Frequently Asked Questions

You may not bring your own beverages on the bus. You must purchase a Plus or Platinum Ticket level to have drinks on the bus.

Cancellations and/or changes to the invoice made more than 45 days before the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations and/or changes made 11 to 45 days before the event will receive a credit towards future purchases in the amount of the cancellation or changes. Credits are valid for 24 months after the event date or are SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE. Cancellations or changes made within 10 days of the event will not be refunded or credited but are transferable to another customer under identical terms and conditions. 

However, your bus and tailgate ticket is transferable if you’d like to sell it yourself. Just let us know the name of the new ticketholder, and we’ll take care of it.

No, but we can add one on! Visit our TICKET PAGE. You do not need a ticket to the game to come on the bus, but our tailgate will not be serving food or beverages during the game.

Yes. Notre Dame Football should be fun for the whole family! For those wishing to consume any alcohol, a formal ID will be required proving that you are 21 years of age.

Yes, individual purchasers part of a larger group can be on the same bus to ride together. But each individual purchaser must provide us with the same group name for us to be able to assign all group members to the same bus. We recommend choosing a group name and sharing it with your group members so that individual purchasers can put it on the purchase form. This is the best way to ensure all group members ride together.

Bags or coats can be left on the bus HOWEVER bus drivers are off duty during the tailgate and the game, and they may lock the buses. So we strongly recommend that you:

Do not leave valuables on the bus (wallets and tech); and
Take what you need for the game (tickets, layers, ponchos)

We don’t state exact departure times for the buses because they do not always leave simultaneously. For a 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) kick-off time, doors at Guiness Open Gate Brewery open at 7:00 a.m. (Central) for breakfast for day games with boarding between 7:45 and 8:00 am. (Central).

For night games (e.g. 7:00 p.m. (Eastern) kick-off time), Guinness Open Gate Brewery opens at 10:30 a.m. (Central)  and departure is at 12:00 p.m.

Exact departure times are subject to change depending on individual game kick-off times. Please show up at the time specified on your ticket. We cannot guarantee seating or food if you show up early. And if you show up at a later departure time than your ticket states, we will not have a seat for you on the bus as we sell out almost every game.

Yes, for most games tours are available. However, if there is not one scheduled for the game you’re attending, we always provide you with a campus map with areas of interest and directions to get around.


The bus will leave from the tailgate lot, 138 W Angela blvd, South Bend, IN

Yes, please! We request that all riders provide gratuities to bartenders

Yes – All our buses come with restrooms.

Exception: If you request a smaller private bus, it may not have a restroom. However, being a private bus, you can pull over for a rest stop whenever you like. And there are two very convenient travel plazas right off the tollway between South Bend and Chicago.

You will receive your bus assignment when you check-in at Punch Bowl Social. Bring a copy of your ticket (printed or electronic), and after you check-in, we will give you a wristband for you to wear the entire day. Your wristband is your ticket for our breakfast, bus ride, and for the tailgate; it also has your bus assignment printed on the wristband. You will not be able to ride on the bus or gain entry to the tailgate without the wristband, so everyone must check in prior to entry at Punch Bowl Social or boarding.

Every rider must bring a ticket when they arrive for check-in. We will accept either a printed ticket or a digital copy on the phone. If the party arrives all together, the ticket purchaser can provide ticket copies for the entire party for us to scan all at once (rather than individually).

Everyone rides the same bus to South Bend and back.

Yes! We will provide you with a schedule via email prior the day of the event, and after check-in, we also provide printed programs with an itinerary for the day, as well as a map of campus and where the tailgate is in relation to the stadium. We do not provide game programs; those are available for purchase at the stadium.

We leave exactly one hour after the game – consider it a train! We will leave people behind if they are not on time.