How to Find Tour Bus Companies

By Melissa Lewis
Find Tour Bus Companies

Tour bus companies offer many services for their clients. They include such things as sightseeing tours, charter services and airport transfers. When planning a large event, sometimes it entails providing transportation for the participants. For instance, if you are a large group planning a cruise that departs several hundred miles away, you may need to hire a charter service from a tour bus company to get everybody from their home city to the cruise port. Whatever the need, there are easy ways to find the perfect tour bus company for you.

Talk to a travel agent. If you are looking as a tourist to sightsee in a specific area or possibly take a tour across a country, it may be best to book your travels with a travel agent who may end up saving you money because of the deals she may be able to find. In addition, since travel agents often book charter buses, they may be able to give you insight into good companies as a service (and a good reputation) even if you are not booking with them.

Contact the visitor information center or tourist bureau in the city or country you will be visiting and request any information, including pamphlets and fliers on sightseeing buses that are often available at local restaurants and tourist information centers. To find a tourist or visitor center, conduct a keyword search on an Internet search engine. Use keywords like "visitors center Harrisonburg Virginia" or "tourist information London England."

Contact the Chamber of Commerce. Many area businesses are a part of their local Chamber of Commerce, where you can request information by phone about different tour bus companies. Use the US Chamber of Commerce's directory website (see Resources) for contact information.

Look on large travel websites where airlines and hotels usually compete. Some of the mainstream sites like Travelocity and Expedia have a heading entitled "Activities," where you choose or type in your destination city. The results will include many things you can do at your destination, including sightseeing tours.

Go to charter bus rental websites. There are websites dedicated to the rental of charter buses (see Resources). After selecting your departure city, you will get a list of bus companies in that area. You can request a quote straight from the website by giving them more specific information or you can contact them personally.

Conduct a search on the Internet by using keywords like "sightseeing buses Chicago" or "charter buses Bangor Maine." You can also search online phone books like Yellow Pages.

About the Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.