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How to Rent a School Bus

First Student Charter school buses are the answer to your group travel needs

Planning an event can be stressful. Planning your transportation shouldn’t be. At First Student Charter, we work as your partner, customizing your plan to fit the unique needs of your excursion.

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Steps to charter a school bus

We make our charter services easily accessible and affordable for all groups thanks to First Student’s size and resources. Our school buses are driven and maintained by our team of highly-trained professionals, ensuring your event transportation is safe, reliable and on time.​

1. plan your event

We personalize our service options for your specific event or activity. First, select the category that best describes your event type.

2. get a quote

When you’re ready to talk event transportation specifics, reach out for a free, no-obligation quote. Our support team will help you work out all the details. We’re here for you!

3. create memories

Our professional drivers provide a safe, fun, and memorable experience – so all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Providing students with safe, reliable yellow school bus transportation for your after-school program.

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Features & benefits of renting a school bus

400+ locations across
North America
10 - 72 passengers per bus
$85 - $125 hourly rate
100% customizable


How much does it cost to rent a school bus?

We want to make the transportation for your event cost-effective. Our dedicated team will work with you on a custom plan. Our average hourly rate is between $85 – $125 and is based on vehicle type, event size, location and timing. The average school bus rental is up to 50% cheaper than renting a coach bus.​

Yes! Regardless of your event size and whether it’s a multi-day or multi-venue event, First Student Charter is here to help you with your event transportation needs. With a fleet of over 45,000 buses, First Student is North America’s largest and most trusted yellow school bus company, completing more than 5.5 million student journeys each day.

We want the transportation of your event to be seamless. Leading up to the event day, we provide detailed arrival and departure timelines. If something unexpected happens the day of your event, we provide all customers with a point of contact number that is available to support you. If you’re planning a large event, we’ll provide on-site coordinators to ensure your event goes smoothly.

Yes, in most cases. Talk with our charter customer support team about this in advance to ensure that we allow food and beverages on your bus while we’re transporting your group.

The safety of your guests is our foremost priority. First Student bus drivers must pass a comprehensive pre-employment screening and motor vehicle background check, including DOT drug testing, ensuring that they are compliant with federal, state and local laws. Once the drivers join our team, they receive continued DOT random drug testing and, and undergo up to 47 hours of training on safe driving habits and behavior, such as the Smith System of Advanced Driving Techniques.

Booking your event transportation is quick and simple at First Student Charter. Get started today by submitting a free, no-obligation quote and our support team will immediately get to work to help finalize all the details. There is no deposit required, final payment in full is due 7 days prior to your event. Once you’re booked with us, enjoy a safe, on-time arrival, stress-free event!

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