Friday, 5 June 2015

Cheap Minibus and Coach Hire?

Useful points to consider when booking a minibus or a coach with an operator.  

Do you prefer to go for the cheapest option of Minibus or Coach Hire?

We fully understand that everyone is looking to secure the best possible purchase, no matter what you are buying a service or a product. Here are a couple of factors to help you make the best choice when booking private transport from any operator.

When looking to secure private transport - We as a transport provider feel cheapest option is not always best. 

Here's why:

The only way a reputable minibus and coach operator would provide you with a cheap price is if the hire they are quoting for fits in with another hire or any other viable reason to reduce the cost such as the vehicle is in the same area at the same time. Other than the mentioned above we Good value service comes at a price.

The Standard of Vehicle can reduce or increase the price?

To ensure A1 Minibus and Coach Service can stay competitive in our industry we provide various standards of transport including Standard, Club Class and Executive travel. The standard option of travel is the cheapest and the executive option the most expensive.

Please ask questions. 
If you are given a cheap price, please take a minute to ask why the price is so cheap. If you have called around more than one minibus and coach operator let the cheapest operator know the prices you have been quoted and ask them to justify why their price is so cheap? Are they desperate for the work or is there a valid reason. Ask the operator if the driver holds the proper license to drive the size of vehicle, are they properly insured? If the operator isn't insured then unfortunately you are not insured to travel in their vehicle.

If a Coach operator is pricing to cut other operators prices then they are not likely to value the service they are providing.

It is a true saying "If you don't value the service you provide no one will".

We value the service we provide because..

A1 Minibus and Coach Service employ a team of highly motivated and friendly individuals, therefore we pay a price for this which is reflected in our service we provide. All our drivers are trained to cover the type of work they are undertaking may it be working with vulnerable adults or children, each driver holds a CPC certificate which is a legal compliance. All our vehicles are covered by the proper insurance and maintained to a high standard - Your safety is paramount to us!

We have 5 departments that make up A1 Coaches

1. Sales, 2. Operations, 3. Maintenance, 4. Finance, 5. Stock Control

These departments all work closely together to ensure the smoothest possible customer experience.

What we consider when we are pricing your hire.

The Standard of Vehicle, The Date of your hire (Weekends are more expensive), The destination, The time of leaving and returning (Time vehicle is away from base), The seating capacity of the vehicle, Drivers working hours, Collection points and drop off points, Any special requirements i.e wheelchair accessible etc.

We hope you have found this information useful and also that we have given you somethings to think about when you are booking private transport.

If we can help with anything else - please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 01592 713443 or email

Have a great day!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Transport to Foo Fighters Concert from Fife

Travelling to Foo Fighters Concert? 

Unsure how to get there? 

A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD can help! 

With Collection points throughout Fife, Scotland including St Andrews, Cupar, Anstruther, Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Leven, and Glenrothes we will take the stress out of your journey! We will collect you from your collection point take you as near to the venue as possible then return you back to the same drop off point. 

You will have no stressful direction problems, parking problems or finding your way back to your car at the end as our office will provide you with our drivers mobile number so you can make contact with him if you do happen to loose your way back to the bus. 

A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD have it all covered!

 If you would like to book on our transport to Foo Fighters at Murrayfield Stadium please use this link

Call 01592 713443 or email

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Every Business Should take advice from the New Google App Advert

A Question?

Wow! I love the new #google App advert.

A #question is the most powerful force in the world. A question can start you on an adventure. A question can spark a connection, A question can change how you see the world, A question can take you anywhere #searchon #listen


A Question Can start you on an adventure - This is true all you have to do is ask!
A Question can spark a connection - When you ask a question you never know who is going to answer you, who ever it maybe this creates a connection for you to build a relationship.
A question can change how you see the world - Ask anything you want to know and be educated with something you never already knew about the world. Learn something new every day!

Asking questions relating to your industry can create relationships leading to potential business.

The google app advert has certainly motivated and inspired me to ask more questions!!

Wow I really really liked the Advert!

Go Google.............

Colleen x

Minibus and Coach Hire Company in Fife, Scotland that you can trust.

A1 Coaches listening to their customers and try to give them exactly what they are looking for in a transport provider!

A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD are a Minibus and Coach operator who provide a friendly, reliable, professional service to their customers from the first point of contact.

What makes us different from other minibus and coach operators? 

Normally customers come to A1 because a friend has recommended us or we have been found on the Internet whilst searching for our company. From the first point of contact with our friendly Sales Administrators we will give you confidence that you are in safe hands. The Company is segmented into 5 departments, these are listed below to give you an insight into how A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD is put together:

Sales Department - Our lovely Sales Administrators handle your booking up until the moment you confirm your booking then you are placed in the Safe hands of our Operations Department.
Maintenance Department - Our Maintenance team looks after our fleet of vehicles ensuring they are kept up to the best standards possible for our customers.
Operations Department - Katrina in our Operations department will allocate you with a Bus and a Driver to you hire, Katrina will also be in touch to inform you of your drivers name and mobile number incase you need to make contact with them.
Finance Department - Takes care of all credit and debits to the company as well as budget setting and monitoring.
Stock Control Department - Keeps control of all stock, including vehicles and parts.

A1 Coaches grow their stuff with the business, we truly believe if you do not look after your staff they will not look after our business.

We try our hardest to build up long term relationships with out customers to show them that we truly a company with a vision and we are fuelled by passion.

Here is a presentation I used within my Rotary Job Talk presentation, I was trying to give my fellow Rotarian's a brief insight of our company and make them aware that we always try and include that element of fun into our business.

To enquire about Minibus or Coach hire please visit our website or call 01592 713443.

We look forward to having you onboard real soon.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Transport to T in the Park 2015

Do not worry about getting to and from T in the Park this year! 

It's bye bye Balado, as the 2015 festival moves up the road to Strathallan Castle....

A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD are providing transport to and from Strathallan. This is the safe and stress free way to travel,  our A1 driver will drop you as near as possible to the event and collect you from the same place.

There will be a campers bus travelling up on the Friday and returning on the Monday if you are interested in booking on this coach. T in the park transport will be collecting from Various points across Fife.

Check out the T in the park 2015 line up!

A1 Minibus and Coach Services are offering transport to Scotland's biggest events, festivals and concerts, To find out what other transport we are proving please call 01592 713443 or visit our Whats on Section on our website.

To book your transport to T in the Park 2015 please call 01592 713443 or visit

If you would prefer to hire your own minibus or coach we also provide private hire vehicles from 8 to 72 seat coaches.

We look forward to having you on board soon!

Hen Party Transport

Hen Transport to suit all budgets

If you have the challenging task of organising your friends or your own Hen Night transport - A1 Coaches can help you ease the pain. Infact we will show you that this can be a simple task.

All you need to do is provide us with the destination of your Hen Party, The date you have in mind, the amount of Hen's travelling, where they are being collected from and dropped off on the return journey and a time of departure and return. A1 Minibus and Coach Services will provide you with a vehicle to suit your requirements and budget, we will also provide you with a service second to none!

If you are looking for Ideas for your Hen Night please do not hesitate to give us a call, A1 have a huge amount of Knowledge in providing for Hen Parties so we can recommend some hot spots for your Hen Party.

A1 Coaches provide minibuses and coaches for Hen Parties from 8 seats to 72 seats, A1 are located in Leven in Fife, Scotland.

If you book your hen night transport with A1 Coaches we will also offer you discount of your wedding guest transport. We also offer Wedding Car Packages.

To enquire please visit our website or call us on 01592 713443.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Views of Urquhart Castle from Jacobite Boat Trip

Caught a video of Urquhart Castle whilst enjoying the Jacobite boat trip on Loch Ness 

A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD offer Coach tours to Loch Ness for coach parties of 8 to 72 passengers. 

To enquire call 01592 713443 or email 


55 Seater Coach Hire in Fife, Scotland

Our 55 Seater Coach is suitable for all types of Private Hire including Wedding, Sporting Events, Large Group Tours and much more. 

Offering Minibus and Coach hire from 8 to 72 seaters to Fife and the surrounding areas. 

To enquire call 01592 713443 or email

Beautiful Views of Loch Ness by A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD

Took a wee visit to Loch Ness, the views were pretty amazing! 

Such a nice drive from the Fife area up to Loch Ness! If you are interested in a tour to Loch Ness we offer 8 to 72 Seater minibuses and Coaches for hire. Call A1 Coaches on 01592 713443 or email or visit

35 Seat Coach Hire in Fife, Scotland

This is one of our recent additions to our Fleet of Coaches. This is a Club Class Temsa Opalin Coach. 

This is available for hire from A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD. 
Call 01592 713443


or visit

Saturday, 28 March 2015

16 Seat Minibus Hire in Fife, Scotland

Mercedes Sprinter 16 Seat Minibus Hire

We provide a private hire transport service second to none. This is one of our Mercedes Sprinter 16 Seat minibuses. This vehicle is suitable for Wedding hire, Golfing holidays and Airport Transfers. We offer vehicles from 8 to 72 seats. 

A1 are based in Fife, Scotland but also cover Edinburgh and Dundee.

If you are booking our minibus for your immediate wedding party the exterior and interior of the minibus can be decorated to your choice. Booking a larger vehicle certainly helps to keep the costs down for your wedding transport. We know how costly weddings can be. 

If you were looking for a cheaper option to hire a 16 seat minibus, A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD also offer a Self Drive Minibus hire service. 

To enquire please visit or call 01592 713443

Monday, 23 March 2015

This is not our every day A1 Passenger!

This is not our every day A1 Passenger!

This morning whilst our Driver Ronnie was outside doing his exterior walk round safety check of his double decker coach, he come back to do the interior checks only to find a visitor inside his bus waiting on him. Not your everyday passenger on our A1 buses but it sure did put a smile on everyone's face. 

Thanks to our driver Tony for providing us with these pictures. This really did make our day at A1 Coaches. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Separating the best from the Rest in the Coach Hire Industry

There are many Minibus and Coach Operators in the surrounding areas of Fife, Scotland. 

Particularly in Edinburgh. Every Minibus and Coach operator does business differently... If all the companies operated the same there would be no competition or anything that would differentiate each individual company.

What makes A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD that one step in front of the rest? 

Well, let me explain, Apart from we put our heart and soul into operating the company we are a process based company. This means we have stucture and we have valuable staff members following proceedure noted in our operations manual.

I am very proud and keen to explain as I think it is great for our customer, suppliers and lenders get insight into our operations. This is all the hard work than no one ever sees.

We plan and monitor operations very carefully. However, there is always room for improvement (That is my motto!) but we have worked really hard to make A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD a professional/competent operating company providing a service to our customers that is second to none!.

Our Directors and Transport Manager are leaders within the company but I have listed below the main sections.

We have 5 Main Sections to our company: 

Sales department - Sales administrator Answer calls to customers and direct the other calls in the correct direction.

Operations Department - Operations Manage takes care of allocating Vehicles and Drivers to all our contract and private hire work, liaising with Maintenance on any maintenance planned or unexpected maintenance requirements ensuring our work is always planned and covered as required.

Finance Department - Financial Administrator takes care of all Credits/Debits within the company.

Stock Control - Stock Administrator takes care of all parts/vehicles being purchased/sold to ensure they are counted for and move through the company being tracked.

Maintenance Department - Maintenance Administrator takes care of the fleet ensuring all safety inspections are scheduled and carried out on time, all defects are noted, prioritised and rectified as company requires.

Head Drivers - Head drivers look out for all Hackney and PSV drivers ensuring all staff are fully uniformed, understand their weekly work sheet and answer any questions they may have. Head drivers also manage changes at last minute and organise drivers and vehicles as required.

Mechanics - Maintain our fleet to the highest possible standard as required.

PSV Drivers - Carry out PSV Private hire and contract work as required.

Hackney Drivers - Carry out Hackney Private hire and contract work as required.

Cleaners - Ensure our Fleet (Exterior and Interior) is kept Clean and presentable for our customers.

All the above staff members contribute towards keeping the Wheels turning at A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD. Each one of them are as important as each other. Our Drivers are on the front like as they have the pleasure of meeting and greeting all our customers. Sometimes the office staff only have the pleasure of talking on the phone.

We offer Minibus Hire 8 to 16 Seaters :

Coach Hire 16 to 72 Seaters: 

Wedding Car Hire: 
Rolls Royce, BMW and Jaguars available.

I hope this has given you an insight into our company and how we operate. 

If you have any transport requirements please do not hesitate to getting intouch by calling 01592 713443 or email 

Thanks for taking the time to read my post! 

I hope you have a great day ahead!