Dark Lord Day Shuttles

Dark Lord Day 2014 is quickly approaching and The BusBank is helping to address the extremely limited parking in the area by providing shuttle service that will get you down to Munster, IN and back safely and in a timely manner. With a convenient pickup location within the City of Chicago The BusBank aims to move festival goers efficiently without the added strain of searching for a parking spot or attempting to find a hotel nearby the festival grounds (many of which have been sold out for months). Our goal is simple, to get you to Three Floyds safely and at a fair cost while allowing you to enjoy yourselves with fellow craft beer lovers.

Eventbrite - Three Floyds Dark Lord Day Shuttles

We will be offering 1 centrally located pick up location on Saturday April 26th. It is easily accessible by public transit (several CTA bus lines, the blue line and the metra is near by) parking lots are also plentiful in the area.

Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

Pick-ups will be offered at the following times for the Jaks Tap location:
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm

You will be able to select various departure times depending on when you would like to leave the festival grounds. Please note that you will only be able to depart at the time you have selected on your ticket, this will be strictly enforced.

Departure times from the festival will start at 12pm and continue on the hour every hour until 11pm (After you select “Order Now” you will be prompted to select your departure time) . All return shuttles will be dropping off at Jaks Tap and can continue on to The Thompson Center (Clark/Lake) if remaining passengers wish.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Everyone attending must be 21 years of age or older with a valid government issued I.D. anyone without an I.D. will be turned away and not allowed on to the bus.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
You can bring food and drink on to the bus please just make sure to be respectful and pick up your trash and take it with you off of the bus.

Please, absolutely NO hard sided coolers, chairs, weapons, firearms or fireworks. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
[email protected]

Is my registration/shuttle ticket transferrable?
No, your ticket must match your I.D.

Do I have to bring my printed shuttle ticket to the event?

What is the refund policy?
All sales are final.

The name on the registration/shuttle ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?No, please make sure that you have your correct ticket before attempting to board the bus.

We’re Hiring – Come Join The Team


The BusBank prides itself on making group and event transportation easy for customers across north america.  We are looking  to grow our team and have a few open positions for new members to the team.

Search Engine Marketing Specialist PPC

Job Description – Ops Coordinator

JR Supplier Relations Buyer

Sales Assistant Support

If any of these positions fit you, we would love to have you on our team!  Let us know by emailing affiliates at busbank.com with your resume.



Check out BusBank’s new Event Manager

Event Manager

If you’ve ever stressed over guessing how many people will be attending your big event, we’ve got you covered.

Our new BusBank Event Manager rider ticketing process can assist and will take the managing of payments, rider counts and bus counts off your hands. This means whether you’re unsure how many people will be attending or uncertain whether the cost per person is enough, we’ll handle it.

The BusBank will provide you with a unique webpage where participants will be able to buy a ticket that will automatically present them itself on a group manifest that BusBank will manage for you.

We’re focusing on reducing the amount of stress for you and to continue to make Group  & Event transportation Easy.If you have any questions about our new ticketing process, please post below and we’ll take them into consideration. We’d love to know your thoughts.

Ultra Music Festival Shuttle Bus Tickets!

Ultra Music Festival

Are you heading to Ultra Music Festival March 28-30 and in need of reliable and affordable transportation to and from Bayfront Park? If so, look no further and let The BusBank help by providing you with convenient, safe, reliable and most importantly affordable shuttle bus transportation.

Eventbrite - Ultra Music Festival Shuttle

Starting March 28th at 6pm we will be offering a continuous shuttle service throughout Miami Beach picking up festival goers at 3 centrally located pickup points that are within easy walking distance of the area’s major hotels.

Ultra Music Festival Shuttle

Pick-up/drop-off points are as follows:

  • 413 Washington Ave (4th St. & Washington Ave.)
  • Catalina Hotel and Beach Club
  • Best Western Atlantic Beach Resort
  • American Airlines Arena

Hours of operation will vary by day:

  • Friday March 28th from 3pm – 2am
  • Saturday March 29th from 11am – 2am
  • Sunday March 30th from 11am – 2am

The drop-off point for Ultra Music Festival will be at the American Airlines Arena which is only blocks from Bayfront Park.  A walk that should take no more than 10 minutes.

As the festival wraps up or simply when you are ready to leave Ultra, head back to the American Airlines Arena and board the next available shuttle to your hotel. Our goal is to get you promptly back to your hotel so that you can get ready to head out to the clubs or an after party in a reasonable amount of time! Booking a ticket on our shuttle service is sure to alleviate the stress and headaches of hunting down a cab when the 75,000 concert goers flood out of Bayfront Park around midnight.

We offer varying ticket prices and options depending on how many days you plan on enjoying Ultra Music Festival.

These competitive prices will save you money and headaches when you consider the price of hiring a cab, should you even be able to find one (who will probably end up charging $30/person anyways) or paying to park your vehicle within walking distance ($50-100 a day).

Do the smart thing and reserve your shuttle bus tickets with The BusBank today!

photo by: rieh

Don’t Get Stranded By Your Party Bus

Whether it’s a Wedding, Birthday, Prom, or just your average weekend with friends, these are all reasons why people love Party Bus’s; you’re out with your friends, great music and drinks, a chance to really blow off some steam, but when the Party Bus and its company go amiss, you and your crew are practically stranded.

Recently, NBC 5 Investigates dived into the Party Bus industry, to look at one customer’s dissatisfaction with a particular Party Bus company who we’ll leave nameless.

The article sums up the customers night of money debacles, complaints over the driver and the company and lastly finding alternative methods of transportation for the group. It was an unresolved matter for the customer that reached NBC.

There are many stories like this, some unheard, many go unnoticed, but at the BusBank, these stories are vital to what we do everyday. Your event is our main priority and it shouldn’t go wrong.  Our job is to make sure you won’t end up finding other buses for you and crew.

If you want to know learn more about our Party Bus Options or which Bus is best for you, check our Bus Option Page.

You can read the NBC 5 Investigates article here.


BusBank is heading to United Motorcoach Expo

Each year the United Motorcoach Association puts on a wonderful EXPO for it’s membership to learn about what is going on in the industry.

This year as last year the UMA has teamed up with the National Tour Association to have a joint convention allowing a variety of motorcoach operators, Tour Operators, itinerary designers and tour product developers, motorcoach equipment and service suppliers, along with destination from across North America , to discuss, build and grow their businesses.

The 2014 UMA Motorcoach Expo at Travel Exchange will be held in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center at the Staples Center on February 16-20th. We are excited about the show and look forward to seeing everyone.

Unfortunately, last year were unable to attend the show due to prior commitments and we heard we missed a great show. Andrew Ripani, Brandon Dudley and Lee Ripani from The BusBank will be attending the Expo and are looking to seeing many friendly faces both new and old.

Check out this video from the Motorcoach Expo & Travel Exchange 2013 to get a feel for what to expect with 2014 show:

2013 Motorcoach Expo and Travel Exchange Video

If you would like to schedule time to meet with Andrew, Brandon or Lee, please email us at [email protected] so that we can make sure it happens.


On the Road: The BusBank and the UFC On Fox 10

Since December, we had been working on providing transportation services for to get the UFC on Fox 10 event at the United Center in Chicago last Saturday.

The fight featured Former Lightweight champion, Benson Henderson against Former Strikeforce champion, Josh Thompson. This event also showcased a heavyweight fight between former title challenger, Gabriel Gonzaga and Midwesterner, Stipe Miocic.

Benson Henderson UFC

Benson Henderson arriving for his Main Event Fight, (He Won)

We provided all local services for the UFC throughout the entire week; this included transferring coaches and staff from The O’Hare International Airport to the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Ave. The UFC held a public Weigh-in Friday, Jan. 24th at the historic Chicago Theatre before the main event.

The Historic Chicago Theatre

The Historic Chicago Theatre

Our very own BusBank member, Rudy Ortiz was responsible for bringing the fighters, coaches and staff to all required Media Day and televised events, with various transportation options all week long. Sedan’s, Suv’s, Mini coaches and Deluxe Motor Coaches utilized by the UFC.


Fox was happy enough to film the buses pulling up to the United Center and the fighters making their way into the sports arena. Luckily, Rudy remembered to DVR the event so he could catch a shot of himself on TV.  Rudy was also able ride in one of the brand new 2012, Mercedes Motor Coach, which he claimed “was by far the nicest Motor Coach I’ve ever been on.”

Photos by Rudy Ortiz
Edited by Marcus Jackson

The Carolina Cup: A Southern Tradition

Carolina Cup



Carolina Cup – A Southern Tradition Perfect

The Carolina Cup horse race is a rite of spring for many in the southeast.  The annual steeplechase style horseracing event is held at Springdale Race Course in Camden, South Carolina.  Over 65,000 fans have a great time each year at this event.

Fashions of the Carolina Cup

Horse Racing is a huge draw still throughout the southeast for more than just the horses as attendees come dressed to the nines.  Men can be seen in great spring attire including Seersucker suits, oxford shirts with ties, and pastel shirts.  Women come dressed as if it is a fashion event with their best sundresses, highest heeled shoes, and oversized hat.  You had better come dressed to impress for this event, as everyone else will be with spectacular people watching abound.

Before The Race: Carolina Cup Tailgate

Before the race you can expect a large tailgate that rivals that of many of the SEC Football games. Fraternities and Sororities from across the southeast come to the event many of which come to Carolina Cup via Charter buses.  Groups coming to the event bring a variety of tents, coolers and grill all to ensure the tailgate is a success.  Traveling by a Charter bus is a great way to get your entire group to and from the Carolina Cup safely.

No glass containers are allowed on the premises for safety purposes, as dropped glass can be dangerous for all around.

Remember to bring lots of water as it can often be hot weather on race day.

Carolina Cup Tickets

People and groups interested in buying Tickets can Purchase tickets Here .  The pricing for Tickets to the Carolina Cup currently range from  $25 for General admission up to  $800 for tickets that include room for a tent  and two parking spaces. Please do not hesitate to check out the official Carolina cup website for ticketing information.

This event is one of the best and most travelled to spring events in the South. We have sent many groups over to the cup and can help make sure everyone has a safe and fun day at the track!

If you are interested in grabbing a charter bus and heading to the event, head over to BusBank.com to get a quote.

Image Credit: Wagsomedog


When Bad Weather Arises, Safety First


Hope they had snow tires.

With the recent frigid weather occurrences across the Midwest and Northeast burying weary travelers with delays, traffic congestion and other transportation-related problems. We here at the BusBank adhere to the safety of our customer’s well being, making sure your safety is the main priority in situations much like this month’s “Polar Vortex” is part of our job.

We asked Sr. Sales Executive, Mark LaRocca, on what happens when dangerous weather conditions arise during your trip and whether the trip is delayed. “You just have to be honest.  If the driver / dispatch manager is uncomfortable with the weather conditions, you can’t make them drive it. I preach the safety of the riders as the reason we need to reschedule. 95% of the time that works. When you say you are cancelling for the safety of your riders and liability reasons, it tends to go over well. They then feel like they are putting their passengers in a dangerous situation if they force the trip.”

It isn’t rare that we’ll get transportation issues due to poor weather conditions; many of the operators we work with understand the harsh conditions of traveling in bad weather, which is why we notify our customers of the conditions in these situations. And whether our customers wish to find alternative options for the customer, their safety will always be our primary focus as we plan your trip.

Photo provided by Thom C.
Edited by Marcus Jackson.

Auburn Vegas to BCS Bus

Mid Game Pano @ Auburn, Alabama

Due to a high amount of demand, we are excited to announce a special ticketing program for the BCS Bus. The BusBank has setup a ticketing website to allow for Auburn Tigers fans to purchase tickets for a seat on a Luxury Charter Bus that will take vans from Las Vegas to Pasadena on the date of the game.

The luxury bus will be equipped with a restroom, high back reclining seats, TV/DVD player and will allow fans to bring their own food and drinks on board. Alcoholic beverages are allowed on board, but please refrain from bringing any glass containers onboard for safety purpose.

To learn more about this special bus charter for Auburn Tigers Fans Click Here  or Purchase Tickets Below!

If you would like to speak with a person about the Auburn BCS Bus trip, please call Rudy Ortiz at (866)428-7226 ext.6164

War Eagle!


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