What’s a party bus?

There are few terms on the Internet that are more confusing than “party bus.” If you sat in a room with 20 people and asked them to describe what a party bus is, what it looked like, and what you do with one, you would get 20 different answers. As the most searched for bus term on the web, there are definitely a lot of interpretations of what someone is looking for when they type it into google or ask Siri.

The first thing that needs to be straightened out is that there is a major difference between what bus companies think of when they hear party bus and what the average consumer thinks of.

What bus operators think a party bus is:

Limo… bus… where people go to party… Basically that sums it up.

(Photo of the interior of a party bus here)

A lot of traditional bus operators know the above style of bus as a party bus. Most traditional operators do not run this type of equipment, because it has historically been… well, an issue. From drunk frat parties to cleaning crews having to spend crazy amounts of time cleaning unimaginable messes up after a night out, traditional charter fleet operators have shifted away from this type of equipment. Pair that with increasing challenges with commercially insuring this type of vehicle and the vast majority have bowed out. However, these vehicles are still available in many markets like more traditional limo operators (who are also on busrates.com) and are a lot of fun.

If the above picture is not what you think of when you say party bus, you are not alone! A lot of consumers think that party buses are any of the below vehicle types.


What bus operators call charter buses, mini buses, motorcoaches, and even executive coaches, many consumers think of as party buses.

The reason this distinction is important is because sometimes translation can stand in the way of someone getting what they want.

Picture Jim. Jim has been tasked with getting the “party bus” for his family reunion to take everyone to surprise grandma at the bingo hall and then go to the beach for the afternoon.

Jim picks heads to BusRates finds an operator in Grandma’s home town and gives them a call.

“Thanks for calling Sea Shore Charters, how can I help you”

“ Hi, I need to see if you have a party bus available on July 24th and how much it would cost?” Jim says.

“Sorry, we don’t do party buses.”

“Oh, but I was on your site and saw…” he responds before getting cut off…

“We don’t have any party buses, we don’t run that type of equipment.”

“Oh… ok… thanks” Jim says before hanging up, confused.

The truth is that what Jim wanted, Sea Shore Charters has, but there was confusion.

Knowing what you really want, and what bus companies call them, will help you make sure you are not like Jim… because lets face it, no one wants to be like Jim!

Click here to see all the types of equipment available on busrates.com and what each vehicle is called!

Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Charter Bus for Your Group

If you’re searching for a charter bus, chances are you have a specific activity, trip, or event in mind. That’s where knowing what types of vehicles are available can help tremendously. Luckily this quick guide will give you a summary of each commonly chartered vehicle available to help you make your choice.

Luxury Motorcoach: Often equipped with features such as optional wifi and entertainment packages, luxury coaches are a great way to get your large group from point A to point B. No matter if you’re traveling a short or long distance, coaches can comfortably seat up to 56 people and have onboard restrooms to make your travel experience just that much more enjoyable.

Executive Coach: Perfect for transporting business executives and their colleagues, these coaches have office or lounge interiors and are usually equipped with wifi which makes it easy to work and relax on your journey. Executive coaches can typically seat anywhere from 20-30 people.

Trolley: If you are having an event such as a wedding or gala and want to add a touch of vintage charm, a trolley is the perfect way to have your guests transported. Though they don’t have the same amenities that other coaches do, a trolley will add the ‘wow’ factor you’re looking for.

Mini Bus: Need to transport a smaller group, but still want the amenities that a motorcoach offers? You’re in luck! A mini bus is perfect for you. With seating for up to 29, this more cost-efficient method of transportation will work great for just about any trip you have in mind.

Chartering a bus is simple to do, especially when you use our extensive database. Get quotes today just by typing in your pickup location and then using our filters to ensure availability. No matter which type of vehicle you decide to charter, you’ll be glad you read this guide to help you narrow down your search!

5 Amenities You’ll Love Having on Your Next Charter Bus Excursion

Did you know that charter buses are equipped with the modern amenities you crave while traveling? Many people don’t know that many motorcoaches have luxurious amenities that will take your trip from okay to amazing. There are several conveniences you’ll like when you hop on a coach, but here are the top five amenities modern day adventure seekers love:

Onboard Wifi: Wifi on a road trip? Yes please. Answer messages, check your social media accounts, stay up to date on work, and more when you hop on a wifi enabled coach. No need to burn all your LTE and suffer in ‘dead spot’ areas when you’re on the bus. Get things done with motorcoach wifi! Entertainment Packages: Break up the long day by enjoying onboard entertainment packages. Sit back and relax as you watch Hollywood blockbusters, TV shows, and more. Just don’t forget a set of earphones. Onboard Restrooms: Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than having to pee when you’re on the road in the middle of nowhere. A clean onboard latrine will take care of all your problems. So stop worrying about monitoring your fluid intake and just enjoy the ride. Outlets: If you want to read on your Kindle, catch up on emails, or play a game on your phone, chances are that you’ll eventually need an outlet to keep your devices running. Many coaches have personal outlets to keep your devices charged and your life going. Comfortable Seats: When you take a motorcoach, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort. Hop on a bus and you’ll be amazed with the comfort of the reclining seats and the sheer amount of legroom you get. No need to bend yourself like a contortionist to get comfy, a coach is already comfortable enough.

From practical conveniences to modern day tech capabilities, coaches have it all. Want to make sure the coach you book has the amenities you desire? Search on busrates.comhttp://busrates.com and you can easily filter and search for the conveniences that are important to you. Happy traveling!