When you are planning just about any kind of event or outing, from a family reunion to a school excursion, from a rehearsal dinner to a concert or large game, one of the critical factors in the success of the event is going to be your choice of transport –how will you get everyone where you want to be if you want to be there? There are loads of options. More and more, however, meeting planners, professionals and regular folks are turning to charter buses as the transportation mode of choice…and with good reason. Below are a few of the best 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 that you can take in a scenic vista? It just 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 right to your destination. If you would like to stay a bit longer or get there a bit early, it is usually no problem. Having a reliable charter coach companies, you will ride in comfort from your point of departure to your destination, and you won’t have to worry about the time and expense of catching a taxi or a shuttle. Having a group of any substantial size, the expense of cab or ridesharing can have a big bite of your transportation budget.
It’s virtually impossible, unless you are traveling a short distance, to prevent air or train travel that requires that you make connections somewhere. That always raises the specter–what if your flight is delayed or canceled? Some studies show that around 40% of all daily flights, affecting nearly a million air passengers every day, don’t arrive on time, increasing the possibility of a missed connection. That is never an issue with a charter bus. Your coach will be selected and prepared exclusively for your group. You will ride on the same bus for the whole trip, so there’s never a worry about making or missing a connection. Your driver will know in advance how to get where you are going, and will also have real-time access to information to take care of any traffic snarls or other challenges.
You don’t have to be overly tall or large to wind up feeling shoe-horned to a seat on any of the commercial airlines. On a plane, most seats are merely 17 inches wide and there are always three to a side in economy class seating. Moreover, if you are six feet tall, then you may be banging your knees on the fold-up table on the back of the seat before you, as the seat pitch (distance from the back of your seat to the rear of the seat 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 that center set. Additionally, even though there are 14 rows, generally the maximum on a charter bus, passengers still have about three feet of pitch with each seat.
Of course, one of the most frustrating aspects of airline travel is that, as soon as you are in your seat, you feel as if you will need an act of Congress to get up and walk down the aisle for any reason. That is never the case on a charter bus. You will never get the warning from the driver that you are going to encounter some turbulence. If you wish to get up and see friends at any moment, you are generally free to do so.
The additional space on a charter bus can also be a blessing to any larger passengers on your trip. The airlines have fairly strict regulations regarding the size of passengers and might assess with you with an excess seat fee if you consume too much space.
Consider all those aspects of air travel that make it such a hassle–they just are not a concern on a charter bus:
You can be on your device any time you want to be–many charter buses provide the entire variety of modern technological conveniences, from Wi-Fi to USB ports, from places to plug in your MP# player to DVD players. There won’t 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! However, you won’t have to pay an excess fee to bring a bag, and you will never have to be concerned about losing your luggage. It’s with you all the time.
There is no waiting at the TSA line–That is because there is no TSA line! You won’t have to take off your shoes, submit to a pat-down or worry about losing your new bottle of shampoo.
You won’t have to take out a second mortgage to cover lunch–Those food costs at the airport will break the bank in a hurry. Having a charter bus, you can bring your own grub-hey, you can even bring a cooler stocked with your favorite adult beverages!
There are no hidden fees–You won’t have to pay extra for luggage and there’s no charge for headphones, access to Wifi, or any other conveniences, including the bathroom!