Coach Hire Prices
The cost of hiring a coach varies greatly and is dependent on a number of contributing factors from the size of the vehicle to the duration of the hire. However there are some other things to consider which may well come as a surprise, so we have listed 6 factors below to assist you.
Coach Hire Prices Factor 1 – Size of vehicle
It almost goes without saying that the larger the coach then the more expensive the hire. Therefore we like to reiterate to our customers the importance of getting the numbers right, if you over estimate your passenger numbers then you my well end up paying more for the coach hire.
Coach Hire Prices Factor 2 – Time of year
You will be aware that travel and holiday company’s prices soar in the holidays due to seasonal demand. Well the coach hire industry is no different. Prices during the summer holidays are often twice that of the out of season rates. The best way to try to get the best deal is by booking as far in advance as possible.
Coach Hire Prices Factor 3 – Length of hire
Again, this is perhaps obvious but the longer you require the coach for then the higher the price you pay. However did you know that it is sometimes possible to split the journey to reduce the cost? It simply means that you don’t keep the coach with you all day (and therefore you can’t keep anything on it) however it can make you considerable savings.
Coach Hire Prices Factor 4 - Specification of coach
The most basic breakdown of vehicle specifications is standard, executive and luxury. Generally standard coaches are basic with no toilets, executive coaches have toilets, and luxury coaches have toilets, leather seats, tables etc. Age and exact specification obviously varies between suppliers but these broad categories are helpful to know. Using our knowledge of our operators vehicles we can find you the best vehicle to suit your requirement and budget.
If you have specific requirements, WiFi, DVD player, public address system etc. our advisors will be able to help you in finding a suitable vehicle but the more specific your requirements the fewer the potential suppliers and therefore the cost may increase.
Coach Hire Prices Factor 5 – Local events
You may not be aware of this, but if for example you wish to book a coach to take you on a tour of Somerset at the exact time the Glastonbury festival is on, you may well not only struggle to find a coach available but find that the cost of hire has increased by a considerable margin. Be mindful of any significant local events which may affect coach availability, and your plans.
Coach Hire Prices Factor 6 – Geographical area or local region
As with most things, coach hire in London and the South East is significantly higher than elsewhere. London is usually 20% higher than other regions however this is not a hard and fast rule. It’s also good to remember that if you are travelling to London, the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) charge may well apply if you hire a coach that is not LEZ compliant.
Central England, including Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester have competitive prices with varying degrees of price range.
In Wales, costs vary greatly but will increase in the Cardiff and Swansea area and it is worth remembering that if your journey includes crossing the Severn Bridge then you will incur a £15.00 charge.