Chartering a Red Bus is an economical, easy, safe and eco-friendly way to move large groups of students to all their activities.
Our drivers are friendly and experienced at moving groups of active students. We are proud of our safety record and our work to become more sustainable. (You can see more about this in the Safety and Red Bus is Green sections of our website. Red Bus is locally owned and has been part of Christchurch for over 100 years. Our high quality vehicles are serviced regularly and cleaned daily.
The safety and comfort of our passengers is our highest priority. Therefore, when we give a quote we allow for 10 standing passengers per bus. On long trips or when transporting small children our quotes allow for all passengers to be seated. Please advise us if you would like us to quote on a different basis.
Click on the charter quote request form
Send us a fax: 365 2905
Or call our charter co-ordinator on ph. 379 4268.
Date of travel
Departure and pick-up times
Where you are travelling to and from
Number of adults
Number and age of students
Name of school and contact details (telephone, postal
Address, fax and email)
Does everyone needs to be seated
Once we have your information our Charter Team will send you out a quote within a day - (most likely a few hours).
You then need to check that the details are correct and accept the quote (by phone fax or email).
We then will send you a confirmation. Use the confirmation number at the top right hand side of the form if you need to contact us about changes, cancellations or other enquiries.
You will avoid disappointment.
During our peak times - week days from 7.30 - 9.00am and from 2.30pm - 6pm we have fewer charter buses available and travel times are longer due to traffic congestion this means we have to charge more. If you book your charter buses outside our peak times we can apply our lowest times/rates.
If you have to cancel a bus please let us know as early as possible.
When bad weather or unforseen circumstances result in cancellation on the day please phone:
Please don't forget to cancel - a cancellation fee of $60 per bus applies when a booked bus turns up and is not required - we hate doing this.
Parking three or more buses together outside most schools can be difficult. In our experience it works better if we stagger the departure and arrival times.
Let us know whether the sport is at North Hagley or South Hagley Park. We are not allowed to drop off anywhere on Deans Avenue or Harper Avenue.
Our buses are proud of their good looks and like to stay clean for everyone.
A soiling fee of $60 may be charged if bus needs to be specially cleaned after a charter. This can be a problem after winter sports games - getting kids to bring a second pair of shoes and a bag for their sports shoes works very well.
Please let us know when you book if you require a bus with wheelchair access.
Please let us know of teacher only days well in advance so any alterations to manual trips and school bus morning and afternoon runs can be made.