Friday, January 18, 2008

Chartered Bus Etiquette

This is my first time chartering a bus and I have kind of a dumb question. (Yes, I know - the only dumb question is the one unasked.)

Do you tip the bus driver?

When you get married and rent a limousine, you tip the limo driver. Do you do the same with the bus driver if he or she does a very nice job?

I'd ask Miss Manners, but we leave on Monday and I don't think she can get back to me that fast.

Thanks for any help!

6 comments:

Teresa said...

Hi Maureen,
The tip may already be included in the cost. However, if you really appreciate the driver, $1 per person is nice. Grumpy drivers deserve no reward of course.
Teresa (sister to a driver)

Anonymous said...

The internet was not helpful, so I called the local busline and found out. The customary tip is 1 dollar per person, per day. OUCH!! It is not customary to pay for thier dinner, as they are generally given a allowance for that. Wish I had better news. Chrissy

Michele Quigley said...

Yes, if the driver does a good job tipping is appropriate.

Are you heading to the March? Perhaps you could pass a hat and ask for everyone to chip in for the driver.

Mary G said...

Maureen,

What we've done is take up a collection on the bus towards the end of the journey -- only if he/she has been particularly helpful or nice -- and then present the bus driver with that as the last person leaves the bus. It's a good way to get everyone thanking the driver ... but again, only if the driver has been nice; it's not a have to do or a certain percent as far as I know.

Maureen Wittmann said...

Thanks everyone! I let all the marchers know that we'd be passing the hat at the end of the trip and that, if our drive is nice and helpful, the going rate is $1 per person, per day. Whew, one last thing to worry about. I'm sure learning a lot in planning this DC trip.

Yep, Michelle, we're heading to the march. Will you be there?

Michele Quigley said...

Most of my family will be there but I will be home with the littlest ones --watching you all on EWTN!