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 Size?
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.
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. Yes, a bigger bus is usually going to be more expensive, but when you consider the fact that you're (ideally) splitting the cost between 20(ish) people, it really evens out. It's always better to get a bus that's a little bigger than the one you need so that everyone is comfortable (but not too big; you don't want everyone so spread out that the party atmosphere is weakened).
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. It's still a great vehicle to have a party on, but you won't get the full "party bus experience" on the shuttle.
Despite being the largest vehicle in our fleet, our John Denver tour bus Calypso can "only" hold up to 26 passengers. Mind you, that is still a lot, but the reason that it is lower than a school bus and a city bus is that it's filled with many more amenities than the other buses. These amenities include a wet bar, sofas, a restroom, etc.
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.
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. That's really important if you're booking a party bus in the summer!
Take a look at all the vehicles of Ninja Buses by visiting our website and book your party bus today!