Travel Smart: Tips for Bus Hire

Hiring a bus is a practical way to organise a cost effective trip. Coach and bus hire help to spread the cost of fuel and rental fees while enabling everyone to arrive at the point of destination at the same time. This can really help when organising a trip where a strict time schedule in needed and there is a real danger that people will get lost and arrive late. However, on a socialising front it offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the drive and have a good chat before you reach your destination. 

Depending on what you require, some bus and coach hire companies may sell the services of a driver as well. If your excursion includes plenty of drinking, such as a wedding or a sports match, then a driver will enable everyone to have a few beverages without the risk of drunk driving. 

Before you arrange your vehicle, establish how many people will be attending the event. The number of people going may affect the size of the bus or coach you will need and thus have an impact on the cost not just for the rental of the vehicle but the contributions to be made by each person as well.

Once you have got a few different quotes and decided which company you will use, have a chat will them and discuss any extra add-ons you may require. This can include things such as fuel, sicks bags and a post-rental clean. Some companies will ask for the tank to be filled prior to dropping the vehicle back while others may offer you a good price on fuel from their own supply. Likewise, you may be asked to clean the vehicle inside and out before dropping it off, or the company may provide a cleaning service for an extra fee.

Before you sign any paperwork, have a look at the vehicle. You should perform a full inspection before you sign the contract. Any damage that has not been accurately recorded prior to you accepting the keys may mean that you are liable for additional charges. If possible, inspect with a friend who can check things such as break lights while you are sitting in the vehicle, and even call upon a member of staff to bear witness. 

You should check all of the lights both inside and outside of the vehicle, as well as any electronic components such as the CD player and blowers. The fuel gauge must show full, and the interior should be as clean as possible. Note down any stains inside and take photographs of everything, including any dents, scratches and damage to the bodywork. If you do find anything, make a note of it, take a photo and confirm it in writing with the company.