The value of bus and coach

Buses and coaches perform many vital roles across society, from providing essential transport to cleaning up the air we all breathe. Below are the top 5 facts each about bus and coach.


58% of all public transport passenger journeys are made by bus, making it the most popular mode of public transport 

A fully loaded double decker bus can take up to 75 cars off the road, which can ease congestion and improve air quality

Bus commuters add an impressive £64 billion to the economy each year

On average, people in England use the bus over 48 times a year.

In England: 

    • 22% of bus journeys were made to leisure activities
    • 27% of bus journeys took students to schools and colleges
    • 22% of bus journeys were made to shops
    • 22% of bus journeys took people to work

For a full list of facts and figures about the bus industry, click here.



Just one coach-load of people can keep up to 50 cars off the roads, which can contribute to solving the problems of congestion and air pollution.

British people make an estimated 500 million passenger journeys by coach in the UK each year.

In 2019 there were a huge 23 million visits to tourist attractions and locations by coach, which contributed an impressive £14 billion to the UK economy.

Coaches will continue to play an important role in the road to Net Zero. 51% of carbon dioxide emissions come from cars & taxis, just 2% come from buses & coaches.

Coaches provide vital and safe transport - 6 times safer than car - for around 600,000 children to school each day.

For a full list of facts and figures about the coach industry, click here.