Deejay Mash has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. He is also an experienced event organizer and entertainment consult
The Rise of Party Buses
The party bus concept was conceived around 1988 in San Francisco to compliment stretch limousines for people who preferred to arrive at events with a bang. Limo’s are limited in passenger capacity, and do not come cheap.
Party buses plugged an existing gap in the entertainment transport market, ferrying a larger number of people, for less. Since then, party buses have grown in stature, transformed into a valuable entertainment sub-sector and revolutionized the industry.
Today, the party bus portfolio has extended into a mobile party venue, and not only restricted to dropping off and picking up revelers to and from events in style.
Currently, the party bus rental industry is worth around $5 billion annually in the US, and on an upward trajectory of 9% per year. Between 2011 and 2016, the accumulative growth rate was 2.3%.
Party on Wheels
Basically, party buses are normal buses or trucks stylishly modified to fit in a host of luxurious amenities and extras. Their main purpose is to conveniently shuttle groups of people either on a night out, attending an event, road trip or for entertainers on tour.
Previously, it was tricky to coordinate friends, colleagues or relatives coming from various locations to attend an event at a central location; it still is. Some get lost; others can’t get parking or show up late due to a host of reasons like heavy traffic.
But with a party bus, the nightmare of mishaps is done away with and everything goes according to plan.
Party buses pick and drop event attendees at their doorstep at a pre-arranged time. This means everybody on the guest list travels together, arrive on time and return home safely at the end of the day.
Also, nobody misses out on the fun by sacrificing to be the designated driver; so no DUI charges to worry about.
To an event host, a party bus translates to peace of mind.
Out and About
On a club hopping night out, party buses ensure non-stop fun. In between club venues, the party continues on board. The buses are equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment systems, laser lights, LED screens, games, dance floors, VIP and changing rooms, WI-FI, even mini-bars.
Passenger capacities of party buses vary from 16 to 84-seaters.
Imagine the entire floor of a bus transformed into an aquarium, complete with illuminating lights that capture the water, fish, aquatic plants and rocks in amazing ways; yes, it is possible. All you need to do is contact the rental company in advance, share your idea and watch it come to life.
There are no impossibilities. Most established car rental companies now also host a party bus division.
Majority of the buses can be custom-made to match any theme or occasion, no matter how unique. Some of the features found in party buses stretch the borders of creativity and simply mind-blowing.
How to Get the Best Deal
Contrary to popular belief, party buses are quite affordable especially if the cost is shared among guests. For example, it is far much cheaper than 20 people each driving their car to an event.
Additionally, a party bus is environmentally friendly in terms of the carbon print, compared to 20 vehicles.
Most rental companies hire party buses either on an hourly or 24-hour rate. To cut costs further, if you only require a drop off and pick up guests within a short distance, go for the hourly rate.
But if you plan to hire the bus for longer distances, opt for the 24-hour rate, because long-distance travel and far-flung events always experience unforeseen delays. If this happens on an hourly rate, charges increase by the hour and considerably increase overall costs.
The 24-hour rate is also less stressful as you do not have to constantly keep track of time, when you should be letting your hair down and enjoying the occasion.
Take time to window-shop and compare prices. Request for quotes, and exercise due diligence in regards to a rental company’s reputation before committing payment. Check out the hire company’s website and also search for reviews.
Also, pay attention to a rental company’s communication channels and response times. A reputable company always has numerous channels at a client’s disposal to reach out, while inquiry responses should be instant and available around the clock.
The rental company’s location is equally important, in relation to pick-up and drop-off points. Settle for one near you to save on travel time and money.
If possible, physically visit the company offices, inspect the buses on offer and book the most suitable for your occasion.
Party buses represent safety, a cool, head-turning way to attend events and unmatched convenience to get around; while having the time of your lives with family and friends.
On your next outing, include a party bus as the primary mode of transport to guarantee your special day is memorable, and the talk-of-the-town.
It is a decision you will never regret.