Why Rent a Bus in Sacramento?
Sacramento has a strong public transportation system called Sacramento Regional Transit. While public transportation can be a great choice for small groups, it can be difficult to manage for large groups with packed itineraries. Here are a few forms of transportation you can try in Sacramento, with some advantages and disadvantages of each:
- Sacramento Regional Transit (SRT): SRT provides bus and light rail service as well as a smaRT Ride minibus that you can summon using your smartphone. The minibus can take you to specific destinations within 9 service areas. However, large groups probably won’t fit on the minibus, which means you can only reach destinations served by the bus or light rail.
- Local taxis and rideshares: Local taxis and rideshare services can take you from exactly where you are to exactly where you want to go. However, you’ll have to split into small groups of four to six people, and you’ll have to pay for each vehicle individually, which can quickly become expensive.
- Charter buses: Charter buses will have enough room for your entire group and can take you exactly where you want to go. Because a charter bus can be expensive, it’s a good choice for large groups with the ability to split the cost.
Field Trips in Sacramento
Because Sacramento was founded during the Gold Rush, it’s a popular destination for school groups who want to learn about California’s past. Old Sacramento State Historic Park includes nineteenth-century structures like the 1849 Eagle Theater, 1853 B.F. Hastings Building, and 1855 Big Four Building. There’s also a pony statue to honor that Sacramento was once the Western Terminus of the Pony Express.
If you’re teaching about the Transcontinental Railroad, you won’t want to miss the California State Railroad Museum. Climb aboard an open-air gondola pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive on the Sacramento Southern Railroad, or head inside the museum to see 19 steam locomotives that date from 1862 to 1944. You can also learn about the lives of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad and the moment the last golden spike was driven in to complete it.
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Address: 111 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Charter bus parking: Your best option for parking in the State Historic Park will be the bus parking for the California State Railroad Museum, located just behind the building.
California State Railroad Museum
Address: 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Charter bus parking: Free bus parking is available behind the museum. Follow the signs from I Street to the gated lot.
Weddings in Sacramento
Sacramento offers a beautiful setting for weddings, and many of its venues are more affordable than those in nearby San Francisco. If you want an elegant historical site for your wedding, try the Sterling Hotel, a Victorian mansion built in 1894 that still has its original stained-glass entryway, or the Vizcaya Sacramento, an even older Victorian home that dates back to 1889.
Looking for a setting that’s a little more unexpected? The Firehouse Restaurant is a historic fire station that has been converted into a fine dining venue, and it has both an outdoor courtyard and indoor event rooms for weddings. If you want to serve beer or wine, Shofur can provide a shuttle to take your guests to the ceremony, the reception, and their hotel so no one has to worry about finding a DD.
Sterling Hotel by Wedgewood Weddings
Address: 1300 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Charter bus parking: There are public parking lots around the Sterling Hotel, but it doesn’t have its own lot. You’ll probably want your shuttle bus driver to drop your group off in front of the hotel and then park in a public lot.
Address: 2019 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95818
Charter bus parking: The Vizcaya offers free parking.
The Firehouse Restaurant
Address: 1112 2nd St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Charter bus parking: The Firehouse doesn’t offer its own parking, so your charter bus driver will need to drop you off and then park in a paid public lot.
Corporate Events in Sacramento
Sacramento’s conference venues and status as California’s capital make it a popular destination for trade shows and conventions. Cal Expo, one of the largest spaces in the area, hosts hundreds of corporate events each year as well as the annual California State Fair. Many groups also visit the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, which hosts Broadway shows and concerts in addition to corporate events.
Your charter bus can also take you from Sacramento to other meeting venues around the area. The Capital Sports Center, located in nearby McClellan Park, hosts amateur basketball and volleyball games as well as corporate events, and you can get there from downtown Sacramento in less than 20 minutes.
Address: 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Charter bus parking: Cal Expo has many large parking lots that you can park in for $10 or $15, depending on the event.
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Address: 1515 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Charter bus parking: Your charter bus will need to drop you off and then park in a public lot in downtown Sacramento.
Capital Sports Center
Address: 5209 Luce Ave, McClellan Park, CA 95652
Charter bus parking: Free parking is available in the lot across the street from the Capital Sports Center. Don’t park directly in front of the Center, as your bus will be towed or booted.
Sporting Events in Sacramento
Although the Capital Sports Center focuses on amateur sports, Sacramento also provides a home for many professional sports teams. Basketball fans can cheer on the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center. If your group is more into baseball, buy tickets to see the Sacramento River Cats, a AAA minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
Sacramento’s newest team, Sacramento Republic FC, is a minor-league soccer team that plays in Papa Murphy’s Park near the Cal Expo Center. Their goal is to join MLS, and your group can help them achieve it by asking your charter bus to take you to the stadium for a game.
Golden 1 Center (Home of Sacramento Kings)
Address: 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814
Charter bus parking: The Golden 1 Center recommends that you buy a parking pass online at the SacPark website.
Sutter Health Park (Home of Sacramento River Cats)
Address: 400 Ballpark Dr, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Charter bus parking: Sutter Health Park has multiple parking lots, and most of them cost $10 to park in.
Papa Murphy’s Park (Home of Sacramento Republic FC)
Address: 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Charter bus parking: Papa Murphy’s Park is in Cal Expo, which has many parking spaces available for $10 or $15.
Book a Charter Bus to Explore Sacramento
Sacramento may not get as much publicity as Los Angeles or San Francisco, but it has fascinating museums, plenty of historic buildings for weddings, and abundant events and sports venues to keep your group engaged. And if you need a way to get around, Shofur is happy to help. Just give us a call at 1-800-436-8719 to book a charter bus for your group outing in California’s capital.
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Sacramento
$110 - $170
$105 - $160