When family and friends make time to be together—to play, explore and make memories—it’s always time well spent, and adventures can be found everywhere. Whether it’s local activities for a ‘staycation’ or a longer trip out of town, there’s fun to be had. And usually, the destination is the main event—but what if the journey was just as memorable? Instead of a typical and often taxing car ride, consider gathering a group and renting a minibus or charter bus—taking the stress out of traveling, allowing more ‘together time,’ and avoiding the frustration of finding a parking spot.
From day outings to cross-country trips, National Charter Bus offers 18-, 20-, and 25-passenger minibuses and 56-passenger charter buses to accommodate a variety of groups. Minibuses and charter buses are great options for special events such as birthdays, weddings and reunions as well as seasonal activities such as traveling to summer camps, fall tailgating and Christmas light tours. And because every trip is unique, reservation specialists with National Charter Bus provide custom quotes.
“Our specialists take pride in listening to customer needs and offer guidance in building the proper itinerary that will best fit the situation,” says Wilson Gonzalez, a customer service representative with National Charter Bus. “Our platform also offers multiple options to a customer so they can choose which mix of price point and amenities works best for their trip.”
Depending on the type of trip being taken, rental fees may be charged by the hour or by the mile. For instance, if a bus is going to be parked for several hours while guests enjoy an attraction, then a ‘per hour’ fee may be the best fit.
WIFI, plush seating, and ADA-accessible features are standard on all bus models, however, if additional amenities are needed such onboard restrooms, televisions with DVD players, and electrical outlets, there may be an additional charge. When booking, be sure to share any and all specific requests to receive the most accurate cost estimate. Minimum rental times vary from three to five hours.
Also, when reviewing rental fees, it’s important to remember that sharing travel expenses with a group can be very cost-effective—with per-person costs being equal to or less than other transportation alternatives. Other ways to help keep a trip budget friendly include booking early, having an accurate headcount, and scheduling during the off-season. The busiest time of year for charter bus rentals is typically April, May and June, so prices may be higher during those months.
Gonzalez also shares that the safety of passengers and clients while on the road is always a top priority.
“That’s why we only partner with bus providers who are thoroughly vetted and experienced in the industry,” he says. “This means our partners have the highest possible safety rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and exceptionally positive customer ratings and reviews. In addition, the private bus drivers we work with must pass a series of background checks, have a clean driving record, and undergo months of training before becoming a part of the National Charter Bus network, and charter buses in our network undergo routine preventative maintenance.”
To help plan your next adventure—consider the following fun itineraries, grab your friends and family, and get going. For more information on renting a bus from Oklahoma City, visit nationalbuscharter.com/Oklahoma-City-charter-bus or for other destinations in Oklahoma, visit nationalbuscharter.com/oklahoma-charter-bus-rental.
A Day Around Oklahoma City
- 9:30 a.m. – Noon
- Pack a lunch and spend your morning ‘in the wild’ at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.
- Noon – 1:30 p.m.
- Next, take the short bus ride to Skeletons: Museum of Osteology—where you can explore the form and function of the skeletal system and view more than 450 skeletons from around the world.
- 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
- Get back on the bus and head south to Norman to visit the Sam Noble Museum—where its 50,000-square-foot exhibit space traces over 500 million years of Oklahoma’s natural and cultural history.
- 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Enjoy an early dinner with delicious Tex-Mex at Chuy’s in Norman.
- 5:30 – 6 p.m.
- Travel back to Oklahoma City.
An Outing to Tulsa
- 8:15 – 10 a.m.
- Pack snacks and a lunch and hop on the bus to travel up the interstate.
- 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Explore Tulsa’s Riverfront Park—Gathering Place is a world-class, 66.5-acre park featuring an adventure playground, mist mountain, swing hill and beautiful gardens. Dining options during your visit include Redbud Cafe and The Patio.
- 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- Next, check out Discovery Lab. Located very near the park, Discovery Lab features a labyrinth of tunnels, a slide made from packing tape and an abundance of science-based learning activities and demonstrations.
- 2:30 – 5 p.m.
- Get on the bus and take the short trip to the Tulsa Zoo—home to more than 2,000 animals from across the world.
- 5 – 7:15 p.m.
- Enjoy dinner at Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina at the RiverWalk in Jenks.
- 7:15 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Travel back to Oklahoma City.