When Is A Minibus Better Than A Larger Bus?

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Buses are excellent modes of transport for large groups of people. Most cities around the country and even in the world rely on the bus system for public transportation. Even in the busiest cities, the bus systems are able to carry out the job of transporting large groups of people and ‘moving traffic’ i.e. people embarking and disembarking at different points, quite admirably.

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However, using public transport buses and even hired luxury buses is not always practical, especially when the group has a common destination and needs to reach there in a time-bound manner. The group might be an office group, or a gang of friends on a picnic, or even a marriage reception group heading out to a party. A private group with the same destination and interests in the journey is better off hiring a smaller bus or tempo traveller.

Consider why renting a mini bus is better than renting a large bus:

* There are not more than 20 passengers on board at any time.

Mini buses for rent or tempo travellers, as they are called, have lower seating capacity than larger buses. A typical large luxury bus may seat up to 80 passengers. However, a mini bus seating capacity may be a maximum of 25 seats. Thus the mini bus is more suited to a small or moderate-sized group. If you have a smaller group to go with, then a mini bus is definitely better than a larger bus. In this situation, a minibus for rent would cost much less than hiring a large bus as well.

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* Passengers are prepared to pay a little more for extras.

A minibus seating capacity is lower than that of a larger bus, which allows for more customisation. Passengers hiring a mini bus are definitely more interested in comfort than travelling in cramped conditions in a poorly designed or poorly maintained bus. Contrast a hired or rented mini bus with a large public transport bus – which one would you and your group rather go with? Leading companies in the bus hire space also send mini buses in good condition and with experienced drivers to navigate the route. The per kilometre charge is also hardly ever above Rs 18/km, which is quite reasonable. When all of these benefits are available, you would certainly choose a mini bus rather than a larger bus.

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* Passengers insist on more leg room and recliner seats.

Mini buses on rent also have more leg room because their seating capacity is lower, while the actual bus size may not be correspondingly compact. Thus, passengers get more leg room and enough space to recline their seats. These are important considerations when the journey is a long one and the passengers need to relax and be able to stretch their legs and recline their seats without disturbing fellow travellers. Some rented mini buses have additional standing space as well, so that last minute additions to the group can stand for part of the journey till they must disembark or get a seat.

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* The group wants entertainment on board.

Most large buses in the luxury segment do have an entertainment system on board, but the large size of the bus makes the audio and video systems unviable at times. Passengers at the back of the bus often complain that they cannot hear the audio properly. Most large buses are also not in good condition, and the least attention is paid to the entertainment system – it is often switched off after a while, though the ticket price includes the use of the system. However, mini buses on rent from leading companies do not have this problem at all. If the group wants a good audio and/or video system with speakers and microphone attached, then the bus hire company can send one accordingly. Of course, there might be an additional cost attached to this.

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Do the points above tilt the balance in favour of tempo travellers for you? We hope you make the right decision and enjoy your journey with a good mini bus, to the fullest!

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