The Insider’s Guide to Renting a Minibus in San Diego

Sep 9, 2019 | San Diego Bus Charter Service

Are you looking to tour San Diego with a crowd?

Rather than carpooling or paying for public transportation, why not rent a minibus? Bigger than a minivan but smaller than a full-sized bus, this is the ideal way to see the city!

However, chances are low that you happen to have one parked in your garage. That’s why it’s important to know the ins and outs of renting a minibus!

Today, we’re sharing what to expect, who to talk to and how to drive away happy, ready to explore all that America’s Finest City has to offer.

Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!

Why is Renting a Minibus the Way to Go?

Thinking about renting a minibus and chauffeur for your next event? Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this is a great route to take. Let’s review a few reasons why!

Transport Large Groups

There are several reasons why you might be in charge of transporting a large group of people around San Diego.

From weddings and corporate events to school functions and family affairs, group activities are more fun when everyone can ride together and arrive at the destination at the same time.

This is where a minibus can make a world of difference. Most can hold between 8 and 30 people depending on the size of the vehicle, so they’re perfect for most large-scale functions.

Stress-Free Navigation

When you let a chauffeur shoulder the responsibility of navigating traffic and figuring out directions, you’re able to relax and enjoy the company of those around you. You also save your personal car from unnecessary wear and tear!

A chauffeured minibus is also a safer way to explore a new city you might not know your way around quite yet. Your driver knows how to handle crowded parking lots, congested rush hour traffic and meandering local neighborhoods. Moreover, he or she is already familiar with the vehicle and holds the appropriate license to drive it in the state of California.

Ride in Style

First impressions make a world of difference. If you’re in charge of an event and need to make a grand entrance or just want to treat your friends, family members, colleagues or clients to a night of glamour, a minibus can get you there.

Take our fleet’s upscale 28-passenger Ford Minibus, for example. This sleek black vehicle is roomy, stylish and decked out with all the latest amenities, including leather seating, spacious legroom, and state-of-the-art media and safety technology. It even has room for 28 pieces of luggage!

Safer Than Ridesharing

Most ridesharing companies are privately owned, meaning that they might not follow the same regulations as larger enterprises. This can affect your accident coverage, as well as the safety of your ride.

Renting a minibus through a reliable, verified company like ours means direct access to dependable staff members that you can put your trust and confidence in. At MIB Worldwide Transportation, we follow a strict hiring process and require that all team members are registered and licensed. They must also pass a personal and professional background check.

We also train them on defensive driving techniques, customer service, safety, and client confidentiality. In other words, we take care of every detail for you, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Starting Your Search

When you’re ready to rent a minibus, you might be surprised at all of the options that are available at your fingertips! To make sure you’re getting the best option for your money, you’ll need to do a little research, first.

Let’s review the steps to take.

Research Charter Bus Companies

Finding charter bus companies in San Diego is as simple as a quick Google search. Hop online and type “minibus charter”, “minibus charter company” or “van rental near me”, followed by “San Diego” and click!

From there, you’ll see pages of results showcasing companies that claim to be the best in town. One word of caution? Resist the urge to sign on the dotted line with the first one you come across.

This is where it pays to take your time and do your due diligence.

Analyzing Websites

First, spend some time looking around each company’s website. Is it neat and organized, with all key pages easy to access? If you’re on a mobile device, is the website responsive and optimized for mobile use?

Most importantly, does the website feature a page dedicated to its fleet?

Look for charter bus companies that share images of their vehicles so you know what you can expect. Some may even include videos of the vehicle so you can see it in motion! Ask about their methods for servicing, cleaning and maintaining their fleet.

It should also be quick and easy to find the team’s contact information. This might seem like a small detail, but it reveals how much that company emphasizes clear communication.

Some companies will also include pages dedicated to customer feedback and reviews. Check these out, and search for the company’s online business listing to find out about what past riders have to say about the service they received.

Ensuring Appropriate Service Areas

Of course, you want to make sure that the charter bus company you’re researching has an active presence in your service area. You can find this information on their website, and if you have any question, feel free to reach out to a service member.

Initial Conversations

Next, it’s time to dig a little deeper.

Rather than being led by dollar signs or well-known names above anything else, call each company and ask about logistics, team management, and the overall transportation culture.

Smaller, up-and-coming companies can often offer incredible service at a competitive, affordable rate. Be open to any possibility, giving priority to any charter bus company that is:

  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Punctual

Let’s elaborate on those three points. Though they’re simple, they can make a major difference in your level of satisfaction.


There are multiple stages of renting a minibus. From the initial conversation to the final payment, you want a team full of people who are responsive, caring, and pleasant at every turn.

If you call a company and the person on the other end of the line immediately launches into a sales pitch, that’s a sign it’s time to look in another direction. If you find a team that puts your needs first, you can rest assured that even if you run into roadblocks down the road, they’ll handle them with the same level of care and caution.


Are you planning a New Year’s Eve bash that won’t be over until well after midnight? What about an early-bird retirement breakfast at 6:00 in the morning?

A top-tier charter bus company won’t have set parameters around its transportation services. The team will work with you to provide safe and reliable transport to any local event, at any time.

At our office, you can reach a customer service representative from 3:00 am to 12:00 am-midnight, every day of the week. Our chauffeurs are ready to drive you where you need to go, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.


In a similar vein, the best team in the city is the one that always shows up early, so you can do the same. Ask about how drivers handle delays and what measures they have in place to make sure they can deliver on their promise of punctuality.

Making a Reservation

Use the above metrics to reduce your massive number of Google search results into a shortlist of the best charter bus companies in San Diego.

From there, you can find the perfect one for you by adding the overall cost into your consideration factors. While the exact quote process will differ from company to company, most follow a similar layout.

When you’re ready to request a chauffeured minibus quote for your next San Diego event, you have three options.

Calling the Office

First, you’re welcome to call our office at (858) 764-4464. Our customer service specialists can walk you through the process, step by step!

Emailing the Office

You can also book a reservation by emailing our office at Include as many details as possible about your trip, and if we need any more data to provide an accurate quote, we’ll request it.

Booking Online

You can also book your reservation directly through our website. With a few clicks, you’ll connect to the answers you need in seconds. Here’s the process to follow.

Setting Your Trip Details

To see pricing structures, you’ll need to initiate the booking process, first. Once you’re on our website, find the fleet section and press the “Book Now” button.

Why is this the case?

The costs incurred to rent a minibus will differ from person to person, taking into account the following variable factors:

  • Service type
  • Pick-up date
  • Pick-up time
  • Pick-up location
  • Drop-off location
  • Number of passengers
  • Number of luggage items
  • Any child seats required

Go through this first page and select a response to each of the questions, making sure to answer as accurately as possible. Then, you’re ready to move on to Step 2!

Selecting Your Vehicle

Based on your replies to Step 1 above, our website will reveal a list of vehicles that fit your criteria. If you find the perfect one and are ready to book without any further details, you’re ready to go ahead and reserve it for your time period.

Want to see a more detailed, line-by-line pricing quote before you commit? You can request an official quote by pressing the button that says “Request Quote”.

Whether you’re ready to book or want more information, you’ll need to either log into your existing account or continue as a guest. It’s time for Step 3!

Completing the Final Details

Once you’ve logged into the system, you can complete all of the final details of your trip. Let’s take a look at the information you’ll need to have on hand.

First, the charter bus company will need to know the names and contact information about any passengers that will be on board, including their:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address

If any of your passengers have special accommodation requests, you can also enter those at this time.

Other, optional details you can enter include:

  • The name of your group
  • Your referral source
  • The occasion you’re celebrating
  • Your PO/reference number

Did you choose “Airport Arrival” or “Airport Departure” as your service type? If so, you’ll also need to enter the appropriate flight information. This includes:

  • Pick-up flight details
  • Drop-off flight details
  • Return service (if needed)

If you’re using a promotional code to book your minibus service, you can enter it at this time, too! Once you click “Submit Quote Request”, our team will get to work creating your custom quote.

When you’re ready to pay for your service online, you can do so using our secure, encrypted website connection. Never enter your credit card information on an unsecured site.

Rent a Minibus and Arrive in Style

Want to turn heads for all the right reasons? Elevate your event to the next level by renting a minibus for all of your transportation needs!

Our fleet options are varied, reliable and ready to deliver you to your destination in style. Reserve our three-passenger sedan for an intimate work event or our 57-passenger supercoach for a mega party that leaves riders talking!

For more information, contact us today. We’re positioned to become San Diego’s largest ground transportation provider, and we’d love to take you along for the ride.