Like Minds – Other “Hippie Limo” Businesses Around the World

The Hippie Limo - Denver & Boulder's Premier Retro-Mod Vintage RideIn 2000 when I thought of using my vintage VW as the Hippie Limo it looked like no one had the same idea. Now it seems that there are many like minds . . . nearly all in the United Kingdom where VWs are crazy popular as wedding cars and campers. I have personally found 68 UK businesses and find more every month. I have been told that there are about 130 businesses, each with multiple vehicles to choose from!!!

Compare that with only 6 businesses in the US! Just how can a couple of islands support so many vintage VW bug, bus, and camper rentals? In the running list below (not organized in any way) you can check out some of the Hippie Limo’s competition around the world. You can also browse a UK directory called VW Camper Hire. But remember, think global; shop local! ;-)

Note: Hippie Limo Out of Business – 11/22/2013

Please note that our business has closed as of 11/22/2013. This site is maintained as a sort of ”headstone” for our hard work and amazing rides. Under Current Events and Musings you will find a post that explains our decision and details our efforts to help this business succeed. Why the Hippie Limo Went Out of Business (A Subjective Retrospective) – 3/12/2014. Please take a moment to read it and learn more about our little experiment. And, of course, take a look at the other businesses around the world trying to do what we did.


VW Limo, Tour & Camping Companies Around the World

1. Splitscreen Dreams – Classic VW Campervan for Hire – Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Splitscreen Dreams is a family run business specializing in hiring chauffeur-driven Classic VW Campervans for Weddings.

2. Volkswagen Weddings – 1969 Deluxe Bay Window Bus – Dudley, West Midlands, UK

Poppy is a 1969 Deluxe bus with seven seats (all with seat belts) that loves nothing more than being part of a couple’s big day.

3. Beetle Drive Ltd – VW Classics for Special Occasions – Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK

A full fleet of classic Volkswagen wedding cars for hire in the Nuneaton and surrounding areas. If you are looking for something different for your big day then why not arrive in the coolest cars on the road.

4. Volkswagen Funerals – Classic VW Herse and Funeral Cars – Nationwide, UK

Volkswagen Funerals offers a completely unique service to provide an alternative funeral transport. We may also be able to assist you in finding suitable suppliers and Funeral Directors who can help you plan a fitting funeral, find some amazing coffins, and explore what you can do with your loved one’s ashes.

5. VW Brides – Providing a Smile with Every Mile – Kent, Bexley, UK

VW Brides is an established classic Volkswagen wedding car hire company providing vintage VW Beetle Cabriolets and Saloons as well as iconic Vdub Campervans for wedding hire and promotional events throughout Kent and the South East.

6. Dub Tails - VW Weddings, Holidays & Occasions – Yorkshire, UK

Dub Tails likes to help make your wedding in Yorkshire a little bit more fun, quirky, original and memorable with our fantastic VW Campervans. Arrive in style, surprise your guests, and create once in a lifetime photo opportunities with one of our retro chic Campers.

7. Deluxe Kombi Service – Sunshine Coast – Queensland, AU

Deluxe Kombi Service offer a unique chauffeur driven 21 Window Splitscreen Kombi servicing the whole of The Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.This beautifully restored 1965 Splitscreen Kombi is available for all Special Occasions from Weddings to Formal events to Special Scenic Tours of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

8. I Love VW Weddings – Camper Van Hire – Lincoln, UK

I Love VW Weddings is where you will find a cool, stylish ride for your wedding party in our fantastic 1963 Volkswagen Splitscreen Van.

9. Princess Limos – Mild to Wild – Highland, California, US

When a regular limousine just won’t do, the “VW Party Bus Limo” will turn heads and get you noticed as you roll up in this 10 passenger one-of-a-kind limo. An all time favorite for bachelor(ette) parties and other occasions requiring an unusual vehicle.

10. Retro Rides – Iconic Vehicle Services – Ottawa, CA

A 1966 Volkswagen Transporter Deluxe for nearly every occasion that requires a special touch of vintage class.

11. VW Love Bus – VW Splitscreen Love Bus – Colchester, Essex, UK

Molly, a 1967 VW split screen bus, is available for weddings and hire for any special occasion you have planned.

12. Vintage VW Weddings – Show winning Vintage Volkswagens – South Wales, UK

Vintage VW Weddings provides wedding couples with the finest collection of vintage, classic and contemporary Volkswagen car and campers for wedding and civil ceremony hire.

13. VW 4 Weddings – The Ultimate Wedding Experience – Bingly, West Yorkshire, UK

Offers the most beautiful wedding vans for hire in the UK, featuring Faith, a 21-Window deluxe bus. Have faith!

14. Vintage Safari Wagons – The Ultimate Wedding Experience – Los Angeles, US

Offers restored VW camper buses for rent/hire from a Los Angeles area location

15. VW Classic Camper Van Hire – Self-drive Volkswagen classic Campers – Yorkshire, UK

Specializing in hiring out the very best Campers we can find for camping, touring, weddings, and special occasions

16. All Cool Classic VW Camper Hire – Campers from the ’60’s and ’70’s – North Yorkshire, UK

A company with a mission to provide a cool, relaxing, and retro experience for holiday, publicity, or special occasions

17. Camper Amber – Classic VW Camper Hire – Glouchester, UK

Yours for a week long family holiday, a romantic weekend break, a festival extravaganza or simply a day out!

18. Sam’s Campers & Karmann Ghia – VWs for Trips and Holidays – Workingham, Berkshire, UK

Available for flexible short term rental for those who would like a day trip, weekend break, holiday, wedding or prom

19. Hire a VW – Travel in Ultimate VW Surf Style – Bristol, UK

Classic VW camper van that is well equipped and looking cool for adventure

20. VW Camper Van 4 Hire – Experience the VW Camper Life – Midlands, UK

Hire a VW Camper that is 100% original and it will provide you with an unforgettable holiday or festival experience.

21. O’Conner’s Campers – A VW Campvan Means Freedom – Okehampton, UK

Create your own holiday. What will you do in yours?

22. Camperbug – Cool Campervan Hire – London, UK

Travel the countryside in a VW camper

23. Kombi Rocks – Fleet of Awesome-Condition VeeDubs – Serangoon, SG

We want to share our love and enjoyment of “old things” such as the iconic VW Bus aka ‘Kombi.’

24. Kuste Kombis – A Specialty Service for All Occasions – Perth, AU

A business created with a recipe that includes the love for Kombis and the joy they bring to people.

25. VW Camper Hire – All Genuine Early Type 2’s – Smallfield, Surrey, UK

All beautifully presented with cooking facilities and four seatbelts suitable for child seats and booster cushions.

26. Vanilla Splits – Historic VW Campers Will Take You There in Style – Barnham, Sussex, UK

We can help you put together the adventure of a lifetime, and you’ll be joining an extremely happy bunch of people who have hired a bus from us.

27. Classic Campervan Hire – 19 Classic VW Campervans for Hire – Tavistock, Devon, UK

Gifts, rides, and fantastic times.

28. Winewagen Tours – Finger Lakes wine tours, Volkswagen style – Geneva, NY, US

Tour the Finger Lakes Wine Region in a fully restored 1971 classic Volkswagen Bus.

29. Vintage Tours of Texas – Austin’s fun wine tour – Austin, TX, US

Guided Texas wine tasting tours from Austin to Fredericksburg.

30. Florida Oldscool Campers – Travel Florida the Oldscool way – Tampa Bay Area, FL, US

Oldscool campers will help you plan the perfect Florida holiday.

31. Flo the VW Bus – 1971 VW Bus – Dallas, TX, US

Hang with Flo for photo shoots and bride and groom transports.

32. Lazy Days VW Camper Rental - Wedding and Debs Hire – Wicklow, IE

Family-run VW camper rentals with both bay windows and splitties for hire.

33. Strawberry Leisure – A Magical Way to Start Your Special Day – Hayle, Cornwall, UK

Chauffer-driven VW wedding and special occasion hire.

34. Camp in a VDub – More Than Just a Holiday – Woking, Surrey, UK

Experience the adventure of camping in a brand new retro VW Type 2 campervan.

35. Happy Campers Hawaii – Experience Hawaii in a VW Camper – Hilo, Hawaii, US

Cruise the Big Island in laid back Hawaiian style and comfort. (This is a family business with a fleet of 80’s Westy campers and a 1979 vintage model for those with more retro tastes).

36. East Coast Campers – Cool, Funky, and Very Chic VW Rentals – Rendlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK

Go back in time with our classic and retro camper vans.

37. South West Camper Hire – The Specialist Camper Hire Company – Exeter, Devon, UK

The place to rent a camper for your cool, stylish, and romantic holiday.

38. Rainbow Camper Hire – A Great Escape from Life and the Fast Lane – Keswick, Cumbria, UK

Put the color and fun into your holiday with a classic Volkswagen Camper rental .

39. Buttercup Bus – Vintage VW Camper Hire for Weddings & Holidays – London, Croydon, Surry, UK

Original, classic VW Camper  hire from within the M25.

40. LoveDub Weddings – Premier Vintage VW Campervan and Beetle Hire – Cardiff, Wales, UK

Oldest and most experienced supplier of VW wedding vehicles in South Wales.

41. Nomad Living – VW Camper Bus Hire for Getaways, Holidays, & Wedding Days – Aldham, Clochester, UK

Offering a very high standard of VW Campervan hire.

42. Solent Bug & Bus – Stunning VW Vehicles for Your Wedding or Holiday – Hampshire, Dorset, UK

Personalized chauffeur VW service from a family owned business.

43. Cornwall VW Wedding Hire – The Unique Experience of a 60s Volkswagen on Your Wedding Day – St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

Injecting fun, style and innovation into the wedding vehicle industry.

44. Nick Connah Ltd Camper Van Hire – Cheshire North Based Camper Hire  – Cheshire, North West, UK

Small limited VW camper hire company based near Chester

45. Shore Hire VW – Classic VW Wedding Hire in Dorset – Poole, Dorset, UK

Wedding vehicle hire specifically to your needs.

46. Let’s Do Weddings – VW Wedding Hire – Leeds, Yorkshire, UK

Be the envy of all your friends when you arrive in classic comfort and style.

47. Comfy Campers VW Camper Van Hire – Lovingly Restored VW Campervans for Hire –  Gloucestershire, UK 

Character and charm that makes driving and holidaying fun for everyone.

48. Mr. Bo Jangles – Chauffeur Driven VW Wedding Hire – North Devon, UK

 Our desire is to fulfil your every wish regarding your wedding transport.

49. Vintage Wedding Day – VW Hire in Brighton on the Beautiful South Coast – Brighton, UK

Classic VW vehicles portray romance and fun, they are the perfect way to travel on your big day.

50. Wacky Weddings – Fabulous Alternative in Wedding Day Car Hire – Redcar, UK

Retro and non traditional wedding day car hire services.

51. Kombi Limousines – Sydney’s New Luxury Limousine Service – Sydney, AU

A stretch VW party bus for weddings, special occasions, formals, corporate events, concerts or day tours.

52. Kombi Celebrations – Hire Florence and Black & White for Your Celebration – Freshwater NSW, AU

Living the dream! A seriously stylish, fun ride!

53. Tour de Brews – Durango’s Original Microbrewery Tour – Durango, CO, US

Tour four fabulous breweries in Durango, CO

54. Revesby Garage – Service, Parts, Restorations and Camper/Wedding Rentals – Revesby, Lincolnshire, UK

Offering the best terms in the country.

55. California Campers – Go Where Large RVs Dare Not – San Franciso, CA, US

See the beauty of California and the Western US in a VW Westfalia.

56. Pacific North Westy – Welcome to Your Next Adventure – Seattle, WA, US

Explore western Washington in comfort and convience in a VW Westy Campervan.

57. Maine Campers – Rent a VW Camper and See the Northeast – Kittery, ME, US

Travel Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New England in a pop-top camper.

58. Summer Lovin’ VW Camper Hire – Family Camper Hire in West Sussex- Warninglid, West Sussex, UK

Book your retro camping holiday in one of our gorgeous 1970’s Volkswagen camper vans.

59. Snailtrail – VW Campervan Hire & Sales – Edworth, Biggleswade Beds, UK

Classic 60’s and 70’s looks in modern VW campervans.

60. Fistral Bays VW Camper Hire – Vans for Weddings, Proms, and Camping – Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Adventure, freedom, and miles of smiles in a VW Campervan.

61. Split the Difference – The Vintage VW Camper Hire Company – Flintshire, North Wales, UK

Your holiday, with a difference!

62. Cornish Campers – VW Camper Hire in Deavon and Cornwall – Bodmin, Cornwall, UK

Experience camping in a stunning VW camper.

63. VW Weddings – VW Bug and Camper Van Wedding Rentals – Co Tipperary, IE

Pristine classic VW vehicles for your wedding in the Munster & Leinster areas.

64. Canny Campers – VW Wedding Hire Company – North East, UK

A retro wedding experience designed to suit your requirements.

65. VW Splitscreen Camper Van Hire – Splittys for Wedding and Holiday Hire – Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK

Stand out from the crowd in one of our lovingly restored ‘splitty’ Volkswagen camper vans.

66. Harold 4 Hire – VW Campervan Wedding Car Hire – Ashford, Kent, UK

Your wedding day or occasion with a real twist of the iconic VW campervan flavour.

67. Beetles About Wedding Car & Camper Hire – Something Unique for Your Wedding Day or Holiday – Prenton, Wirral, UK

Old and new VWs available for wedding car hire and holidays.

68. Calico Moon – Classic VW Wedding Hire – Northamptonshire, UK

Turn heads on your big day and arrive in true retro style!

69. Vantastic Weddings – A Distinctive Look on Your Wedding Day – SW London, UK

Try a vintage VW Campervan as an alternative to the typical wedding car.

70. Mojo & Co. – Wedding Transport with a Difference – Norfolk, UK

A perfect choice for those who love the retro look.

71. Open Road Classics – Wedding Transport with a Retro Feel – Northamptonshire, UK

A quirky alternative to the conventional wedding vehicle.

72. Lake District Vintage Wedding Cars – Unique Experiences for Special Events – St Bees, Cumbria, UK

 Family run business that was created out of a passion for classic Air-cooled VW’s.

73. Big Day Buses (and Bugs) – Dare to be Different – Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK

Make a statement with your choice of transport on your wedding day.

74. Timeless Classic Beetle Wedding Car Hire – Make Your Wedding Day Unique and Fun – Yorkshire, UK

Unique holidays and special days.

75. Dorset Dubhire – Travel in Style in a Vintage VW – Wimborne, Dorset, UK

Arrive at your wedding in a beautiful classic VW camper van that will really turn heads.

76. The Bugster – Experience San Francisco in a Vintage VW Beetle – San Francisco, CA, US

Offering self-drive, self-guided tours of over 40 great destinations in the San Francisco area.

77. Classic Campers – Combine the Best of Old and New – Auckland, NZ

The legendary status of retro VW campers with updated features for a comfy, fun time

78. Dragonfly Vans – Explore the Northern Rockies in Freedom – Missoula, MT, US

Vanagon-era Westfalia campers – though not vintage, they are classy and fun!

79. DreamBus – VW Wedding Car Hire – Hereford, Herefordshire, UK

Arrive at your wedding in classic style – offering Porsches and vintage VWs

80. VDub Vintage – Weddings, Photography, Adventures, and Coffee Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK

A one-stop shop for getting married, taking photos, going camping, and getting caffeinated!

81. Pear Tree Weddings – Classic VW Wedding Hire – Northamptonshire, UK

One Beetle, two Split Windows, and one Bay Window bus, all in matching cream colour!

82. Lovebug Weddings – A Wedding Car to Suit Everyone – Porthcawl, South Wales, UK

Stunning vintage and modern VW weddings cars for hire.

82. Silk & Satin Weddings – VW Campers for Weddings & Events – Northampton, UK

VW camper vans for vintage weddings and civil partnerships.

83. Vantigo – A Truly Unique San Francisco Adventure – San Francisco, California, US

Beer, oyster, sights, and lights tours in a vintage bay window bus.

84. Westfalia Rentals – Adventures in the Pacific Northwest – Seattle, Washington, US

Vanagon Westfalias for rent in both British Columbia, CA and Seattle, Washington, US

Other Bus Businesses or Mascots

The history of using VW buses as work horse vehicles for companies is a rich and long one. Before you look at some of the newer incarnations below, check out the wonderful collection of VW Split Window Logo Buses from the 60’s at Cartype and get a glimpse into yester-year.

Da Lupo Pizzeria – Get Real with Simple and Delicious Pizza – Boulder, CO, US

Cheba Hut – A pot-themed sub chain – Boulder, CO, US

Corrido Tequila – The Bently of Tequilas – Scottsdale, AZ, US

Campaccino – A Mobile Coffee Bar with a Difference – Woodbridge, Suffolk, GB

Rolling Coffee Shop – Caffeeine on the Go – Chiang Mai, TH

Hi-Lo’s 15th St. Cafe – Good. Food. Fun – Bremerton, WA, US

Java Bean Coffee – Seattle’s Original Organic Coffee Shops – Seattle, WA, US

Monkshood Coffee – Specialty Gormet Coffee to You – North Marston, Bucks, GB

Cafe Konvertible – A Collaborative Art Project – Somerset, GB

Lova Lava Land Eco-Resort - A Green Resort featuring non-moving VW Campervans as accomodations – Hawaii, US

Tillamook Cheese – Cheddar Cheese Loaf Love Tour Buses – US

Peace Frogs – Clothes and apparel out of a VW Van Kiosk – US

The Coffee Can – Coffee on Wheels Out of a VW Bus – Rapid City, SD, US

The Cozy Bean – Nomadic Coffee and Smoothies – Denver, CO, US

Volk Bar Bangla – VW Van stretched and made into a mobile cocktail bar – Patong, Phuket Island, TH

Rudi’s Organic Bakery – VW bay-window mascot for  toasting to good health – Boulder, CO, US

VW Bug Grill-to-Go – VW Beetle reformed as a grill and condiment bar – Grand Rapids, MI, US

Honorable Mentions

Though not all limo businesses, the buses below deserve some consideration:

Hippie Hauler – The Samba

Here is a discussion on the daddy of all VW websites, TheSamba.com, about someone’s effort to create a limo from the combined bodies of three VW Buses and one Beetle.

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Stretch VW Microbus Limo – Carscoop

It is not a business, but it is an amazing example of what someone can do with a couple of buses and A LOT of money and skill. From what I know this bus was started by Derrek Gregg in Lancaster, CA but didn’t take on its current form until it ended up in the hands of Bob Koch of Koch’s VW in Santa Clarita, CA. After a few years in the states the bus jumped the pond and ended up in the stable of Bob Van Heyst (BBT) in Belgium.

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Dave’s Classic Limousine Pictures

Well, I guess some people will stretch anything. Not sure how many of these are photoshop rather than structural stretches. Still, they are all neat to look at and there are several VWs mixed in the pile. (Clicking this link will open the page in this window.)

1962 Splitty 39-Window Deluxe Microbus Limo – Kombi Limousines – Sydney, AUS

It is hard to imagine who would have the time or money to put this beauty on the road, but there it is. Next time you are in Sydney, AUS be sure to look them up.

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You can also be inspired by pictures from celebrations around the world that feature vintage VWs on Pinterest
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Now that you have looked at all of these, be sure to take a look at the Hippie Limo, as well!

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2 responses

  1. Hi,
    I’ve recently posted about VWs featuring in wedding photography on my blog and you’re right, it would seem that every wedding in the UK MUST feature a Volkswagen as transport – judging by the number of companies around offering their services.

    I guess It’s people trying to recoup some of the costs involved in an expensive hobby?

    Malc

    March 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM

  2. Paul

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you would know where I can rent a VW samba like yours for our wedding day. I have been looking all over the web for a company but they don’t seem to exist except in the UK. We live in Houston, TX and wanted to rent the car for photos and for the drive to our reception. I am sorry to hear about your business and your company is exactly what we are looking for. Can you help us make our wedding day the best and coolest wedding that it can be?

    Thanks,
    Paul

    August 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

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