Easy Charter Bus Prices

Traveling to New York City isn’t cheap. So if you’re thinking about booking a charter bus or minibus for your trip, you’re probably wondering how much it might cost.

Unfortunately, we can’t give you an accurate estimate until you call 718-502-9983 for a personalized quote, but we can give you a few pointers to help you start planning your budget. There are a lot of factors that go into calculating the price of a charter bus, from obvious ones like how long you need it for to less obvious ones like tolls and parking fees. Here’s a short list of what our reservation specialists take into account when generating your quote:

  • Distance
  • Length of trip
  • Time of year
  • Pick-up and drop-off city
  • Amenities on the bus

And here are some additional costs that won’t be included in your quote but that you’ll still need to look out for:

  • The cost of a room for your driver (overnight trips only)
  • Tolls
  • Parking fees
  • Tip (optional, but roughly 10% in cash is recommended)

Take a look at the chart below to see an estimate of what you can expect to pay per day, per hour, or per mile before any other factors are added in. Per-hour prices are used for trips that last less than a full day, while multi-day trips are charged either by day or by mile. Longer-distance trips are more likely to be charged by the mile.

 

 

  Per hour Per day Per mile
Charter bus $149–$159 $1,250–$1,400 $4.80–$5.20
Minibus $135–$144 $1,125–$1,260 $4.32–$4.68

 

 

To help you see how these estimates come together with additional costs, we’ve provided a few sample trips below. Keep in mind that none of these will exactly reflect your trip, but they may help you get an idea of how much a bus rental typically costs.

The first-time tourists

Planned stops: Central Park -> Empire State Building -> Ellis Island

24 college students and their professor plan to travel from Trenton, NJ to NY for a day. They will take a walk in Central Park, visit the Observation Deck at the Empire State Building, and finish the afternoon with a stop at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, recording their observations along the way. They rented a 25-passenger minibus outfitted with reclining seats to make the hour-and-a-half commute into the city comfortable.

They left their university at 8:00 a.m. and planned for a two-hour commute into the city. Accounting for travel time to each stop plus meal breaks along the way, their reservation specialist helped them determine that they needed to book their minibus for a total of 12 hours. They’ve estimated that they’ll need to pay $20 for tolls, and they want to tip 10%.

Price per hour:            $140 (x 12)
Tolls:                           $20

Cost:                           $1,700
Tip:                              $170

Total cost:                   $1,870                        
Cost per person:         $74.80

The returning veterans

Planned stops: The William Vale -> New World Stages -> Queens Museum

A group of coworkers from Philadelphia are attending a conference at The William Vale. In addition to getting from Philly to Brooklyn for the conference, they want to explore a few attractions during their stay. They’ve planned a group outing to a show at New World Stages and another to the Queens Museum after their meetings are over.

Their trip will last three nights and four days, and because they’re only going a short distance, they opt for an 18-passenger minibus. The bad news? The hotel doesn’t have bus parking, so they’ll have to pay to leave the minibus in a parking garage.

Price per day:                                     $1,200 (x 4)
Tolls:                                                   $20
Overnight parking for the bus:            $70 (x 3)
Room for the bus driver:                     $298 (x 3)       

Cost:                                                   $5,924
Tip:                                                      $593

Total cost:                                           $6,517            
Cost per person:                                 $362.06

The NYC natives

Planned stops: The Brooklyn Hotel -> The Brooklyn Museum 

A pair of lifelong New Yorkers are getting married at The Brooklyn Museum. They’ve reserved a block of rooms at The Brooklyn Hotel for their friends and family. Since many of the wedding attendees have children and some of them are elderly, the happy couple wants to make transportation as easy as possible for everyone.

They rent a full-size, 56-person charter bus to take everybody from the hotel to the museum and back to the hotel again. Since they only need the bus for 6 hours, they will be charged an hourly rate.

Price per hour:            $150 (x 6)
Cost:                           $900   
Tip:                              $90                 

Total cost:                   $990                           
Cost per person:         $17.68

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