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Why Rent a Bus in Indianapolis?

The Indianapolis skyline at dusk

The city’s history as a major transportation hub of the Midwest is reflected in the many ways locals and visitors can get around today. Not sure what method of transportation is right for your group? Here are some of the most popular ways to traverse Indianapolis:

  • IndyGo: Otherwise known as the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, Indy’s public transit includes 31 bus routes that cover most city attractions and districts, with a fare of $1.75 for two hours or $4.00 for an all-day pass. While public transportation is eco- and budget-friendly, many find navigating new bus routes intimidating, especially if you’re new to the city or are traveling with children, seniors, or people with disabilities.
  • Red Line Rapid Transit: The latest addition to the public bus system, this express bus line operates much like a light rail. It runs 13 miles north to south, from Broad Ripple through downtown to the University of Indianapolis campus. Riders must purchase a reloadable card—convenient if you plan on staying in Indy for a while, not so much if you’re only here for a short time.
  • Rideshares and Taxi Services: Indy is also serviced by Uber, Lyft, and a variety of taxi providers. Taxi fare within city limits is $2 per mile plus 40¢ per minute waiting time, with a $3 pick-up fee and 65¢ per each additional passenger. Rideshare rates can be similar on most days, but the cost can be unpredictable due to surge pricing. Your group may want to consider another mode of transport if you’re prioritizing a predictable budget or if you don’t want to split your larger group up into multiple vehicles.
  • Indianapolis Bus Rental: Private sprinter van, minibus, and charter bus rentals (like the ones Shofur provides) are completely tailored to your group size, so you won’t have to pay for seats you won’t fill. Your shuttle bus will only operate on a route and schedule you set for it—so there’s no need to factor in transfers as you would with public transport. And as an added perk, your group will have access to whatever amenities you think they’ll need on the road, whether that’s WiFi for sending emails and streaming music, TVs with a DVD player for keeping your younger passengers preoccupied, or plush leather seating to impress your VIP clients. 

 

Travel to the Indy 500

Two open-cabin race car race by on a track

Racing fans, here’s your stop! The Indianapolis 500 draws nearly 300,000 spectators every May to watch the biggest IndyCar event in the country, and even more flock here throughout the year to tour the track and learn about the history of racing.

Whether your group is here to catch the big race or visiting during the off-season to tour the museum, Shofur has just the private bus rental to take you there. For out-of-towners, we can set you up with a full-size charter bus that offers storage compartments for stashing luggage, plenty of space for stretching out over long distances, and TVs with a DVD player for making the miles fly by. Just let us know what will keep your passengers most comfortable, and our reservation team will try our best to accommodate you!

 

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Hall of Fame

Address: 4750 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Charter Bus Parking: Tours of this three-story museum and the Motor Speedway facility itself are conducted through on-site shuttles. Your charter bus can drop you off in front of the hall of fame’s entrance and wait in the adjoining parking lot for your tour to conclude.

 

Stress-Free Corporate Shuttles

A crowd of conference attendees applause after a presentation

Business bringing you to Indy? Whether you’re transporting convention attendees between workshops or need an employee shuttle program to ease your team’s commute, Shofur can help you make a good first impression. An all-black or all-white bus rental fleet with tinted windows will complete a polished, cohesive look, and amenities like onboard WiFi, power outlets, and plush seating will help your employees and clients stay productive, connected, and relaxed between meetings and events.

 

Indiana Convention Center

Address: 100 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225

As the state’s major conference and convention space, the Indiana Convention Center has no shortage of room across the 71 meeting rooms, 11 exhibit halls, and 3 ballrooms located inside.

Charter Bus Parking: When your bus driver isn’t shuttling conference attendees between the hotel, their workshops, and networking events across town, they can park the minibus in the LaRosa North Bus Parking Lot, a mere 3-minute drive from the center. 

 

Effortless Rides to Every Sporting Event

A group of sports fans cheer and celebrate at a football tailgate

If you’re traversing Indianapolis with a sports fan group, the last thing your passengers will want to worry about is the parking and driving logistics once you reach the stadium or arena. Call Shofur to secure your gameday transportation, and everyone will have reliable rides to every Colts or Pacers game—all season long! A professional driver from our network will act as your DD so you can celebrate victory without sweating the ride home, and your coach’s luggage compartments will have plenty of room to stash coolers, tents, and other tailgating gear.

 

Lucas Oil Stadium

Address: 500 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225

An open-air stadium and the home turf for the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Address: 125 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

An indoor arena, home to the Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Fever, and the Indiana Ice.

 

Indianapolis College Transportation

Deciding which college or university to attend can be stressful for students and their advisors—luckily, Shofur is here to make at least one part of the touring process easier. Rent a shuttle service to tour public campuses like Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis or hop between the five private universities the city has to offer. With your ride plan taken care of, your students and chaperones can focus on taking in the campuses and making the most of their visits.

Organizing a Greek get-together or a student event instead? We can help you there too! Our custom bus rentals can be tailored to suit any group’s size or itinerary—from small club excursions in McCormick's Creek State Park to large-scale socials needing reliable shuttle circuits.

 

Field Trips Made Easy

A group of students and two chaperones inspect the wildlife in a meadow field

No matter where your class, club, or afterschool group decides to go in Indianapolis, reserving a field trip bus rental is the best way to keep everyone entertained and ready to learn once you arrive. Your average motorcoach is much more comfortable than a traditional school bus—plus it can feature amenities that are sure to keep them preoccupied while on the road. With WiFi for streaming music and a few Bill Nye videos playing on the TV monitors, your students will forget to ask “are we there yet?” over and over.

The best part? The drivers in our network are certified professionals with years of practice behind the wheel and spotless background checks. Between their expertise and the well-inspected, state-of-the-art coaches we’ll connect you to, your chaperones and faculty can rest assured that everyone will arrive safe and sound.

 

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Address: 3000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

At 472,900 square feet and five floors, this facility is the world’s largest children’s museum. Between digging up dino bones, riding the steam locomotive, and learning about different cultures of the world, your little learners have a full day ahead of them!

Charter Bus Parking: All parking here is free—even for motorcoaches! After your driver drops everyone off near the museum entrance, staff members will direct them to park in either the Train Lot or the Polar Bear Lot, a block north of the museum.

 

Indiana State Museum

Address: 650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Here, your students can learn more about Indiana’s history (from prehistory to modern influences in pop culture) or catch an educational film on the state’s largest IMAX screen.

Charter Bus Parking: This museum lies in the heart of downtown, so oversized parking spots may be hard to find. When you call to secure your discounted group admission, the staff should be able to give you directions to the museum’s preferred bus parking zones.

 

Indianapolis Zoo

Address: 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46222

This combined zoo and aquarium is home to more than 3,800 animals of more than 320 species. Nowhere else in Indianapolis can you pet a shark, meet some orangutans, and take a selfie in front of a flamingo pool—all in one place!

Charter Bus Parking: The zoo has a large, coach-friendly parking lot that should be able to accommodate your bus rental. Bus parking is free for school groups, but be sure to let the zoo staff know how many passes you’ll need before you embark.

 

Plan Your Indianapolis Group Trip Today

Call 1-800-436-8719 today to reserve your Indianapolis bus rental. Our team is available 24/7 to answer your transportation questions, help you find the perfect charter bus or minibus, and offer a free quote tailored to your Indy transportation needs!

Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Indianapolis

Vehicles Passengers Luggage Hourly Min Hrs Cross State
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CHARTER BUS

57 55
$110 - $170
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MINI BUS

25 7
$105 - $160
5

Charter Bus Companies Serving Indianapolis , Indiana

  • Bus Company : 1185

    Insurance

    $5,000,000

    Reported crashes

    0

    In Business since

    1989

    Buses in fleet

    29

    US DOT #

    20****

    US DOT Verified

    Yes

    Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

    CHARTER BUS

    2 Prevost 2015 56

    CHARTER BUS

    2 Prevost 2013 56

    CHARTER BUS

    2 MCI 2011 56

    CHARTER BUS

    1 MCI 2010 56

    CHARTER BUS

    11 MCI 2008 56

    CHARTER BUS

    5 Prevost 2016 55

    CHARTER BUS

    2 Prevost 2015 55

    CHARTER BUS

    1 MCI 1997 55

    CHARTER BUS

    1 MCI 1995 47

    CHARTER BUS

    1 MCI 1993 47

    CHARTER BUS

    1 MCI 1980 47
  • Bus Company : 1193

    Insurance

    $5,000,000

    Reported crashes

    0

    In Business since

    1951

    Buses in fleet

    31

    US DOT #

    67****

    US DOT Verified

    Yes

    Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

    CHARTER BUS

    20 Van Hool 2010 55

    MINI BUS

    11 Ford 2008 28
    • Bus Company : 1248

      Insurance

      $10,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      12

      US DOT #

      85****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      12 Van Hool 2012 57
    • Bus Company : 1323

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1980

      Buses in fleet

      10

      US DOT #

      54****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      10 Prevost 2007 56
    • Bus Company : 1326

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      3

      US DOT #

      52****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      3 MCI 2006 56
    • Bus Company : 1708

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      1

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      100

      US DOT #

      10******

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      50 Prevost 2012 56

      MINI BUS

      50 Mercedes 2012 16
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