Limo vs. Party Bus: Which Is Right for You?

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If you’re thinking about renting a limo or a party bus, you likely have an occasion to celebrate! Maybe you’re getting married and want the wedding party to travel in style. Perhaps you’re going to prom and want to take your closest friends and their dates along with you while you make a grand entrance. Or, you could be looking for an easy way to make your birthday party even more memorable. No matter the occasion, contacting a stretch limo service or party bus rental service is the next step to take.

But how do you know when you need to rent a limo vs. a party bus? Read on to learn which service suits your needs.

Count Your Party

It can be as easy as a headcount to determine if you’ll be in need of a limo vs. a party bus. What’s the number of people you plan on traveling with? Our stretch limo service will seat up to 10 people, while we have party bus options that seat up to 41 people. Party buses are somewhat more adaptable than limos, as we have options for small and large groups alike. For instance, one of our “Mini Limousine” party buses will hold around 20 passengers, with plenty of legroom and in-bus entertainment options. While it is possible to hire several limousines to accommodate a larger group, consider if the party staying together is important to the atmosphere you’re creating. You don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun!

What’s the Occasion?

Many clients who are throwing bachelor or bachelorette parties love party buses because the party can get started — or keep going — as soon as they step into the bus. A party bus can be a thrilling way for a group of people to arrive at or leave from a nightclub or bar or continue the celebration after the end of a wedding reception.

However, there are times you might feel a limo better suits your needs. Perhaps you want to feel like a celebrity on your big night out, you’re arriving at an event for your company, or setting a tone of ultimate class and formality is important to you. Limousines can be a more “reserved” way to arrive at an event where shining laser lights and blasting dance tunes might not match the mood you’re trying to set. Some smaller groups headed to receptions prefer limos because there is a very short distance between the wedding and reception venues. It’s all about what you’re doing and the tone you’re trying to set.

Onboard Options

While our limo and party bus options for customers each have great built-in features to help you achieve whatever mood you’re looking for (such as tinted windows for privacy and comfortable atmospheres), a limo vs. party bus decision you’ll have to make for yourself is about the onboard options that matter to you. Is music a big part of your celebration? A party bus has plenty of room for you to get down on the dance floor. Are you looking for more intimate seating options? Limo service can feel very intimate, with seating facing your friends and family. 

Something else to consider with regard to options is your baggage. A limousine’s baggage space is more limited. For instance, a limousine that can fit 8-10 people doesn’t usually fit more than 8 suitcases or bags. Meanwhile, renting a party bus means you’ll have plenty of space for anything you need to bring on your trip. 

Assess Your Budget

Especially if you’re planning a wedding or bachelorette party, renting a bus or a limo will be something you’re thinking about with a budget in mind. Some people claim that renting a limo is always more affordable than renting a party bus, but that’s not necessarily true. It all comes down to the number of passengers and the amenities you’re looking for within the budget you have in mind. If your party is too large for a limousine, the atmosphere of a limousine isn’t what you seek, or music and/or dancing is important to you, renting a party bus might not necessarily wind up being less affordable.

At Sterling Limousine & Transportation Services, we seek to provide highly competitive rates, meaning you won’t have to give up on having the party of your dreams! The limo vs. party bus decision doesn’t have to break your budget or cause you stress.

Now that you’ve learned about the differences between limos and party buses and gotten an idea of which one you’re thinking about renting, you can check one item off your to-do list. Next up, learn about these holiday-relevant ways to reduce stress while traveling. About to make the journey over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving? Read our tips for driving in freezing rain.

Limos and party buses might be different in function and capacity, but they’re equally stylish and fantastic choices for transportation to and from your special occasion. Sterling Limousine & Transportation Services offers the quality service and atmosphere to match. Give us a call today. We hope to hear from you soon!