If there’s one part of any trip that tends to be the most stressful, it’s the traveling part. Coach bus transportation is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways for groups to travel, simply because the ease of bus travel is unsurpassed by any other transportation options today.
Here are just a few more tips to help you plan for your next bus trip:
- Make sure to arrive at the meeting spot well in advance before the scheduled departure time. If your entire group is boarding the bus at the same time, or even if your group is being picked up at multiple locations, it’s important to make sure that everyone is on time to ensure that your driving time is as fast as possible.
- Don’t be afraid to work with your charter bus service to plan out the route you want to take, especially if there are attractions that you want to visit or drive by. Remember, though, that coach bus companies work hard to plan out routes and the drivers have plenty of experience with navigating long drives — it’s okay to let the company plan out the route themselves! In most cases, the drivers will be familiar with traffic patterns in certain cities and rush hour times.
- Most newer coach buses — especially the larger buses — have features on board like bathrooms and entertainment centers, but on longer trips, bus companies will plan for intermittent rest stop breaks on the road. It never hurts to bring a few snacks on the bus with you, but make sure to check with your driver first to see if any items (usually drinks in glass bottles) are prohibited, and to see if there will be a trash bag on board.
- Speaking of bus size, it’s also important to keep in mind that if you’re traveling with a bunch of suitcases, most of them will be stored underneath the seats in the bus’s cargo area. This ensures that all the riders are safe and have plenty of room to get comfortable, but it also means that you may not be able to access important items, like medications, while you’re traveling. Make sure to take out any essential items before you hand over your suitcase!
Now we’re asking for your help! If you’ve taken group trips using a coach bus service before, what tips would you recommend to other travelers? We’d love to hear from you!