also referred to as "day coaches". These buses are characterized by being full size with office or lounge interiors.

Interior and Exterior of Premiere Trans Executive

Photo courtesy of Premiere Transportation, TN

Most Common Seating: 20, 24 and 30
Range of Seating: 10 to 41
Restroom: Sometimes
Air Conditioning: Always
DVD/TV: Almost Always
Capable of Long Trips: Sometimes
Average Price Per Day: $1340

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Limo Bus / Party Bus

The companies listing limobuses in our free database directory are characterized by being the size of a minibus, but typically featuring leather perimeter seating inside and often have an on-board attendant serving drinks. They are ideal for weddings or a night out.

Interior and Exterior of J&J Luxury Trans' Limo Bus

Photo courtesy of J&J Luxury Transportation, PA

Most Common Seating: 14, 18, 22, 24 and 30
Range of Seating: 10 to 50
Restroom: Sometimes
Air Conditioning: Always
DVD/TV: Almost Always
Capable of Long Trips: Sometimes
Average Price Per Day: $1545

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Trolley

The companies listing trolleys in our free directory are perfect for weddings, tours or other local events. They are an exciting alternative to chartering a standard bus for a local event.

Interior and Exterior of a Fullington Tours Trolley

Photo courtesy of Fullington Trailways, PA

Most Common Seating: 24, 30, 35 and 53
Range of Seating: 20 to 58
Restroom: Rare
Air Conditioning: Rare
DVD/TV: Rare
Capable of Long Trips: Rare
Average Price Per Day: $1020

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Double Decker Bus

Double decker buses are a rare find in our near-complete directory. They are available as closed or open-topped. Open-topped are a little harder to find since insurance on these vehicles is higher. They are usually only found in large metro markets in the US and Canada, and are most commonly used for tours.

Interior and Exterior of Fabulous Coach Double Decker

Photo courtesy of Fabulous Coach Lines, FL

Most Common Seating: 75 and 81
Range of Seating: 50 to 84
Restroom: Rare
Air Conditioning: Rare
DVD/TV: Rare
Capable of Long Trips: Rare
Average Price Per Day: $1695

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Van

The companies listing vans in our free database come chartered with a driver. They are mostly used locally, but a few companies will take them over the road.

Interior and Exterior of Trinity Trans Van

Photo Courtesy of Trinity Transportation, MI

Most Common Seating: 14 and 15
Range of Seating: 3 to 22
Restroom: Never
Air Conditioning: Common
DVD/TV: Sometimes
Capable of Long Trips: Sometimes
Average Price Per Day: $662

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Current National Average Bus Rates, April, 2014*

Bus Types Transfer 5 Hours Day Rate
Deluxe Motor Coach $433 $570 $943
Minibus $306 $446 $797
Schoolbus $245 $334 $553
Entertainer N/A N/A $785**
Executive $390 $818 $1348
Trolley $510 $671 $1022
Double Decker $538 $1161 $1767
Van $192 $347 $636
*Rates vary from city to city. National average rate for trips priced by mile is $3.12/mi.
**Entertainer Coach lease rates do not include driver and fuel costs.


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