Why Rent a Bus in Brooklyn?
Like most of New York City, Brooklyn has plenty of public transit. But the subway may not be the best option for every group. Here are some transportation methods your group can use to get around Brooklyn and the pros and cons of each:
- MTA subway and buses: Brooklyn has plenty of subway stops and even more bus stops, and at $2.75 per ride, public transportation is much cheaper than rideshares. However, you’ll have to deal with crowds of strangers, and if you’re traveling with children, it can be easy to lose someone while getting on and off the train or bus.
- Taxis and rideshares: Taxis and rideshares are good for getting exactly where you want to go quickly, but large groups will need multiple cars to fit everyone. Taxis and rideshares can also be expensive, especially during peak hours.
- Charter buses: A charter bus will hold only your group, making it easy to keep everyone together. Although charter buses may initially seem expensive, they can be much cheaper per person than rideshares, and you can call for a quote so you know how much you’re paying ahead of time.
Smorgasburg in Brooklyn
As the official hipster borough, Brooklyn’s known for its wide-ranging and eccentric food options—and no event exemplifies that better than Smorgasburg. The largest weekly open-air food market in America, Smorgasburg attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people every weekend in the spring and summer.
Head to Marsha P. Johnson State Park (formerly East River State Park) to sample food from 100 local vendors while you gaze over the water at the Manhattan skyline. You can build your own meal of ramen burgers, spaghetti donuts, and Japanese fried chicken and polish it off with juice served in a carved-out pineapple.
Marsha P. Johnson State Park
Address: 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Charter bus parking: The only parking in the area is in garages, so your bus will need to drop you off and then return to a bus parking lot. Check out New York City’s guidelines for where to park motorcoaches.
Field Trips in Brooklyn
Many people associate museums and historical landmarks with Manhattan, but Brooklyn offers plenty of educational destinations too—and they’re often less crowded than Manhattan’s options! For example, if you want an alternative to the Met, you can take your kids to the Brooklyn Museum, which has 1.5 million pieces of art. You can either sign up for a museum-guided tour or lead your students yourself as you explore American, Ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, and European Art.
More interested in history? Plan a field trip to The Old Stone House, a reproduction of a 1699 Dutch farmhouse. The original farmhouse was a pivotal site during the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776. In 1883, the stone house became the headquarters of the Brooklyn Dodgers, but by 1910 it was falling apart. The city decided to use stones from the original building to reconstruct the farmhouse as a historical site. Now, students can visit the house and learn about colonial remedies, the Battle of Brooklyn, and enslaved people fighting to be free during the Revolutionary War.
Address: 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Charter bus parking: The Museum has its own parking lot behind the building, just off Washington Avenue.
The Old Stone House
Address: 336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Charter bus parking: Street parking is available around The Old Stone House.
Weddings in Brooklyn
Brooklyn’s many restaurants and converted industrial buildings make it a popular location for weddings. If you need a way to carry your wedding guests to your ceremony and back to their hotel at the end of the night, Shofur can provide a charter bus with reclining seats, climate control, and a professional driver.
Check out venues like MyMoon Restaurant, a converted 19th-century boiler room in Williamsburg, or Deity, an Art Deco building with all-inclusive wedding packages. Then give Shofur a call to book transportation to the one-of-a-kind wedding location you’ve chosen.
MyMoon Restaurant + Venue
Address: 184 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Charter bus parking: Your bus may be able to find street parking in the area. If not, the bus driver will have to drop you off and return to a designated bus parking lot.
Address: 368 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Charter bus parking: The street parking in front of Deity is free after 7 p.m., and there’s more street parking scattered throughout the area.
Corporate Events in Brooklyn
Brooklyn doesn’t have any event venues as large as the Javits Center, but it does have great venues for smaller conferences or cocktail hours. The Brooklyn Expo Center has 68,000 square feet of space and can accommodate up to 2,000 people, while smaller industrial spaces like 26 Bridge welcome groups of 200-400.
If you and your coworkers don’t want to contend with the stress of the subway, Shofur can provide a modern shuttle to take you straight to meetings or presentations. You can even request WiFi or power outlets so you can finish up assignments on the bus.
Brooklyn Expo Center
Address: 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Charter bus parking: On-site parking is available, but the expo center asks that you discuss your parking needs with the event coordinator when you book the space.
Address: 26 Bridge St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Charter bus parking: 26 Bridge lies near a parking garage but offers no on-site parking. Your motorcoach will need to park in a paid lot that allows buses.
Sporting Events in Brooklyn
Many youth sports teams come to Brooklyn to check out the borough’s indoor sports centers. One of the largest is the Aviator Sports and Events Center, which offers activities like gymnastics, basketball, ice skating, and hockey. If you’re headed there or to another sports center with your kids, you can stash all of their equipment underneath the bus so your athletes have room to stretch out.
More into professional sports? Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is home to both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders. And since the center has very limited parking, renting a charter bus to drop your group off at the game could be a great option.
Aviator Sports and Events Center
Address: 3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11234
Charter bus parking: Aviator has its own parking lot with 2,000 free spots, so you should be able to find a spot for your bus.
Barclays Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders)
Address: 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Charter bus parking: Barclays Center recommends using ParkWhiz to reserve spots in nearby garages, but since a bus probably won’t fit in a garage, your charter bus driver can drop you off and then park in a paid lot that allows buses.
Book a Charter Bus to Explore Brooklyn
Whether you’re planning a conference, a wedding, or a field trip, Shofur can help your team get where you need to go in Brooklyn. Just give us a call at 1-800-436-8719 to find a modern charter bus that’s perfect for your group.
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Brooklyn
$110 - $170
$105 - $160