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Friday 21 September 2018
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A Guide for Hiring a Coach

A Guide for Hiring a Coach

Group outings can be a lot of fun, whether it be a school trip, going to a sporting event, or any other social occasion, but getting the most out of the trip means a lot of planning is needed to make sure everything is properly coordinated. Transport is always one of the major considerations and while car-pooling is an option, it can leave the door open to problems. All it needs is for a small group of your party to get a little bit lost, and the whole group suffers with the delays in bringing everyone together. For comfort and peace of mind, booking a coach for the whole party is a smart idea. There will be plenty of room for everyone to sit comfortably, with plenty of space for luggage in the compartment under the seating area.

How to Book a Coach

Booking a coach is very simple, though it is advisable to make your reservation early, especially if you are looking to make a trip at a busy time of year. Before calling it is sensible to have the essential details written down, which will include when you want to go, where you want to go, how many people are travelling and when you plan on returning. Additional helpful details include whether there will be more than one pick up and subsequent drop off point for the travelling party, and to mention if there are any special needs or requirements for the trip.

Choosing a Coach Company

There are a few criteria to consider when deciding on which coach company to choose, with the most important being location, their reputation and availability on the dates in question. A local company is likely to give you the best deal, as obviously miles means money and a lengthy trip to pick you up is going to add to the cost. You want to know if a coach company has nice vehicles, friendly staff, so check within your group who has been on a coach recently and if they were impressed. If someone has used Hunters Coaches for airport transfers from Leeds, they can give feedback on punctuality, driver helpfulness and vehicle cleanliness which may be of assistance. Alternatively, search online for customer reviews and testimonials, especially those that discuss the likelihood of them using that company again in the future.

Know What You Are Getting

Before you sign the contract and pay the deposit, it is essential that you understand exactly what you are booking, and precisely what it does and does not cover. If you want Wi-Fi available on the bus, make sure you have specified it, as some firms may charge extra for it, and some vehicles may not have it available. The majority of coaches are non-smoking and while food, drink and alchohol are generally permissible, it is important to check with your coach company in advance. Drinking alchohol can lead to people becoming boisterous, which can be very distracting for the driver.

The majority of coach companies have certain restrictions on what may come aboard and do not allow any pets to travel, but are legally required to allow assistance or guide dogs on board, when travelling with a disabled passenger.