Passenger carrying buses are classifies based on:

1)Distance traveled by the vehicle

2)Capacity of the vehicle

3)Shape and Style of the vehicle

1.Distance travelled by the vehicle:


  • It should have a seating capacity upto 25. 
  • It built on light duty truck chassis.
  • It has front mounted engine and rear axle drive.
  • It has soft and comfort suspension.
  • It has reasonably comfortable seat. 
  • It has fairly small entry platforms.

   2.Town bus

  • These buses are used for a short distance of about 20kms. 
  •  They are provided with large number of standing places two places, wide doors with large entry and exit platform and hard seats covered with durable plastic materials.

  3.Suburban bus 

  • These buses are used for a distance of about 40 to 50 kms. They usually have reasonably comfortable seats.
  • Fairly small entry platform for the extra space can be used for luggage and extra standing passengers. 
  • Usually one door is sufficient for this type of operation.

4.Long Distance Coaches

  •  These buses are used for a distance of about 200 kms and above. They have comfortable seats with under floor luggage space and roof racks for large items of luggage.

5.Touring Coaches 

  • For longer distance touring coaches, very comfortable reclining seats are used.
  • Toilets, air conditioners, TV,etc are provided.
  • Additional windows in the roof are used to improve visibility for the passengers.
  •  Thermal and acoustic insulation is usually elaborate and spacious luggage compartments are provided  under the floor and on the roof 

  6. Midi bus 

A midibus is a classification of single-decker minibuses which are generally larger than a traditional minibus but smaller than a full-size single decker and can be anywhere between 8 metres and 11 metres long.

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