When you're considering travel options for your bachelor party, there are a plethora of options to choose from. The most economical route would be to use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, but if you want to travel in style, then a limousine or a party bus rental is going to be your best option. Limousines have long been the go-to option for classy travel, but party buses have risen in popularity in recent years. Everyone knows what they're going to get with a limousine. However, not everyone knows what they're going to get with a party bus.
The main advantage of renting a limousine is that it will be more cost effective. It will still be about as much per person as renting a party bus, but because limousines are meant to hold about 10 people, the pricing evens out. If you put 10 people on a party bus you'll be paying a lot more per person since the total cost is higher.
Limousines have been a staple of high-end group travel for decades and they are instantly recognizable. If you want to impress passersby, then you can't go wrong with a limo. Typically associated with events ranging from red carpet events in Hollywood to high school proms, limos have been a public mainstay for a reason.
Limousines are also good if you want privacy. If you're traveling with a smaller group (or perhaps just your significant other), then the tinted windows of a limo can provide the perfect amount of privacy (and in some cases, an aura of mystery) for you. This is preferred by some customers, and if you are one of them then a limo is probably the way to go.
With a limousine, you'll be fairly limited in the number of people you can bring with you. Most limousines have a capacity of 12, though you can find some stretch limousines that allow for up to 16 people. You also want to consider the space inside a limousine. Limousines are low to the ground and if you fill them to capacity, then there won't really be any space to move around. It can also start to feel a bit cramped.
Limousines are good for transportation from Point A to Point B, but if you want to spend the majority of your night in the vehicle, it won't be the most comfortable option. You're typically going to be seated low to the ground with limited mobility, and if you do decide to move around you'll be crawling over the other passengers to get where you need to go.
Limos are often seen as the formal way to travel as well, so if you're going on a pub crawl or to a gentlemen's club, a limo may not exactly be the look you are going for. Plus, some might view going in a limousine to be a little too obvious. After all, doesn't everyone travel in a limousine for their big bash?
We've covered the reasons you should choose a party bus before, but let's go into a bit more detail with the pros and cons of choosing a party bus:
Let's start with the main advantage: you've got more space! If you have 20-30 people in your group, your choice is to rent one party bus or rent multiple limousines. Renting a party bus allows you to keep everyone in your group together so everyone can enjoy the party, but it also acts as a nightclub on wheels. There is tons of space to move around the vehicle (though not when it is moving, of course).
Party buses will also feature cool amenities like flat-screen TVs, music streaming capabilities, video game systems, karaoke and more! Some limousines will have TV screens or neon lights and most will have a wet bar or a place to chill your champagne, but a party bus has all of that and more.
Many customers' deciding factor in a party bus vs. a limousine is price, and in that regard party buses have limousines beat. While the overall price of a party bus will likely be greater than that of a limousine, it winds up being less per person since you can fit up to 30 people in most party buses.
Everything is in a name: a party bus is meant to be for a party. This doesn't mean you can't use a party bus for any event you wish, but if you were to go to, let's say, a funeral in a party bus, then some people may find your choice of vehicle to be a bit tacky. Sometimes a party bus isn't the best choice of vehicle for the occasion. A good rule of thumb? If it's not a party (of sorts), then don't get a party bus.
If you're not planning on being on the road for very long, a party bus isn't really the best option for you either. The whole point of renting a party bus is to spend time partying on it, so if you're simply trying to get from Point A to Point B (and they aren't very far apart), then spending the money on a party bus is a little pointless. Why spend money on it if you're not going to enjoy it!
What Can Ninja Buses Offer?
Ninja Buses can offer you all of the standard amenities that all party buses offer, but we also specialize in having the widest variety of party bus types! Want to ride in a school bus? We've got two! How about a city transit bus? Got one of those too! John Denver's tour bus? Done deal. We have a party bus to fit all occasions, as well as various sizes of buses to perfectly accommodate any size party.
Ninja Buses also specializes in event planning, especially bachelor and bachelorette party planning. In the few years we have been around, we've built a lengthy catalog of venues and other hot spots to visit on your party bus trip, so be sure to ask for some suggestions when you book your Ninja Bus!
So which option is best for your party? That decision is ultimately up to you, but we hope that we've provided enough helpful information for you to make an educated decision! If you decide to book a party bus, then visit our website for a quote!
One of the questions party bus companies get all the time is "where do we go?" The purpose of a party bus is to provide transportation for your group, but it's also to give your group a place to party while you're in transit to your destination(s). It is important to balance out your itinerary so that you're not going to places that are right next to each other. If you do that, then you won't be spending any time on your party bus!
Why Use a Party Bus?
As we've covered before, the main benefit of using a party bus for your event is that it keeps everyone together. Sure, you could rent a bunch of Ubers and travel that way, but where is the fun in that? Keep everyone together so that the party never stops, and you'll be a winner in everyone's eyes.
A rideshare service isn't going to offer you all of the high-end amenities that a party bus can, either. if you book a party bus, you'll have access to a superior sound system, TVs, video games, karaoke and much, much more! A party bus is essentially a night club on wheels, so the fun is unlimited!
Where Can You Go on a Party Bus?
There are tons of places in Austin that you can visit on a party bus, but we're going to give you a few examples of the types of places you can stop by.
Austin just so happens to be the next door neighbor of Texas Hill Country, which means you have a plethora of wineries that you can visit. Winery tours are becoming more and more popular in the area, and since most of them are about a 45-minute drive outside of city limits (though Austin does feature some notable wineries), a party bus is the perfect way to get the party started.
If wine isn't your thing, then consider a brewery tour! Breweries (and cideries!) happen to be sprinkled all throughout Austin, so you can make a trip that starts in central Austin, then moves north and then down South before you return to your starting point.
The most common request of a party bus company's services is to take the customers bar-hopping. Think of it as a night out on the town, but you've got a fancy ride from place to place that you're also allowed to drink on.
Whether you're a large corporation or a small mom and pop shop, a party bus is a great way to bring your team together. You don't even have to go anywhere! So often team building outings are spent in hotel meeting rooms. Why not use a room on wheels? A party bus can be adapted to fit any kind of team building exercises you have in mind. With a party bus you can use the TVs (if equipped) to play videos or show presentations.
Football Games and Other Sporting Events
If you live in or are visiting Austin in the fall, then chances are you're going to go to at least one football game. If you've got a tailgate party planned, book a party bus to park outside so you can go relax if it gets too hot. Then, when you and your crew are ready to head to the game, hop on the bus and you'll be on the way! The best part is that the party doesn't stop once you get on the bus. It is a party bus, after all.
Why Should You Choose Ninja Buses?
Ninja Buses is run by Austin experts. We've got people who know the city and its surrounding areas like the back of our hands, so planning out an itinerary for your group is our specialty! And as our name implies, we've got ninja-like skills in the party bus industry. We are experts at providing the ultimate party bus experience.
Book with us today and you won't be disappointed!
Some rules were made to be broken. At Ninja Buses, we believe that traditional bachelor party planning rules could use some shock therapy. How you arrive at a particular restaurant, nightclub or venue should be (at least close to) as exciting as the establishments themselves. That is why we put so much care and attention into your transportation experience, so no opportunity for fun goes overlooked.
That being said, some party do's and don'ts were designed to keep the fun from turning into dangerous or unpleasant situations for you and your party. We've covered this a little bit last month when we discussed the rules of a party bus, but that article mostly pertained to what you should do when looking for a party bus company. In this article, we're going to focus on what you should and shouldn't do while you are actually on the party bus.
You'd think that the don'ts would be fairly obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many people think they can get away with anything while inside a party bus. A party bus company isn't trying to act as the "fun police," but their first job is to keep everyone on board the bus as safe as possible, and that is where many of these "don'ts" come from (well, that and bus upkeep). While uncommon, accidents in party buses can happen, but if you follow the rules set forth by the party bus company then the odds of an accident actually happening are slim to none. Here are 10 simple rules of what to avoid doing while on a party bus:
Why Use Ninja Buses Services?
At the end of the day, people are going to party on a party bus. We get that! It's part of the business. Our goal here at Ninja Buses is to ensure that you have the absolute best party bus experience imaginable, albeit in a safe way. The "don'ts" are all fairly standard rules that you'll find at most party bus companies, but we don't enforce them to be mean. We just want to keep everyone safe. We will do just that when you book a bus with us! We want to make your trip as fun as possible so that you hardly have to do any work (We won't even make you look up our DOT status. You can see it right here!).
Visit our website now and book a Ninja Bus today!
We've discussed how to pick the party bus that is right for you based on its look and amenities, but what about making sure it's the right size? After all, you need to make sure you can fit everyone inside the bus! Let's talk about the different party bus sizes you'll come across in your hunt for the perfect party bus.
What Factors Affect The Needed Party Bus Sizes?
1. Number of People
The most important thing to consider when choosing a party bus size is the number of people in your group. If you've ever planned a party, then you know that this is not as easy as it sounds. People can flake at the last minute.
Sometimes people don't RSVP until the day of the party. It's pandemonium!
A good rule of thumb is to get as many RSVPs as you can and then expect about three more people than that to show up on the day of the party. If they don't show up, then you've got extra space. If they do, then you'll be glad you considered it!
This is the one thing that everyone forgets about. Yes, you could be bringing 20 or 30 people on the party bus, but what items will all of you be bringing? Will everyone be bringing their own cooler?
If so, you've got to make sure you have plenty of extra space on the bus.
What about games? Or food containers?
Think about all of the items that everyone will be bringing with them and make sure you book a bus with enough space for that.
3. Needed Space
Finally, you've got to consider the space that all of your guests need.
A bus that has a capacity for 30 people may mean that the people are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder. This doesn't mean that they're being packed in the bus like a bunch of sardines, but it does mean that there won't be a ton of space to move around.
As terrible as it sounds, you'll also want to consider the sizes of your guests. If anyone is on the larger side of the spectrum, then you may want to consider the airplane rule and consider them as two passengers.
How to Choose The Right Party Bus Size
If you want to choose the right party bus size, all you have to do is carefully consider the three things listed above, and remember:
Ninja Bus Sizes
At Ninja Buses, we offer a wide variety of bus sizes and styles to fit your group. The style is an important thing to consider because it does directly impact the capacity of the bus:
Our smallest and most economical vehicle is the shuttle bus. It has a maximum capacity of 16 people.
Due to its more conventional interior, this bus is perfect for smaller groups merely looking for a mode of transportation to get from one place to the next.
2. Tour Bus
Despite being the largest vehicle in our fleet, our John Denver tour bus Calypso can "only" hold up to 26 passengers.
That is still a lot, and it's filled with many more amenities than the other buses, including a wet bar, sofas, a restroom, etc.
3. School Bus
We know, a party isn't necessarily what comes to mind when you think of a school bus, but hear us out: with completely refurbished interiors and electronic upgrades, a school bus makes for the perfect party bus.
With the party bus seating (bench-style and facing each other), you're able to fit up to 30 people in one of these bad boys.
4. City Bus
Now for the big guy: the Urban Force city bus.
Formerly a Cap Metro transit vehicle, the Urban Force has 30 seats in it but also has plenty of standing room for extra guests (just like a city bus).
This bus is great for those really large groups, not only because of the excess space but also because it has the best air conditioning out of all of our buses, an absolute necessity in the summer!
Take a look at all the vehicles of Ninja Buses by visiting our website and book your party bus today!
The most important thing to consider when planning your bachelor or bachelorette party is transportation, especially if you plan on making multiple stops throughout the day/night. After all, if you don't have transportation, how are you going to get to where you need to go? Everyone's go-to desire for a night on the town is a limousine, but just what does a limousine entail? We are going to take a look at the inner workings of limousines in this article.
When Should You Take a Limousine?
There are all sorts of occasions that you might want to rent a limousine. Some of these occasions include but are not limited to bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings, proms, quinceañeras or a simple night out on the town. Don't forget about birthdays, anniversaries, etc. There are all sorts of occasions that call for the rental of a limousine.
Limousines are commonly associated with high-end events, though this isn't necessarily the case. Sure, celebrities use them to take them to red carpet events, but 18-year-olds also take them to their senior prom. In truth, you could take a limousine to work in the mornings if you would like to, but most people don't do this because it would cause them to go bankrupt. All we're trying to say is, limousines are the most common mode of transportation to use during celebrations. While they used to be associated with high-end clientele, that isn't really the way it is anymore. The business has become more all-inclusive and affordable, especially when you factor in splitting the bill between all members of your party.
Common Types of Limousines in Austin
There are a plethora of types of limousines in the Austin area, but most of the differences pertain to the exterior of the vehicle. From the stock limousine to a hummer limousine to a Cadillac Escalade limousine, they all offer pretty much the same thing: a larger vehicle capable of transporting larger groups of people with a high-end atmosphere. People rent limousines because they want to feel fancy.
Limousines have pretty distinctive features (meaning: you can tell it's a limousine just from a picture of the interior). Other than the obvious (a really long space to sit in), you've got your leather interiors, your wet bar, your champagne chilling area, your glass holders, your divider window, your colored lights and your sound system.
Rates for limousines vary by company, but some can be as low as $60 an hour and some can be as high as $200 per hour. Surprisingly, there isn't a huge difference between these companies other than the levels of service that they provide. Some of the more expensive places may offer a few extra perks, but if you're just trying to get from point A to point B, one of the less expensive options will suffice. It really just depends on what you are doing and the type of party you are trying to have.
Can You Have a Bachelor Party In a Limousine?
If you have a group of 10 or fewer people, you can absolutely have a bachelor party in a limousine. Some companies offer stretch limousines that can fit up to 20 people. It is relatively easy to choose the ride that is the best fit for your group since you simply have to check the capacity of each vehicle.
Let's talk about practicality, though. If you've got 10 guys in your bachelor party and one limousine to split between all of you, it's probably going to be a little cramped. Limousines are essentially long cars, but because they are so low to the ground, it can start to feel a bit cramped the more people you have in your group.
Other Options Besides Limousines
We don't mean to beat a dead horse, but if you've got a larger group of people and want more space to move around the vehicle, then a party bus is your best option. The atmosphere is totally different inside a party bus, too. While many limousine rental companies are getting into the party bus business, you will find that they are a bit more upscale than what you would envision a party bus to be. Some party bus companies include a stripper pole, which isn't something you're going to find in a limousine. You'll also find more variety in the fleet of a party bus company. Party buses can come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and features. Most limousines lack that variety.
Lastly, party buses are used to working around the clock, so they are more capable of accommodating last-minute requests. A lot of party bus companies will even accommodate day-of requests on weekends! This is something that a limousine rental company isn't likely to do.
Lastly, a party bus is just that: a party. Think of it as a nightclub on wheels. Because of their extensive space, party buses are perfect for large groups who want to actually have a party on the bus. This is something you're not able to do in a limousine since the space is more limited. When people think of a limousine they think of it as a mode of transportation. A party bus doubles as a mode of transportation and a venue. That's the main difference.
Other than party buses and limousines, you can always split your group up into a few Ubers (or other rideshare service vehicles). If your stops are all within a mile of each other, you could split your group up into a few pedicabs. Or you could actually take a few taxi cabs (though the public transportations system isn't exactly on the same level as that of New York City). All of these options include the same phrase: splitting up. Ultimately, the final choice is yours, but we're guessing you'd like to keep everyone together during your big celebration, right?
If our assumption is correct, then contact Ninja Buses today to book a party bus for your celebration!
If you are going to celebrate your bachelor/bachelorette party with your friends, you are going to need a cost-effective mode of transportation that keeps everyone together. Whether you're going bar-hopping, going on a winery tour or a brewery tour, or just wanting to explore the city, a party bus is your best option that is sure to be enjoyed by every member of your party.
What Is a Party Bus?
Technically speaking, a party bus is a large motor vehicle that has been modified or upgraded to hold anywhere from 10-40 people for recreational purposes. What that definition doesn't tell you is that a party bus is basically a bigger, badder version of a limousine with plenty of space for you and your friends to move around in. Think of it as a nightclub on wheels.
You might think that, other than capacity limitations, a party bus and a limousine are essentially the same. You would be correct, but what a limousine doesn't offer is the chance to ride around in style. People see limousines everywhere, but a party bus truly makes an impression when it's driving around the city.
You also have the option to simply stay in your party bus all night. The extra space helps with this, as it's not likely that you'll want to be cooped up in a limousine all night. A party bus gives you the option to actually party on the bus without stopping!
Why Should You Take a Party Bus for Your Bachelor Party?
There are plenty of benefits when you use a party bus for your bachelor party, so let's cover the most important ones, shall we?
The most important perk of a party bus is that you get to keep everyone in your group together. That is something a rideshare service like Uber simply cannot do. If you've got a few people and you're all staying downtown, you can book a few Ubers or ride in a couple of pedicabs, but if you're venturing anywhere that isn't in your area and you've got a larger group, then a party bus really is your best option.
It may seem like splitting a bunch of Ubers will be the more cost-effective option, but it actually evens out a bit more than you may think, especially when you take multiple stops into account. For smaller groups, a rideshare service works perfectly, since you can fit everyone in the same vehicle. But if you have 10 or more people in your group, it's better to book a party bus. Not only will you easily be able to keep track of everyone throughout the night, but you'll also ensure that everyone shares in the same experience and doesn't miss out on anything, especially the photo ops!
You also won't run into any parking problems in a party bus. During your bachelor party, your driver will drop you and your group off at each stop and either wait in the parking lot for you or drive around the corner and find a safe place to wait for you and your friends to come back. All party bus drivers will give you their cell phone number so you can let them know when you're ready to be picked up.
We all know it isn't okay to drink and drive, right? In case you didn't know that: IT IS NOT OKAY TO DRINK AND DRIVE. Booking a party bus will save you the hassle of having to worry about a designated driver. Plus, you don't want any of your friends to experience major FOMO (fear of missing out) because they're not able to enjoy your party to the fullest. Booking a party bus is a great way of making this worry go away.
Not only will a party bus prevent any issues with selecting a designated driver, but it will also save you a lot of time during your party. All you have to do is pre-select your destinations and make an itinerary before your trip starts and hand it over to your driver. Then you can just sit back and enjoy the ride while your driver does all the navigation for you!
Ultimately, though, a party bus is all about the experience, and the companies behind the buses know that. You want to be able to spend the whole night celebrating with your friends and not have to worry about the trivial tasks that come with party planning. If you're worrying about those little details all night, then you're not going to have any fun! It's time to hand the reins over to your local party bus company and enjoy your night. Let them do all of the worryings for you!
What is Special About Ninja Buses?
When people think of a party bus, they usually think of a large, black bus with leather interiors, neon lights, a stripper pole and a wet bar. Those people wouldn't be wrong, but that's not exactly what Ninja Buses is. In an effort to differentiate ourselves from the competition, we have opted to do as the Austinites do and get a little weird with our fleet. Our fleet consists of a wide variety of vehicle styles with different interiors. Ranging from school buses to actual Cap Metro City Buses to John Denver's actual tour bus from the 1980s, Ninja Buses offers a party bus experience unlike anything else seen in Austin and we stand by it!
To top things off, our buses look pretty awesome (if we do say so ourselves). Each of our party buses (save for John Denver's tour bus, because we can't bear to alter its appearance) is wrapped in some truly killer Ninja Bus-themed artwork that will be sure to have bystanders gaping in jealousy at your amazing and stylish ride.
If you book with Ninja Buses, you're guaranteed to have the best party bus experience because Ninja Bus drivers are the best in the business! When they are hired, each driver is taken through a training process on how to deliver the "Ninja Bus Experience," so you'll always know that you're in the right hands when you book with us. What is the Ninja Bus Experience? It's simple: deliver the most fun and hassle-free party to our customers. No request is too outlandish for us. If you're wondering if you can do something in Austin, just ask! We'll make it happen.
To book your bachelor/bachelorette party with Ninja Buses, contact us today!
It's widely known that one of the best bbq spots in the country is Austin, Texas, so if you're planning on a tour to visit the capital of Texas for your bachelor/bachelorette party, you should be sure to stop by a few places during your time here.
Austin BBQ Tour Options
A BBQ tour is a bit different than a winery tour or a brewery tour in that many of the BBQ joints in Austin don't actually provide a tour of their facility. This isn't all that surprising, but it's something to consider when planning your party. A helpful tip? Share meals! If you're visiting 4 BBQ joints (and really, you shouldn't visit more than 4 anyway) then you have the opportunity to eat a lot of food. You don't want to fill up after the first stop!
There are a few BBQ touring companies located in Austin, and while they will pull through in a pinch, they aren't fully necessary. All you really need is some advice on which places to visit (we'll get to that in a moment) and an awesome ride (we'll also get to that in a moment).
Austin is home to so many great BBQ spots. However, will you choose just a few to visit? Allow us to help you out with that!
Top Austin BBQ Destinations
Stubb's Bar-B-Q (Mean-Eyed Cat)
Stubb's is undoubtedly the most well-known BBQ spot in Austin because it doubles as a restaurant and a concert venue. Its location in the heart of downtown Austin doesn't hurt, either. Because of its popularity, the restaurant is usually quite crowded. We recommend making a stop at the Mean-Eyed Cat, a Johnny Cash-themed dive bar located about two miles west of Stubb's. Why is that, you ask? Because the Mean-Eyed Cat also operates as a satellite location of Stubb's. You won't get the complete Stubb's Bar-B-Q menu, but you'll get most of their best options (and avoid the crowds so you're not waiting around too long).
The Salt Lick BBQ
Opened in 1967 by Thurman Roberts, Sr. and his wife Hisako T. Roberts, The Salt Lick is one of the most-visited BBQ spots in Austin. It is so popular, in fact, that it is even home to Thurman's Mansion, a popular wedding venue in the area. The Salt Lick is located in Driftwood, about a 30-minute drive southwest of downtown Austin. Even though it's a bit of a drive (which is the perfect excuse to book a party bus for your transportation), it's totally worth it. Our recommendation? Get the Thurman's Choice Plate. It's a great sampler of the best of their menu: brisket, pork ribs and sausage, with the standard sides of coleslaw, beans and their one-of-a-kind potato salad. Just don't forget to bring cash! The Salt Lick is a cash-only operation.
Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew
Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew is the perfect place to kill two birds with one stone, in that they have one of the best beer menus out of all the BBQ spots in Austin. Named after the historic 1800s I. & G. N. railroad stop Stiles Switch, Texas (and owner Shane Stiles), Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew is located in North Austin near Highland Village. Come for the BBQ (the brisket is among the best Austin has to offer), but stay for their curated craft beer menu!
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
Cooper's BBQ has long been a Texas staple but only just recently opened up a location in Austin back in 2016. With three other locations in Llano, New Braunfels and Fort Worth, Cooper's occupies the 200 block of Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. Cooper's offers some of the largest portions out of all of the BBQ spots in Austin, but what really helps Cooper's stand out among the pack is its live music stage, roof-top garden and oak-shaded back patio (we take our oak trees seriously here in Austin). And whatever you do, don't miss out on the apple cobbler!
Austin's self-proclaimed "bitchin' barbecue" spot is one of the newer BBQ hot spots in the city, but that doesn't mean it's inexperienced. La Barbecue is quickly becoming one of the must-visit spots on every BBQ tour list. Located on the east side, La Barbecue consists of a small trailer with some picnic tables housed under some oak trees (See? We love our oak trees). The line is usually long but it moves at a pretty fast rate. Another perk? La Barbecue provides free beer to everyone waiting in line on the weekends!
You're probably thinking "But what about Franklin's BBQ?" While it's true that Franklin BBQ has some of the best BBQ in Austin, the establishment is also notorious for its long wait times, but their pre-orders must be to-go orders. If you want to chance it and wait in line to eat inside, you're welcome to give it a shot (but don't say we didn't warn you).
Offers From Ninja Buses
As we have mentioned in our previous articles: you need a mode of transportation to get from place to place! Sure, you could stay somewhere downtown and walk from place to place, but you'll miss out on some of the best BBQ outside of downtown (and yes, there are things outside of downtown Austin). Which mode of transportation should you use, though? Call us biased, but we say to use a party bus! Not only does a party bus keep your group together for the day/night, but it also lends itself to a party atmosphere. If you're using the weekend to spend time with your best friends, do you want to be split up between a bunch of Ubers? Or would you rather party in style and stick together on the ride between BBQ stops? The answer is obvious.
Reach out to us today to plan your BBQ tour and get some great recommendations!