When Planning Group Travel, Ask Us Questions on How To Plan Your Trip.

Unlike most other forms of travel, the best chartered buses come fully equipped with DVDs, radios, PA systems, reading lights, air conditioning, and even reclining seats. More and more Americans are waking up to the benefits of bus travel, especially when they’re planning group transportation.

That being said, group travel does come with its own unique challenges. Cardinal Buses takes great pride in operating top notch charter bus rentals throughout Michigan and Indiana. Our chartered buses are common sights on the roadways of the Midwest and Canada. Whether you’re planning your school, church, or company trip with our Michigan charter bus company or in another country halfway around the world, we want to share our top tips for planning a successful trip.

A Short Guide To Chartered Buses and Group Travel

First off, chartered bus travel is growing in popularity, which means it’s important to book your reservation as soon as possible. Between 2011 and 2012, U.S. passenger bus travel was the single fastest growing form of travel in the country, increasing by 7.5% that year. In total, motorcoaches provide 751 million passenger trips annually.

That means you may need to schedule a charter bus rental in advance, particularly for popular months in the spring and summer. While winter or weekday dates can sometimes be scheduled last minute, in general you should start seeking out our charter bus services for quotes as soon as you know your travel dates.

One of the great benefits of chartering a bus is the ability to control your own itinerary. Imagine if a commercial airliner could come to your school or church, then drop you off on the curb outside your destination! However, your group might be able to save money by traveling to the charter bus for your initial pickup.

Finally, make a short list of special requirements. Students and seniors account for about 50.2% of all passenger trips in the motorcoach industry, and both groups may have special needs. A college sports team might require extra storage space, while seniors might require wheelchair lifts. Make sure to include these details when planning trips with charter bus lines.

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Planning Group Travel!

There are simple things you can do to make group travel more enjoyable, such as booking a chartered bus for your trip. But there are also some common mistakes you should avoid as well:

    • Carefully review pricing beforehand to avoid surprises. We will work with you to make sure you know exactly what will, and what won’t, appear on your final bill.


    • Prepare your passengers for the trip. Make sure children (and adults) have enough entertainment to occupy them for the trip. Bring DVDs you know your passengers will enjoy, and make sure passengers know that smoking is not allowed.


  • Plan your itinerary with as much detail as possible and ask us questions that will make your trip that much more enjoyable.

Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Planning group travel can be extremely stressful for the group leader, we know. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the trip, too.