Guide to Bus Rental Costs

Truth be told, there’s not a straight answer to the question, "How much will my bus rental cost?". The price of your Shofur bus rental is affected by a variety of factors, many of which depend on your specific trip details, like:

  • Make and Model - what kind of motorcoach you rent
  • Distance - how far you’ll be traveling
  • Duration - how many hours or days you’ll need the rental
  • Season - what time of year your trip will take place
  • Location - the city where you’ll be picked up and the city where you’ll be dropped off
  • Amenities - the small comforts, bells, and whistles your passengers enjoy en route
a black shofur bus with a green "shofur" logo on the side

The factors listed above will need to be squared away before you can make a reservation, so they will be reflected in your rental quote. Keep in mind that there are other factors that will not be included in your initial quote, but you’ll still need to be mindful of:

For this reason, you’ll need to keep your trip details handy and give us a call at 1-800-436-8719 to receive the most accurate quote for your Shofur bus rental. Don’t worry—we aim to make the rental process as quick and easy as possible. That’s why our representatives are available 24/7 to help you out, our quotes are absolutely free, and there’s no obligation to book with us if you receive one.

Example Bus Rates

That being said, we understand that no one wants to jump into a large purchase blindly. For your reference, here are some of our average bus rental rates so you can know what to expect. Please keep in mind that these are only examples and may not reflect the rates in your city in the quote you receive.

Bus Type PER HOUR PER DAY PER MILE
Charter Bus $100 - $180 $900 - $1,900 $4.00 - $6.00
Minibus $90 - $170 $750 - $1,700 $3.00 - $5.50
Shuttle Van $80 - $160 $700 - $1,300 $3.00 - $4.00

*Please note that rates are based on averages and are subject to change based on time of booking, starting city, and other conditions. 

Still need more information before you call and book? Here are some hypothetical pricing breakdowns based on trips we often service. Again, these are just examples—you’ll need to call us at 1-800-436-8719 to know exactly how much your minibus or charter bus rental will cost:

The Houston Conference

A marketing organization is hosting a conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. To keep everyone on time to every workshop, the event coordinator wants to establish a minibus shuttle service to transport attendees between the convention center and various hotel partnerships across town. One of the hotels offers free bus parking, but the coordinator will need to provide room and board for the driver. The conference will last 3 days, and the average daily rate in Houston is $1,125 per day. The coordinator also wants to tip the driver 15% after the conference for a job well done. That will bring the total cost of the minibus rental up to:

Minibus for 3 days
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$3,375
Accommodation for driver for 2 nights
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$350
Tip
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$506
Total
 
$4,231

The Atlanta Wedding

A happy couple is planning to tie the knot in Atlanta. While local guests are familiar with the hectic ATL traffic patterns, the couple is worried that older loved ones from out of town may have trouble getting to the venue. So the wedding planner arranges a van rental to shuttle 16 aunts, uncles, parents, godparents, and grandparents between their downtown hotel, the ceremony at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and the reception at the Peachtree Club. The festivities will span 6 hours total, and the Atlanta shuttle van will cost a $105 hourly rate. Parking the van in downtown Atlanta will cost about $55 for the entire evening. Afterward, the couple wants to tip the driver 10%. That means their transportation will cost:

Shuttle van for 6 hours
.................................
$680
Parking
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$55
Tip
.................................
$63
Total
 
$758

The New York City Field Trip

A club coordinator from a Trenton high school would like to treat 98 students and 10 chaperones to a day of museum-hopping in New York City. To accommodate everyone, they’ve opted to rent 2 full-sized charter buses. They’ll leave the school campus at 8 a.m., commute 2 hours into the city, and visit the Museum of Natural History, the Tenement Museum, and the Alexander Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Accounting for travel time and meal breaks, their reservation specialist determined the need to reserve their buses for a total of 10 hours. Charter buses in NYC generally go for $150 per hour. They’ll need to pay $20 per vehicle in tolls and $150 total to park both buses. The coordinator also wants to throw in a 10% tip. So the total will be:

2 charter buses for 10 hours
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$3,000
Tolls
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$40
Parking
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$150
Tip
.................................
$300
Total
 
$3,490

Start Planning Your Bus Rental

Whether you have some questions about pricing, need to make a change to your rental, or simply want to claim your free quote, the Shofur team is always here to help. Call 1-800-436-8719 today and see for yourself how easy it is to rent a bus through us!