Choosing the right bus service for your next celebration or event all comes down to asking the right questions and doing some research. It’s best to interview at least three companies before choosing the one that you will hire. Here are some tips for choosing the right bus to make your event more memorable:
How much experience do you have?
Never choose a company that just started up; they simply don’t have the experience or the know how to shuttle large groups of people around. Ideally, the right company should have at least 5 years of experience, in the same location.
Who will the driver be?
They should know which driver they will assign to you and your guests. You have every right to ask about their credentials, including their driving record, how long they’ve been driving, and how long they’ve been with the company.
Which bus do you recommend?
Different venues and celebrations call for different fleet options. Sometimes it can be hard to decide; ask the company rep what type of vehicle they would recommend. Tell them in detail what your itinerary is, how long you want the bus for, and how many people are in your group.
May I see your insurance certificate?
Ask to see an insurance certificate; by law they have to show it to you if you ask. You certainly don’t want the driver to get pulled over on the night of your big event, only to find the bus or driver is not insured. That would leave everyone stranded and ruin your celebration. Talk about making memories! That’s one you would rather forget, surely.
Do you have packages and options?
Many bus tours in NYC and bus services around the country offer special packages and options. Depending on your celebration (wedding, bachelor party, grad party, birthday party, etc.) the company may offer certain amenities like red carpet service, balloons, and signs to commemorate your special day.
Do you charge extra fees?
Most companies charge surplus fuel charges, fees for waiting if you’re late, and fees for stains or spills that may occur on the bus. Get the company to fully explain their fee structure and get it in writing. Ask for clarification on anything you don’t understand. If they are reluctant to put it in writing or dodge your questions, you may want to look elsewhere.
How much will it be?
Of course, you need to know how much they are going to charge. This will depend on your ultimate destination, how many stops you will take along the way, and what type of bus you choose. Some buses come with more amenities than others, so of course, the more amenities the more you will pay.
When you call or visit their site, look for clean, professional looking offices, and friendly and courteous service. If possible, ask to meet the driver beforehand. You may also want to ask what attire the driver is going to be in, jeans or tuxedo? Party buses sometimes call for a more relaxed look for the driver, but it depends on the company.
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