Self Drive Minibus Hire Bristol


Minibuses are an excellent way to travel in a group; the cost of travel can be divided up between members of the party and prove to be a substantial saving when compared to travelling, by rail, air or multiple cars.

Self-drive minibuses are popular as they give a group the freedom to travel wherever they want and when they want. The general minimum requirement to drive a minibus is a full driving licence and the driver being over the age of 21 (some companies may increase the minimum age) and with at least one year’s driving experience. If you are looking to hire a bus that has more than 16 seats then the driver will be required to a category D1 licence; this will be present on any driving licence prior to January 1997. Anyone that has taken the test after this date will require special training.

The options in the UK are excellent for self-drive minibus hire; Bristol in particular is a good place to both live and visit if you are in need of a minibus. The fact that Bristol is England’s sixth most populous city, and in one of its largest counties, means than minibus hire is plentiful. There is a wide variety of both nationwide and local hire firms that can provide a bus suited to your requirements.

Recommended self-drive hire companies

There are number of recommended companies in Bristol that can offer the best service in self-drive minibus hire. Bristol is a place that is surrounded by many large towns, meaning excellent links throughout the wider area, towns including Weston-Super-Mare, Bath and Kingswood can all provide minibus hire to the whole area and further afield.

The internet is an excellent way to find hire companies, some of the larger companies will also provide online booking facilities for self-drive minibus hire, Bristol minibus hire companies include:

  • Tollgatehire.co.uk
  • Vans2gobristol.co.uk
  • 5th-gear.net
  • Nationwidehire.co.uk
  • A1nationwidevanhire.co.uk
  • Nationalminibushire.co.uk

Things to look for when booking minibus hire

When it comes to self-drive minibus hire, Bristol is the same as any other area of the UK; there are certain additions that should come with van hire. When hiring self-drive you will be required to have insurance, this will cover the driver in the event of an accident. Type of insurance will vary depending on the hire company, some will offer third party insurance whereas other may provide comprehensive. One thing to look for when hiring a minibus is that the insurance is included in your quote, there are many companies that provide insurance in with the price of hire, those that don’t should be avoided. Breakdown cover should also be included as part of the package, anyone providing 24/7 365 breakdown cover is a big positive.

Deposit is another big part of self-drive minibus hire, Bristol based companies will generally require a deposit from you that can be held back in the event of any damage being caused to the bus whilst in your care. Deposits will vary depending on the company but expect to pay in the region of £250-£500.

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