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Re: Has anyone ever chartered a bus?
In Response To: Has anyone ever chartered a bus? ()
We used to charter a bus for our reunions back during the 1990's. We usually rode from the Philly area down to Raleigh, NC (abt. 8 hours-talk about getting to know your family). I don't know about the cost now, but it wasn't too expensive back then considering the number of people who were riding on the bus. Of course, each bus trip has a story including: a sleepy bus driver, a brand new bus that broke down in 100 degree heat in VA., and a bus that was in bad condition. Let the buyer beware!!! Most of our better trips came through Starr Tours. You can simply call several bus companies and compare the price quotes. Ask questions about the bus and the bus driver, before signing the contract. Be sure to insist that the bus driver will take the major routes and will stop at rider-friendly rest stops. We also included the bus driver as a member of our group and made sure that he had a hotel room compliments of our group. Remember that you are paying a good bit of money too travel on a luxury bus, if possible, inspect the bus before kicking out the cash and do a secondary inspection before the bus takes off for your destination. Try to get the name of the bus driver(a few weeks prior to your trip) so that you can check out his driving record. Up north, the better bus companies are usually booked solid during the first couple of weeks of July(a lot of reunions), so start looking for a bus company as early as possible, at least 12-18 months before the reunion. Also, it helps to have a reunion itinerary set-up before contacting the bus company, so you have an idea of where and when you will travel during your reunion. We may charter a bus to D.C. for our 2010 reunion. Stay tuned!