Tips for Traveling in NYC with a Group (Sponsored)


Traveling as a group can be tricky, especially in one of the busiest and most compact cities in the United States. As you move throughout New York City, group members can get lost, the subway routes can become confusing, and trying to travel by taxi or rideshare with a group of more than 4 people is inefficient. Driving yourself is not an option either, as finding a place to park will be extremely difficult and parking fees will quickly add up.

Instead of trying to coordinate multiple modes of travel for everyone in your group, consolidate your transportation plans with the help of a private bus rental from National Charter Bus! We help groups of all sizes travel through the city with absolute ease. When you book with us, you’re in complete control of your trip.

For a successful group trip to the Big Apple, take a look at our most important group travel tips:

1) Plan your Ideal Itinerary

Though unexpected snags are guaranteed to happen during your trip, it’s always good to have a plan for where you’d like to go and when you’d like to get there. Before booking your transportation, gather a list of every place you’d like to see and arrange an itinerary that works for you.

Remember to avoid loading up your itinerary with back-to-back stops. This can cause your trip to be more stressful than necessary, as you’ll be rushing through each stop to make it to the next attraction on time. Be sure to allot plenty of time for your group to:

-explore each destination fully

-eat 3 full meals per day at local eateries

-let your food settle after meals before moving on

-take rest breaks at your hotel in between stops

Factoring in extra time between stops will help to account for unexpected traffic delays, and may even allow more time for spontaneous stops that you hadn’t previously planned. You’ll also be able to relax and enjoy every leg of your trip without hurrying to make it to your next tour on time.

2) Choose a Bus that Accommodates Your Group

National Charter Bus offers a wide variety of bus types for groups to choose from. Large groups, such as sports teams or school groups, can book a large 56-passenger charter bus to bring them into the city and help them stay together as they travel between stops. Small groups of families and friends can rent a compact 18-passenger minibus, which is often better suited for travel within a dense city.

3) Leave the Parking and Navigation Logistics to Your Bus Company

When you book your travel with an experienced charter bus company like National Charter Bus, we take care of parking and driving hassles for you. Once you’ve given us your itinerary, our ops team will determine the best place to park your bus while you’re off exploring the city’s best attractions. A professional driver will also make sure that you’re successfully transported through the city. All you have to do is relax and enjoy your trip.


4) Secure Your Bus 3-6 Months in Advance

Once you’ve got a rough itinerary planned, it’s best to go ahead and secure a bus for your group. National Charter Bus’s reservation specialists are available 24/7 at 718-233-4974 to help choose your group’s perfect bus at the best price. Call us today to plan your next group trip to New York City!

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Choosing the Best Bus Provider in Manhattan (Sponsored)


Coordinating group transportation in a congested city like New York isn’t always easy. It often requires sifting through multiple bus rental providers, estimates, and amenity options. To save you time, we’ve outlined the biggest considerations for chartering a bus in NYC and recommendations of companies that fit each criteria.

Safety First

For families, student groups, and church members, safety and reliability are two of the most important factors in selecting a bus provider. If you’re traveling in one of these groups, search for key information such as the company’s safety record and how they vet their drivers.

This is especially true for booking transportation for school field trips. Parents entrust their child’s life into your hands, so you need to know that the company you partner with is skilled in transporting large groups of children and educators.

In the Lower East Side, National Charter Bus specializes in educational tours to popular destinations like the Tenement Museum and The Lower East Side Ecology Center. Here, students can learn about their neighborhood’s history and New York’s urban environment.

Sticking to the Schedule

Staying on time for major events in Manhattan is hard enough as it is. If you’re attending a corporate event like the DigiMar Conference or celebrating your wedding in Brooklyn, it’s vital to find a bus provider with a reputation for punctuality.

Charter bus providers like Shofur, which have massive networks across New York, have processes in place to get passengers to their events on time. Shofur, for example, advises the drivers they work with to arrive at least 15 minutes early so that there’s time to load passengers and any luggage or exhibiting supplies before departing.

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Storage Options

Groups needing extra storage space for sporting equipment or luggage are best served by bus providers that have a large selection of vehicles. One local company in particular, Ally Bus, has access to more than 900 charter buses and minibuses in NYC alone. You can make a special request for buses with storage bays beneath the bus and overhead bins above the seats.

This comes in handy when you’re headed out for a group day trip to Fire Island or to a sports tournament at a nearby school. You can keep the bus’s aisle free of clutter for a safe and comfortable ride.

Before you call a bus company for a quote, decide which features are most important to you. It’ll save you time and help you choose a provider that’s the best fit for your upcoming trip. For more tips and bus rentals estimates, check out this NYC charter bus pricing guide.

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