Why Rent a Bus in Oklahoma City?
Most people in Oklahoma City rely on cars to get around. So if you’re flying in or traveling with many people who can’t drive, you’ll need to think carefully about your transportation options. Here are a few ways to travel throughout the city that don’t require anyone in your group to do the driving:
- EMBARK public transportation: Oklahoma City’s public transit system consists of buses, a ferry, and a newly constructed streetcar. The ferry and streetcar provide fun and affordable ways to get around Bricktown and the rest of downtown Oklahoma City. However, they’re not great for traveling outside the city center. The buses cover a wider range of territory, but they have limited operating hours and stops, so you’ll need to craft a very flexible itinerary.
- Taxis and rideshares: Taxis and rideshares operate on your schedule and only serve your group. But most vehicles can hold 6 passengers at most, which means you’ll need to split up your group. Multiple rideshare or taxi rides in a day can also become expensive.
- Charter buses: Like taxis and rideshares, charter buses take your group where you want to go, when you want to go there. Unlike taxis and rideshares, a bus can hold your entire group, and you’ll pay for the rental up-front, so you don’t have to worry about unexpected fare increases. Charter buses also come with relaxing amenities like reclining seats, large windows, and even WiFi upon request.
Field Trips in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is packed with history and natural beauty, which makes it a popular destination for field trips. At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, your students can see 28,000 works of Western and American Indian art, including paintings, rodeo photographs, and beautifully designed saddles. The museum is also making a conscious effort to honor the people of the West who have been ignored by history, including women, Native Americans, African Americans, and Mexican immigrants. Sign your kids up for hands-on activities and hour-long guided tours designed to teach them about Oklahoma’s complex history.
Teaching science? Take your students to the Myriad Botanical Gardens, where they can participate in educational programs like Little Plants on the Prairie, Plants We Eat, and Rainforest Ecology. They can also play on the interactive exhibits in the Children’s Garden or take a tour and do a guided scavenger hunt inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, which has desert and rainforest environments.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Address: 1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Charter bus parking: The museum has a large on-site parking lot that usually has space for charter buses. If the main lot is full, there’s an overflow gravel parking lot your bus can use.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Address: 301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Charter bus parking: All-day parking for buses is available on Sheridan Avenue near the gardens. You can also find 2-hour street parking on SW 2nd and Harvey avenues.
Corporate Events in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City has one major convention center that’s already up and running, and another that’s expected to open at the end of 2020 or in early 2021. The existing complex, the Cox Convention Center, lies in the Bricktown historic district downtown and has a 25,000-foot ballroom, 100,000 square feet of exhibit halls, and free WiFi in designated zones.
The newly constructed Oklahoma City Convention Center will offer your corporate group even more space, with a 30,000-foot ballroom, 200,000 square feet of exhibit halls, and 27 additional meeting rooms. OKC Convention Center will also provide easy access to Scissortail Park, a great place to walk, bike, or grab a bite from a food truck in between meetings.
Cox Convention Center
Address: 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Charter bus parking: The Cox Center has a parking garage, but it may not be able to accommodate buses. Your bus might need to drop you off and street park on Sheridan Avenue.
Oklahoma City Convention Center
Address: 416 S Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Charter bus parking: Although the Convention Center may eventually offer parking, for now all that’s known is that buses can park in metered spots along S. Hudson Ave., OKC Blvd., and S. Robinson Ave.
Weddings in Oklahoma City
If you’re planning a wedding in Oklahoma City, you may want to think about how to transport your guests from their hotel to your ceremony and reception sites. For example, Rose Briar Place, which has a beautiful chapel, reception hall, courtyard, and garden, lies nearly 25 minutes outside of downtown OKC. Having transportation could make the difference between a stress-free wedding and spending all day on the phone giving directions.
Even if you get married at a venue in the heart of the city, like the historic Skirvin Hilton hotel, you can rent a bus to spare your wedding party from worrying about parking or finding a DD. After a night of dancing, your loved ones can lean back in reclining seats and kick off their shoes while a professional takes them back to their hotel.
Rose Briar Place
Address: 11900 N Council Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73162
Charter bus parking: Rose Briar Place has on-site parking for your bus.
The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
Address: 1 Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Charter bus parking: The Skirvin has a parking garage, but if your bus won’t fit, your driver can park in nearby paid lots or search for street parking.
Sporting Events in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma takes great pride in its NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. If you’re a fan, you can get your group of friends or youth sports team together on a charter bus and have your driver drop you off at Chesapeake Energy Arena. You can also cheer on OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium or the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Taft Stadium also frequently hosts high school teams. If you’re bringing your students to compete in a game or tournament, a full-size charter bus offers plenty of undercarriage storage space for balls, bats, racquets, pads, and sports drinks. Let your athletes toss their gear under the bus and watch a movie on the onboard TVs while you head to OKC.
Chesapeake Energy Arena
Address: 100 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Charter bus parking: The arena uses the Cox Convention Center parking garage, but since it is a garage, your bus may need to opt for street parking along Sheridan Avenue.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Address: 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Charter bus parking: The ballpark doesn’t have its own parking, so your bus will need to use street parking or paid lots.
Address: 2501 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Charter bus parking: Your bus will need a parking pass to park at Taft Stadium or NW Classen High School, and you’ll need to either go through the OKC Energy FC website or work with the event you’re attending to obtain one. You can also park at NW Baptist Church or Cornerstone United Methodist Church for a fee.
College Tours in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City isn’t just about professional sports, of course. The University of Oklahoma lies only half an hour away, and Oklahoma City attracts many sports fans ready to cheer on the Sooners. The city also draws in many high school seniors and prospective transfer students who want to learn more about UO’s highly ranked business, engineering, and journalism programs.
A charter bus offers an easy way to visit the University of Oklahoma and nearby Oklahoma City University in a single day. Your professional driver can drop your students off at each campus and then pick everyone up for dinner in the city.
University of Oklahoma
Address: 660 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019
Charter bus parking: Your bus can request a parking permit online before you visit the university and then park anywhere designated for visitor parking.
Oklahoma City University
Address: 2501 N Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Charter bus parking: Your bus can park in visitor parking spots when you obtain a parking permit online.
Book a Bus to Explore Oklahoma City
Learn about the history of cowboys and the West or cheer on the Sooners when you visit Oklahoma City. This vibrant state capitol welcomes everyone from corporate visitors checking into the convention centers to students exploring the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Just give Shofur a call at 1-800-436-8719 to book your next bus rental to OKC.
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Oklahoma City
$110 - $170
$105 - $160