Rent a Charter Bus in Houston

Houston draws thousands of visitors every year with its business conferences, rich blend of Texan and Mexican culture, space program, and famous rodeos. Whether you’re bringing a group of college students to the Space Center or taking clients to see professional bull riders, National Charter Bus would love to help you navigate this sprawling city.

The charter buses in our network come with features like climate control and plush seats so you can travel through the Houston heat in comfort. Check out our pricing guide to get a rough idea of what your charter bus rental might cost. And when you’re ready for an accurate quote instead of just an estimate, our 24/7 team will be happy to assist you at 713-234-6591.

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Whether you’re escorting a mock trial team to a competition, attending a trade show, taking your kids to a soccer tournament or planning a wedding, you need group transportation you can trust. National Charter Bus takes pride in finding qualified drivers and modern charter buses to meet all of our clients’ needs. 

Every Houston charter bus rental comes with essential amenities like air-conditioning and comfortable seats, and accessible buses are available. But you can also request amenities to keep your passengers entertained during the trip. Need to check email on your way to a conference? Ask for power outlets and free WiFi. Worried about your sports team getting bored? We’ll find a bus with a flat-screen TV and a DVD player so you can have a Harry Potter marathon.

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Popular Destinations in Houston

Things to Do in Houston

Downtown Houston in the eveningNo matter what your group likes to do for fun, you can probably find it in Houston. Love to eat? Houston has excellent Mexican, Tex-Mex, Vietnamese, and Japanese restaurants. Need some time outside after a day of meetings? Head to Memorial or Hermann Park. Check out the suggestions below to begin building your Houston itinerary.

Transportation in Houston

Houston offers a public bus system and a METRORail train, but the train only covers about 22 miles of the city’s 9,500 miles of roads, and the bus system can be confusing and is much slower than private transportation. This makes it difficult to rely only on public transit with a large group, especially if you have a tight schedule.

Rideshare services are popular and readily available in Houston, but with a large group you’ll have to call a huge number of cars and prices can quickly add up. Rental cars also become expensive when you have to rent a large number of them, and you’ll need drivers who are comfortable navigating Houston’s traffic.

A charter bus or minibus is a great group transportation alternative for groups who want to stay together, need to travel to a wide range of places, or don’t have a large number of members that can drive. You can nap, check Instagram with free WiFi, or watch movies on a flat-screen TV while your bus driver deals with Houston’s busy roads and gets you safely to your destination. And where will that destination be? Keep reading to get some ideas.

Top Destinations in Houston

Houston overflows with parks, museums, theaters, and restaurants for visitors to explore. Whether you want to treat your clients to a night at the Houston Symphony or take your Little League team to see the Astros, a Houston charter bus service can help. Decide where you’d like to go, and then give us a call at 713-234-6591 so we can find a coach bus for you.

Museums and Educational Centers

Many of Houston’s museums, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Children’s Museum of Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston lie in the aptly-named Museum District, located just south of downtown. You can also ask your charter bus to drive about 10 minutes to The Menil Collection or about 40 minutes to the iconic Space Center Houston. Keep reading to figure out which museum you want to visit with your group.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

The exhibits at this museum cover almost every type of science, including biology, paleontology, geology, chemistry, and ecology. See ancient Egyptian artifacts, dinosaur skeletons, enormous gems, and stuffed zebras as you wander through the permanent exhibitions, and end your day with a movie at the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre.

Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-639-4629

aircraft and spacecraft at the Johnson Space Center in HoustonCockrell Butterfly Center

Although the Cockrell Butterfly Center is part of the Museum of Natural Science, you’ll have to pay for admission separately. The center’s main feature is the Rainforest Conservatory, a three-story glass structure with a 50-foot waterfall at the center. Walk among the tropical plants while butterflies flutter past your head, and learn more about all of the insects and plants that share the habitat.

Address: 5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-639-4629

Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children's Museum is a must-see attraction for school or youth groups that include younger kids. Let your little ones take on jobs in Kidtropolis or learn about life in another country at Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea. Got kids who love to build? Don’t miss the Constructioneering exhibit, where they can design a house and see if it can withstand an earthquake.

Address: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004

Phone: 713-522-1138

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

MFAH features approximately 70,000 pieces from North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, spanning from antiquity to the present. Its collection of Impressionist works is especially remarkable, with art by Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and Monet on display. 

Address: 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-639-7300

The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection consists of five buildings. The main building holds special exhibitions and items from the permanent collection, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel also holds special exhibitions. The Cy Twombly Gallery and Dan Flavin Installation are both dedicated to their namesake artists, and the Menil Drawing Institute houses nearly 2,000 drawings and sketches.

All of the galleries share a commitment to letting guests form their own interpretations of art, so none of them display explanations of the works. This museum is a great fit for groups who embrace open-ended experiences or love Surrealist and Modern European art.

Address: 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-525-9400

Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston is the official visitors’ center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center and a Smithsonian affiliate with amazing exhibits. See real Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecrafts, authentic astronaut suits, a replica of the shuttle Independence, and displays about going to Mars and living on the International Space Station. Your group also won’t want to miss the tram tour, which takes you behind the scenes at Johnson to see astronaut training facilities and Mission Control.

Address: 1601 NASA Parkway Houston, TX 77058

Phone: 281-244-2100

Outdoor Activities

Houston may be a major urban center, but it still offers plenty of green space for those who love the outdoors. Ask your charter bus to drop you off so your group can go for a stroll through Memorial or Hermann Park, or plan a day at the Houston Zoo with your youth group.

Bench and lake in Hermann ParkHermann Park

Once you’re done exploring the Children’s Museum or the Museum of Fine Arts, walk to nearby Hermann Park and stroll past beautiful lakes, gardens, and sculptures. Take your kids to the Family Garden, an edible, interactive vegetable garden, or the Friendship Pavilion, a beautiful structure given to Houston by its sister city Taipei.

Address: 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-524-5876

Memorial Park

This enormous urban park has tennis, volleyball, and croquet courts, bike trails, a golf course, playgrounds, and even food trucks! If your wedding party or your coworkers want to relax in the sun for a little while, plan a picnic in the park and ask your charter bus to pick you up afterward.

Address: 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Phone: 713-863-8403

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo provides a home for more than 6,000 animals from more than 900 species. It also hosts special events with the keepers where your youth group, class or sports team can learn about rhinos, giraffes, bald eagles, and tigers. You can even watch sea lions being trained!

Address: 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 713-533-6500

Minute Maid Park

The home of the Houston Astros also hosts wrestling matches, college football tournaments, business gatherings, and behind-the-scenes group tours. Although there is paid parking around the stadium, some of it is quite far from the arena, so it may be easiest for your charter bus to drop you off, park, and return to pick you up at the end of the event.

Address: 501 Crawford Street, Houston, TX, 77002

Phone: 713-259-8000

Arts and Performance

Located in the heart of downtown, the Houston Theatre District provides a home for professional theatre companies like the Alley Theatre and Theatre Under the Stars. Don’t let the name fool you, though—the district isn’t only about theatre. The Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and Houston Symphony also make their homes here.

Aerial view of multiple buildings in Houston's theater district The Alley Theatre

The Alley is the oldest professional theatre company in Houston and the third-oldest resident theatre company in the U.S. Each season, the company puts on classic shows by authors like Shakespeare and Agatha Christie as well as new plays by current writers like Octavio Solis, Lawrence Wright, and Sarah Ruhl.

Address: 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-220-5700

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts provides a home for Broadway at The Hobby Center, a series of touring productions, and Theatre Under the Stars, a local professional company focused on musicals. See shows like Hello, Dolly! and The Band’s Visit on tour, or support TUTS as they put on productions like Once On This Island and Spring Awakening.

Address: 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-315-2525

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

Jones Hall is where you’ll find the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. Treat your music class to a work by Tchaikovsky or Beethoven, or bring your coworkers to one of the Society’s presentations by acclaimed scientists and speakers.

Address: 615 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-224-7575

Wortham Theater Center

The Wortham Theater Center houses the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet. If you have clients or coworkers you need to impress, treat them to a performance like Aida or The Sleeping Beauty after dinner at one of Houston’s downtown restaurants. Your charter bus can pick you up and drop you off at all of your destinations.

Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 832-487-7000

Food

Yes, Houston has amazing Tex-Mex, and yes, your group needs to try it. But don’t limit yourself to the best of the Southwest. Houston also has great Japanese, Vietnamese, and pure Mexican cuisine. And since you don’t have to drive, it’s easy to get your group from the event you’re attending to your dinner reservation.

Hugo’s

Founded by Chef Hugo Ortega, winner of a James Beard Award, Hugo’s serves authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine. The restaurant has space for large events like corporate lunches and holiday parties, and your group can choose from dishes like tacos brazas and enchiladas de pollo made with homemade tortillas.

Address: 1600 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-524-7744

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

A Houston icon since Ninfa Laurenzo founded it in 1973, Ninfa’s is famous for its fajitas, which it popularized in the Houston area, and for its margaritas. You can also indulge in enchiladas, tacos, and tamales. And just like Hugo’s, Ninfa’s makes its own tortillas. This restaurant is smaller, though, so you’re probably going to want to split up if you’re with a large group. 

Address: 2704 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003

Phone: 713-228-1175

Uchi

Uchi originated in Austin, and the Houston restaurant serves the same great sushi, sashimi, makimono, and agemono found at its capital-based counterpart. Uchi also has private dining rooms, with the smaller rooms accommodating up to 13 guests and the largest room holding up to 30.

Address: 904 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-522-4808

Huynh Restaurant

Thanks to its large Vietnamese community, Houston is filled with great Vietnamese restaurants. Huynh has become one of the most popular because of its menu packed with home-style dishes like mi quang, pho ve don, and bit tet.

Address: 912 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003

Phone: 713-224-8964

Nightlife

If you’re traveling with adults, you may want to go out once your meetings or wedding activities are done for the day. Houston has you covered with a wide array of nightlife destinations, and a reliable bus company like National Charter Bus is happy to be the DD for your group.

Axelrad Beer Garden

Housed in a 100-year-old building with expansive outdoor spaces, Axelrad Beer Garden features hammocks, pizza from local joint Luigi’s, wine, cocktails, and beer on tap. There’s plenty of space for large groups indoors and out, and if you’re lucky you may stop by at the right time to see live music, an open mic night, or a stand-up comedy performance.

Address: 1517 Alabama St, Houston, TX 77004

Phone: 713-597-8800

13 celsius

If you’re looking for a laid-back yet classy atmosphere, this wine bar in Midtown is perfect. Choose from the huge variety of vintages stored in the 13-degree cellar that gives the bar its name, and complement your bottle or glass of wine with a cheese and charcuterie plate.

Address: 3000 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

Phone: 713-529-8466

MKT BAR

This self-described “urban” and “bohemian” bar serves American food with a twist, craft beer, wine, and sangria. Grab a table near the exposed brick walls and sip your drink while you listen to live music from local artists.

Address: 1001 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77010

Phone: 832-360-2222

Howl at the Moon Houston

This is a chain, but a super fun one that’s perfect for groups. Dance to music performed live, and share a “Hurricane” or “Fruit Roll Up” drink (served in a bucket!) with your friends. You’ll definitely need a DD for this one, so make sure you let National Charter Bus know that this club is on your itinerary. Howl at the Moon also does corporate outings and bachelor/ette parties.

Address: 612 Hadley St, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-658-9700

Hotels

If your group isn’t sure what hotel to book for your travels, we’ve compiled a sampling of well-rated hotels for different budgets. Your minibus driver can shuttle your group from the airport to your hotel and from your hotel to all of your destinations. Don’t forget that you’ll need to book a room for your bus driver and find parking for the bus if you’re staying overnight!

Crowne Plaza Houston River Oaks

Address: 2712 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098

Phone: 713-523-8448

The Marriott hotel in downtown HoustonCourtyard Houston by The Galleria

Address: 2900 Sage Rd, Houston, TX 77056

Phone: 713-622-3611

JW Marriott Houston Downtown

Address: 806 S Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-237-1111

Book Your Houston Charter Bus Rental Today

National Charter Bus would love to help your group discover all that Houston has to offer. Whether you want to go out drinking after a business conference or take your students to the Museum of Fine Arts, your charter bus can get you there in air-conditioned comfort.

Lean back in a reclining chair, connect to the free WiFi, and explore the museums, plays, bars, parks, and restaurants that make Houston such a great place to visit. Give us a call at 713-234-6591 to speak with a bus rental representative about your transportation arrangements in Texas’s largest city.

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National Charter Bus Houston

 Houston, TX 77002

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