Choosing the Best Bus Type for Your Group
When you’re organizing a trip, there’s no way to make everybody happy, but you’ve got to try, all the same. Choosing the best bus type for your group is the key to less drama on the journey, allowing everyone to feel rested and friendly when it’s time to enjoy your destination. Narrow down your transportation choices by answering these questions.
How Big Is Your Group?
- 8-35 passengers – Minibus or MFSAB
- 12-25 passengers – Shuttle Bus
- 14-90 passengers – School or Activity Bus
- 36-60 passengers – Coach Bus
- 36-61 passengers – Ultra Coachliner
What Are the Details of Your Trip?
When Are You Going?
If you’re booking a bus on shorter notice, you’ll have fewer choices. The length of your trip will affect vehicle availability, too.
Where Are You Going?
The amount of fuel you’ll need will vary by bus, and when you’re traveling farther, those costs can be a major part of your budget. If it’s a shorter trip, you may decide that a minibus is easier to transport everyone to local or nearby destinations. If it’s a longer trip, though, you may need to spring for more onboard luxuries. You don’t want your group to get uncomfortable, cranky, and hostile—people in close quarters can turn on each other fast. It’s better to keep them asleep with comfier cushioning and keep them busy with wi-fi connections. On a long trip, a bathroom can save you from hours of emergency stops.
Bless the hearts of well-meaning volunteers, but a little experience driving a minivan does not help that much on a cross-country coach trip. All buses over 15 passengers require a CDL licensed driver.
What Amenities Do You Want?
Buses offer endless options that can have a big impact on the quality of your travels. Take your passengers into account and consider these extras:
- Disability Access
- Air Conditioning
- Overhead Luggage Space
- Exterior Luggage Bay Storage
- AV System
- USB/Electrical Outlets
- Leather Seats
- Reclining Seats
What’s Your Budget?
This step is not nearly as fun because the list of amenities you want gets whittled down to the amenities you can afford. Compare your wish list to your budget, take a look at the variables from bus to bus, and start juggling the numbers. You’ll need a little more help choosing the best bus type for your group before you make your final decision, so make sure you’re working with an experienced and trustworthy dealer.
National Bus Sales, Inc. has been in business for over 30 years, helping thousands of customers find the right new or used vehicle. Whether you’re looking for a coach, a school bus, a van, or a shuttle bus for sale, National Bus has the selection and reputation you need. We can deliver anywhere in the country and can provide a video walkthrough of any bus.