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Why Rent a Bus in Panama City?

The sun sets over a white sand beach in Panama City, Florida

When it comes to traversing Panama City and its surrounding beaches, your group has options. The public bus and trolley system is especially tourist- and visitor-friendly, but there are also rideshare services and taxis if you’re worried about navigating an unfamiliar public transit system with a large crowd. Then, of course, there are private bus rentals like the Shofur team provides, which offer amenities you won’t find on a public bus or a taxi, like free WiFi, luggage storage, onboard restrooms, TVs, and more.

Here are the pros and cons of each Panama City transportation option:

●      Bay Town Trolley: Bay County’s primary form of public transport is this bus and trolley system, which offers services throughout Panama City. Fare is only $1 and transfers are 25 cents, making this an affordable option if your destinations lie on one of the 8 major routes. Keep in mind that the trolleys only run until 6:30 p.m. most nights, so if you have any evening plans or dinner reservations you might need another ride home.

●      Taxis and Rideshare Services: Panama City is also served by many local taxicab companies, as well as Uber and Lyft. Cars can take you nearly anywhere there’s a road, but only six people can fit in a vehicle at a time—not ideal if you’re traveling with a large group and would rather not split up between stops.

●      Private Panama City Bus Rentals: Rent a bus through Shofur, and your group won’t have to separate into multiple vehicles to get from point A to point B. Just hop into your charter bus, minibus, or sprinter van (whichever best suits your group’s size and itinerary) and everyone will arrive in total comfort without having to lift a finger. The only downside is that this option can be expensive—though many groups will find splitting the cost among your passengers a more manageable expense. 

 

Stress-Free Spring Break Bus Rentals

A group of college-aged young adults in bathing suits run into the surf at a beach

If your college group or Greek organization is coming into the “Spring Break Capital of the World” for vacation, we recommend renting a private shuttle service to make getting around town that much easier. Instead of putting miles on your personal vehicles and having to figure out parking in an unfamiliar city, you’ll have a reliable ride to every destination, from the beach to your favorite bars and restaurants. And with a pro bus driver as your group’s DD, everyone can make the most of their vacation and still have a safe ride back to the hotel at the end of the day!

Need something to make the long haul from Athens or Gainesville more enjoyable? Let us know, and we’ll find a bus rental that has TVs and a DVD player for en-route movie marathons, WiFi for streaming music on your personal devices, and individual power outlets so they don’t run out of juice.

 

Panama City Beach

Address: 16201 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413

For sunbathers, swimmers, and body surfers, these 8 miles of white sand are the city’s main attraction. Go fishing and spot some wildlife off the Russell-Fields Pier, or watch the sunset in the soft Gulf surf.

Charter Bus Parking: If you’re visiting in the off-season, your bus driver can likely find a spot in the large parking lot across the street from the pier access point. During the busy summer seasons and during spring break, however, your driver may need to park back at your hotel—so be sure your lodging offers bus parking.

 

Top-Notch Military Shuttles

A lineup of military official's boots as they stand at attention

Of course, Panama City isn’t all white sand beaches and family vacations. The area is home to two military installations, and Fort Rucker’s Aviation Center of Excellence is only a 90-minute drive away.

If your military or government organization needs transportation between naval support sites or a ride to your next Air Force training event, Shofur can connect you with a discreet shuttle service. Our provider network includes hundreds of pre-approved vehicles and drivers with the appropriate security clearance to get your troops and officers where they need to be. Just let us know what features you need to be included in your bus rental—whether it’s tinted windows or extra storage space for your equipment—and our contracts team will ensure you’re set up for success.

 

Tyndall Air Force Base

Address: 2359 Roosevelt Blvd, Tyndall AFB, FL 32403

Phone: 850-283-2042

 

Naval Support Activity Panama City

Address: 101 Vernon Ave, Panama City, FL 32407

Phone: 850-234-4011

 

Corporate Transportation in Panama City

Two men in hardhats with clipboards work at a port setting

In town to meet with local manufacturers or distributors? Or are you planning an industry conference downtown? No matter what business brings you to Panama City, one thing is certain: your team is going to need a reliable ride. So rather than waiting around for a rideshare or taxi to transport you between meetings or cramming onto public transit with all your presentation materials, let Shofur connect your business with a bus that operates on your schedule.

An experienced driver from our provider network will always be there to ensure your routes run like clockwork, and we can even connect your passengers to productivity-boosting amenities they can enjoy on the road. Send emails and alter presentations over onboard WiFi, recharge your devices with individual power outlets, and de-stress after a long day on the clock with plush leather seating and plenty of legroom. From airport pickup services to daily employee shuttles, our representatives are available 24/7 to assist you with any Panama City business travel you have in mind.

 

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)

Address: 6300 W Bay Pkwy, Panama City, FL 32409

An international airport serviced by major airlines like Southwest, Delta, United, and American Airlines.

Charter Bus Parking: If your group is flying into ECP, ask your driver to wait for you at the cell phone lot on West Bay Parkway, across the street from short-term parking.

 

Boardwalk Beach Hotel & Convention Center

Address: 9600 S Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408

A waterfront hotel and conference center that boasts 20,000 square feet of flexible space, including an elegant ballroom and 9 breakout rooms for meetings and workshops.

Charter Bus Parking: The convention center offers bus parking for groups who stay at the adjoined hotel. Be sure to book a room for your driver if you plan to spend the night—many hotels offer discounted lodging rates for them!

 

Port Panama City

Address: 1801 B Ave, Panama City, FL 32401

A major cargo port often used by copper and steel manufacturers and foresters distributing throughout the Gulf Coast.

Charter Bus Parking: The Port Authority’s main office has many coach-friendly parking spaces, which should provide plenty of space for your team’s shuttle service to wait while you tour the facility or wrap up a meeting.

 

Reserve your Panama City Bus Rental Today

Ready to get started? The Shofur team is available around the clock to assist you with every aspect of the reservation process. From helping you pick the perfect bus for your trip to making any last-minute reservation changes, from drafting up a personalized long-term contract to answering any transportation questions you might have—we’re here for you.

Call 1-800-436-8719 today to claim your no-obligation quote, free of charge. All you need is a headcount, an itinerary, and a list of your must-have onboard amenities to reserve your bus rental in Panama City!

Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Panama City

Vehicles Passengers Luggage Hourly Min Hrs Cross State
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CHARTER BUS

57 55
$110 - $170
6
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MINI BUS

25 7
$105 - $160
6

Charter Bus Companies Serving Panama City , Florida

  • Bus Company : 1178

    Insurance

    $5,000,000

    Reported crashes

    0

    In Business since

    2010

    Buses in fleet

    2

    US DOT #

    21*****

    US DOT Verified

    Yes

    Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

    CHARTER BUS

    2 Van Hool 2005 57
  • Bus Company : 1252

    Insurance

    $5,000,000

    Reported crashes

    0

    In Business since

    2005

    Buses in fleet

    1

    US DOT #

    17******

    US DOT Verified

    Yes

    Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

    CHARTER BUS

    1 MCI 2005 57
    • Bus Company : 1265

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1970

      Buses in fleet

      1

      US DOT #

      65******

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      1 Prevost 0 56
    • Bus Company : 1283

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      5

      US DOT #

      18*****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      5 Setra 2007 56
    • Bus Company : 1552

      Insurance

      $5,000,000

      Reported crashes

      0

      In Business since

      1951

      Buses in fleet

      43

      US DOT #

      10****

      US DOT Verified

      Yes

      Vehicles Quantity Make Year Pass

      CHARTER BUS

      43 MCI 2015 57
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