The “FUN BUS” provides motorcoach charters (motorcoaches, shuttle buses, trolley, ADA-compliant coaches), group travel planning, small group travel, black car service and travel insurance. Now in its 19th year of operations, it was founded in 1996 as Creative Coach Company by Rebecca Vaughn, who is the owner and president of the company. As of March 2011 the Fun Bus has relocated to Lancaster in Fairfield County, Ohio. The company specializes in high-demand entertainment events, such as concerts, casino packages, NASCAR, Ohio State University football, and professional team sports such as the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Indians, the Cincinnati Reds, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. A growing part of our business is regular, no-frills getaways to popular destinations such as Chicago and New York. In fact, the FUN BUS travels to New York City over 50 times each year, including specialty tours that may include theater, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, New Year’s Eve and Greenwich Village. We can also provide experienced, knowledgeable escorts to New York City.
We are season ticket holders for the Cleveland Browns, and we have access to other tickets that can allow us to seat large groups together at any game. Our Bengals, Indians, and Reds connections can provide group seating for many games. No one in central Ohio offers more NASCAR racing action than the FUN BUS. Our current schedule provides for no less than 10 NASCAR events, including Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series events. We offer over 150 casino trips each year, including Atlantic City, Windsor, Wheeling, the Detroit-area casinos, and the Indiana riverboat casinos. We are the largest carrier of pre-formed groups to the Hollywood Riverboat Casino, with nearly 5,000 patrons delivered each year! We also have direct access for group ticketing to many popular local entertainment venues, such as the Schottenstein Center and Nationwide Arena, plus out-of-the-area venues in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
The FUN BUS has managed to place many of these events into no-frills, affordable travel packages available for sale at retail. In addition, the company can provide travel planning to many of these same events for pre-formed groups. Many local schools, clubs and fraternal organizations have found that our well designed tours offer more flexibility, more substance, better planning and better value than the “canned” tour packages offered by some higher-profile tour planners. That is why our school field trip business continues to grow each year. Each package is custom-designed to meet the needs (and budget) of the group.
While our reputation for quality coaches, affordable travel planning and professional coach operators has grown, so has the number and sizes of our always-clean coaches. The FUN BUS currently operates a total of seventeen (17) vehicles. We offer eight (8) motorcoaches (5 full-size and 3 mid-size) that can accommodate groups from 20-56 persons per coach. In fact, the company was started, based on our market research that a significant segment of the potential motorcoach market was not being serviced. That segment was the small to-medium group of 20-30 people. Until the FUN BUS arrived, the alternatives for this market segment were either using a number of vans or using a full-size coach with a lot of empty seats! Even though much of both our retail and private charter business requires the use of larger coaches, the mid-size groups of 20-30 people still comprise a substantial portion of our bookings. In order to provide service to an even smaller market segment, the FUN BUS even offers a custom van with seating up to 11 persons. This vehicle allows most of the same amenities as our larger coaches, but still at an affordable cost. Our fleet also includes a minivan and a Lincoln Town Car, which can provide “black car” service for private and corporate service. We also have three (3) transit-style buses that be used for transportation and special event shuttle services, at a budget-friendly price.
All of our shuttle buses are wheelchair lift-equipped, as is one (1) of our full-size motorcoaches, allowing us to also meet the travel needs of our customers that require mobility equipment. In fact, we may be the
only coach operator in central and southeast Ohio to offer a locally-available full-size motorcoach with a wheelchair lift!
A recent addition to the FUN BUS fleet is a Trolley coach that provides a nostalgic touch for weddings and other special events. Solid oak seating, plus brass railings and fixtures lend an authentic feel, but modern comforts are still available, including air conditioning, audio and a wheelchair lift. The Trolley coach seats 30 passengers and is also perfect for festival shuttles.
Even though we have a suburban, even rural location, we are still able to reach areas that contain over 50% of the nation’s population in a comfortable 1-day drive. Atlanta, Atlantic City, Chicago, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C. are some of the many locales just a day away. Many NASCAR tracks are also accessed in a 1-day drive.
The real differences the motorcoach traveler will find on the FUN BUS are these: 1) consistently cleaner coaches, and 2) professional, well-dressed, courteous drivers with personalities, who know where they are going. EVERY coach gets cleaned before it goes out—not by a driver at the end of his run, but by a FUN BUS staff member whose specific job it is to clean the coach. You will find our seats vacuumed, the windows washed, the floor waxed and the restroom serviced.
Before a driver leaves our office, we make sure that he or she has all the information necessary to get our customers to their destination, ON TIME. We provide maps, detour information, parking information, and local street information to make each trip as seamless as possible. Believe it or not, many coach companies provide the driver the pickup and destination information and let them plan the route from there!
Creative Coach Company is a motorcoach transportation service, a retail tour operator and a tour planner for private groups. We publish a periodic brochure that can reach about 25,000 households and businesses in central and southeastern Ohio. Our mailing list is self-developed from both our customer base, and also from requests by phone, mail and the internet. About 65% of our business is derived from private tour groups and 35% is retail, with tour packages offered for sale “by the seat”. We pride ourselves in providing quality tour planning and travel packages at affordable prices. More and more motorcoach travelers, group coordinators and school officials have found that riding the FUN BUS is the smart way to travel.
Visit the FUN BUS online at www.funbus.com to see the latest retail tour packages, to inquire about private charters, to join our mailing list, our special event shuttle services or to take a visual tour of our coaches.