Charter Buses – Used & New At A Reasonable Budget

What is a charter bus?

Charter buses are large coaches that are used primarily for group traveling across small and long distances. Charter buses primarily include minibuses for smaller requirements, and motor coaches. Charter buses are used by organizations, private groups or businesses as these buses allow them to undergo travels as one group or unit instead of segregated teams. One example of usage of charter buses is a sport team travelling frequently between destinations for matches.
Charter buses are characterized by large panoramic windows beneath which doors open on the outside to fit luggage. The seats of both new and used charter buses are usually cushioned and have overhead storage capacities for small personal items which come into use regularly. A typical charter bus for sale in the United States will have 56 seats; however, the seating capacity may differ based on manufacturer and charter bus model, and may consist of anywhere between 36-60 seats.
Charter buses, whether new or used, are renowned for their convenience, safety, affordability, luxury, and reduction of negative impacts on the environment.

How much does a charter bus cost?

The question of how much it costs to purchase a charter bus depends on several factors. These factors include the size/passenger-holding capacity of the bus, the price range between which you opt for the bus, geographical considerations – for example, Nations Bus provides new and used buses for sale across various states; whether discounts are offered, like seasonal discounts, etc. Purchasing new or used charter buses available for sale also depends on many other factors such as model, manufacturer, whether is a new or used charter bus, etc. In essence, there is no standard upon which a cost base can be provided for a charter bus for sale.
Keep in mind the following point before browsing charter buses for sale: most charter buses for sale in the market will offer you the following amenities: reclining seats with cloth interior, built-in footrests, DVD player with monitors, individual reading lamps, individual AC/heating vents, PA systems, dash mounted AM/FM CD Player and on-board restrooms.
As clarified, the price range of charter buses for sale varies significantly. One can find out and compare the rates of new and used charter buses through various online platforms which provide quotes based on your requirements. Nations Bus, to iron out the perfect charter bus for you. Give a call at +1 800 523 3262.

What kind of engine does a charter bus have?

Below are few examples to help you understand the type of engines charter buses have. The type of engine is dependent on the type of charter bus for sale. The quality of the engine will depend on whether it a new or used charter bus, and of course the model and manufacturer, among other factors.

  1. Volvo 9700 – Volvo D13 w/SCR 13L-435 hp Diesel Engine, EPA OBD15 environmental compliant, torque of 1650 lb.ft. (2250 NM) at 1100 rpm, 6 cylinders
  2. MCI J4500 – Detroit Diesel Series 60, 400 hp, DDEC, 12.7 liter with Jacobs® engine brake, Caterpillar
  3. Van Hool CX45 – 20 Detroit Diesel DD13 12.8 litre, 450 hp
  4. 2021 Champion Defender 380 – 6.7L Cummins Engine, Diesel Series, 60-Gallon Fuel Tank, Hydraulic Brakes

We have great options to go for every type of charter bus for sale one is looking for. You can have a look at the exhaustive inventory list.

How much horsepower does a charter bus have?

Charter buses usually have a remarkable engine with over 500 horsepower. A 47-passenger charter bus weighing about 26,000 pounds will typically have a two-stroke-cycle V-8 diesel engine with up to 450 horsepower. The weight of charter buses ranges between approximately 20,000 and 33,000 pounds, while fully-loaded charter buses weigh between 30,000 to 44,000 pounds approximately.

How far can a charter bus go on one tank of gas?

It depends on the type of charter bus availed by either purchasing it or renting a new or used charter bus. A clean-diesel school charter bus can drive approximately 510 miles diesel tank against 270 miles on gasoline, based on the same standard-sized fuel tank. Fuel tanks of charter buses vary from around 180 gallons (MCI J4500) to 216 US gallons (Van Hool CX45)
These are indicative examples. The fuel-bearing capacity of the charter bus, whether new or used, coupled with its fuel efficiency/economy are driving factors as to what distance it might cover on one tank of gas.

How long is a 56-passenger charter bus?

56-passenger charter buses are 45 feet long on average. To get the detailed information, please explore our inventory.

How many miles does a charter bus last?

The lasting of a charter bus is dependent on many circumstances. Some of them are: the type and size of charter bus purchased the level of maintenance and servicing done over the years, the kind of roads and weathers it has faced, the damage it has accumulated, the frequency of usage of the charter bus, etc. The Colorado Department of State Transportation states that the average life expectancy of transit coach chassis is about 12 years. This is an indicative example of a charter bus’ lifespan. Lifespan of smaller charter buses are shorter on account of being built on SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) or light truck chassis. These smaller charter buses enjoy a lifespan of around seven years.
Care must be taken while assessing charter buses for sale and life expectancy comparisons should be made an important priority when making a choice to purchase the best charter bus

How many wheels does a charter bus have?

The two most common types and numbers of wheels on charter buses are two axle six wheel and three axle eight wheel designs buses. Number of wheels may vary based on the type of charter bus, for example, whether it a minibus or a motor coach, what is its seating capacity, etc. Based on these, a new or used charter bus for sale may have 4, 6, 8 or 10 wheels

Do charter buses have bathrooms?

Yes, standard chartered buses do have a compact bathroom within the bus. It might not be the cozy restroom one is accustomed to at home or elsewhere, but such bathrooms are built keeping in mind the fact that charter buses travel only a few hours before they reach another stop along the way of their ultimate destination, like fuel stations, food plazas, rest stops, etc.

Your charter bus business can be off to a flying start once you rent out your buses to tour operators, churches, schools, hospitals and the like, to explore your beautiful city and all that it offers. At the outset, you can buy a charter bus with a seating capacity of 25 to 38 passengers, with front facing reclining seats. If you are likely to rent out buses for longer journeys, consider buying charter buses with on-board entertainment facilities. Be sure to look out for ample storage (for large groups and lots of equipment, like sports teams or music bands), sturdy steps and floors, and ramps and rails for the disabled and infirm.


Buying a charter bus for your new business is the easy part – the hard part is buying the right one. If you’re new to the industry, it is best to start with a good charter bus from a reputed supplier. We recommend opting for a used charter bus for sale at first. We have a range of used charter buses for sale, completely refurbished to appear and perform exactly like a new one. Extended warranties are available on most options. Our charter buses for sale are listed below – call us on (800) 523-3262 or email us at to make your purchase.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of license do you need to drive a bus?

In all states except CA, to drive any vehicle over 15 passengers or with a GVWR of over 26,000 lbs, you need a Commercial Driver’s License with a Passenger Endorsement.  If it has airbrakes, you also need an Air Brake endorsement.  In CA, the number of seats is 10 before you need a commercial license.

Can you deliver the vehicle to me?

We can either arrange to have the vehicle driven to you or sent on a flatbed truck.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we can assist with either loans or leases on most vehicles with decent credit.  Down payment is determined by strength of credit and time in business, starting as low as no money down.

What is the shortest term I can lease a bus?

Normally, the shortest lease term is 12-24 months.  Occasionally, there have been situations that are shorter.

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