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School Trip Coach Hire

Transport and Travel Options

Do you need to organise transport for your school trip? The coach providers listed on this page are experts in school group travel and each have years of experience in helping to organise transport from school to venue and back again. If you are only taking a small group of students and you have your own minibus, you may not need assistance with getting to your school trip venue. Larger groups almost certainly need to think about coach hire.

School Coach Hire

While coach sizes vary, the standard coach has around 50 seats, depending upon whether or not it is equipped with a toilet - worth having if your journey is more than 30 minutes from your school. Most coach hire companies will set their fees based upon a standard class size of 35. So as long as you are filling most of the coach, you won't be paying for the empty seats. All these coach companies have strict safety procedures, comply with current safety specifications, and can provide you with the risk assessments and paperwork you need for your school trip proposal.

All the companies below can provide a no obligation quote. Make sure to reference PlanMySchoolTrip in your correspondence!


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The Kings Ferry
Take the stress and headaches out of organising coach hire for school trips with The Kings Ferry. 'The School's Pack' service we offer takes care of every aspect concerning coach hire for your next school trip. What's more is it'll save you money to


Coaches and facilities available

As an award winning coach operator we will make sure that your trip really hits the mark. The Kings Ferry can provide a range of standard and executive vehicles for school coach hire. Don't accept a substandard vehicle for your school trip as many operators would provide. The Kings Ferry's impressive fleet of vehicles are used for corporates ans schools alike. We invest over £5m a year in keeping our fleet up to date and one of the youngest around. Our average vehicle ages is under 3 years old. Our onboard infotainment system provides up to date tv series, books, magazines and news streamed direct to your smartphone/tablet using our VUER* app - great for long distance journeys (includes age restrictions) *Available on most vehicles


School Transport Offer

At The Kings Ferry we know that money for educational trips doesn't grow on trees. That's why we have decided to offer schools reduced rates if they book multiple trips or block book coaches. This may be for a number of different excursions, regular requirements to swimming lessons or sports matches. The discounts available are: 2-4 trips 10% discount 5-9 trips 15% discount 10+ trips price on application


How many people can you transport?

We can provide any vehicle size for any size group. From 16 Seat Minibuses to multiple double deckers for the whole school, The Kings Ferry can tailor your transport for any requirement.


Do you operate nationwide? And overseas trips?

The Kings Ferry cover London and the South East, and our Kings Ferry Connections service can provide any coach, any time, anywhere in the UK. We partner with over 500 quality audited operators from all over the country to provide you the best available market price whilst maintaining our usually high standards.

The Kings Ferry have vast experience in overseas trips for educational groups.

What better way for your students to practice their French language skills than to discover and explore the country itself? The region of Nord--pas de Calais is within easy reach of the UK making it a popular choice for school groups. Its ideal location makes it an excellent base from which to explore nearby Ypres, Somme & Lille.

Why not take your students to:

La Coupole (St. Omer)
Second World War bunker complex.

La Cité Souterraine de Naours (Naours)
An underground city 33m below ground level.

Olhain Castle (Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen)
The best preserved medieval castle in northern France.

Nausicaa Acquarium (Boulogne-sur- Mer, France)
The French 'Seaworld' experience.


Our Safety Standards

The Kings Ferry has a strong commitment to safety and the environment, and has invested heavily in training to ensure that the whole team fully understand and buy into the policies and procedures that have been adopted. Our “Driving out Harm” scheme, which is part of a nationwide program, provides safety training for drivers, for engineers and for staff on our sites.

Our entire fleet is fitted with alcolock units. This system requires a driver to blow a clear sample of breath into an analyser machine in order to start the vehicle. We have a “zero tolerance” alcohol and drug policy.

Each vehicle undergoes rigorous and regular safety inspections, including a “first use” inspection every morning before departure. To further enhance the safety of our coaches all our vehicles are fitted with CCTV and tracking devices making sure no stone is unturned. All our drivers are trained in the technique of defensive driving. Risk assessments are prepared and reviewed throughout our business for all aspects of our work and comprehensive safe working practices devised and communicated throughout the team.


What makes us ideal for school trip transport

For over 40 years The Kings Ferry has helped teachers and group leaders plan and organise a huge variety of school trips and has an impressive track record of involvement in a wide range of learning outside the classroom activities for both primary and secondary school groups. Our comprehensive Schools' Pack is designed to help you with every aspect of your school trip, health and safety guidance or help with parent letters – not to mention safe and reliable transport. Awarded Best British Coach Operator/Best Large Coach Operator of the Year on 18 separate occasions and most recently in 2016, The Kings Ferry’s pedigree speaks for itself!