The Best Bus Hire Companies in Canberra

If you’ve got a large group heading to the airport, a special excursion, or a wedding party to transport, it sounds like you need to hire a bus.

Here in Canberra, a number of charter companies offer short-term bus hire. Or, take the DIY route and hire a 10-plus-seater bus that you can drive yourself – the choice is yours.

Whichever bus hire solution you decide on, it’s important to work with a reliable and friendly company. That’s why we asked the locals which bus hire company they prefer. The results are – in this article we’ll share our top three picks.

Let’s get started.

What makes a reliable bus hire company?

Aside from the bus itself, there are a few key factors that set the best bus hire and charter companies apart from their competitors. We suggest keeping an eye out for the following:

  • Comfortable buses. If you’re hiring a bus for a long journey, you want it to be comfortable. And, for even longer trips, facilities like onboard bathrooms are key.
  • Clean buses.No one wants to jump onto a bus only to find lolly wrappers, gum, and who knows what lodged between the seats. The best bus hire companies keep their fleet spotless clean.
  • Flexible pricing. Whether you need a bus for one quick trip or an extended journey, you should have access to flexible pricing plans.
  • The capacity to cater to your specific needs. Early morning pick-ups, weddings, community group trips, family holidays, and more – you have specific needs. Look for a bus hire option that can cater to these and more.

The top bus hire companies in Canberra according to you

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

You asked. We answered. Here are the top bus hiring options in the Canberra region.

Crowne Chauffeurs

If it’s a bus you need, Crowne Chauffeurs can deliver. Offering comfortable 13-seat or 14-seat buses for hire – all of which are driven by competent and friendly chauffeurs – Crowne Chauffeurs is a local favourite. Whether it’s airport transport, wedding transport, or even interstate travel you need, the professional team at Crowne Chauffeurs are more than happy to assist.


Offering one of the country’s finest fleets of luxury coaches for hire, Murrays can accommodate for groups of any size anywhere in Australia. With advanced monitoring and control technology, you can rest easy knowing you’ll show up safely and in the fastest time possible; for time-sensitive transportation requirements, you cannot go wrong with this reliable company. In addition to their extremely comfortable coaches, Murrays offers Chauffeured limousines and corporate sedans, so you can arrive in style whatever the occasion.


Avis is one of the most trusted names in car, truck, and bus hire in Australia. For those looking for bus hire without a driver, this well-known company could be the perfect solution. The Avis fleet includes a 12-seater bus – which you can drive with a regular car license – and a 25-person bus – which you will need an LR license to operate.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you hired a bus in Canberra before? Which company did you go with? Share your experience in the comments section down below.

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