A Charter Coach–The Wise Way to Travel

When you’re planning just about any type of event or outing, from a family reunion to a college trip, from a rehearsal dinner to a concert or large game, one of the vital elements in the success of this event is going to be your choice of transport –how will you get everyone where you want to be when you need to be there? There are loads of options. More and more, though, meeting planners, professionals and regular folks are turning to charter buses as the transport mode of choice…and with good reason. Here are a few of the top 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 will take a little side trip so you can take in a scenic vista? It simply won’t happen with train or air travel. But on a charter bus, you get to decide where you want to go, and your driver will take you directly to your destination. If you want to stay a bit longer or get there a bit early, it’s usually no problem. Having a reliable charter bus company, you will ride in comfort from your point of departure to your destination, and you won’t need to worry about the time and expense of catching a taxi 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 prevent 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 all daily flights, affecting almost a million air passengers daily, don’t arrive on time, increasing the possibility of a missed connection. That’s never an issue with a charter bus. Your coach will be chosen and prepared exclusively for your group. You will ride on the same bus for the entire trip, so there’s never a worry about creating or missing a connection. Your driver will know in advance how to get where you’re going, and will also have real-time access to information to take care of any traffic snarls or other challenges.

You do not need to be overly tall or large to wind up feeling shoe-horned to a chair on some 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’re six feet tall, then you might be banging your knees on the fold-up table on the back of the chair before you, as the seat pitch (distance from the back of your chair to the rear of the chair 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 this middle set. In addition, even though there are 14 rows, usually the maximum on a charter bus, passengers still have about three feet of pitch with every seat.

Of course, among the most frustrating aspects of airline travel is that, as soon as you’re in your seat, you feel as if you need an act of Congress to get up and walk down the aisle for any reason. That’s never the case on a charter bus. You will never get the warning from the driver that you’re about to experience some turbulence. If you wish to get up and visit friends at any time, you’re generally free to do so.

The extra space on a charter bus is also a boon to some larger passengers on your trip. The airlines have fairly strict regulations about the size of passengers and may assess with you with an excess seat fee should you consume too much space.

Consider all those aspects of air travel that make it such a hassle–they simply aren’t an issue 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 phone.

You can take all the things you need–Well, within reason! But you won’t have to pay an excess fee to bring a suitcase, and you will never need to be concerned about losing your luggage. It’s with you all the time.

There is no waiting at the TSA line–That’s because there is no TSA line! You won’t have to remove your shoes, submit to a pat-down or worry about losing your new bottle of shampoo.

You won’t need to take out a second mortgage to cover lunch–Those food prices at the airport will break the bank in a hurry. Having a charter bus, you can bring your personal grub-hey, you can also bring a cooler stocked with your favorite adult beverages!

There are no hidden fees–You won’t need to pay extra for luggage and there’s no charge for cans, accessibility to Wifi, or some other amenities, including the toilet!