Do I Tip The Limo Driver? And Other Limousine And Luxury Car Service Etiquette Tips

When you use a limousine or luxury transportation rental service to provide transportation for an event, whether it be for prom, a wedding, a business trip, a night out on the town, or any other reason, the main point is for you to have fun, enjoy your ride, and arrive luxuriously in style. But when riding in a limousine or another luxury transportation service vehicle, there are a few common etiquette tips you should be aware of to ensure the experience is enjoyed by all.

Entering And Exiting The Vehicle

Getting into and out of your limo or luxury vehicle may seem like the simplest part of your trip, but there are a couple things you need to know beforehand. Always allow the chauffeur to open the door for you before you enter or exit the vehicle, after all this is a part of their job, and they will also help you into and out of the vehicle as well. When getting into the vehicle sit in the first available seat and then scoot along the row of seats until you get to the seat you want. Keep in mind that the seat at the back right of the limousine is known as the “power seat” and should be used by the person who paid the bulk of the limo cost or the person for who the celebration is for. When it is time to exit the vehicle, wait for the vehicle to come to a complete stop and stay seated until the door is opened for you by the chauffeur. Scoot along the seats once again until you are at the seat closest to the door and then allow your chauffeur to help you out of the vehicle.

Respect Your Driver

Your chauffeur is a professional, and they deserve to be treated professionally and with respect. Your chauffeur is there to provide you with the best service possible, but there are a few things you can do that will help them provide excellent service. Make sure your trip is well planned in advance and let your limo service know how many people will be in your party and any stops or special accommodations you would like to have on your way. Your chauffeur wants to do their best to provide you with the best service possible but be fair to your chauffeur and do not ask them to perform any illegal acts such as speeding or breaking other traffic laws. Simply relax and enjoy your ride knowing your chauffeur is a highly-trained professional who will ensure you make it to your destination on-time and safe.

Respect The Vehicle

Luxury transportation services hold their vehicles to a very high standard of quality and cleanliness to ensure you, as the client, are receiving the best there is to offer in luxury transportation. Because of this you should treat the limousine or luxury vehicle better than you would treat even your own vehicle. You should always do your best to leave the limo as nice and clean as you found it. Make sure you pick up and take any trash with you to dispose of it properly, and refrain from putting your feet up on the seats to avoid staining or scuffing them. Each luxury transportation service will also have their own set of rules you should follow with regards to smoking, drinking alcohol, and putting your head out the sunroof, so make sure you check with your service provider prior to your event and know these rules and expectations.

Don’t Fight

The entire reason you chose to rent a luxury transportation service is to be able to travel in style, class, and have fun. Nothing about fighting during your ride will help you accomplish the goals you have in mind in using a luxury transportation service. Make sure no one in your party becomes that overly-intoxicated out of control rider that gets into a fight inside the vehicle. Not only is this sure to ruin your entire party’s night, but it is also extremely dangerous to everyone involved.


As anytime you are provided with excellent service, you should consider showing your appreciation by providing your chauffeur with a gratuity. Sometimes the gratuity will be included in your bill, but many times it is not, and even if it is you can check the rate the gratuity was charged at and then determine whether you would like to add on to it. There is not any set rule for how much you should tip your driver, but if you were provided with good service industry experts suggest you consider tipping your driver between 15 and 20% of your total bill.

If you are looking for the ultimate experience of luxury and style in your transportation for your next event contact Affari Transportation today! We provide the best when it comes to luxury transportation in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas, and we look forward to making your next event unforgettable from beginning to end.