The Best Coach Hire and Minibus Hire Prices
Welcome to the world of Coach Hire Comparison! We’re not just here to help you save money, time and hassle when planning your next coach or minibus journey. We’re here to champion the most eco-friendly form of road transport. And to help you support your local independent coach operators too. Sounds good? Good. It’s nice to be nice.
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From an 8-seater minibus to a 70-seat road cruiser, our minibus and coach operators can cater for any occasion… from a little trip for mother’s day to the mother of all stag parties.
Every single operator listed on this site is legally compliant and has all the right licenses. Which is good. But we go a bit further, by making sure they meet our top-notch service standards too.
Once you’ve found your operator and confirmed your booking, we’ll stay out of the way - you can message your chosen coach company directly through your own private login area.
Life’s complicated enough. So we keep things nice and simple - giving you a single place to compare prices, complete bookings and communicate with your driver. Ready to get going?
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We’re confident that almost all of our bookings will run smoothly. But if for any reason your coach doesn’t arrive, we’ll happily refund your payment in full - that’s a promise! Make sure you book online to claim payment protection.
Free online coach hire prices
When planning a journey, we understand you want to compare prices from reputable companies to get the best deals available. Our secure system works instantly to give you the best quotes for your trip. Simply put in your journey information and we’ll search our database of hundreds of operators, that we have already vetted, then send you a series of quotes for you to choose from. No more using your lunchtime to google search local companies, check reviews, make sure they’re legit and then ring each and every one to find out their rates. Our easy to use service is free and gives you reliable quotes in a matter of minutes.
The way coach hire pricing works is very much dependent on your journey. As expected the further you intend you travel, the more the price is going to be. Your party size can also impact prices. While coaches are more expensive as you have a larger number of seats available and more luxurious facilities such as WIFI, bathroom facilities, charging ports, etc, if you are planning a journey with quite a few people, you can fill the seats and divide the price evenly with all those attending. If you are travelling further but only have a few guests, the price will be more, but you can opt for a smaller vehicle size such as a 6-seater minibus to drive down costs. If hiring a coach was proving too expensive despite having a few guests to share the costs, you could also look at a couple of smaller minibuses as opposed to a coach.
Coach hire prices are largely influenced by your travel so when considering your journey, use a price comparison tool, like the one we offer, to quickly check for a series of quotes. One of the benefits of using a comparison tool like our own is you can easily adjust information to check whether adjusting your date or changing your drop off location will alter the price. Our coach hire comparison tool doesn’t give you average coach hire prices, rough estimates while they give you a ball park figure aren’t useful. You want actual figures from real life companies and that’s what we offer. Like we said your journey date, guest size, locations all influence your coach costs. Different companies will provide different rates – we provide you with a series of costs from operators in your chosen area that fit your requirements, so you have all the details you need to make a decision. No guessing, accurate coach hire prices you can rely on.
Coach hire prices
As you’d probably expect, we’ve learned a thing or two about coach travel over recent years. So we know a cracking price from a costly one.
Although every coach journey is different, you can use our comparison table below as a general ‘rule of thumb’ when planning your travel budgets. Ready for a personalised quote from our coach partners? They’ll be ready when you are - just click the ‘get your quote’ button to get started.
Coach hire companies you’ll love
We love the coach industry. For lots of (slightly soppy) reasons. .
We love the fact that coaches keep our country moving. That our industry pulls together in times of trouble. We love that we help to drive the UK’s tourism sector. And we absolutely love being able to support a world of small, independent (often family-owned) companies that bring joy and adventure to millions of travellers every year.
So to spread that love, Coach Hire Comparison is here to help the UK’s adventure-hungry, eco-friendly travellers to enjoy great value and great service… from the minute they land on our website to the moment they step off their coach.
Our most frequently asked questions...
The cost of hiring a coach is very much dependent on the journey length and the amount of passengers you have. The more people you have for the journey the cheaper it’ll be per person as this allows you to divide the cost between more passengers.
Whether you can drink on a privately hired coach depends on the operator’s individual policy. It’s illegal to drink on a coach if you’re heading to a sporting event, but apart from that, it depends entirely on whether the operator allows it. Speak to the operator prior to the journey to find out whether you can drink on your privately hired coach.
You can get 70 seat coaches for large groups of people. 70 seats is generally the max capacity for large coaches, any party above this may need two separate coaches or a coach and a minibus.
Coaches that are not more than 12 metres in length have a speed limit of 70 mph on motorways and they mustn’t exceed this speed even if their coach is able to. Coaches that are more than 12 metres in length have a speed limit of 60 mph on motorways, and again they mustn’t exceed this speed even if they are able to. However, if a coach has 16 seats or more, regardless of length, they are only permitted to do 62mph.
The speed at which a coach can go in the UK is dependent on the size of the vehicle. Coaches of not more than 12 metres in overall length are limited to 30 mph in built up areas, 50 mph on single carriageways, 60 mph on dual carriageways and 70 mph on motorways. Coaches of more than 12 metres in overall length are exactly the same apart from the fact that on motorways they are limited to 60 mph. However, if a coach has 16 seats or more, regardless of length, they are only permitted to go 62mph and no more.
A coach can carry a wide variation of passengers depending on the size of the coach. Coaches generally start from about 16 seats, allowing them to carry 16. If you wish to transport less than 16 people, a minibus may be your best choice. Larger coaches can carry 20 to 70 people depending on the amount of seats.
Most coaches have toilets as they are designed to make the passenger as comfortable as possible. As well as this, many coaches have TVs, music systems, comfortable seats with lots of legroom and wheelchair access, all to make your journey as easy as possible.
If there is a seat belt in the coach, it is compulsory that you wear it. The law requires you to wear a seatbelt if there is one fitted to the coach seat. Since October 1st, 2001, any new bus is required to have seat belts fitted in any forward or rearward facing seats, this includes coaches. The only exception to the rule are buses that are used for short, urban journeys where people may have to stand.
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A customer requested a quote for 29 passengers travelling from Ilford to Bath.
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A customer requested a quote for 25 passengers travelling from Aberdeen to Glen Tanar, Aboyne AB31 6NE.
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A customer requested a quote for 10 passengers travelling from 17 Rye way, Wokingham RG40 4QY to London Luton Airport Roundabout, Luton LU2.
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