Charter Bus Prices: How to Calculate Your Raleigh Bus Rental Costs

One of the top charter bus rental questions we get is “How much will my charter bus rental cost?” The short answer is: it depends. We’ve compiled important Raleigh charter bus pricing information to give you a better idea of how we build quotes for different types of trips. Keep in mind that the only way to get an accurate, all-inclusive price for your Raleigh charter bus rental is by calling our team at (919) 899-1544. All bus rental quotes are free and don't require a commitment to book!

Bus Type Per Hour Per Day Per Mile
Charter Bus $120 – $150 $1,110 – $1,400 $3.75 – $5.00
Minibus $110 – $135 $1,080 – $1,300 $3.50 – $4.75

*A daily rental requires at least 5 hours and may incur additional fees for any mile overages.

**The following rates are just estimates and do not reflect the actual cost when booking. Pricing factors include seasonality, the duration of your trip, and more (see below).

Factors That Determine Raleigh Charter Bus Pricing

When we build rental quotes, there are several factors that will determine the cost of your services. When you call us for a free quote, be sure to have the details of your Raleigh trip sorted.

These are just a few of the most important pricing factors:

  • When you're traveling: The time of year will heavily influence the cost of your trip. Certain times of year like summer and spring break tend to have higher travel demand, which can increase the price of your Raleigh charter bus rental.
  • Where you're traveling: If you're traveling locally in Raleigh, the cost of your charter bus rental will typically be cheaper than groups traveling out of town. Trips with multiple stops may also be more expensive than those with shorter itineraries.
  • How many people are in your group: The size of your group will determine the type of minibus or charter bus you need. Full-size charter bus rentals are typically more expensive than booking a minibus.
  • How far in advance you book: Booking as far in advance as possible will ensure that you get the best rate possible. We usually recommend most groups book at least 3 months in advance. Groups traveling during busy seasons like summer should consider booking at least 6 months in advance.

What's included in your quote

  • Hourly or daily charter bus rental rate
  • Pay for your driver
  • Full coverage insurance
  • Fuel

What's not included in your quote

  • Parking fees and tolls
  • Driver accommodations for overnight trips (required)
  • Driver tip (highly recommended)

Here are a few trip pricing examples to give you a better idea of how we may determine a quote for your Raleigh charter bus:

A speaker talking at a business confernce

The Raleigh Convention Center Conference Shuttle

Planning a business conference at the Raleigh Convention Center comes with many moving parts but the Raleigh Charter Bus Company team can help. A business event planning team is interested in providing a corporate shuttle service to the venue over 2 days for conference attendees. The planning team wants to offer shuttle services to provide an optimal, stress-free experience for their guests and to eliminate hectic parking situations in Downtown Raleigh. They decided to book 2 full-size charter bus rentals to run along routes picking guests up at Raleigh business hotels, local office parks, and at RDU Airport. The shuttle services will start running at 8:00 am and end at 6:00 pm on both days. The corporate team is quoted $4,400 ($1,100/day x 2 buses x 2 days) and they tip each driver $180 at the end of the service.

The estimated trip cost is $4,760.

a bride and groom toasting champagne

The Wedding Shuttle Service to The Maxwell

Andrew and Rebecca are planning a beautiful wedding at one of Raleigh’s best venues, The Maxwell. The couple wants to book a shuttle service to transport their wedding party to and from the venue, as well as to transport some out-of-town guests to The Maxwell. The couple requests a 25-passenger minibus rental to safely shuttle the wedding party and a few guests to and from the venue between 4 pm and 10 pm. They are quoted $720 ($120/hr x 6 hours) for the wedding shuttle service and tip the driver $70 at the end of the event.

The estimated trip cost is $790.

A referee making a call at a football team

The Alumni Homecoming Game Shuttle to NC State

A local group of North Carolina State University alumni is planning a homecoming trip for gameday. This group includes 16 alumni who live throughout the Research Triangle area. The group is picked up at 5 p.m. for the big evening homecoming game and plans to return at midnight after an evening of hopefully celebrating a win. Everyone will have a safe ride to and from Carter-Finley Stadium with a built-in DD! The group is quoted $770 ($110/hr x 7 hours) for their homecoming shuttle. At the end of the day, the group tips their driver $80.

The estimated trip cost is $850.

Ready to Book a Raleigh Charter Bus?

The Raleigh Charter Bus Company team is here 24/7 to answer your questions about bus rental pricing. Give us a call at (919) 899-1544 and we’ll make sure you have the best transportation service across the Research Triangle!