Group Day Tours: 3 Things to Do When Hiring a Bus

If you are planning a group tour of a location or city, hiring a bus can be a great way to keep the group together, reduce your carbon footprint, and ensure that everyone is safe. Hiring a bus also means that you can spend the journey looking over your guide books and preparing for your fun day out. Below is a guide to 3 things you can do to make sure that your bus hire is a complete success.

Arrive well before you are due to depart

When you are planning your day out, you should check the exact time of departure with the charter bus company. You should then issue instructions to your group asking them to arrive at least 20 minutes before hand. While this may seem an excessive amount of time to wait for a bus, it is important to remember two things. Firstly, there will always be people in the group who arrive late. By building in this window of time, those that come late will actually arrive on time. Secondly, the members of the group who arrive 20 minutes before departure will not have to stand around because the bus company will typically send a bus out well before it is due to depart.

Make a register and buddy up

If you know the people you will be travelling with well, it is easy to think that you will soon realise if anyone gets left behind. After all, everyone should be looking out for each other. However, it is important to remember that people may easily become distracted when they are out sightseeing, or they may be delayed in the bathroom and separated from the group. To avoid problems with people being left behind, you should create a register of people's names which can be called each time you board the bus. The register should contain details of each person's cell phone number so you can easily contact them if they are missing. You should also consider creating a buddy system in which you pair off those in your group and ask them to look out for one another. 

Schedule frequent stops

If you are travelling a long distance or going on a day long excursion, you should arrange regular stops. These stops will allow your group to stretch their legs and use the restroom. The charter bus company will be able to work with you to arrange for the bus to stop as frequently as needed to ensure that the passengers are comfortable.

If you would like further information, you should contact a charter bus company.