You’re planning a group outing and you’ve done the research. You like the flexibility, dependability and safety of a charter bus rental. But what’s it going to cost? What steps can you take to make sure you’re getting the best price?
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that charter bus travel is consistently considered to offer more for your travel dollars than any other mode of transportation. Most rental bus companies charge a fixed price for the coach, so the more people you have in your group, the less each person will typically pay. In addition, fixed expenses such as gas, parking and highway tolls are all included in the pricing.
Okay, we have convinced you that charter bus travel will be easier on your pocketbook than other options, but just how much will it cost? There is such a wide range of options available! Here are some of the variables that affect the cost of a charter bus trip.
What Factors Affect the Cost of a Charter Bus?
The actual cost of a charter bus trip will vary, based on:
When you want to travel — Like most industries, bus charters have peak seasons and off-seasons, and costs vary accordingly. In addition, the seasonal variations can differ based on a greater demand for a charter bus rental in Singapore during holidays seasons. There’s greater interest in charter bus rentals on Holidays when they are ideal for year-end celebrations, graduation parties, family reunions, and weddings. Due to this, you will likely pay more for a bus in December or during school holidays.
The time of the week can also have an impact on charter bus availability. There’s a greater demand for coaches on weekends than during the week, so you can expect to book in advance if you rent Friday through Sunday than if you book a weekday trip.
Where you’re going and how long you’ll be there — As a general rule, charter bus rental fees are based on one of two methods—the amount of time you need the bus or by the total number of trips traveled. If you’re planning to be gone only a few hours, you’ll usually pay an hourly rate. There’s typically a minimum number of hours billed — four hours is the standard. However, if you plan to be gone the entire day, you’ll most likely be charged by the daily rate.
If your trip requires an overnight stay or involves being gone overnight, expect to be billed by the day. Furthermore, if you have overnight accommodations anywhere, you’ll need to cover the costs of lodging for your driver(s).
Government regulations prohibit charter bus drivers from being on the road for more than ten hours consecutively without a minimum of eight hours off. You can hire an additional driver if you don’t want to stop for that long.
The number of people in your group — This will determine the type of coach you rent. Different buses have different seating capacities and different pricing. Please check our bus rental rates here.
Whether you’re traveling round-trip or one-way — When traveling a long-distance round trip is more cost-effective than a one-way trip.
Additional fees and costs incurred — it’s customary to tip your driver(s) before or at the end of your trip. There is no standard tip amount on your charter bus rental.
Determining the Cost of a Charter Bus Trip
Here are a few examples to give you an idea of how the different factors affect charter bus pricing:
Time of the year — To understand the difference between traveling during periods of peak demand and the off-season.
Ways to Manage the Cost of Your Charter Bus Rental
Though there is a wide range of variables that go into the pricing of a charter bus, there are steps you can take to help your group get the best pricing:
Make your reservation early — While the variables involved with determining the exact cost of a charter bus are many, one thing is almost always true—the earlier you book, the more options you’ll have. With more options, you’ll be able to get a better price. The longer you wait, the greater the likelihood that you’ll have to book a coach that’s bigger than you want.
Book the right-sized coach — You want enough room for your travelers to be comfortable, but you don’t want to pay for a lot of seats that don’t get used.
Talk to our experienced staff before you book — but always talk to a live agent to find the bus that best fits your trip, along with helpful hints and the best pricing.
Overnight Trips — Check with your hotel/motel to see if they offer reduced rates for your driver. Contact any venues you’ll visit to learn of parking alternatives for your bus.
Book Your Charter Bus from SG BUS RENTAL Today
SG Bus Rental, one of the best charter bus networks in Singapore, has set the standard in the charter bus industry for more than one decade, providing quality coaches to more than 10,000 events each year. To learn more about the different coaches we have access to or for a free quote, call +65 9457 9785 to talk to one of our experienced agents.