Visit the Alamo, celebrate Fiesta, or stroll along the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas, one of the fastest growing and most culturally diverse cities in the U.S. Bisected by the San Antonio River, this Southwestern city embraces the best of American and Mexican culture and is known for its festivals, food, and crafts.
If you’re traveling to the Alamo on a field trip or bringing a group of friends to experience the Armed Forces River Parade, Shofur can help you get there. We have an array of comfortable charter buses and minibuses with plenty of space and air-conditioning to protect you from San Antonio’s heat. Just give us a call at 1-800-436-8719 to learn more about how our charter bus company can help you explore Alamo City.
Your group can choose from a variety of transportation services in San Antonio, but it’s a car-heavy city, so you’ll need a lot of patience if you opt for public transit. You’ll also need to consider your group’s specialized needs. A travel plan that works for a group of 4 young adults may not work for 30 senior citizens or elementary school kids. Here are some of your options:
VIA public buses: San Antonio’s public transit is affordable, but the buses run on their own schedule, and you may have to walk a long way or take a rideshare to find a bus stop.
Taxis: All San Antonio taxis have to be booked ahead of time, and you’ll need multiple vehicles. It’ll be much easier (and more affordable) to rely on a charter bus rental if you’re going to pre-book.
Rideshares: Unlike taxis, Uber and Lyft don’t have to be booked ahead of time, and unlike public transit, they run on your schedule. But you’ll still need many vehicles for a large group, so you’ll be separated and costs can quickly add up.
Charter buses: With a private bus, your entire group will be together and you can create your own bus routes. The biggest drawback here is cost. If you’re with a small group, rideshares may be more affordable, but when you’re with a large group, dividing the cost of a bus per person can make the price completely reasonable.
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Weddings in San Antonio
Whether you’re planning a ceremony among the flowers at the San Antonio Botanical Garden or an elegant reception inside the St. Anthony Hotel, you have enough on your to-do list when you’re organizing a wedding. Our bus company would love to cross one task off by providing shuttle buses to take your wedding attendees to the ceremony and reception.
Out-of-town visitors often find it difficult to navigate an unfamiliar city via public transit or rental car. A charter bus rental prevents your guests from getting lost, and all buses have legroom and air-conditioning to keep your loved ones comfortable. If you want everyone to relax and have a good time at the reception, we can serve as DD too.
San Antonio Business Conferences
Headed to a marketing convention at Norris Conference Centers or a networking event at a hotel near the River Walk? Impress your coworkers and clients with sleek, modern charter buses from Shofur. We can provide high-end features such as leather seats by request, and all buses come with climate control and a professional, experienced bus driver.
If you need to work on the way to a meeting, you can also ask for onboard WiFi. Plan out presentations and answer emails, and then plug your laptop into the power outlets to keep it charged before you get to your destination. Here are a few of the most popular meeting venues in San Antonio:
As San Antonio’s only major professional team, the Spurs inspire fervent devotion in locals and fans throughout the Southwest. Parking at the AT&T Center fills up quickly on game days, so save your group the stress of searching for a spot by reserving a minibus to drop you off near the stadium entrance. Another perk to opting for charter bus service? You know you’ll have a DD if you want to drink during the game.
San Antonio’s generally warm weather means that it’s also a popular spot for youth sports games and tournaments. If you’re traveling to San Antonio with your athletes, make sure to request a full-size charter bus with undercarriage storage space where you can stash bats, racquets, balls, and coolers. You’ll also have room in the bus’s overhead storage for items you need to reach during the journey, like snacks, phone chargers, and video game consoles.
Field Trips in San Antonio
No points for guessing the most popular field trip destination in Alamo City. As well-known as it is, though, the power of the Alamo as a historical landmark can’t be denied. Ask your charter bus to drop you off at the Houston Street or Crockett gates, and then take a self-guided or professionally led group tour of the mission to learn about its early history and the infamous battle that took place there.
But San Antonio field trips don’t begin and end with the Alamo. The city also houses many other attractions that are popular with school groups, including:
San Antonio Museum of Art
The Witte Museum
McNay Art Museum
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Although you could take a school bus to all of these destinations, it won’t be especially comfortable if you’re coming from Austin or another city several hours away. When you’ll be on the road for a while, book a charter bus so your students can lean back in the air-conditioning and watch educational documentaries on flat-screen TVs during the journey.
College Tours in San Antonio
If you’re taking students at your high school or after-school program to tour colleges in San Antonio, a charter bus rental is one of the easiest ways to keep everyone together and ensure none of your kids will have to drive. You can also request free WiFi so students can keep up with homework or do more research on universities while they travel. The San Antonio area is home to the following popular colleges:
The University of Texas at San Antonio
As the city’s biggest public university, UT-SA is known for its dedication to research and its diverse student body. Its most popular programs include engineering, education, psychology, and biology. If you have students who love the sciences or are looking for an affordable in-state education, make sure to stop here.
Run a Catholic youth group or work at a Catholic high school? You’ll definitely want to book a group tour of this university, as it’s consistently ranked as one of the best Catholic schools in the Southwest. Although it’s private, St. Mary’s is also praised for being relatively affordable and offering high social mobility for its students.
Address: 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228
Known for its small classes and dedication to the liberal arts, Trinity regularly ranks as one of the top private colleges in Texas. This university attracts students with exceptional grades and test scores. If you’re in charge of a group of high-achievers, you may want to rent a bus so you can visit this picturesque campus without having to worry about driving.
Address: 1 Trinity Pl, San Antonio, TX 78212
University of the Incarnate Word
The largest Catholic university in Texas, the University of the Incarnate Word features renowned programs in health sciences and nursing. It also offers a variety of other majors like biology, business, psychology, and criminal justice. If you work with a large number of Hispanic students, this is an excellent school to visit—it awards more Bachelor’s degrees to Latinx students than any other faith-based university.
Address: 4301 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
Group Trips to Fiesta San Antonio
This one-of-a-kind festival takes place in San Antonio every spring (though it has been moved to fall once due to exceptional circumstances). First established to commemorate the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, Fiesta has been held each year since 1891 and now raises money for San Antonio nonprofits.
If you want to take your group to San Antonio for the parades, floats, pageants, and performances, Shofur can help you get there. Your bus or buses can drop you off at the celebration and then take you back to your hotel at the end of the night. And don’t worry if you can’t resist all of the beautiful crafts—you’ll have plenty of room in overhead storage for souvenirs.
Charter Bus Trips from San Antonio to Austin
Luckily for groups who love craft beer and live music, Austin lies only 1.5 hours away from San Antonio. Although a rideshare probably won’t be willing to take you there and a public bus definitely can’t, it’s easy to get there via charter bus. Just pop one Disney movie on your flat-screen TV, and the trip will be over before you know it.
So what are you going to do once you arrive? If you’re attending a major festival like South by Southwest or Austin City Limits, you’ll have a packed itinerary already. But if your schedule is a little more flexible, stop by Zilker Park to swim in Barton Springs Pool or kayak across Lady Bird Lake. Into history? Tour the Texas State Capitol, the LBJ Presidential Library, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Your charter bus will be waiting when you’re ready to return to San Antonio.
Bus Trips from San Antonio to Houston
If you’re planning a field trip to Space Center Houston or the Alley Theatre, Shofur has you covered. We’ll provide a charter bus with optional free amenities like WiFi so your students can work on assignments or stream music on the 3-hour drive to Texas’s largest city.
Houston is also a great place to visit with a tour group. You can spend the afternoon at Nice Winery, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, or the Houston Zoo before heading back to your home base in San Antonio. If you want to stop for food or a restroom break along the way, you’ll pass small cities like Columbus, Katy, and Sealy that offer plenty of charming local restaurants.
Our Favorite Group-Friendly Destinations in San Antonio
If you haven’t finished assembling your itinerary yet, check out these iconic San Antonio landmarks that welcome large groups:
Great for: field trips, private trips, senior citizen trips
Although it’s best known for the bloody battle that took place there in 1836, The Alamo actually dates back to Spanish Colonial times, when it served as a Catholic mission. Groups can call 210-225-1391 ext. 4005 to book a professionally led tour through the fort, the battlegrounds, the church, and the museum. Special tours that align with Texas’s educational standards are also available for student groups.
Bus tip: All bus passengers must be dropped off at the Houston Street or Crockett entrance gates. The charter bus can then park at one of the locations on this map.
Address: 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
The San Antonio River Walk
Great for: private trips, corporate trips, senior citizen trips
Located along the San Antonio River in the heart of downtown, the River Walk is home to dozens of local stores, restaurants, and bars. It’s also a great place to stroll and take in the beauty of the river, and because it’s 15 miles long, it can easily accommodate large groups looking for a place to relax. If you’re lucky enough to be there during a holiday, you may get to witness one of the city’s famous river parades, where dozens of floats drift down the San Antonio River.
Bus tip: Since the River Walk doesn’t have bus parking, your charter bus will need to drop you off and then park in one of downtown San Antonio’s lots. All of those lots are listed here.
Address: 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Great for: sports teams, private trips
The AT&T Center is where you can see the San Antonio Spurs in action, so stopping here is a no-brainer for sports fans. Don’t worry if basketball isn’t your group’s thing, though: the arena also hosts concerts by huge artists like Dan + Shay, Harry Styles, and Janet Jackson. You’ll pay to park per vehicle, so you can save some money by renting a charter bus if you’re planning to take a large group to a concert or game.
Bus tip: The AT&T Center has 7 parking lots, which means there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find parking for your bus–however, parking tickets must be purchased in advance. You can reserve a space in one of the lots here.
Address: 1 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Great for: school graduation trips, private trips, sports teams
Six Flags Fiesta Texas offers an ideal place to celebrate graduation with your high school seniors or the end of a tournament with your sports team. Take on the Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster (the only Wonder Woman-themed coaster in the world!) or The Joker Carnival of Chaos before grabbing a burger at Cactus Jack’s Snack Shack. Traveling with a group of little ones? There’s an entire kids section themed around Looney Tunes.
Bus tip: Six Flags Fiesta has plenty of parking, but you may want to pay for yours ahead of time to ensure your bus gets a spot. You can pre-purchase parking here.
Address: 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257
San Antonio Zoo
Great for: field trips, private trips, senior citizen trips
Sprawling across 56 acres, the San Antonio Zoo provides a home for more than 750 species, including giraffes, zebras, lions, Nile crocodiles, and black bears. Over 80,000 school children visit the zoo every year to meet the animals and take part in interactive educational presentations. Teachers, students, and bus drivers all receive discounts when visiting the zoo, but it’s still worth the price of admission if you’re not with a school group.
Bus tip: Check out this map to see where parking lots for your bus are located around Brackenridge Park. Many of the lots are free, although you may have to pay if all of the free lots fill up.
Address: 3903 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Rent a Charter Bus in San Antonio
San Antonio has an abundance of attractions to draw in groups, from the River Walk to the Alamo and from conference centers to universities. If you’re traveling with a large group, Shofur San Antonio would love to help you explore the city. Give our bus company a call at 1-800-436-8719 and we’ll find the perfect charter bus or minibus for your trip to Alamo City.
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