Booking a party bus for a birthday, bachelor or bachelorette party may seem like a great way to book both a party location and transportation efficiently, but there are several factors to consider before you board the bus for a night of debauchery. By being proactive about details when booking your party bus, you’ll eliminate any last minute issues from popping up during the night of the event.
While renting a bus for the night may seem like an easy, run of the mill process, the intricacies involved are surprising. In addition to ensuring the driver and vehicle are insured, every detail of the reservation needs to be confirmed in advance. This includes what kind of bus you’re renting (with seats, minimal seats, open top, etc), how many people can fit, where you’ll be picked up and dropped off, and if the driver will make stops at a party goer’s request. Be sure to read through your contract with the company and speak to a representative to make sure all the details are set in stone.
Food and Drinks
Some buses include food and drinks as part of their packages, while others do not include them at all. If food and drink from the bus company are an option, look into the prices of those packages and compare them to other rates. If you don’t want to use the services provided by the bus company, or the company doesn’t offer food and drinks, ask if you can bring your own. This can bring down the cost significantly if you provide certain foods, and ask guests to bring what they want as well.
Though you may plan this out with a representative before the event, confirm the route with your party bus driver. There could be a chance that they’re not aware of where you planned to go, or may have a better idea of easier routes for large buses. By double-checking this detail, you won’t be left confused and waiting for a bus to show up with all your guests.
Everyone has different musical tastes, but determining what/where music will play from on the bus is crucial. Music will help put guests at ease, and keep the party going as you drive around town, so make sure you know who will be selecting and playing the music. And if you can provide your own music, ask what sort of sound system they have, so you have any additional supplies necessary.
This is obviously an important step in the party bus booking process. Without knowing the price, how will you know if you’re getting a good deal? Buses will charge either a flat or hourly rate, but some may throw in additional charges for fuel, tip, and going over your allotted time. Compare prices from various bus companies and weigh the pros and cons before making your final decision.