Hiring a bus or a van is the best way to organize shared transport arrangements for sightseeing tours, large family vacations, attending parties and events in far away places, or even camping. Today, it is very expensive to hire a bus, even if it’s for just a few hours but it is useful if hiring one is meant to save on costs of individual transportation while having fun with your travel mates!
Hanging out somewhere out of the city with your beloved ones shouldn’t be hard because you can’t afford to hire a bus. This article shows you some cost-saving options you can think of while hiring a bus for a group outing. As long as you stick to these rules, you won’t be stressed…
Book in advance to avoid rushing at the last minute
It’s necessary to make travel arrangements very early in time. If possible, the bus or van should be booked at least two months in advance to avoid paying a lot of money during the last few days to your excursion. Agree with your travel-mates about the most suitable date for the trip. Then, consult your preferred auto hire company to find out if buses will be available for the chosen date and the desired routes.
Booking in advance is highly recommended in case of adjustments to your group’s the travel plans. You can also take advantage of price discounts available for those who book early especially during the off-peak season. This will help you to avoid the hustle of securing price discounts and avoid getting cheated during the peak season. Like booking a flight, it’s also rewarding to hire the bus ahead in time!
Mind the budget, not the appearance
If you’re serious about cost-saving, then you should never prioritize the looks of a bus or van but rather, how does it’s rate fit into your planned budget. Don’t be misled into settling for a lavish one because you’ll show off for a few hours, yes, but in the end, you’ll be decrying how costly the trip was! This is why you must first understand the number of people you’re going with and then choose the appropriate bus or van. Doing so will save you from the embarrassment of having more empty seats than filled ones!
If your group is moderately sized, let’s say, 30-40 people, it would be sensible to hire a minibus like the Toyota Coaster to ensure that there’s space and comfort for each individual. While a deluxe or an executive coach might be very appealing and cozy, still, it might not be accommodated within your budget. If you can’t afford luxury coaches, then the hire company will be happy to let you know about the alternative options which might also be of great interest. These may include chartering a school bus, minibus or a trolley bus.
If possible, book off-peak season
You should be aware that popular summer holidays and other festive days are so chaotic because a lot of people are trying to get to their holiday destinations in time. Because of this, there are fewer available buses and vans but on a high demand and their prices will be very competitive. For this reason, you may need to wait until there are fewer people traveling. You can wait for a time when there is less traffic on the roads or fewer crowds at the sights you’re intending to tour. There’s always more fun when people are fewer which also gives your limitless freedom where applicable. So if you want more fun, then just go slow, no need to rush, ok?
In addition to the above options, there are several other ways your group can save costs even after booking the bus or van. These may include curbing down the number of hours spent during the trip, let’s say, from a full to half-day. You may also opt out of having some onboard services like patronage, food & drinks, and entertainment (movies, live TV). Your group can carry their own amenities like packed food and drinks, and entertainment systems. No matter the size of your budget you can never fail to find a moderate bus or van to enjoy that anticipated road trip!