When you are planning just about any kind of event or outing, from a family reunion to a school trip, from a rehearsal dinner to a concert or large game, one of the critical factors in the success of this event will be your choice of transport –how will you get everyone where you want to be when you need to be there? There are plenty of options. More and more, however, meeting planners, professionals and regular folks are turning to charter buses as the transport mode of choice…and with good reason. Below are some of the best reasons to choose a charter bus.
Flexibility–Your Trip Will Always Be One of a Kind
Can you imagine getting on a plane or a train and disembarking at which you can walk to your destination? How about asking the pilot or the engineer if they’ll take a little side trip so that you can take in a scenic vista? It just won’t happen with air or train travel. But on a charter bus, you get to choose where you want to go, and your driver will take you directly to your destination. If you would like to stay a bit longer or get there a bit early, it is usually no problem. Having a reliable charter coach companies, you will ride in comfort from the point of departure to your destination, and you won’t have to think about the time and cost of catching a cab or a shuttle. Having a group of any substantial size, the cost of cab or ridesharing can take a big bite of your transportation budget.
It’s virtually impossible, unless you’re traveling a short distance, to avoid air or train travel that requires you to make connections somewhere. That always raises the specter–what if your flight is delayed or canceled? Some studies show that up to 40% of daily flights, affecting nearly a million air passengers every day, don’t arrive in time, increasing the possibility of a missed connection. That is never a problem with a charter bus. Your coach will be selected and prepared exclusively for your group. You’ll ride on the same bus for the whole trip, so there is never a worry about making or missing a connection. Your driver will know in advance how to get where you are going, and will also have real-time access to information to deal with any traffic snarls or other challenges.
You do not have to be inordinately tall or big to wind up feeling shoe-horned to a seat on any of the commercial airlines. On a plane, most seats are just 17 inches wide and there are always three to a side in economy class seating. Moreover, if you are six feet tall, then you may be banging your knees on the fold-up table on the back of the seat before you, as the seat pitch (distance from the back of your seat to the back of the seat in front of you) is usually about 31-33 inches. On a charter bus, every seat is an aisle or window seat–no worries about cramming yourself into that middle set. Additionally, even though there are 14 rows, usually the maximum on a charter bus, passengers still have about three feet of pitch with each seat.
Of course, one of the most frustrating aspects of airline travel is that, once you are in your seat, you feel as if you will need an act of Congress to get up and walk down the aisle for any reason. That is never the case on a charter bus. You’ll never get the warning from the driver that you’re about to encounter some turbulence. If you wish to get up and visit friends at any time, you are generally free to do so.
The extra space on a charter bus is also a blessing to any larger passengers on your trip. The airlines have pretty strict regulations regarding the size of passengers and may check with you with an excess seat fee if you consume too much space.
Think about all those aspects of aviation that make it such a hassle–they just aren’t a concern on a charter bus:
You can be on your own device whenever you want to be–many charter buses provide the entire range of modern technological conveniences, from Wi-Fi to USB ports, from places to plug into your MP# player to DVD players. There will not be any attendants roaming the aisles looking to see whether you’re on the telephone.
You can take all the stuff you need–Well, within reason! However, you won’t have to pay an excess fee to bring a suitcase, and you will never have to worry about losing your luggage. It’s with you all the time.
There’s no waiting in the TSA line–That is because there’s absolutely no TSA line! You won’t have to take off your shoes, submit to a pat-down or worry about losing your brand new bottle of shampoo.
You won’t have to take out another mortgage to pay for lunch–Those food costs at the airport will break the bank in a rush. Having a charter bus, you can bring your personal grub-hey, you can even bring a cooler stocked with your favorite adult beverages!
There are no hidden fees–You won’t have to pay extra for luggage and there is no charge for cans, access to Wifi, or any other conveniences, including the bathroom!