It’s time to gather your favorite people and have a night out to remember. Will you enjoy a fabulous dinner in your favorite restaurant, hop in and out of your favorite bars, or even indulge in a show, a spot of comedy or something entirely different? Who will wander off at some point? Who has transport issues? Who will be the designated driver?
Why not do it all, have fun moving from place to place, and eliminate all the logistical difficulties that come with a night out by hiring a party bus?
So, you now know you want to hire a party bus; your next question is how much is a party bus?
Chances are you’ve hit up the search engine and found yourself looking at 70,000 results all giving you a different answer. The fact of the matter is that party bus rental varies in price according to a whole bunch of different variables. It’s impossible to give you a precise answer without a personalized quote. It’s just no one is actually prepared to tell you that.
However, what you can do is understand what the different variables are that you’re paying for, and some ball park figures, so that you can get some quotes with confidence. So, let’s start by figuring out how to choose a few different party bus rental companies to get quotes from.
Start with the area in which you need the bus. There are national companies which may cover your area, but the issue is that their pricing is uniform. You need locals working for locals. For example, at Bergen Limo we specialize in party bus rental in New Jersey and New York. That’s our territory and we can offer the best prices there, as well as knowledgeable local chauffeurs.
Next, look at the party buses that they have available to hire. Not all party buses are created equally. You need to choose the right size for your party. For example, do you want a huge number of guests? You might want the 50 seats in the Freightliner. Alternatively, if there’s a more intimate guest list of 20, then the Hummer Transformer may suit you better. And it’s not just size that affects the cost when it comes to the differences across the fleet. The specifications of the different vehicles are factored in too. But seriously, this is important – you want a party bus which is luxurious, kitted out with incredible sound systems and lighting, and is clean, reliable and been maintained well.
Check out the individual party bus company’s website. Are there lots of images of the actual bus that you will be renting? Can you go and see it if you want, before you organize the hire? What customer service do they offer? Are their chauffeurs fully qualified, fully insured and fully trained? If you give the company a call, how responsive are they? Do they offer free quotes?
You can now go ahead and organize a couple of different quotes. Try to compare a similar specification bus and service, but be aware that there are different factors which come into play.
At different times of year there are peaks and troughs in party bus demand. Generally, there are some key dates when you can expect to pay a premium, such as New Year’s Eve and 4th of July. Party buses are also generally in high demand throughout the summer months for weddings. This can push the price up due to availability. Low season is typically the first three months of the year and you can expect a bargain then.
Saturdays are the most expensive, Fridays are close behind, and you’ll find it cheaper to hire a party bus on a Sunday thru Thursday.
For a night out, prom, or birthday party, you can expect the best rates. Wedding party bus rental typically has a higher price tag because of the additional service required.
Typically the cost quoted will be for the bus and the chauffeur per hour. You may want to pay extra for the party bus to be decorated, or for food or drink to be provided.
At Bergen Limo, we have 4 distinctly different, but all fabulous, party buses for you to compare and contrast. This will give you an idea of what you are paying for.
For true luxury, with a capacity of up to 40, our gloriously white Transformer Beast makes a statement as the world’s longest and largest limo. This party bus is all about extravagance and ensures you have a one-in-a-million night out. It exudes hot exotic style and we’ve had it custom built to include 3D lighting, surround sound and an incredible party style.
The Hummer Transformer is a perfect luxury option for parties up to 30 guests. Feel like a true celebrity when you hire this bus, not least because of the show-it-off covered open-air seating section where you can cruise the streets being the stars of the show. Inside this bus are incredible fiber optics, laser show, disco and a sound system that ensures your party moves with you.
The Freightliner is our largest capacity party bus along with the Ford F-750, capable of enabling up to 50 guests to have an incredible show-stopping party together. Slide into the comfy leather seating, complete with VIP reclining seats, of even sit at the table as you party with friends. Here too is a laser show, a dance pole, several bar areas and light show technology.
The Ford F-750 is another giant, with plenty of space for up to 50 guests. We call this our nightclub on wheels! This is a truly luxurious party bus and the newest in our fleet. The entertainment, lighting and interior is state-of-the-art and you’ll be sure of an incredible time.
In short, the easiest answer to your question of ‘how much is a party bus?’ is to get a quote! You can use our Wedding Rates Checker to give you a good idea, but definitely give us a call as the best deals are available when we know more about your particular party and needs.