Are you taking a charter bus and wondering what to tip a charter bus driver at the end? This article will answer your charter bus driver tip questions.
Charter buses are a great way for groups to travel in comfort together. They’re typically comfortable, come with a private driver, have lots of storage space for your luggage, an onboard bathroom, and more. Your professional driver will get you to your destination in safety and comfort. The age-old question at the end of a charter is “how much should I tip the charter bus driver”. So what is the proper tipping etiquette?
When I first took a group tour on a charter bus, I wasn’t sure how much to give when the group started passing around a hat for tips. I ended up asking another group member what they left and I did the same, although I now know that I left too much! That’s what led me to create this charter bus driver tip guide.
Do You Tip Charter Bus Drivers?
No, you don’t have to leave a tip for your charter bus driver. While you don’t have to leave a tip, they are certainly appreciated!
If you’re traveling in a charter bus as a part of a group, you’re likely to feel peer pressure to leave a tip. That’s because it’s common to ‘pass the tip hat’ around all the group members near the end of the trip. Besides being awkward, it can cause you to tip your driver more than you should. That’s why it is important to know what’s considered to be a good tip before leaving on your next adventure.
How Much To Tip Charter Bus Driver?
Do you want to leave your driver a tip? Although tips aren’t required, it’s common for groups to pool tips for charter bus drivers. If you’re leaving a tip, you probably want to know how much to tip your charter bus driver. The customary tip is $2 per person. For a multi-day trip where there is a driver and a guide, tip a combined $3-$10 per day. You can leave tip more if you’d like to, but ignore those tipping guides posted by charter bus companies that suggest 10 – 20% of the total cost of the tour. That’s too much and outside of what’s expected.
Before leaving a tip, check with the tour company that the driver can accept tips and that the tip isn’t already included. That’s because the tip is sometimes already included in the cost of the charter bus rental. There’s no reason to double tip!
How Much Do Charter Bus Drivers Make?
If you’re thinking about leaving a tip, you might be wondering how much your charter bus driver makes. According to Payscale, a charter bus driver earns $14.41 per hour, on average. Although it’s a decent wage, it’s less than half of the $30.54 average American hourly wage for private-sector workers. Your driver will certainly appreciate your tips for good service.
Also, keep in mind that your charter driver only earns money when he’s driving so if there’s no tour group for the day he won’t earn anything.