How Much Are Limo Rental Prices?

Whether it’s for your daughter’s prom or for a simple night out on the town done millionaire-style, renting a stretch limo can be a great way to create some memories. Of course, since you’re renting a really long car that will no doubt be filled with booze and, depending on the cause, rowdy drunks, it can also be a great way to put a major dent in bank account. The price of a limo rental depends on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the time of the year, the type of limo you intend to rent, the day of the week, and the distance being traveled.


Limos are typically rented for major holidays and events, with these peak times proving to be more expensive than a run-of-the-mill Wednesday evening in the Fall. Save for outlying holidays such as Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, limo rentals are typically the most expensive during the summer months, mainly due to school dances such as prom and it being wedding season. Given the popularity of limo rentals during these times, it’s always best to plan ahead and reserve your limo 6-8 weeks in advance to ensure there’s nothing to worry about when your special day arrives.

The day of the week on which you need the limo is as much a determining factor in the price as the season is. Naturally, limo rentals are far more expensive on Friday and Saturday than they are Sunday through Thursday; depending on the size of the limo and the number of people in your party, the price difference can be as much as 33%. For example, a stretch limo party bus that seats upwards of 100 people can cost upwards of $1,000 on the weekend, while a weekday rental would only run you about $700.

Many people might think that your choices are limited when it comes to limo rentals, but you would be surprised at the number of choices available. And this doesn’t just include “limos” in the traditional sense. Instead of a “stretch” limo, smaller parties, comprised of anywhere between 1 and 6 people, can rent a luxury sedan or SUV instead for approximately $10-30 per person. The prices on these might be a little steeper to account for less people, but there a suitable alternative for those with small parties seeking transport during busy months. If you choose to ride in style, vintage limousines, such as a Rolls Royce, are often available, those the prices of these can reach as much $75 per hour per person, depending on the date and location.

For larger groups, stretch limos, stretch SUVs, and party busses & trolleys (yes, trolleys), can all be rented, with the amount of people (along with the aforementioned factors) all determining the price. Basically, the more people you have, the more it’s going to cost. Many places base their pricing on a flat fee per hour, while others go by the person per hour. As such, you should always do your research to try and find the best possible price for your needs. However, you should also make sure you choose a reputable limo service company that is properly insured and won’t cancel your reservation if a better deal comes along.

Finally, the final determining factor in limo rental pricing is the distance being traveled or the amount of time the limo is needed. Most limo rentals are all within the city limits, and most companies will have a minimum amount of time required for the limo to be used. Any time under or above this time limit might result in higher pricing or additional costs. In addition, since someone is driving you around, you should always tip the driver, especially if he or she is timely and friendly.

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Posted on June 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM