be higher. For Zoladz Executive Transportation in Depew, New York, summer season is defined as May through October. Demand is greater on weekends than on weekdays, so rates will be higher on Fridays and Saturdays. Length of rental time is another factor: The more hours you need the charter bus, the higher your overall price. Size is another factor in rental costs. Executive vans and passenger coaches are smaller and require less gas and maintenance than large liners that can fit up 30 or more people. Here are some examples of rental costs for charter buses.
Charter bus rental costs can vary by the event, the day and the time of year. Zoladz Executive Transportation in Depew, New York, generally provides a quote based on the situation. For corporate events held on weekdays, rates can start at $100 per hour. Fuel costs for travel within a 120-140 mile range are typically included in the rental rate for Zoladz Executive Transportation. Here are some examples of event and rental costs from Zoladz Executive Transportation:
Buffalo Bills staff day trip to training camp
Three charter buses for a total cost of $3,500 to the client.
- Includes two luxury liners (30+ passengers each) and one coach (22 passengers) during summertime.
Wedding package in summer
One luxury liner (30+ passengers) for a total cost of $1,250 + gratuity.
- Wedding package includes a 4-hour rental, ice, champagne glasses, rocks glasses, and napkins to match the wedding color theme. Driver wears an all-black tuxedo.
Birthday brewery tour in summer
One luxury liner (30+ passengers) for a total cost to the client of $995 + gratuity.
- With so many local breweries in the area, this 6-hour evening tour of as many breweries as the client likes is a popular choice for Zoladz Executive Transportation.
Companies may have set hourly rates that do not vary with the season. Some companies may require a minimum number of hours to account for the costs of travel to the pickup site, paying the driver, and company overhead. Here are some examples of charter bus and larger vehicle rental rates from WSI Limousine in McDonough, Georgia:
Executive van: $115 per hour with a 4-hour minimum = $460 minimum rental cost.
Limo bus: $150 per hour with a 4-hour minimum = $600 minimum rental cost.
- Party bus: $250 per hour with a 6-hour minimum = $1,500 minimum rental cost.
Paying a gratuity to the driver of the charter bus is an industry standard as well as a nice gesture. Zoladz Executive Transportation recommends tipping drivers 20 percent if they have done a good job and kept you and your group safe.
Sometimes partygoers can make a mess, and when they do on your rental charter bus, it will likely increase your total bill. Some rental companies require a damage deposit upfront; others will assess the vehicle after the trip and bill for any necessary cleanup. Driving damages are covered by the company’s insurance, but damages that you could be charged for include excessive mess, smoking inside the bus, vomiting inside the bus, and other excessive cleanup. Here is one example of cost:
- Starting fee for excessive mess or damage: $250 from Zoladz Executive Transportation.