How do I check in? Do I need a physical ticket?

Updated Nov 1, 2022

All riders should have printed or digital versions of the order emails which include a QR code which will be used to check them in.  Drivers will be checking in students as they board. In the event that there is an issue with the QR code, students should be prepared to provide the rider name associated with their booking as a backup.

Do I have to specify which on-campus pickup I want during booking? Will I be guaranteed a seat?

When booking your ride, you DO NOT need to specify which on-campus pickup you want to use.  Simply be at your pickup at the specified time.  The times shown on tickets and emails are for the FIRST on-campus pickup.  The website will tell you how much later the next pickups occur.  No matter your choice, your seat is guaranteed and will not be given away to another passenger.

If I'm late, will the bus wait for me?

The bus will leave promptly at the scheduled time with or without all reserved passengers. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure to check in and load luggage.

If I don't show up for the first leg of my trip, will my second leg be cancelled?

We always appreciate a heads up when you are not planning to ride the bus home but if you are a no-show on your ride home from school, your ride back to school will not be affected.

Are there assigned seats?

There is no assigned seating on college break trips.

How many suitcases can I bring?

Each passenger may bring 1 large suitcase (no more than 40 lbs please) to store underneath the motorcoach. Under no circumstances should luggage exceed 50 pounds. If luggage exceeds 50 pounds, the guest will be responsible for handling their heavy luggage throughout the trip. A carry on (tote or backpack) may be brought onboard. Make sure to place your name and contact information inside and on your suitcases and carry-ons.

How can I get on the same bus as my friend?

Often times, there are multiple buses going to the same destination at the same time. If you want to ensure you will travel together, please make one reservation for multiple people.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be made 21 or more days prior to departure date (if round trip, departure date is considered first travel date) to receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Cancellations 20 or less days prior to departure are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Can I transfer my ticket?

Tickets are non-transferable from our end.

If you want to give/sell your ticket to another person, they will need to check in with the original rider’s QR code (and as a back up, use the original rider’s name). All communication including confirmation emails will be sent to the original person who booked the ticket who would be responsible for forwarding any updates or communications.

Is my ride confirmed?

Before you book your ride, there will be notification about how many riders the trip needs to be confirmed. # of riders booked will be visible during the booking process.
Rides confirmations may change based if the number of riders falls below the minimum.

I can't find my confirmation email.

Approximately one week before the departure date, you will receive a detailed email with the exact time, pick up and drop off location, and any other pertinent information regarding your ride. One day before your ride, you will receive another confirmation email. As you can see, we really don’t want you to miss your ride!

Is there a restroom on the bus?

Yes! Every bus has a restroom.

What amenities does the bus have? WiFi and power outlets?

The buses have free Wi-Fi, power outlets and a bathroom.

Our Wi-Fi service can accommodate basic internet browsing and checking/sending e-mails. Since this is a shared service with limited bandwidth, please refrain from streaming video, audio and file downloads as a courtesy to other passengers. In addition, overall connection speed may be affected by the number of Wi-Fi users on the bus.

How close to departure can I book a ride?

You can purchase tickets right up until the trip’s departure as long as there is availability.

Can I purchase rides through my college?

No, all rides must be booked through the College Break Bus site.

Are the buses wheelchair accessible?

If you plan on traveling with a wheelchair, please email [email protected] at least 48 hours prior to departure so we can accommodate you.

How many pick-up/drop-off stops will the bus make?

Buses are scheduled to make no more than 5 stops within a route. Most trips have 3 stops.

Will the bus make a rest stop?

For trips of over 3 hours, you can expect that a rest stop will be made for no more than 15 minutes. We leave this up to the discretion of the driver. Please make sure you bring snacks and water to hold you over until your destination.

Can non-students travel on the bus?

College Break Buses are available to students only. Students at neighboring colleges are welcome to take the break bus.

Can I purchase more than 1 ride for a single departure date?

You can purchase as many rides as you would like (based on availability).

Can I bring my service animal on the bus?

Starr welcomes registered service animals onboard our buses. If you are traveling with a service animal, please notify us by emailing [email protected].

Under Department of Transportation (DOT) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations at 49 C.F.R. Section 37.3, a “service animal” is defined as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.” Emotional support animals, therapy animals and pets are not permitted.

Do you offer a referral program?

Stay tuned! While we don’t have anything in place right now, we are working on this 🙂

Should I tip my driver?

Drivers are always appreciative of your gratuities. Should you wish to extend your appreciation, please tip the driver in cash or venmo @collegebreakbus with the trip date, college name and route color (if applicable).

Is alcohol allowed on the bus?

Alcohol IS NOT allowed on the bus. It can be transported in your luggage and stored underneath the bus.

How do I know which bus I'm assigned to?

If we have multiple buses departing to and from the same location at the same time, we will send an email letting you know which bus you have been assigned to. All bus assignments are final. We will have signs in the window announcing which bus is going where. Please make sure you board the correct bus.

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