The option of renting a charter bus is fast gaining popularity worldwide, and not without reason. However, you need to look at the pros and cons of a charter bus rental and then decide how charter buses stack up against cars, taxis, and other means of transportation.
First, let’s look at the pros of a charter bus rental. What can a charter bus give that other modes of travel can’t?
A charter bus: Best thing to happen for a traveling group
You are a group of 12 people traveling from Point A to Point B. That means four or more cars (unless you want to be packed like sardines), and you would also have to account for your carry-ons. Life will not be simple for sure! On the other hand, if you rent a charter bus, it will be one whole package without worries about space or management; more the merrier!
Enjoy the scenery without driving worries
Renting a charter bus means no roadmaps, no getting lost en route, and no worries about traffic, parking, and other irritants that come with driving. You have the luxury of freedom to enjoy the journey and converse with your group without having to keep your eyes glued to the road. Sit back on the cushy seats (they could be recliners if you get the right package) and soak-in the journey. Yes, you could have a nap too!
Pay less per head
A charter bus works out to be highly economical and light on your wallet because costs can be shared among all travelers. You retain the exclusivity of traveling in your “own” vehicle and yet pay a fraction of what it would cost you if were to hire another mode of transportation.
Get the backing of a professional service
Any charter bus company worth its salt ensures that you get the best in professional care. It’s not just the ride you are paying for; it’s for the professional setup of a charter bus company including experienced and qualified drivers, well-laid out amenities, seamless pickups and drop-offs, and punctuality.
However, some die-hard opponents of charter bus rentals present the following cons of renting a charter bus.
You can hire a charter bus only if you are in a group
A charter bus can generally accommodate a large group, but that advantage turns out to be its biggest disadvantage for an individual or a very small group. So a charter bus is a solution for some, not all.
What if there is a breakdown?
Even the best of buses are known to break down. In the case of a charter bus company with an aging fleet, the chances multiply manifold. The problem is, most charter bus companies won’t let on that they are giving you an old vehicle and you won’t be able to tell the difference until, of course, it breaks down.
Are you hiring from a reputed company?
Reputation is often a subjective consideration. If you are careless in selecting the right company, you could be in for a lot of trouble. The safety of your group could be compromised, or you could be fleeced a higher amount than justifiable for the hire.
Like any service sector, charter buses have the good, the bad, and the ugly. But experiences of most travelers have shown that there are more good than bad charter bus companies. Guard against the risk factors, and you’ll be fine with your charter bus hire.