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How to Figure Your Indiana Bus Charter Costs

If you've never before planned an excursion with charter bus services, below are some tips to help you.

We understand that you're concerned about cost and may be wondering how to figure out how much to charge the people going on your Indiana bus charter trip. To get an idea of your per-person cost for the trip, we recommend dividing the cost of the charter by 85 to 90 percent of the total number of passengers the coach can hold.

For example, if you charter a 56-passenger bus for $800, you would divide the $800 by 50 (about 90 percent of the bus' total capacity). The cost per passenger then comes to $16. A passenger number higher than 50 is profit. Or you could charge more than $16 per person to make a profit and/or use the proceeds to purchase food and drinks for your group.

Naturally, as you do your charter bus services research, you'll want to take into account the age range of your group, your destination, the length of time you'll need the bus and other factors.

For example, if you're hiring a bus to take your sales people to a convention, you may want to be sure the charter bus services you're researching have Internet access on their coaches so that your road warriors may work on their laptops while en route. Cardinal Buses, Inc. does offer WiFi connections on some of our buses.

Are you hiring an Indiana bus charter to take your college's alumni group to the big game? Be sure to ask if the charter company allows alcoholic beverages and food onboard.

At Cardinal Buses, we're happy to have our guests eat and drink on our coaches. All we ask is that you keep the bus tidy (we'll provide trash bags) and that any alcoholic beverages come in cans only -- no glass bottles or kegs. We also require that you pay a fully refundable deposit of $200 if your group will be enjoying alcoholic beverages on board, just in case the bus needs a bit more cleaning upon your return.

We'll be more than happy to help you plan your excursion with our charter bus services. Just give us a call, let us know your budget and other needs and we're certain we'll be able to come up with an Indiana bus charter that meets -- and exceeds -- your expectations.