Riding on a party bus can raise the fun factor or virtually any event up a few notches. While it's likely that your priority while you're a passenger is to have some laughs and a few drinks with your friends while traveling to your destination, it's important to never lose sight of the fact that the party bus driver is working hard to provide you with a safe, smooth ride and get you to your arrival point on time. Conveying your gratitude verbally before you disembark the bus at the end of the night is important, but tipping the driver is the best way to show your thanks. Here's how to do it.
Plan To Carry Enough Cash
When it comes to tipping, doing so in cash is the best approach. Before you get ready for your party bus experience, it's important to ensure that you have enough cash set aside for your tip. The tipping convention for party bus drivers is to give between within the range of 15 to 20 percent of what it cost you to rent the transportation. Ensuring that you have this amount -- and possibly slightly beyond 20 percent in the event you wish to tip a bit extra -- in cash is important.
Decide What You Want To Give
Even though you'll be focusing on enjoying yourself during the party bus experience, it's important to devote a bit of time to thinking about how much you'd like to tip. Pay attention to several ride-related factors and your interactions with the party bus driver to decide if you wish to tip 15 or 20 percent, slightly beyond that mark or somewhere in the middle. Things that can prompt you to tip 20 percent or beyond include a drive that's exceptionally smooth, the driver taking a detour to help you reach your destination in a timely manner and the driver making an unplanned stop for you and your group to enjoy something spontaneous.
Tip Before You Leave The Bus
As the person who took care of booking the party bus, it's typically your responsibility to be the last passenger to climb out of the vehicle after you've taken a quick look to ensure no one in your group left anything behind. Hand the driver your tip as you say "thank you." In some cases, party buses have tip jars near the dashboard that you can use. It's a sign of proper etiquette to tip without making a spectacle of the exchange of cash, so keep that in mind, too.