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Costs of Attending Prom Rising but not the Cost of Our Bay Area Prom Limousines!

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on April 22, 2013

A recent survey conducted by credit card giant Visa found that the average cost of going to prom is now more than $1,078. High school proms are certainly some of the high points of a young person’s life, but Visa’s survey found that kids and parents are spending increasingly larger sums of money for clothing, shoes, dinner, tickets, pictures, salon services, limo rentals and other costs.

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Reserve Your San Francisco Valentine’s Day Limousine Now

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on December 16, 2012

Those of you who are planning to rent a Bay Area limousine for Valentine’s Day still have time to make your reservation, but the window of opportunity is closing for the most popular models. The most romantic day of the year will be here before you know it, and, if you’re planning something extra sweet for your sweetheart, like a San Francisco limo experience, for example, there’s no better time to make your reservation. Some of our most popular limousines for couples have already been reserved, but we still have some great options available, such as these:

No matter which luxury vehicle you select for your San Francisco limo experience, they all come with our legendary customer service and many perks that are included in the very affordable rate. Unlike other Bay Area limousine services, we include lots of amenities in the price we quote instead of nickel-and-diming our guests and surprising them with additional charge at the end of the evening.

Although your thoughts may be focused on the upcoming holidays and get-togethers with friends and family, make your Valentine’s Day limo reservations now for the best selection at the best rates. For more information about your limousine options, our affordable rates and ways that we can help you customize your limousine experience, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936. If you’re planning on going out for New Year’s Eve, ask us about renting a San Francisco limo for the second-biggest date night of the year, too!

Makers of Taxi and Limousine Application Uber Sued in San Francisco

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on November 21, 2012

It looks like Uber’s legal troubles are continuing, this time in San Francisco. The maker of the smartphone application intended to help passengers find taxicabs and limousines in large U.S. cities is the target of a new lawsuit filed on behalf of San Francisco taxi drivers. You may recall that we have posted blogs in recent months about similar lawsuits filed against the request-a-ride service in New York City and Chicago. The suits claim that the application creates an unfair competitive environment by steering customers toward companies that don’t adhere to state and local regulations that govern taxi and limousine services.

Attorney Gary Oswald recently filed the suit in a San Francisco court and issued a press release in which he had less than flattering things to say about the smartphone app.

“Uber is brazenly violating this statutory scheme without even bothering to offer a pretext for their overtly illegal actions just as they have in New York City, Chicago and elsewhere,” Mr. Oswald said in the release. “By ignoring the law, Uber is putting at risk the livelihoods of hardworking men and women who drive safely and follow the rules.”

Mr. Oswald claims that Uber attempts to cover up its true nature in order to avoid all regulations governing limousine and taxicab companies and that these illegal acts also interfere with chauffeurs’ and taxi drivers’ relationships with their clients. He also claims that Uber uses illegal metering devices and charges unauthorized rates for its services. He closes the press release with a strong statement that suggests that Uber forces chauffeurs and taxi drivers to break the law, saying that “by written contraction between Uber and its ‘partnered’ Black Car drivers, such drivers are required to operate in violation of the San Francisco code.”

As we’ve stated before, we don’t mind competition, it inspires us to continue striving to offer the best San Francisco limousine experience for our guests for the best rates. However, we don’t care for any measures, digital or otherwise, that compel Bay Area limo services, chauffeurs, taxi drivers or anyone else to operate outside rules and regulations put in place to protect the safety of all Californians. Bay Area residents who want to reserve one of our limousines or other luxury vehicles can use their smartphones, but they don’t need to download an application to make it easier. They can simply give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 to speak with one of our reservation specialists!

Organizers Planning Game of Thrones Bus Tours Next Year

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 31, 2012

Fans of the smash hit HBO series Game of Thrones will be able to ride through the Irish countryside and view the locations where the program is filmed. The third season of the epic fantasy series is now being filmed in Northern Ireland, and planners report that they expect to have the tour buses up and running by this time next year. Game of Thrones fans will recognize many filming locations, including the North Coast Harbor of Ballintoy, a backdrop for many episodes. Other popular shooting locations expected to be included on the tour are Larrybane Quarry near the Carrickarede rope bridge on the North Coast, Inch Abbey and Tollymore Forest Park in Co Down.

The announcement pleased many tourism officials in Ireland, which, like many popular tourist destinations, has taken a sizable hit in recent years due to the recession.

"We have been working with the various tourism bodies for over a year, we got in touch about setting up this tour. We are helping them in terms of resources and putting them in touch with the right people like the broadcaster and distributor. We are keen on the overall film tourism thing, not just Game Of Thrones," one tourism official said.

Here in the Bay Area, we’re very familiar with movie and television locations as well. Lots of films and TV shows are and have been filmed in San Francisco and the surrounding area, and many local landmarks are instantly recognizable around the world. We’re no strangers to bus tours either. Millions of people visit our area each year and find that tour buses are the most comfortable, practical and affordable way to get around for sightseeing tours, airport transportation and many other destinations.

If you need comfortable and affordable group transportation for a sightseeing tour, wedding, sporting event or other special occasion, call us today at 800-339-8936. We offer luxury motor coaches, party buses, VIP buses and many other options to accommodate groups of all sizes. Whether you live in the Bay Area or are planning a visit, you can rely on NLS Limo for the best selection of San Francisco tour buses in the area. Call us today, and don’t forget to ask about our tour packages!

We Have San Francisco Charter Buses for Groups of All Sizes

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 1, 2012

If you are visiting the Bay Area with a group of people or you live here and need a large, comfortable and affordable way to transport people, we have many different San Francisco charter bus options for you. While we are a limousine service, we also offer many other kinds of luxury transportation for groups of two to 200. Each of the charter buses is clean, spacious, luxurious and designed to make road trips fun! Our Bay Area charter bus rentals are perfect for the following:

Nearly all of them are equipped with amenities that make road trips fun and enjoyable, such as flat-screen TVs, audio systems, minibars, mood lighting, DVD players and other amenities. Depending on which model you choose, you can also enjoy plenty of storage for luggage, restrooms, captain’s chairs and tables for working and playing, karaoke machines, fiber optic lighting and other unique features.

No one in the area has a better selection of San Francisco luxury coach rental options including these:

No matter which Bay Area luxury coach rental you choose, you will enjoy an immaculately clean interior and a courteous, professional and knowledgeable driver to get you and your group to and from your destination in style. Whether you rent for an afternoon or a weekend, you’ll be amazed at how affordable luxurious group travel can be! Please browse the pages of our site for images of each of the charter bus rental options in our fleet and a listing of the amenities that each offers. For more information or to make a reservation, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936, and one of our reservation specialists will be happy to assist you!

What to Expect From Your San Francisco Limousine Experience

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 29, 2012

If you’ve ever rented a limousine in the Bay Area, you probably have a good idea of what riding in a limo is like and how much fun it can be to share with friends and family. However, if you have not yet had the chance to ride in a limo here or anywhere else and you’ve been thinking about renting a limo for an upcoming event, we thought we’d provide some insight into what it’s like to rent a limousine, party bus, limo bus, bus charter or other type of luxury ground transportation from us. You can expect the following:

  • Your limousine to arrive on time, every time
    You can expect your Bay Area limousine and chauffeur to arrive at the arranged address on time, every time. Unlike some of our competitors in the San Francisco limo market, we take a great deal of pride in our punctuality and promise to arrive at the agreed-upon time. In the very rare event that something unexpected occurs and we will be a few minutes late, we will let you know as soon as possible.
  • A professional chauffeur
    You can expect a knowledgeable, well-groomed, polite and professional chauffeur to drive you and your guests to your destination(s), open doors for you at every stop and treat you with respect at all times. We know that the quality of our guests’ experience begins and ends with the chauffeur, and each must pass a rigorous screening process before they are allowed to drive our guests.
  • Affordable rates
    The Bay Area limousine market is quite competitive, which is good for us, as it inspires us to improve our guests’ experience at all times, and is good for you, as it keeps costs very affordable.
  • A clean and very comfortable ride
    Our guests know that they are not the first people to rent one of our luxury vehicles, but they should expect the vehicle to look as if they are the first. Each of our vehicles is thoroughly cleaned after every rental, and we have multiple teams check each other’s work so that nothing is overlooked.
  • Outstanding customer service
    From the initial phone call to the moment you are dropped off at the end of your experience, you can rely on us to go above and beyond to ensure that you and the rest of your party have a thoroughly wonderful time. When our guests have special requests, we make every effort to accommodate them and make their experience extra special.

There are plenty of limousine services in the Bay Area, but we’re confident that once you have reserved a limo, party bus or other vehicle through us, you’ll rely on us again and again for all your luxury transportation needs. For more information, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rent a San Francisco Limousine or Party Bus for the Upcoming Concert Season

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 21, 2012

The Bay Area is home to a very lively music scene every month of the year, but music lovers know that summer and fall are when the biggest touring bands swing through and play at the many outdoor venues in our area. If you and your friends have tickets to a big upcoming show that you would like to make even more special by renting a limo, party bus, limo bus or other type of luxury transportation, you have definitely come to the right place! We became San Francisco’s premier limousine service by offering the best selection of luxury vehicles at the best rates and providing legendary customer service. There are many reasons why our vehicles are ideal for concert transportation, but here are a few for your consideration:

  • Everyone gets to have a good time
    Since your chauffeur is the ultimate designated driver, you and your friends can party to and from the concert without having to worry about everyone getting home safely after the show.
  • Bay Area traffic
    Getting to and from the Bay Area’s most popular music venues can be a drag, and parking is usually scarce and expensive. Renting a limousine or party bus alleviates all those traffic and parking concerns, so you and your friends spend less time driving and more time enjoying each other’s company!
  • Convenience
    Your chauffeur will drop you off and pick you up right at the venue, allowing you to walk right in and get your groove on. Rather than wasting time wandering in the parking lot looking for your car after the show, you can step right in your luxury rental and be whisked away from the noise and traffic.
  • Space, comfort and luxury
    Whether you prefer a limo, party bus, limo bus, luxury coach or other luxury vehicle, you and your friends will enjoy lots of space, very comfortable seating and lots of amenities to and from the show.
  • An experience you and your friends will remember for a lifetime
    Simply put, renting a limo or party bus for concert transportation is fun! Adding fun and luxury to a concert experience is certain to create memories that you and your friends will talk about long after the last note is played.

If renting a San Francisco limousine or party van for a concert sounds like your idea of a good time, call us today at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 to make your reservation! We have a huge selection, and our rates are very affordable. If you finally scored tickets to that once-in-a-lifetime concert, make it even more memorable by enjoying convenience and all the other advantages of luxury transportation this upcoming concert season!

Rent a Limo or Party Van to Sample the Best of Bay Area Craft Beers

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 8, 2012

Central California has a worldwide reputation for outstanding wines, but some Bay Area brewers have been busy crafting some superb microbrews that are also earning acclaim across the country and around the world. Craft brewing has exploded in popularity in recent years, and San Francisco and the surrounding area now have outstanding brewpubs and restaurants for beer lovers to sample and enjoy. If you and your friends are beer lovers and want to sample some of San Francisco’s best brews, we have an idea: rent a San Francisco limousine or party bus, and design your own craft beer pub crawl! Some of the best brewers in the area include these:

  • 21st Amendment Brewery
  • Anchor Brewing
  • Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
  • Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery
  • Social Kitchen & Brewery
  • Southern Pacific Brewing Co.
  • Southpaw BBQ
  • Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
  • Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

That’s quite a list, and it is far from complete. Pick a few of your favorites from this list, add a few of your own and start planning your epic pub crawl. To make it extra epic, consider adding a sporting event to the festivities! Make a whole day of it by getting tickets to a Giants, 49ers, A’s, Raiders, Sharks or college sporting event as well. Here is a short list of your luxury transportation options:

If a craft beer pub crawl sounds like your idea of a good time, why not take it one step further and add a chauffeur for the ultimate designated driver? Our San Francisco limousines and party buses are roomy, comfortable, loaded with luxury amenities and very affordable. To review your limo or party bus rental options, please browse the pages of our site. If you have questions or are ready to make a reservation, just give us a call anytime at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936.

CPUC Issues Cease & Desist Orders Against 35 Illegal Limousine Services

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 6, 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state agency that issues licensing and enforces compliance with all passenger carrier regulations, recently issued cease & desist notices to 35 companies operating illegally in our state. All of the companies that received the orders had continued to illegally transport passengers despite having licenses that were suspended, revoked, denied or expired or not having any licensing at all. Many of the companies named were operating illegally as Bay Area limousine, bus and shuttle services. Illegal San Francisco limo companies continue to be a very serious problem in our area, and we feel it is our responsibility to our guests and all Californians to make them aware of the risks of doing business with illegal and unethical passenger carriers.

The individuals and companies that received cease & desist orders included these:

  1. David C. Hodgins dba Five-O Secure Transportation, Loomis (Unlicensed)
  2. Santa Barbara Limo Bus LLC dba Santa Barbara Limo Bus, Goleta (TCP 21820)
  3. Tom Bridger dba TCS Chauffer Service, Palm Desert (Unlicensed)
  4. San Diego Executive Sedan LLC, San Diego (Unlicensed)
  5. Arturo Ledesma, dba Central Cali Party Bus, Watsonville (Unlicensed)
  6. Linda R Pasqua dba Delivered By Grace, Sunnyvale (Unlicensed)
  7. Jorge Amaro dba A1 Limo Services, Mountain View (Unlicensed)
  8. Jasbir Singh Clair dba Antioch Express Cab, Antioch (Unlicensed)
  9. Avolar Limousine Service Inc. dba Avolar Limousine Service, West Hills (TCP 23280)
  10. Veronica Trillo dba H.I.S Transportation Services (PSG 27331)
  11. Polly Lau dba Polly Martini, Benicia. (Unlicensed)
  12. Juan E Gonzalez, Sr. dba Bad Boy Limo, Chula Vista (TCP 16842)
  13. Paola Enterprises LLC dba Katz Party Bus, Norwalk (TCP 28817)
  14. Jorge Amaro dba A-1 Limo Services, Mountain View (Unlicensed)
  15. Ruben & Scarlett Citores dba Bay Hopper Party Bus, Menlo Park (Unlicensed)
  16. Shapiro, Dinerman & Kaplun, Inc. dba Bay Shuttle, San Francisco (Unlicensed)
  17. Ulises Ramirez dba Imperial Valley Tours, Holtsville (TCP 16851)
  18. Payma Management Systems, LLC, Poway (TCP 15330)
  19. Go Californie, LLC, Concord (Unlicensed)
  20. City Sightseeing Corporation, San Francisco (TCP 21558)
  21. Limo Lounge LLC, Gilroy (TCP 24002)
  22. Prestige Limousine, Bakersfield (Unlicensed)
  23. Ruedas & Camancho dba California Shuttle, Hollister (Unlicensed)
  24. Michael Riches dba Town Cars San Diego (TCP 19059)
  25. Arthur Kesablian dba One Dream Limousine Service, Sun Valley (TCP 9787)
  26. Woody Guderian Dba Woody’s Wine Tours, Santa Rosa (Unlicensed)
  27. Ray Ramirez dba Hollywood Ray, San Diego (Unlicensed)
  28. The Santa Cruz Experience, Santa Cruz (TCP 27104)
  29. Josephine Rivas dba Payma Management Systems LLC, Poway (TCP 15330)
  30. Nick Falcone dba Sunbelt Limos, Laguna Beach (Unlicensed)
  31. Young Mock Sagong and Eun Jun Choi General Partnership dba Irvine Limo & Tour
  32. Travel Limousine and Sedan Service, West San Bruno (TCP10157)
  33. Apollo Luxury Transportation Corp., Martinez (TCP 20518)
  34. Berreth Limousine, Delano (Unlicensed)
  35. Edison Krosi, Aliso Viejo (TCP 24282)

If you are thinking about renting a San Francisco limo, party bus, SUV limo or other type of luxury transportation for an upcoming event and would like to make sure that the company has all the required licensing and insurance coverage, please check out the CPUC site. You can also call us at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936! We are one of the many Bay Area limousine services that protect their guests by purchasing required levels of insurance coverage, ensuring that their chauffeurs are fully licensed and following all CPUC regulations. What sets us apart is our unsurpassed level of customer service in addition to our very affordable rates! So, if you and your friends and family want to have a safe, fun, affordable and very luxurious limo, party bus or bus charter experience, call us first, and find out why we are the premier San Francisco limo rental company!

Wedding Limo Bus Catches Fire on the Way to Reception

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on July 13, 2012

Some newlyweds in Minnesota and their wedding party had an unexpected detour on the way from the ceremony to their wedding reception recently. Ken and Liz McDonald and their wedding party were relaxing and having fun in the back of their limo bus when one of the bridesmaids noticed smoke rising through the seats. After learning about the smoke, the chauffeur immediately pulled over to the side of Interstate 35 and asked his guests to quickly get out of the limo bus. Everyone got out safely before the bus was engulfed in flames. The groom said that the wedding party got out of the limo bus with little time to spare.

“Two minutes later we were 100 yards from the bus and it was up in flames,” said groom Ken McDonald. “The plume was unbelievable.”

A police officer who stopped to investigate the fire notified the fire department and then transported the bride and groom to their reception. The rest of the wedding party was picked up shortly thereafter by the bride and groom’s parents and made it to the reception without further incident. The limo bus was a complete loss, and the owner is waiting on the report from the fire department to learn how the fire started.

We have heard some strange wedding limo stories over the years, and we frequently pass them along to our readers, but we are delighted that this one has a happy ending. After all, we’re in the happy ending business! We have been the Bay Area’s premier wedding limo bus service for years and are very proud to help couples and their friends and family members celebrate this very important moment in their lives. In addition to San Francisco wedding limo buses, we also offer many other kinds of wedding transportation, including the following:

If you’re planning to get married and are looking for a San Francisco wedding limo bus, stretch limousine or any other type of luxury transportation for you and your wedding party, please call us at 800-339-8936 for more information about rates, availability, wedding packages and more. Call NLS Limo today!

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