Tips for Hiring a Limousine If you’re thinking of hiring a limousine for a special occasion? Getting married? Maybe you want to arrive at your convention venue in style or just have a nice and comfortable trip to or from the airport. Here are tips that can help you as you plan: Airport Trip (To and Fro) Costs The cost of renting a limo for an airport trips varies by city and depends on which particular vehicle you want to use. Generally speaking, airport service in a sedan is comparable to a regular taxi service in terms of standard of service. If you’re arriving with a group of people, limo airport service becomes more affordable as you can divide the cost amongst yourselves – up to $10 per head! Average fares begin at $20 for sedans and $50 for stretch services, depending on the vehicle size, number of passengers, location and distance to travel. Rental Cost and Period
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Limousine rentals can cost from $50 – $300 (SUVs) with a two or three-hour minimum booking. Most companies start charging at the pickup location and time. However, some will charge portal to portal based on the amount of time you spent traveling. Additionally, if there is a 6 to 7-hour time difference between drop-off and pickup, provided the trip remains local, some companies will offer a split, meaning you will not be charged for waiting time.
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Limousine Sizes Generally, there are 6 types of limousines: luxury sedans (usually Lincoln Town cars or Cadillacs), stretch sedans, 6-seaters, 8-seaters, 10-seaters and 18 seaters. If you get a 10-seater, that means the vehicle can accommodate 10 individuals from small to average size, depending on the interior design of the vehicle. Remember that limos in most cases are not enough for 10 plus-sized passengers. Obviously, in this scenario, you’re going to have to use a larger vehicle. Typical Limo Service Inclusions When reserving a limo, it’s important to inquire about the details behind the “all-inclusive price.” What exactly are they going to include? Be careful of companies that bill you for beverage, tolls, fuel surcharges, non-existent highway taxes, and the rest. Essentially, the all-inclusive price must be synonymous with the total fare, except for sales tax which is normally not part of the computation. To Tip or Not to Tip Must you tip your chauffeur? Absolutely! Chauffers are no different from bartenders or waiters in the sense that they also work in the service industry. Standard rate is 20% of the total fare, but you can give more anytime, as long as the person deserves it. Note though that some companies automatically include tips in their total quotes, so make sure to ask beforehand. Wedding Limo Rentals Finally, if you’re renting a limousine for your wedding, ask what “special perks” they can offer. Standard are a red carpet rolled out, glassware, decor, a professionally dressed chauffeur and a JUST MARRIED sign, but more could be offered by some companies.