Do you need help selecting the best place for a Katy TX charter bus rental? It can seem like an overwhelming process. At ABBA Limos, we’re here to help.
Renting any kind of transportation service can bring so many questions that you don’t even know where to begin. Let’s look at some good first steps.
Choose the type of charter bus for your event
There are multiple types of shuttle buses, and each serves its own purpose. That said, the buses will differ in both appearance and amenities.
Bachelorette parties: These are party buses designed for fun. They may include unique black lights, a more colorful interior, a refrigerator for treats, and more.
Airport Shuttle: You’ll want a more private service if you’re trying to do group transportation to the airport. With a private charter bus, you can easily do a headcount, discuss your plans, answer any last-minute questions, etc. That’s why these buses have good lighting, many seats, and usually offer a good view.
Tourist events: Sure, when you adventure to a new city or town, one of you could drive. But then, your buddy would have to focus on the road and miss the view. The easy way around that is to have someone transport you to your destinations. Charter buses give tour groups a more intimate environment and usually have great windows, plenty of comfortable seating, and sometimes restrooms.
Executive transportation: Time is money, and long car rides can eat away at a business’s productivity. While team members usually travel in smaller groups, if there is a corporate event going on, it’s critical to stick with your company. These buses are generally basic but may offer extras like outlets for phones and laptops, etc.
Middle ground: What if you’re headed to an event that’s not in any of the above categories? No worries. That’s not a comprehensive list! Further, charter bus companies usually help you select the right shuttle for your specific needs. They have seen it all, so to speak, so they know the best fit.
Before making a concrete decision, be sure to check both reviews and ratings. In today’s digital world, many people leave reviews and ratings. These can be a tremendous help when it’s time to select your service since you can take a glance at what to expect.
Get Katy TX charter bus rental price quotes
Once you know what kind of bus you need, start checking out local prices. Prices for shuttle services can vary significantly among companies, even if the same distance and bus type is used. So be sure to get multiple quotes.
But what would contribute to the cost?
Vehicle type: Charter services that have more interior amenities, like black lighting, refrigeration, outlets, etc., will be more expensive than buses taking people ot the airport or on a tour.
Distance: How far you go makes a difference. Remember, the company has to pay for bus upkeep and repairs.
Area: Strange as it may seem, the area you’re traveling from and to makes a difference in pricing. There might be increased traffic in your area, which means the bus may need to idle for a while…and waste gas. Also, the company may charge more if you’re spending long periods in a higher-crime area.
Time: If you’re headed on a one-hour trip, your costs for Katy TX charter bus rental will be very different than someone using the bus for a week or so.
Check out the fees
Companies may charge multiple kinds of fees. You may need to pay a deposit or down payment, plus any late fees or cancelation fees.
If you make the driver wait for you to arrive, you’ll probably pay a fee. It’s not just an inconvenience to the driver; it’s a waste of the company’s time. Fees vary between companies, so be sure to look a the fine print or ask.
Many companies often charge a downpayment or deposit, and some charge both. A down payment and deposit are two different payments, though they are very similar.
In most cases, a deposit is collateral payment, for example, if you damage the charter bus or cancel last minute. Some companies will give you credit for your deposit when you pay in full and don’t damage the bus, but many companies don’t give deposits back or use them toward your actual payment.
A down payment is a good-faith payment. It shows the company that you’re serious about reserving the event, and the company reserves your spot on their calendar. Like a deposit, it may be refundable if you cancel. However, down payments are always credited to the final bill and are not meant to serve as an assurance that you’ll care for the vehicle.
Cancelation policies are a whole different ball game. Not all companies will refund your down payment or deposit if you cancel–even the day after you’ve requested the service!
Realistically, you should expect to honor the payment if you’re canceling less than a week in advance. The company has taken the spot off the calendar just for you, and they may not have time to fill the place at the last moment. That’s a loss to the company.
Schedule your event
Spots for charter buses can fill up fast. If you need a bus for an extended period, say a week, be sure to find a service at least a month in advance. Waitlists can be long for good companies, especially for special events.
Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your event! Charter bus rides can be fun, even if you’re heading to the airport. The best companies offer a great experience, no matter how short the ride is.
ABBA Limousine Service offers complete luxury vehicle and bus transportation to Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas. We have options for all events, from airport transportation to bachelorette parties to weddings and more.
We hope that you’ll give ABBA Limousine a call the next time you need to find the best Katy TX charter bus rental service.
Fun facts about Katy, Texas
- Cane Island was the first community in Katy and was formed in 1872.
- Katy has so many established trees and green spaces that it is designated as a Tree City.
- The City is part of the Greater Houston Partnership, which spans across 11 counties.
For more fun facts, visit the Katy website.