How to Choose the Right Bus Type for Your Group?

You have no idea how many factors go into planning for a group trip. On paper it might look so simple, but having a successful group trip requires a lot of efforts. One of the most important factors to consider is the number of people in your group. This will determine the size and type of bus you will use. Other factors to consider are the distance you will travel and the budget set aside. You should also consider your desired amenities of the bus. There are a wide array of choices to consider when planning for a group trip. These options include affordable pricing, different types of vehicles and a wide range of amenities from common to luxury. 

Many times people have experienced difficulties in choosing a charter bus for a group outing. This is coupled by lack of information on the right type of bus that fits their specific group. Discussed below are tips that will guide you to choosing the right bus type for your group.

What is a charter bus?

A charter bus can be described as a large coach that is hired by a group or organization to transport a group of people to a particular destination. They are a popular option for group travelling to both short and long distances. They are convenient, cost efficient and very safe. Some of things to consider when choosing a charter bus include:

  • The distance of your journey
  • The number of people in your group
  • Your budget

Are there different types of charter bus?

There are different types of charter buses to accommodate different needs of different groups.   At United Coaches, we have a wide variety of buses specially designed for your needs. We have the minibus, which generally holds 10 to 35 people. The standard charter buses are specially designed for road trips and can carry around 50-60 people. Other commonly used buses are the luxury vehicles which are ideal for a small group of individuals.

Is it expensive to rent a charter bus? 

Charter buses are very affordable. In fact, we have made it easier for you by lowering our charges per trip. In the US, the average cost of a chartered bus is $120 per hour. The amount is however, dependent on different factors including:

  •  The region you are in
  •  The amenities you’ve requested
  • The amount of time spent on the road
  •  The company you’re working with


There are different types of charter buses to accommodate different needs of different groups

What should I bring on my trip?

Traveling on a charter bus is different than flying or riding a train, as such you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared by having some essentials like extra water, portable chargers, and using travel bags instead of a suitcase. You can look at our packing guide to make sure you don’t miss anything else important. 

What can I rent a charter bus for?

You can rent a charter bus for a number of different activities, at United Coachline our group travel services let you get a bus for cross country trips, corporate events, sporting events, weddings, airport transfers, and even more. 


Is riding a charter bus safe?

Yes, charter buses are very safe. They are specially designed for travel, in fact, our charter buses very comfortable just like a house! Amenities like mounted TV screens and sound systems make your entire trip not only safe but entertaining

What is the largest size charter bus?

Charter buses come in different sizes and make depending on the manufacturers. Mostly, they have between 35-60 seats. The largest size charter bus has 92 seats and are used for large group travels.

How long do I have to book my bus ahead of my planned trip?

You should always book your bus as early as possible. We recommend that you book a few weeks before your planned trip. It is important to book after you have confirmed the number of people that will travel to avoid booking a bus that’s either too small or too big.