Transportation options for a group day trip?

little yellow school bus noseJeff, from the American Outlaws Albany Chapter -- the fan group for the US Men's National Soccer Team -- emails:

July 16th the US Men's Soccer Team has a Gold Cup game at Rentschler Field in Hartford. We have plenty of members (Albany AO chapter) planning to go and many have said they're bringing friends. Originally we were just going to carpool but some beer and prodding led to me agreeing to research transit options.
Realistically we would leave around 2 to 3pm and return soon after the game which would end at 10pm.
Freedom to have some "fun" (music/noise and adult beverages) on board is a huge plus, but value is first concern. I have heard good things about a new company recently but can't find them - I believe they ran a bus from Olde English or Barrel Saloon to SPAC for a concert?

Jeff says they're looking at a group of 20-40 (or more).

Got a transportation suggestion for the group? Please share!


I recently heard of a new service called the Giddy Up Bus that runs from Albany to Saratoga, but it is also available for rentals:

If value is your first concern, this is probably a good bet. Unless you have something against riding in a giant purple bus that says "The Giddy-Up" on the side of it.

The obvious one that comes to mind is Yankee Trails, but they may have tons of restrictions on alcohol etc.

I've taken chartered buses from ALB to Yankees Stadium. Booze never seemed to be a problem.

Brown's bus service and a bunch of others let you rent school buses for very cheap. It's worth calling and asking the different bus serivces. I only now because that's what we did for our wedding :)

Hey guys,
Check out for your next event/trip within New York State!

We just used L&S bus out of Berne. Great people to work with, beautiful buses and the most inexpensive.

These guys might have some ideas.

Thanks for the suggestions. I will start with these recommendations and see what they can offer.

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