(Closed) shuttle bus question

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The 2 hotels I’m bookings room blocks with offer a free shuttle service for guests, so I’ll be arranging pickup/drop-off times. Since your hotels don’t do that, however, I definitely wouldn’t pay for it!

Traditionally, guests provide their own transportation. As adults, they’ll be able to call a cab if they’ve had too much to drink. But, if you have it in your budget, you could rent a mini-bus or something to shuttle guests back to Hotel A, B, and C at the end of the night. I definitely don’t expect transportation if I’m a wedding guest, but it is a nice touch if you can afford it.

Post # 4
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Have you looked into local transport/car rental companies? Maybe you could get a mini-bus type shuttle from them for the end of the night and it could potentially make stops at all hotels which gives your guests more choices of where to stay.

Also, how are you planing on getting your guests to the ceremony/reception from the hotel? Or are you thinking they’ll leave their cars parked at the venue overnight?

Post # 5
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are planning on doing the excat same thing! A lot of our guests are going to be from out of town, and our reception site is about 20 mins away from the hotels. We live in a city, but it’s the only city for about 150 km’s ( 100 miles for those of you in the states :P) The area is much more rural then urban, even our local guests would have to spend at least 30-40 mins driving in order to attand the ceremony and reception. Our reception site has actually used a local bus service for events in the past and said they may be able to get us a deal (the wedding is still almost a year away.) I was going to book it myself, but since their is only the one bus company in the area, I might as well let the reception site do all the work 😛

Are you paying for this transportation yourself or asking your guests to cover it? Fiance and are going to cover the costs just because we dont want any drinking and driving and many of our guests are already having to spend $$$ traveling and staying in hotels. If your leaving the transportation up to your guests (and if it were me in the situation) I wouldn’t ask them to pay $30 to take the shuttle. A group of 8 could get a limo for that price!!

I would suggest crunching the numbers and seeing if hiring the bus service on your own would be more cost effective. $30 a person sounds steep to me, we were quoted $300-$500 to rent the bus for the whole night.

Post # 7
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We have two hotel rooming blocks booked and both offer a shuttle bus that will cost an additional fee of $20 pp. As we are already paying for the night before the wedding accomodations for many of our guests we are not paying for the shuttle (for now), but it is available to those that want to use it.

I think it depends on your venue location and how far it is from the hotel. As our venue is a bit out of the way and so is the hotel for that matter they aren’t going to offer a free shuttle.

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