Buses

Buses

Buses are the most widely-used form of public transport in the EU, serving cities as well as suburban and rural areas. They are also the most cost-efficient and flexible form of public transport, requiring minimal investments to launch new lines or routes.

Why are buses so important?

  • Buses and coaches improve social inclusion, providing access to education, employment and healthcare to all – including those on low incomes, those who do not drive, the older generation, people with disabilities and people living in remote areas.
  • Buses are an important link in the multimodal mobility chain.
  • Coaches move people comfortably and affordably across long distances.
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems have gained popularity worldwide as a cost-effective alternative to far more expensive urban rail investments.
  • With one bus capable of replacing 30 cars on the road, buses help ease traffic congestion.
  • Buses and coaches have the lowest carbon footprint per passenger of any form of motorised transport.
     
  • In the EU, 55.8% of all public transport journeys (or 32.3 billion passenger journeys per year) are made by urban and sub-urban buses.
  • 9.2% of passenger transport on land in the EU is made by buses and coaches. This represents 526.5 billion passenger-kilometres per year.
  • There are 819,635 buses in circulation on Europe’s roads today –  their average age is over 9 years.

Explore our fact sheet on buses for more interesting figures and to learn how buses are exactly defined under the European classification system.


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