What to Consider When Renting a Party Bus

Party bus rentals come in all shape and sizes and vary in sizes, ranging from 12 to 50 passengers. They can be used for a variety of events including weddings, birthdays, holiday parties, wine and brewery tours, sporting events, corporate events and many more.

Here are 7 helpful tips to make sure whatever the destination, your party bus rental is perfect.

1. Plan & Research

party buses are in high demand and if you are going to a popular concert, sporting event or holiday party, there is a chance it’ll be a busy night to rent a party bus.

We recommend securing your rental at least 4-6 weeks in advance to ensure you get the best bus available with all of the amenities you want. Cheaper does not mean better! Transportation is an expensive business when done safely and correctly.

Don’t be tempted to save a few dollars by going with a cheap party bus company because the chances are, you will receive a poor service and an old, cheap vehicle. Safety is not something worth risking, and it is important to research the company thoroughly before booking. Have you checked their yelp reviews and CHP rating?

2. Group Size

Like any party, you need to know how many people will be attending. As per CA law, the quantity of people who can ride the on each party bus is restricted to a maximum capacity. This is important because you don’t want to rent an 20 passenger party bus and have 25 people in your group because our drivers cannot legally permit more people onboard than the legal capacity.

This ensures the quality of service, a comfortable experience and most importantly, that we are operating legally and safely. Know your headcount before you pick the party bus.

3. Organizing Your Event

This may seem obvious as you are renting a party bus for your special event, but many rentals have multiple destinations and it is very important for us to know the total length of time you need to rent our vehicle for.

The average party bus rental is extended by 30 minutes and more than 25% of all party bus rentals get extended by more than 90 minutes. So when planning your night, assume you will go longer and factor that into your evening plans. Let your PBG sales rep know so they can help plan your route for your party bus event in LA or OC. 

4. Cost

The bigger the group, the more cost effective it becomes to rent a party bus! Many people rent party buses as a group (PartyBusGroup ..get it!), sharing the cost. So if you are the organizer, make sure you understand the entire cost for the evening to make sure everyone can contribute evenly.

Make sure you understand the hourly rate and you ask about gratuity or other taxes, service or overtime fees.

5. Rules & Regulations

The Party Bus Group makes every effort to maintain a high standard and the quality of our product. Our product being our vehicles! Smoking cigarettes and hot / messy foods leave a bad smell and can damage the interior of our buses, so we do not permit either onboard. California law is the second factor to take into consideration.

It is very clear when it comes to minors and alcohol onboard limousines and buses. If there is any alcohol or drugs present or found at the time of boarding, during the trip, or any one passenger appears intoxicated the company is required by law to terminate the trip without refund.

6. Alcohol

If you are renting a party bus for an adult group, then there is a fair likelihood that alcohol will be consumed. Licensed party bus companies in California operate under strict regulations governed by the Public Utilities Commission and must have an active TCP number.

This license ensures we are in compliance with all the rules and regulations and possess valid Commercial Liability insurance for our vehicles and passengers, so you can legally consume alcohol. So make sure you check to make sure the company you are renting from has an active TCP license number.

7. Fun Stuff!

All of our buses come equipped with large bar areas, stocked with plenty of ice, waters and cups for your party. Before your event it is often much easier to transport all your refreshments on coolers on and off the party bus rather than loading them on separately.

Most buses also have large storage areas to leave excess drinks, snacks and personal belongings Although all of our buses have satellite radio, you may prefer to bring your own music on your iPod to our AUX or a mix CD. It’s a great idea to make a playlist in advance so you’re group has all their favorite tunes playing throughout the event!

The average party bus rental is more than 5 hours and people get hungry. Even if your night out includes dinner, light snacks are a great addition as the party goes into the evening.

As you can tell, there’s a lot to consider but even just planning a few things out ahead can make the entire experience that much better. Feel free to contact us below with any questions you might have or to get pricing for your next party bus.

Party Bus Group Orange County
7044 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA 92841
(855) 500-7001

Party Bus Group Los Angeles
2234 Barry Ave #103
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(213) 401-2760

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