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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 Florence party bus professionals
Thumbtack Customer
I recently rented a party bus from Simms for a work function and had a great experience from start to finish. Ernest was quick in his replies and was very accommodating with our requests. The price was well worth the quality of the bus as well as the top notch service of the driver, Larry. He was punctual, friendly, and made sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely use Simms again and recommend them to anyone.
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Thumbtack Customer
I would really love to give a 5 stars. However, few things just were not so right. The auxiliar cable was broken and it started making the music sound so weird. The driver tried to help as much as possible but that is not his fault either. The owner of this company should make sure to have backup for this situations. Our driver was Sidney, nice driver. On time(5min late because of crazy LA traffic) he kept me upsated all the time. When I talked to Ernest he told me we will have soda, ice, water and champagne in the bus. I asked if it would be enough and he said yes. One bottle not enough for 15 people, anyways we walked to the liquor store in the corner and got extras. But, when I got to the party bus, the champagne was not in the ice and it was not cold. They forgot to put it in there before. And they did because I asked for it. At the end of the night they charged me the extra 30minutes so make sure you tell your party to hurry up so you dont get extra charges. I appreciate the favt that the party bus is actually better than the pictures. The seats are so comfortable and it looks very nice. I hosted a bachelorette party at the party bus and we had a lot of fun, we decorated a little bit and brought some snacks as well. With fee little details they can work on to make it even better I still recommend this company. They have good deals and they can do better for sure. Enjoy it!
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Thumbtack Customer
The driver was wonderful - friendly, welcoming and a safe driver. And the bus was everything we hoped and dreamed it would be. My friend's party could not have been better and it was in large part due to Simms! They were so easy to work with and had really reasonable rates!
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Michael S.
Sapphire limosines was awesome! We got the 15 passenger party bus, and had an absolute blast! We only had a simple round trip for 14 people from our house to a restaurant where we were celebrating my wife's birthday. I didn't want to have to take 3 or 4 ubers, and I didn't want anyone driving, so I had the idea of hiring a party bus. I wondered if it was even going to be worth it, and thought it might be tacky or embarrassing (we are adults after all...in our 40's/50's) but I figured I would at least make some calls. Initially I had a hard time finding one because prom season was beginning. Many places said I would need to have a six or eight hour minimum rental, and I only barely needed four. Through Thumbtack I was put in touch with Sapphire Limosine Services, and Enrique was prompt to respond and polite and easy to deal with over email as we worked out the details. On the night in question, we had cocktails and appetizers starting at 6:30, and the bus due to arrive at 8:00 to take us to the restaurant. Enrique showed up ten minutes early and was super polite and friendly. When I could finally get all the guests motivated to leave (they helped clean up-I love these guys!) they grabbed some more champagne and tequila and we all boarded the bus and instantly took the party to the next level! A friend connected his phone and the music and dancing began. Champagne was flowing and laughter filled the party bus. We made it right on time for our reservation at dinner, and if we weren't so hungry I think it would have been hard to get us to leave the bus! After a delicious mean, and almost three hours later we got back on the bus and I wished we lived further away because after dinner it was even more fun!! We will definitely do this again and make more use of the bus....club hopping or something like that. The bus was spotless, the sound and lighting were great, and Enrique could not have been a nicer guy and was a perfect and safe driver. What I was worried about being "tacky" turned into the highlight of the evening and my wife and our friends could not have had a better time! Thank you Enrique and Sapphire Limosine Service!
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Hannah L.
I hired Simms for a birthday party - an unconventional one that included a lot of stops! Earnest got me on the phone right away and made scheduling a snap. William, the driver, was such a joy. He was a real pro when it came to parking in tough and crowded areas and made sure that everything went perfectly. The bus itself was very nice, complete with lights and screens -- and a complimentary bottle of champagne. I will DEF be hiring them again!
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