For many people, traveling on a bus brings back happy childhood memories of school trips, summer camp, family reunions and other group outings. Traveling by bus is fun when you have a group of friends, family or colleagues headed for exciting destinations. For anyone looking to revive that experience, the good news is that charter buses today are very different from the bumpy yellow school buses with hard seats that you remember from that time long ago. You can travel in comfort and even find wifi on a bus. And best of all, buses are one of the most ecofriendly forms of transportation around.
A convenient form of travel
Travel by bus has a long history. As long ago as the 1820s, horse drawn buses were taking passengers to their multiple destinations. The first intercity bus services with steam powered buses were used in England in the 1830s. Today, motor coaches take passengers to destinations that airplanes and trains can’t reach. For many rural areas in the U.S., they are the only type of public transport available.
Charter buses are still one of the most convenient and low cost ways of getting people from one location to another. They offer the flexibility of setting your own schedules, making multiple stops and even making unscheduled stops.
Traveling in comfort on a bus
Nowadays it’s possible to travel comfortably on a bus even over long distances. When it comes to charter bus rentals, you will find comfortable seats, headphones, personal video screens and even wifi. There’s enough leg and elbow room to stretch out comfortably. You can even get snacks and drinks on board.
Letting someone else do the driving gives you a chance to catch up on other things, like listening to music or watching movies, chatting with friends and cousins you haven’t seen in a long time, and enjoying the relaxing scenery outside. You can even catch up on some sleep and wake refreshed when you reach your destination.
The most ecofriendly form of transportation
The best thing about charter buses may be that they are also the most ecofriendly form of transport around. In terms of fuel efficiency, they are ahead of planes, autos, and even trains. That because each bus full of people, potentially removes 55 autos from the highway. This helps to reduce traffic congestion and minimize fuel consumption as well as emissions.
The numbers tell their own story. When it comes to fuel emissions, buses emit less carbon dioxide per passenger mile traveled than any other type of transportation. Measured by passenger miles travelled, they’re also the most fuel efficient, getting 206.6 passenger miles per gallon (MPG). Compare that to commuter rail, which gets 92.4 passenger MPG, transit buses which achieve only 31.4 passenger MPG, and domestic airplanes at 44 passenger MPG.
When it comes to comfortable, ecofriendly travel, it’s hard to beat charter buses. With the freedom to create your own route and schedule, it’s easy to get together a group of family, friends, neighbors or colleagues and head off for some summer adventures.