Selecting a bus or coach charter company for your next excursion can be a complicated matter, it really depends on what you need the charter for and what budget you have.
It does not necessarily mean that the cheapest price will automatically be the lowest overall cost.
The best way of choosing the right coach charter company is to list your requirements in order of importance to you and the charter.
Of course budget is an extremely important consideration, but not necessarily for large conglomerates who want to arrange transport for a corporate event.
Fix your budget and then negotiate with the companies who offer the closest tenders.
What is your charter for? There is no point in hiring a luxury 65 seat touring coach if your purpose is a school charter for a rugby match.
Similarly, hiring a minivan for a two day tour of Australia’s Gold Coast would be inappropriate.
Your charter vehicle must be suitable for purpose and this might reflect on your budget. If you are out to impress your passengers then your budget will have to extend to more luxury.
Always choose a reputable coach and bus charter company like Sydney Executive Coach Hire. Pick one that has been in business for a considerable length of time and has the knowledge and experience in the type of charter you wish.
Do not sacrifice safety and security for price, the most important factor in the whole charter is that your passengers arrive home safely after their day and everybody is happy with their trip.
Ask for recommendations and see if they will give you a list of past customers. Ask pertinent questions regarding time scheduling, reliability, standard of service etc.
Inspect the Vehicle
When the bus or coach arrives for it’s pick up ensure you allow enough time to inspect the vehicle before your passengers arrive.
Pay particular attention to the tyres, look out for any bald spots and study the general condition of the vehicle.
Inside inspect seat belts and that everything you have requested is onboard the coach. Does it have working A/C, TV, comfortable legroom, ample luggage space, tables etc.
Talk to the Driver
Have a general conversation with the driver and see how long he has been with the company and also his experience in driving.
Ask him about your tour and destination and see if he is familiar with the type of tour and excursion you are partaking in.
If you are on a wine tour ask him if your itinerary covers all the best cellar doors in the area you are visiting. If he is an experienced driver he could give great advice and take you somewhere particularly special.
All these considerations and tips should be evaluated when taking a bus or coach charter, if you do so beforehand then it will make your selection of charter company a little easier.
It will also help you to control your budget better and pay for things that are most important to you and your passengers.
But remember whatever you do, never skimp on safety for your passengers. Budget should never reflect this and there are other items that you can preclude to ensure safety and reliability.
For more information and to get your free quote, either use our handy quote request form or contact our friendly team now!