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What is in a party bus?

A party bus can be a fun and safe way to transport a group of people to or from an event. A party bus can be anything from a retrofitted school bus complete with disco lights, to an upscale shuttle service, to a stretch Hummer with a full bar. What is inside a party bus depends on the company you hire and what you are looking for. Many party buses have bars in them, complete with glassware, ice bins and mini fridges. Often party buses have festive lighting like strobe lights, black lights, dimmable lighting and track lighting on the floor. A party bus usually has loudspeakers in the back for en route dancing and may even have a dancing pole in the center. Some states require seat belts in party buses and decree that all passengers must be seated when the vehicles are moving, so there must be a seat for each passenger. To make sure you know what you are paying for, request photos of the inside and outside of the exact vehicle you are hiring. Also make sure you have all fees and details of what is and is not covered in a written contract.

How much does it cost to rent a party bus?

Party bus prices vary based on the size of party bus you want, the time of day and day of the week you need, and the length of time that you want to rent the bus. The national average price to rent a party bus is $530-$700. Party bus prices can also be affected by where in the country you live. Bigger cities, like New York, have higher fees for insurance, licensing and tolls than a smaller town might, plus a higher cost to do business, so party bus prices will typically be higher than in smaller cities.

The size and luxury of the party bus you want will affect the price. For example, a 10-passenger vehicle could cost $100 per hour, a 14-passenger vehicle could cost $125 per hour, and a 20-passenger vehicle could cost $150 per hour. Party bus prices will also be dictated by the season or holidays. Rental on New Year’s Eve will be much more expensive than on a Tuesday afternoon in November. Most rental companies have a minimum number of hours you must rent, often starting around four hours. The longer you rent, the higher the price. The distance you travel can also affect cost. For example, a driving tour through wine country can cost more than a bar-hopping party through town — even for the same number of hours — due to the additional fuel required to drive the longer distance. Messy party guests can also increase your party bus price. Broken glass, major spills, or damage to the vehicle’s interior or exterior will all be billed to the customer. A company may have a base rate of $150 for excessive cleaning, plus additional charges for actual damage.

How much do you tip for a party bus?

When you rent a party bus, it’s industry standard to tip the driver 15 percent to 20 percent of the rental cost. Some rental companies include a gratuity for the driver as a line item on the bill, while others leave tipping to the discretion of the passengers. Often party bus drivers are employees of the rental company, and are not seeing most of the money you paid to hire the ride for the night. You should consider the tip as a standard part of your total party bus price. The job of the party bus driver is to keep you and the other passengers safe, ensure your comfort, and get you to your destinations on time (barring outside factors like weather or unpredicted traffic). Party bus drivers are usually the ones who stock and prep the bus with ice, drinks, and other requested items before picking you up. They are also usually tasked with cleaning the vehicle after you and your guests are done for the night. Ask your rental company whether a tip is included in the quoted price, and be sure to be prepared with cash or the ability to tip by credit card after the event. Of course, tipping is not required (unless it is a written part of a contract you agreed to), and if you had problems with the driver, you don’t have to tip. But if you had a nice time, consider tipping well. And if your guests were extra rowdy and messy, add a few extra dollars to your tip to acknowledge the driver’s extra work cleaning up after you.

Reviews for Scottsdale party bus professionals
Thumbtack Customer
We booked the party bus last minute to go to a concert. The driver showed up early and was extremely nice. However, he did first go the wrong direction as he was told to go to Ak-chin casino instead of the music pavilion. We didnt realize until we were already 20 minutes into the drive. Then, while we were on the correct route to the concert, the bus just died. We pulled off to the side of the road for a few minutes while he kept trying to restart it. I believe it overheated or something. Also, the air conditioning in the bus did not seem to be working as it was really hot in there. We did finally end up getting to the concert and he was there waiting when it was time to go home. Although we had a couple of hiccups, we did get to and from our destination and the actual experience on the bus was fun.
Bigelow Limousine & Party Bus ServiceBigelow Limousine & Party Bus Service
Steven H.
John was wonderful to work with leading up to our party date. Kevin, our driver, was on time and very professional. We ended up extending an hour longer than planned and they were able to accommodate without issue. A group of 16 of us had a fantastic time! Bus was plenty large enough for the group and very clean. Sound system is top notch!! Thanks again!
Bigelow Limousine & Party Bus ServiceBigelow Limousine & Party Bus Service
Brock K.
Our event was behind schedule, but James was in the parking lot on time, waiting to give us a ride. Unfortunately, the bus didn’t have A/C or the stereo hookup working at the time. It was a relatively mild November day, and we had a relatively short route and an easygoing crew, so this didn’t become a huge issue. We popped open the windows and improvised some speakers with our phones and some solo cups. But, it wasn’t ideal. James was accommodating of our party, allowing us to grab a few drinks from the coolers onboard, which really brightened the spirits of the gang. And the biggest factor for me was that James got us through our route on time. We had a pretty tight schedule with Post-wedding photos at Papago Park, and then had to get up to the venue to beat the crowd for the reception. James picked a route to beat the rush hour traffic and delivered us ahead of our guests. And that made all the difference. All in all, the service was fantastic. The bus itself wasn’t up to snuff this time around. A few mechanical tweaks would have made this ride a perfect experience.
Arizona Bus CompanyArizona Bus Company
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