Choosing The Right Bus

How to choose. When looking at different types of buses for your transportation company, it can feel like an endless list of different types, sizes, and so on. There are major manufacturers to consider, and also small companies that specialize in conversion. To aid in the process of deciding what bus is right for you, we have created a list of the common bus types and their specifications.

The Charter Bus
Also sometimes called the motor coach, this bus includes a wide variety of motor coaches available for charter across the country. Popular manufacturers include MCI, Prevost, Setra and Van Hool. This type of bus is frequently nicknamed the “tour bus”, this type of large bus usually has a washroom feature.

The Minibus
Smaller than a charter bus, the minibus can be a cost effective option for smaller groups. These types of busses range in seating from 10 to 41 people, and are frequently seen for use in shuttling, airport transfers, and similar local travel. These do not commonly have a washroom feature.

The School Bus
These are ideal for short, local movements on a lower budget. They do not have luxuries such as washrooms or air conditioning for the passengers, but are ideal for short, local movements. Often, school bus companies are contractors or school district providers. Most commonly, school busses seat between 10 and 60 people.

The Sleeper Bus
Sometimes also called the “entertainer” bus, these are typically used by travelling musical groups or celebrities for extended travel. They include between 9 and 12 bunks to accommodate sleeping, and are usually leased for 30 or more days. They usually seat between 9 and 18 people during travel.

The Party Bus
The party bus is usually a type of minibus with additional features that makes it common for use as a type of extra-sized limousine. Often, these have leather perimeter seating inside. Some companies will provide an on-board attendant for serving drinks. These types of busses are often used for weddings or a big night out. As you can see, there are a number of different bus types to choose from for your company. Additionally, each of these types can be further customized to meet the needs of your business.

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