More and more people are discovering the benefits of traveling by motorcoaches. Every year, 751 million trips are taken throughout the United States by people of all ages.
The American Bus Association released a study on bus travel during 2011 to 2012. The results showed that this mode of transportation actually increased by 7.5% during that period. Students and seniors took 50.2% of these trips, while young and older adults took the remaining 49.9%.
In addition to providing charter, tour, and sightseeing trips, motorcoaches are also a convenient way to travel to the airport and commute to work. There’s no need to be concerned about parking when traveling regularly by motorcoach.
People can also travel more comfortably on a motorcoach. In addition to having access to free Wifi, there are other benefits such as reclining seats, ample leg room, and a climate-controlled environment.
This mode of transportation can also be fun for special events. A party bus, for example, can be rented for birthdays, graduations, family reunions, and other celebratory events. A party bus can also be a great way for the entire family to travel to a destination wedding or a scenic tour of the country.
It’s important to note that motorcoach terminals tend to be more accessible than other modes of travel. They are 5 times more accessible than airports, and 6 times more accessible than intercity rail terminals. Furthermore, they are the only means for over 14 million rural residents to access public intercity transportation. Fortunately for these and other American residents, motorcoaches provide transportation services when airports and railways are not available.
Another benefit of choosing motorcoaches for tour groups or other types of travel needs is that they have better mileage. In other words, they are able to get more passenger miles per gallon. Consider the mileage of motorcoaches when compared with other means of travel:
- Motorcoaches: 206.6 passenger miles per gallon
- Commuter rail: 92.4 passenger miles per gallon
- Transit buses: 31.4 passenger miles per gallon
- Domestic airplanes: 44 passenger miles per gallon
- Personal automobiles: 27.2 passenger miles per gallon
- Hybrid cars: 46 passenger miles per gallon
Given all of the benefits of motorcoaches, it’s not surprising that this means of travel is growing in popularity. Since motorcoach travel is convenient, comfortable, and environmentally-friendly, chances are that it will continue to be a great way to travel.