Bus charters typically cater to private tours where a group of people charter a bus for a trip. If you plan on traveling with a group of people large enough to accommmodate a bus (e.g. school field trips, business trips, church services, etc), then chartering a bus can be a relatively inexpensive way to travel. Not to mention that bus charters save on fuel efficiency as compared to personal automobiles and help to reduce damage to our environment! Bus Charter companies typically have a fleet of buses to allow their business to serve many customers daily. Some offer rental services where you can rent a bus, but it may be easier, a little more expensive, but overall a better idea to charter a bus with a courteous, certified driver.
Bus chartering is easy, its a simple matter of planning a trip, making a few phone calls, and going with the best rate. The important thing is to be prepared before you seek out service. Many different factors that will be a result of your planning will affect your service rates.
If you're going to charter a bus, you should have gathered up all of the information pertaining to your trip. Obviously, starting point and charter destination are extremely important. Also, you should know how many stops you wish to make (and where) along the travel. How many people will be in your group? Will you require a driver, would you refuse one, or are you prepared either way? Some (if not most) bus charter companies will require that they provide the driver, with good reason. After you've worked out all the details of your bus charter service requirements, call a company to get rates. Having all the pertinent information readily avaialable will help to expedite the process. It may be a good idea to get bus charter rate quotes from several different bus charter companies. This way you can get the best deal. Again, having your trip pre-planned with regards to travel destinations and accomodations will only serve to expedite the process of chartering a bus.
As an aside, one of the first things you may want to ask when you call a bus charter company is to ask what there coverage area, or area of service is. If you quickly tell them your starting point and destination, then you may save time if they do not cover that area. Some companies, such as USA Bus Charter, are nationwide, but other may only do relatively local charters (such as intrastate bus charters). On the bright side of limited coverage bus charter companies, their service rate quotes may be lower because they only deal intrastate.
There are just a few of thousands of companies ready to help you charter transportation for whatever trip you need to take. These are some of the more notable companies, but there are many more out there, so look around and see what great charter bus rates you can find!