When dinosaurs walked the earth (1950’s and 1960’s) there were only two main bus companies: Greyhound and Trailways. Today, the Mini Bus Charter Service industry has evolved so much that there is very little resemblance between those ancient days of bus services and the modern bus travel of today.
Many modern-day charter buses are more like hotel hospitality rooms on wheels than buses. These charter services now offer such amenities as refrigerators, microwave ovens, food and beverage services, entertainment systems (onboard satellite television, movies, music), and even business services (Wifi, Skype, laptops, and printers). Passengers of charter services have freedom from driving, allowing them to better utilize travel time for work, recreation, or relaxation.
For groups of people who are traveling together, the hassle of determining who will ride in which car may be eclipsed by the peace of mind knowing that the cars can remain conveniently and safely at home, while everyone can ride together, at the same time, in the comfort of a spacious charter bus. The driver is familiar with the roads, he knows where he is going, and no member of the group will get lost because he is trying to read a map while looking for exit signs on the highway.
Travelers who are in the same group can easily depart the charter bus together after arriving at the destination, avoiding any confusion and saving time which may be otherwise spent if individual vehicles are used. And of course, the expense of gasoline, tolls, and parking, when individual cars are used, is so much cheaper, it’s just cost effective to hire a charter service.
There are numerous charter bus services located in every state. Many do have regularly scheduled routes between popular destinations (ex: between New York City and Washington, D.C.). During special events (ex: The Presidential Inauguration, Baseball’s Opening Day, or The Kentucky Derby), several bus charter services offer additional schedules to accommodate crowds who prefer to leave their cars at home during these high traffic events.
Most bus charter services are privately owned and operated businesses and are constantly seeking to increase their business. Individual groups who need to hire a charter bus for a private event can easily negotiate contracts with these companies. Also, if a private group travels on a regular basis (ex: a church group travels to Radio City Music Hall every black Thursday), there is peace of mind knowing that this bus service has been used before (familiarly and confidence in the charter service.)
When considering all of the advantages of using a bus charter service, as opposed to driving in your own vehicle, the obvious choice is to utilize a charter service.