25 Things to Use A Bus For

Standard coach, luxury coach, minibus, executive coach, trolley, school bus…buses come in all different shapes and sizes. That means that no matter the occasion, it’s almost certain that a bus will be just what you need to transport your group. Need a few ideas on how you can use a bus? No worries. We’ve got 25!

Event Shuttle: Keep your event attendees safe and happy by hiring a charter shuttle for your next event. Shuttles will take your guests from the parking lot or other appointed pickup stations to your event to ensure that they make it to your event without having to break a sweat.

Long-Distance Group Road Trip: Longing to hit the open road with friends and family? No problem! Hire a charter bus and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. See the landscape like never before and enjoy awesome amenities like onboard wifi, latrines, and entertainment.

Mission Transportation: Does your church do domestic mission trips to serve communities and spread the word? If so, a chartered bus is the perfect way to get your missionaries from point A to point B and every stop in between.

Family Reunions: Nothing is worse than having to be in charge of coordinating the carpool for a family reunion. Free yourself of the responsibility and let a charter coach take care of the driving for you. Your family will love catching up with each other while they all ride in the same vehicle.

Service Trips: Whether it’s picking up trash along the highway or feeding those in need, service trips are necessary to make the world a better place and take care of your community. Simplify the process by hiring a bus. Buses have ample storage for both your volunteers and your service supplies.

Natural Disaster Clean Up: There’s nothing quite as devastating to an entire region as a natural disaster. Be there to help pick up the pieces by chartering a bus. Buses are a great place to use as your command center, relax and recharge, and have all of your supplies stored.

Ski Trip: Cozy lodges, exciting slopes, and picturesque winter landscapes are what you picture when you picture a ski trip. Not navigating tricky snowy and icy canyon roads. Let your bus driver takes care of the driving while you enjoy the rest when you go on a chartered bus ski tour.

Bar/Restaurant Crawl: Get the best food and drink your town has to offer all while having a great time and being a VIP on a motorcoach bar crawl. Charter one for a private party or get tickets for a local pub crawl event. Either way, you’ll have a great time!

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties: Celebrate your upcoming wedding with your best friends in style. Hire a coach and party on and off the bus all night long (all while having a built-in designated driver.)

Wedding: Whether you need to transport all your guests on a luxury coach to and from different wedding events or you want to have a classy trolley to transport your wedding party and take pictures, a bus will be the perfect finishing touch on your big day.

Prom: Make your prom night a night to remember. Charter a bus so that you can fit your entire friend group in one vehicle.

Traveling Parties: Be inventive and have a traveling party instead of one at a single destination. Rent a bus to take you to the hottest spots in town and keep your party moving.

GNO: Whether you’re on the Strip in Vegas or in your hometown, a minibus is a perfect way to make your girls’ night out one for the books.

Green Initiatives: Are you concerned about the planet? We are too. Taking a bus instead of other transportation will help you to be eco-friendly while traveling. Buses are up to 4x more efficient than planes, 2x more efficient than trains, and can replace up to 56 less efficient vehicles on the road according to the ABA.

Field Trips: Keep your students safe – charter a bus! Professional drivers on chartered coaches will ensure that you and your kids make it to your final destination in a timely, safe, and comfortable manner.

Sports Teams: Competitive sports require a lot of travel. Keep the team together and encourage bonding on a charter bus. Motorcoaches are the perfect way to transport a team as they have comfortable reclining seats, onboard restrooms, and often optional wifi.

Competitions: Whether you’re a choir, debate team, or mathletes, chartering a bus is the way to transport your crew. You’ll ensure that you won’t have any missing team members and dodge the headache of coordinating carpools.

Direct Travel: Many bus companies have regular line services that have direct, inexpensive tickets between popular destinations like NYC and Boston. Be cost and time effective by taking the bus.

Corporate Transportation: Need to work while on the road? Get an executive coach. Executive coaches have onboard wifi, seat configurations that are conducive to a great working environment, and restrooms to keep business running as usual even when your group is traveling.

Employee Shuttle: Happy employees = productive work environments. Keep employee stress at bay by offering commuter shuttles so that they can unwind on the trip home instead of fighting traffic.

Party Entertainment Space: Have limited space, but want to have an epic party? Hire a party bus to give you additional room for your party. Hotel→Airport Transport: Entice guests to stay at your accommodations by offering a shuttle to and from the airport.

Executive Suite: Do you have a corporate retreat coming up? Need a place for your executives to meet en route? There’s nothing better than an executive coach so your execs can work hard and play hard.

Entertainer Travel: Road tripping at its finest, tour buses will help you feel at home while you’re on the road for your extended concert tour. With beds, showers, kitchenettes, and more, you really will have all the comforts of home.

Wine Tours: Designated driver. Need we say more?

As you can see, there are more to buses than meets the eye. Get in on all that buses have to offer and book your next coach transportation using BusRates.comhttp://busrates.com/!

How to Crowdsource a transportation event.

Bus travel is the most affordable way to move a large group. Period… but that does not make it any more or less challenging to deal with the question about who is the one who is going to actually sign the contract and put their credit card down on the “table.”

Imagine a group of friends who are looking to head to a concert or festival. Maybe your family is having a reunion and you want to go on a tour of all the places from grandma’s life. Perhaps you area soccer parent trying to coordinate the bus for the team and  their families to head to the out-of-town tournament. Having one person responsible  for the entire fee can be a daunting commitment, but there are options and we are here to help.

Option #1

Sometimes simplicity is the key. Sending and receiving money has never been easier. From services like Venmo to PayPal andFacebook to Apple Chat, sending money to someone is simple and fast. Simply break the total transportation cost into a per seat or per person fee based on the quote and get people to pay before the actual booking. Keep in mind that most companies require a deposit before the charter can be booked, so doing this far enough in advance so that you do not run the risk of not being able to book once you are ready is important.  Hey, as long as you are at it, charge a few bucks for your time in coordinating… maybe you will not end up having to pay anything because you coordinated for the group!

Option #2

The GoFundme.com route: Traditionally crowdsourced services like gofundme.com are thought about when raising money for nonprofits and charitable organizations, but they are, at their core, a tool for a group of people to come together and raise money for an end… even transportation costs. From small groups wanting to put together a night out on the town to a road trip to Disney for a group of 100 students, this tool lets you gather money from those interested in going. When using this, simply start a “campaign” on the funding site,  send out the information that they can donate to the cause, and that the cost is X dollars per person to participate. Simple as that, you are on your way to a crowdsourced trip.

Option #3

PayPal Money Pool. A relative newcomer to the group payment model, but one of the pioneers in the online money game, PayPal now offers a way for people to collect money for a common goal. Simple and effective, this will give you and your group a fast way to get this done. Set a total amount you need to gather, how much each person needs to contribute, and the date it needs to happen by.  See the video below for more information.

Group Travel Destinations for Boy Scout Trips and Other Scouting Programs

Group Travel Destinations for Boy Scouts and Scout Groups - From the BusRates Blog

Planning a Boy Scout trips begin with finding the right destination. From outdoors and indoors there is a perfect trip for every Boy Scout troop.

If you are looking for historical museums looking into Washington DC might be the trip for your troop or if you are looking for something in nature visiting your local parks for the Boy Scout trip would be perfect. Here are some great Boy Scout trips destinations for your troop:

Scouting trips have become a great way for families to go and see many close by and not so close by events and sights. The official BSA website is full of helpful tips to get the whole family involved and part of the adventure. Her are some other examples of the types and kinds of things you can expect from your Boy Scout trip.


Here’s another great resource for you to us when you’re trying to find the right vehicle for your trip; Find the best bus type for your group!


You can learn how things are made on your Boy Scout trips by doing a tour of a local factory. You can show the kids the behind the scenes of how things are made, which can teach them new ideas and grow their creativity.

Visiting local art, science and history museums can be the perfect Boy Scout trip for your troop. The kids can learn all about new things through interactive exhibits. They’ll have so much fun learning, it won’t feel like an educational trip.


No matter what destination you pick getting the Troop there is easier with BusRates.com, you’ll make sure you get the right price and vehicle!


Hike through your local parks to teach the troop about nature and all the beauty it has. Seeing the beauty that your own backyard has can teach the kids to appreciate where they are. Camping can teach the kids important lessons on how to survive with minimal access.

Learning how your city works can be enlightening for the kids. Meeting with the Mayor and touring the city offices will teach the kids about politics and government at a young age. Politics and government can be very complicated to learn about at a young age and touring the city can teach them in easy to understand ways.

Group recreation is a great way for the kids to grow closer together and have fun. Doing a ropes course as a training exercise is a fun way for the troop to bond. Troop bonding is important for any troop. Getting along and feeling connected can make or break the experience for each scout.

Cooking together can be a fun and exciting way to learn a practical skill. Depending on the age of the scouts, skill and ingredients will vary. Cooking together can show the kids a new possibility for their future career path. Learning about different foods and the culture they came from will teach the kids to appreciate the world around them.

To help with your transportation needs on these boy scout trips click here to figure out what type of bus you would need for the type and size of group you are.