If you’re planning a party, getting ready for prom, or having a bachelor or bachelorette get-together, renting a limousine is often a fun, safe way to travel in style. However, there are many things to think about when choosing a limo, and how many people can fit in the limo is the most important consideration.
How many people can fit in a limousine?
Limousines are available in a range of sizes and styles. Each one has a slightly different setup and is designed for a different use, so each limo can hold a different number of people.
Small limousines usually hold between six and eight people, excluding the limo driver. These limousines are the most common. Medium-sized limousines are longer and look a little bit more impressive. These limos offer a little more space, and they can generally seat between 10 and 15 people.
Large limos are spacious and comfortable. They also make a bold statement on the road. Large limousines can seat between 18 and 20 people.
Luxury sedans are also an option. These vehicles are perfect for a single person, a couple, or a group of four. They’re not technically limousines, as they don’t have extra length or doors. However, these comfortable cars are often called limousines because of the luxury amenities they offer.
Party buses are another option for very large groups. Again, these vehicles are not limousines, but they can generally seat up to 32 people, and they often have many of the amenities that limousines offer.
How much space do you need?
It might seem simple to think about how many people are in your party and rent a limousine based on how many seats you’ll need. However, it’s important to consider how much space you want too.
For example, if you’re only hiring the limo to drive to a restaurant and then to prom or another function, you probably only need a limo that will seat the number of people in your group.
However, if you’re having a party, such as a bachelorette party, the limousine might become your home base. You’ll spend more time in the limo, and you’ll probably bring the party atmosphere into the limo.
In this case, it’s often better to opt for a limo with more room than you actually need. This helps to ensure that your group will have plenty of room and be able to stretch out and move around in the limo as you travel from place to place.
Who are your guests?
If you have a large group, you might want to opt for a stretch SUV, such as a Hummer or Cadillac Escalade limo. These large vehicles can seat 16 to 18 people, and they offer plenty of interior room, so they’re a good choice for big groups.
However, Hummer limos are very tall, and their floors are lifted off the ground. This can sometimes make it harder for elderly people or small children to climb in and out of the limo.
Cadillac Escalades, on the other hand, are much lower, so they’re relatively easy to get in and out of.
You might also want to consider who you want to sit with and how your group interacts. Not everyone in a group gets along.
On the other hand, two groups might want to each do their own activities before meeting up for dinner, drinks, or dancing, as might be the case for a dual bachelor and bachelorette party. In these scenarios, renting two smaller limousines is often a great choice.
What is your budget?
The cost of renting a limousine varies from company to company and region to region. You should always shop around to make sure you’re choosing a reliable, respectable limousine company that offers the amenities you’re looking for at the right price.
Your budget, however, can sometimes limit what size limousine you can rent. Larger limousines are generally more expensive than smaller limousines. This is not only because it costs more in fuel but because bigger limousines generally come with more amenities, such as drinks, televisions, or music.
Some limo companies charge for one or two-way transit, with charges for additional stops or long transit times. Other companies offer rentals by the hour, which is a great option if you’re making several stops or you’re not sure exactly how your adventure will play out.
If you can, split the cost of a limousine amongst your party. Limos are often much more affordable if everyone pitches in. It’s also a good idea to look at the pricing differences between limousines of the same size category.
For example, there might be a big price difference between medium and large limos. However, a medium limo that seats 10 people might only be $20 or $40 more altogether than a medium limo that seats eight people.
Opting for the two extra seats won’t cost too much more, but it gives you more space, and it opens up your options if you need to invite one or two more people.