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Epic Luxury Rides
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Alicia N.
Verified review

The driver was excellent. We had such a fun night in the party bus. The bus arrived on time and there was never a hitch, so we felt we were in good hands. The bus was not in five-star condition and things like the "breathalyzer" machine and the climate control didn't work.

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Toya F.
Verified review

Capital Party Bus and Limousine Services was Amazing! I hired them for my children's graduation and they were prompt, efficient and the bus was immaculate. I would recommend them to everyone reading this review. I will be hiring them for all my events. By the way, our driver knew his way around the city(so not to burn time being lost)and was courteous, very friendly, helpful and patient with connecting our music to the Bluetooth on the bus. Their service is unparalleled!

Premier Party Bus
from 5 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah A.
Verified review

Had a great time with Mark and Premier Party Bus. Will definitely use him for all our party bus experiences in the future.

Red Ride Party Bus
from 1 review
  • 9 years in business
Tati P.
Verified review

This is a great company, highly underrated, and I would definitely recommend them. Party Bus service is top notch! Very friendly, professional, and on time. Our party is always satisfied with them. They've gotten a bad rap though, because of some reviews on yelp, but those reviews don't give them justice. If you look at the 3 pages of "not recommended" reviews, those are the real ones. You can find and contact the people there, like the Arts Center to verify it.


Southern Express is a new company from the ground and up! We are truly a new generation of motor coach carrier. Every coach in our fleet is a late model, high-deck Setra by Mercedes motor coach. For your convenience, every coach is WiFi, DVD and refrigerator-equipped.


Weddings proms Bachelor parties private parties and events

  • 4 years in business

Red Ride is a first-class, dependable limo/party bus transportation service serving the triangle area. We provide chauffeured, safe, private transportation for your wedding, prom, bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday party, sporting event and much, more! We offer the finest in ground transportation services in the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham and the Triangle. Our highly maintained late-model fleet of fuel efficient Taxi Cabs, Luxurious Limos and Unique Party Buses to get you where you need to be 24 hrs a day. Our white glove limo service with our fantastic 8 person stretch limo with get you and your group to any special event or night out on the town in style. Red Ride Party Bus-Carrying you and 16 to 20 people in a unique party atmosphere. Let your hair down and relax.

  • 10 years in business

At Capital City Tours, the safety and comfort of our passengers is our priority! Our fleet of modern and deluxe motor coaches goes through a rigorous maintenance program to ensure your safety and comfort. Capital City Tours has been welcoming visitors to the Raleigh, NC, area for seven years, and your satisfaction is paramount to us. Our business is pleasing customers, and our employees always strive to give prompt, friendly and courteous service and personal attention. We are locally owned and operated.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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.

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