Some tips for renting a bus, such as a minibus, while traveling includes determining if the driver of the bus needs a commercial license and researching the bus or charter rental company. Other tips for renting the bus include comparing prices, terms and conditions, and ensuring the availability of the bus. Additional bus rental tips include making an early reservation, taking the bus for a practice drive and starting the trip with a full tank of gas.
Transportation operators driving a motor vehicle with 16 passengers or more in the United States have to hold a Class C Commercial Driver's License, or CDL. This U.S. Department of Transportation mandate also includes the driver in the 16-passenger count, as of 2014. National companies offer self-service minibuses for rent or minibuses with a designated driver, including US Coachways, Avis Rent A Car and BusBank. If on a chauffeured trip, it is appropriate for passengers to tip bus drivers.
When comparing bus rental prices, consumers can also verify the cost of insurance and whether the bus company requires a deposit or not. Bus renters should also determine age and mileage restrictions, since bus companies may charge extra for vehicle operators under the age of 25 and for going over a certain amount of miles. Reserving the bus in advance helps increase the chances of availability of the bus.