There are a few things that you must take care of, though, when choosing your bus or coach company for hire. A little ground work will ensure that your holiday is stress free and there are no unnecessary problems only because you didn't think of them. This article deals with tips you can use when hiring a bus or coach company for your Adelaide bus tour or Adelaide coaches tour. |
TIPS - Ask the right questions:
o Ask amongst friends and relatives for bus and coach company referrals. Today the internet has a lot of information pointing you in the right direction.
o Ask about the amenities that will be provided on your motor coach or bus. Some buses have entertainment systems, PA systems, air conditioning, sleeper bunks, etc. Make sure that before making your arrangements you confirm all details so as to avoid misunderstandings at a later time.
o Ask if the bus or coach has video watching facilities. This can help in educational tours or sports teams can utilise the time travelling to review games and strategies.
o Confirm and ask about payment details. Confirm policies for deposits, refunds, final payments and cancellation fees. It is important that everything is cleared up from the beginning.
o Ask about the driver's accommodation. Ask where his arrangements are made for and who takes care of the cost. Is it included in the charter package or not? If the driver's cost of stay is included in the package, then confirm who bears this cost if you are travelling as a group.
o When you are comparing the quotes from bus companies, make sure that you are comparing like charters. This means make sure you are comparing an apple to another apple. Many companies charge extra for driver experience, quality service, quality vehicles, maintenance equipment, etc, which all make a huge difference when on the road. So, choose wisely.
o Make sure that your itinerary and plans are all understood plainly by the charter minibus company so they can plan everything before you set out. Ask them to include you in the planning so nothing is missed out on and it saves you a major headache later on.
o If you are planning a long journey, ask if you will require more than one minibus driver. It is important that your driver is well rested, as the lives of many depend upon his driving.
o Ask for the best deal possible. If you are travelling as a large group, like a school tour, and will need more than one minibus or coach, make sure you ask for the best possible deal. Don't be shy... Ask!
o Ask and confirm the best place and time to be picked up from and what will be your drop point as well. Make sure it is somewhere close to the company so the dead miles (with no passengers) are less, which thus reduces the cost further. Also, if the pick up or drop off is going to be late in the night, make sure it is a safe area and has plenty of public minibus transport available.
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