Mind Your Manners: Etiquette Tips For Party Bus Riders

No matter the occasion or the time of year, party buses can be an affordable and unique transportation option for large groups. But while riding in a party bus should be a lot of fun for guests, there are some basic etiquette rules you’ll need to follow to get the most out of your experience. Here’s what you should keep in mind when you’re renting and riding in a party bus.

Ask about alcohol beforehand

It is legal to drink alcohol on a party bus, but it’s still important to find out the company’s specific regulations pertaining to consumption. Some rental companies will require you to make a refundable deposit if your party plans to drink. And if you have any minors in the party, you may not be able to drink at all. At the very least, underage guests will not be allowed to drink; otherwise, both they and the driver could be fined. Don’t just assume the company will provide complimentary beverages (although some do!) or that you’ll be allowed to drink on board. By asking in advance, you’ll be prepared for anything.

Be respectful

While riding in a party bus, you will probably want to let loose a little — but you shouldn’t abandon all decorum. Above all else, you need to be respectful to your driver and to others around you. Refrain from becoming intoxicated, leaving messes, arguing, or making excessive noise. Feel free to have fun, but don’t use your party bus rental as an excuse to go crazy. Be sure to clean up any and all messes and avoid distracting your driver in any way. Not only will this ensure you won’t have to pay for damages, but it will help keep everyone safe, too.

Provide an itinerary

When you rent a party bus, you’ll do well to plan everything out ahead of time. If you plan on making multiple stops or aren’t the best at giving directions, having a written itinerary can be extremely helpful. Bring one for your driver to avoid having to yell instructions their way. If everyone knows the schedule, neither you or the driver will become stressed. A printed itinerary with clear addresses and times can make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

Tip your driver

Remember that, in most cases, the price you’ve paid to rent the bus may not cover absolutely everything. At the end of the night, you’ll probably need to tip your driver for their services. Some companies factor in gratuity from the start, which means you won’t need to provide an additional tip. But many don’t include this in the service fees. Ask your company about their policy and plan to tip 15% to 20% if gratuity isn’t already included. If your driver has gone above and beyond, feel free to tip them above any included gratuity or the standard percentage.

If you follow these tips when renting a party bus for a wedding, a graduation, a bachelor or bachelorette party, or a family reunion, you’ll be sure to have a great time and have only fond memories of the evening.

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