How much does renting a limousine cost?

National average: $215

$90

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$215

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$510

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The average cost for a chauffeur is $215. You are likely to spend between $90 and $510 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Limousines are available for rent for a wide range of special events including weddings, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, school field trips, prom, sporting events, concert attendance, business events, and more. Types of limousines offered include stretch limousines, SUV limos, luxury sedans and classic cars. Driving service may be one way, round trip or multilocation, and limos can also serve as a shuttle back and forth between two locations during an event. Several factors affect the cost of a limousine rental.

Hourly rate

Many limo rental services operate with an hourly rate for their various vehicles with a minimum number of hours required to book. The reason for the minimum requirement is that when a booking is fewer than three or four hours, it is not cost-effective for a company to prepare the car with ice and beverages, properly clean the car and then dispatch a driver for just a short time. In general, the larger or more exotic the vehicle, the higher the hourly rate. For example, The Limo Guy in Dallas, Texas, charges the following rates based on vehicle, with a four-hour minimum rental on Fridays and Saturdays:

  • Standard limousine: $85 per hour

  • Stretch Hummer: $125 per hour

  • Party bus: $125 per hour

Set rates

Some companies have specific pricing for pickup and drop-off services, such as to and from concerts or sports games. For example, Red Rocks Limo in Denver charges $400 for drop-off and pickup at one location in a Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine that seats 10 people. These rates do not apply to prom night.

Time of day

Evening rentals generally have higher hourly rates or require a higher number of minimum hours than daytime rentals because demand is greater. Many parties, proms and other special events are held in the evening. As the number of limo requests increase, the cost for services also increases. Daytime fares can be just as high as evening rates during special daytime events or holidays when demand is high. The Limo Guy charges $125 per hour for a stretch Hummer, with a minimum four-hour rental before 5 p.m. for a total cost of $500. After hours, the minimum goes up to five hours and a $625 total cost.

Day of week

Weekend limo rentals are more in demand than weekday rentals. For this reason, the cost per hour and often the minimum number of hours required to rent increases on Fridays and Saturdays. The Limo Guy charges $85 per hour for standard limousine rental. On weekdays, the minimum number of hours depends on the location of services. On Friday and Saturday nights, the company requires a four-hour minimum rental for $340.

Gratuity

Depending on the rental company, the driver’s gratuity may be included in the bill or it may be up to the discretion of the passengers—always clarify beforehand. The Limo Guy sets things up so that passengers can add the tip in afterwards when paying by credit card, but the company encourage customers to tip the driver directly in cash when possible and that 20 percent is customary for a job well done.

Cleaning charge

Costs increase when the company has to provide out-of-the-ordinary maintenance or cleaning such as cleaning up vomit and repairing damage to the vehicle interior, exterior or windows. Costs vary based on the extent of the damage. The Limo Guy charges a $150 cleaning fee for extenuating circumstances. If repairs are needed, the company charges customers for all damages.

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Recent reviews

Jackson Transportation Services LLC

Jackson Transportation Services is an affordable company with room for improvement. Mr. Jackson arrived on time. He had our requested of alcoholic beverage and he had a clean, well presented party bus. Mr. Jackson was polite and presented hisself well. The issue I had was with the party bus bathroom. Mr. Jackson bathroom did not work which cost a number of problems in the trip. Mr Jackson stated that there will be red carpet for the birthday boy but there was not any red carpet put out. Overall, I will recommend him for his affordable price. However, I think he should address those issues.

Premier Limo Services Inc.

The limo was great, fun lights, very nice interior! Our driver, Prince, got our music hooked up and took us to multiple destinations safely. We had a GREAT time!

Elite Transportation

This was a great experience. It started with quick, efficient, polite responses to my initial query and subsequent questions. Our trip from the airport home for our family of nine (with four kiddos six and under!) was stress-free, just what we needed after a hectic family ski vacation and a long flight. The shuttle service itself was outstanding. Our driver William was at the airport waiting for us and contacted us via text to let us know where he was. William helped us with all the bags and car seats, drove safely and smoothly, was very polite and personable, and made sure we were settled in and happy. The Sprinter van was immaculate, roomy, very comfortable, and spotlessly clean. The price was reasonable - in fact, probably less than what it would have cost us to take two taxis home. We will definitely use Elite Transportation for our next big family vacation.