Rent a 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.
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||10 to 60 (adults)
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Why Use BusRates.com to Find a School Bus in Your Area
In a nutshell, BusRates.com lists all the companies that own the buses they charter so you can contact them directly. Most charter bus sites on the internet are brokers adding a minimum 25% markup to the lowest bidder.
- Use BusRates.com much like the yellow pages to identify and contact bus-owning companies directly.
- Once you run a search in the database, you can view phone numbers or use the Quote Tool to email several companies at once.
- Emails are simply sent directly to the bus companies. Companies will reply or call you directly with a quote.
- Use the site's guide to familiarize yourself with the industry and gain helpful tips.
Use BusRates.com to plan your group travel easily. We are a directory of direct contact information for bus operators and travel providers across the US and Canada. By contacting companies directly, you are able to avoid commission and broker fees of up to 25%; in effect, saving you money and giving you the freedom to shop around. Our directory includes the following information for the companies listed within, enabling you to find the company that best fits your needs. Company postings on BusRates.com contain:
- General Rates
- Custom Quotes
- List of Amenities
- Company descriptions
- Website addresses
- Telephone numbers
- Email addresses
To find bus operators, hotels, attractions, events, or restaurants in your area, simply begin a search on the homepage. Visit our About Us page to learn more about BusRates.com.
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Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Chartering a School Bus
- Most websites first found on the internet are national brokers or "networks" adding on average, a 25% commission to the cost of your trip.
- You can verify that a company owns buses, check safety rating, inspections and insurance status at the Federal Motor Coach Safety Administration's SAFER Company Snapshot.
- The bus industry is made up of about 3,200 local and regional bus companies across the US and Canada. There are no national services that own buses (Greyhound charters in 15 markets).
- About 450 US bus companies have gone through the rigorous process of becoming Department of Defense Certified. Companies with this certification are marked "DOD" in the BusRates.com search results.
- Unlike the airline industry, no site providing multiple instant quotes and availability exists in the bus industry (The best way to get the lowest quotes is to contact each company individually).
- Prices do not typically rise as the travel date draws near or in times of low availability.
- The average deposit to book a bus is 22%, however the current trend in the industry is to require 100% payment up front.
- Operators cannot drive more than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off-duty.
- Charters are typically priced by the hour for local use, or by the mile for out-of-state trips averaging more than 275 to 300 miles per day.
- The Better Business Bureau provides customer service ratings on most bus companies.
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Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Chartering a School Bus
- For trips over the road: How many local miles are allowed per day after reaching your destination? What is the charge for exceeding them?
- Does the quote include parking and tolls?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Who pays for the driver's hotel room and board? Is 10% the standard driver gratuity with your company?
- What is your procedure in the event of a breakdown?
- Can you provide proof of insurance? (The state requires a $5 million policy for interstate transportation)
- Does your company own the bus, or will it be brokered out?
- Is the bus available for inspection before chartering?
- Are you members of any associations? (UMA, NTA, ABA, MCC)
- Does your company have its own maintenance facility?
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