Short-term minibus hire

Ford Transit Castle MinibusShort-term minibus hire is a great way for schools to solve the problem of additional vehicles without a long-term commitment. And it’s not just minibuses; you can hire vehicles including cars, vans and minibuses from Castle from one month to a year.

We try to be as flexible as we can and can usually extend or reduce short-term hire agreements to suit your changing needs. Our ‘term-time’ contracts are increasingly popular for schools that need an additional vehicle for a certain amount of time in the school year or are perhaps testing out a new route to bring pupils into school. Self-drive minibus hire is proving increasingly popular as the needs of schools change throughout the year.

With Castle Minibus you’re in expert hands with our understanding of all that’s involved in hiring a school minibus or vehicle, the licences required, additional Section 19 Permits and insurance. Our dedicated team will help you every step of the way.

After feedback from schools that they were struggling to get insurance for self-drive short-term minibus or vehicle hire we are pleased to now be able to offer competitive insurance cover under-written by First Insurance.

Safety First

Castle only provide factory-built minibuses, as opposed to light-weight vehicles that have been retro-fitted as minibuses to keep their weight down. Therefore, all drivers of vehicles with 17 seats supplied by Castle will need to have a D1 entitlement.

Reduce your insurance premiums

Castle Minibus offer insurance to our short-term minibus hire and leasing customers. If you attend Castle’s minibus compliance course and complete the Green Light Review you will be entitled to a further 10% discount on your insurance premiums as you will have proven your commitment to safer drivers and will have an increased awareness of safety issues.  Read more about our insurance policies

Short-term hire
  • Delivery within 24hrs with 600 centres across the UK*

  • Delivery and collection included as standard

  • No deposit

  • Insurance available

  • Dedicated team to help organise everything

*subject to vehicle availability





Small Car (3dr 1.2 litre)





Small Van (Citroën Berlingo type)





Medium Van (Short wheel base Transit or equivalent)





Large Van (Long wheel base Transit or equivalent)





Luton Van (Box Body)





9-seat Minibus (Transit or equivalent)





12-seat Minibus (Transit or equivalent)





14-seat Minibus (Transit or equivalent)





17-seat Minibus* (Transit or equivalent)





Please note, all prices given are guide prices and are exclusive of VAT

* requires a D1 licence to drive

Call today to see what we can do for you 01869 253744

Industry standard reassurance

Castle Minibus is a member of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and are regularly inspected under their quality assurance programme.

Under this regulatory body, Castle Minibus must ‘maintain industry standards and regulatory compliance’ as part of the agreed code of conduct, so you can rest assured that all our advice is subject to regular inspection.

Contact us today

For assistance with the administration of your school transport vehicles and minibus safety inspections, call one of our dedicated compliance team on 01869 253744 or email

We would be delighted to answer any questions you have and provide a no obligation quote.

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