It is the time of year when most of us start to plan our Christmas parties with our friends, family and work colleagues. One of the vital elements, other than your destination or venue, is how you will get there and back. If there are more than 4 of you, then a minibus is often the ideal choice. It will keep your travel costs low while maximising your festive fun together. But how do you know if you've booked with the right company?
When it comes to choosing the right minibus company this Christmas it’s not just about price. Although keeping your costs low is essential, there are other factors you must consider to make sure that your trip is enjoyable. Turning up late and staining your outfit on dirty seats is enough to ruin anyone’s evening. So, it’s important to make sure your chosen firm is reputable and punctual, among other things. Here we will reveal our inside secrets into what you need to look for when booking your Christmas party minibus.
As we stated above, first impressions are essential. So you want to make sure that your chosen minibus company is quick and easy to reach. When it is cold and frosty outside, the last thing you want to be doing is running around asking every minibus driver "are you booked for me?"
From being prompt to respond with competitive quotes through to attentive aftercare, these are all vital signs of a good firm. Make sure they have their name and contact details visible everywhere that matters, including their buses. For example, at TJs Travel we take great pride in the service we provide to you. That is why we publish our name and contact details boldly across our vehicles, website, Facebook and all correspondence we have with you. So, you will always see us on the road and find an instant way to reach us.
A company that responds fast will make you feel more secure than one that leaves you waiting days for a callback. Plus, it ensures that they can react quickly to any changes or delays you may face before your pick up or collection. After all, the last thing any of us want is to be left waiting in the cold.
A good minibus company will always provide you with a competitive and fair quote before your trip. You should receive a fixed price for your total trip, so you get no nasty surprises on the day. They should always have your best interests at heart, both your safety and your bank balance!
Furthermore, the best minibus companies always give you the right options for your budget and keep you updated if things change. For instance, at TJs Travel if your party numbers reduce and we have a smaller minibus available, we will always offer this to you and save you money.
No one wants to travel in squalor. So you want to be confident that the minibuses you will go in are clean and presentable both internally and externally. Check out the company's website, Facebook or online images to see how their coaches and minibuses look. At TJs Travel, complete cleanliness both inside and out is vital. We regularly inspect, repair and clean our vehicles to guarantee your complete comfort. We even have our own vehicle inspection and repair station at our head office, located between Wakefield and Leeds.
When it comes to your travel company, make sure that they take good care of their vehicles. If they take pride in themselves, then they will take pride in looking after you. After all, you've spent plenty of time preparing for your Christmas party, so it only makes sense that your transport should be well-dressed too!
Don't just take your travel company's word for it, check out what their customers have to say. Compare the reviews across Google, the company's website and their social media to make an informed decision. Are the company punctual? Were the drivers courteous? Did they have leather seats? You can find these details in full honestly across review pages. Then you can put together an accurate picture and decide whether the company is right for you. For instance, we at TJs Travel hold a 5-star rating on Google and 4.9 out of 5-star rating on Facebook. Plus, we regularly update our reviews page so everyone can see what our customer's say about us. Therefore, if you are making a booking with us for the first time, you will feel totally secure that you are in safe hands.
The little details make all the difference when it comes to separating the good from the bad. For instance, a smart driver in uniform, like we have a TJs Travel, makes a far better impression than a scruffy driver in a tracksuit. You instantly feel safer when you know that the person driving your minibus is professionally dressed.
Also, any little extras can start your festive celebrations on a high note. Things like decorating the bus, the choice of luxury leather or standard seats, a stocked minibar for the journey or even free wifi to download your favourite songs will all make your trip spectacular. These features can sometimes cost a little more, but they do make your trip memorable. These are all little details that we offer at TJs Travel, although not all minibus companies will. If you want something special for your Christmas transport, ask. A good minibus company will always try to accommodate.
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Just a thank you for the excellent all round service from TJs Travel for our outing to Wetherby town and the races on Saturday 8th Dec. The coach was outstanding and the driver courteous and helpful.
Sorry, I was unable to travel to Castle Howard with my party yesterday but on their return, my friends were very complimentary regarding the Coach and Driver the trip was enjoyed by everyone.
Just got home from a break to London you covered for Omega. I want to say how much of a credit our driver Jason is to your company. From the moment he took over our tour he was faced with a lot of issues the previous driver had caused, but he dealt with each one with true professionalism, he honestly deserves a medal!! London was so busy and Jason handled it fantastically... and got us all home safely. Please pass on my gratitude to him he made our weekend!! And thank you to his little boy Kieran for letting us borrow his dad. Have fun on the quad fellas... Thanks Ashley & Amanda (The ladies who gave you the shortbread, ha ha)
Many thanks for a fulfilling our recent trip to the Blue Dolphin Haven Holiday Park near Filey. We were collected on Monday morning from home then returned Friday morning. We had two different drivers who were really helpful and pleasant. We had two different routes to and from the holiday, going via Driffield and returning via York and although the return journey had major delays on the roads everyone commented how professional the driver was, the buses were clean and very well presented with more than enough space for luggage and legroom. We are now looking for another holiday for next year and will no doubt be in touch to arrange travel. A first class job with a first first class service.
Thanks for a good service. Tony was brilliant.
A Mail Of “Thanks” Good Morning. A mail to express our "Thanks"for transporting us to the races yesterday. The coach was first class and more importantly our driver so helpful and kind,and it was good to meet the management as well. Hopefully it is the beginning of a on going service.
Thank you The tenants really enjoyed the day out and commented on how nice the bus was, they want to go back again nearer Christmas so I’ll be booking again
Prompt, efficient, reliable, friendly. Would definitely recommend and use again after a good day out at Manchester Emirates stadium.
I just wanted to send a very quick email to pass on my thanks to the coach drivers and the company for their support with our trip to Sheffield last Tuesday, 27.2.18. Obviously the weather caused some concern as it could have meant that we needed to cancel the trip. On the morning of the visit the coach drivers all arrived at school on time, parked in a great location and this meant that we were able to leave the school building safely and easily without school traffic causing a problem. I mentioned to one of the drivers that should the snow get any worse then we would need to possibly come back early. He gave me his contact details and said to contact him during the day. He explained that they were staying on site but I had his details should a change to the departure time be needed. All of the drivers were really friendly and helped with the smooth running of a very large school visit. As arranged the buses were numbered and this was really helpful. Once again - thank you. We know we can always rely on you!
I just also wanted to thank the driver - he was fabulous! Especially with the first day problem of the car park gate being locked.
Just a quick thank you to yourselves at TJs travel for the bus provided on Saturday. Everything went excellent, the driver was on time and excellent with our members, The bus was in pristine condition and more than we could have ever asked for. We will definitely use your services again and recommend to friends and family.
Would just like to say on behalf of everyone of us thank you for your services great company and will be recommended by us all and also great for the disabled too!
Would highly recommend TJ's Travel. Booked for a job today and the driver was ready and waiting for us, courteous and very professional. Will definitely use again.
The bus was immaculate and the driver full of character!
Lovely, clean bus and a lovely driver.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you! The coach was excellent and the driver was lovely and polite. All in all we were over the moon!
Superb service and excellent customer service in terms of sorting out fixtures and the personal touch of phone calls to sort out any issues which have arisen or to confirm fixtures.
I would just like to thank you for all your help and the service you provided. Everything was perfect!
Very good service across the board. We will be using you again and we would recommend your services too.
Responded to my enquiry quickly, very accommodating, safe driver. Driver was a top chap, well mannered, dressed appropriately. The vehicle was better than anticipated. We would definitely use you again and recommend you to friend's and family.
Every thing was 5 star. Driver was a credit to your company
I have just phoned one of the tenants to ask how it went and he said they all enjoyed and that the mini bus was great. So thank you and I will save your details for bookings in the future.
I just wanted to say thank you for supplying the coach for our day out yesterday. Everything went perfectly. Please could you pass on our thanks to the driver who was very efficient, courteous and very accommodating with picking up and dropping off on the way home.
Sorry I had meant to write before now to thank you for your mini bus for our Daughter's Wedding Day on the 29/4/17. Your Driver (sorry we've forgotten his name) was great on the day especially picking us up initially at Bond End traffic lights with the Tour De Yorkshire also adding to our stress on the day but all went according to plan thankfully.
First and foremost I would like to thank you for your excellent service. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience from start to finish.
Just a quick email to say thanks for Saturday - great service throughout and would recommend. Relieved the day went smoothly!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ………. for an efficient service that you offered last night on our first company outing.
We had an excellent service and will continue to use TJ services, Regards Barbara
Just want to say a big thank you, I booked your bus for Manchester marathon on sun and got excellent service both on way there and return and the driver even let them have a toilet stop on way back, definitely book you again - thanks Steve.
Excellent service all round - could not have asked for a more helpful driver - would definitely use again.
Fantastic service! Will def be using again every time!
Once again great service from your staff, with seamless transfers. Thank you.
Just to say thank you to me and you guys for all help- they’re really happy with the vehicles/service and how quick we can cover any amendments/new quotes etc – looking at carrying on till at least end of the year!
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