Move aside, limos, there's a cooler way to get around Montreal streets now: by renting an STM bus. That's right, you and your group of friends can rent an STM bus to pull up to your next function.
Buses are available for rental during the week from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., and 24 hours a day on weekends.
The STM confirmed with MTL Blog that it's possible for an individual or a group to rent a bus for personal reasons, as long as all the terms and conditions are followed.
To start off, a maximum of 55 people are allowed on board at once. That includes 30 seated and 25 standing.
The rules of conduct while on the bus include no smoking, drinking alcohol or doing drugs; no music (sigh); no decorations of any sort are allowed to be hung up; and all passengers must maintain a "respectful conduct and noise level."
So basically, you can't turn it into a party bus. But you can take it to get to a party — so long as the bus isn't used to travel to the airport, a private parking lot without permission, or anywhere buses aren't allowed or couldn't navigate (unpaved roads, narrow roads with hairpin turns, etc.).
As for prices, it's $198 an hour plus tax for commercial groups, with a minimum of three consecutive hours. And for non-profit groups, it's $165 an hour plus tax, with a minimum of two consecutive hours. Note that "additional fees apply when buses are rented for night-time transportation."
To apply to rent an STM bus, you can fill out the form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The form asks simple questions such as the date of your event, the number of passengers, the description of your activity and the destination(s).