Bus Transportation Services Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 4/1/2024
SIC Codes: 4119, 4151
NAICS Codes: 4852, 4854, 4855, 485113, 485991
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Companies in this industry transport passengers by bus. Major companies include First Student, Greyhound, and Transdev (all are US-based divisions of FirstGroup); as well as Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport (India); ComfortDelGro (Singapore); FirstGroup, National Express, and Stagecoach (all based in the UK); Nobina (Sweden); and Transport International Holdings (Hong Kong).

Worldwide demand for bus transportation is driven by population growth. The global population is expected to reach roughly 10 billion in 2050, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Most of the growth is expected to occur in urban areas in developing economies.

The US bus transportation industry includes about 10,300 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $26 billion. Key growth drivers include increases in population density and employment levels.


Demand depends mainly on the demographic makeup and growth of the local population. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations. Large companies can have advantages in buying fuel and in maintaining fleets. Small companies can compete by providing specialized services. The urban, school, interurban and rural bus transportation segments are highly concentrated. The charter and special needs transportation segments are fragmented.


Major types of services include long-distance, fixed-route passenger transport by road (about 80%) and local, fixed-route, passenger transportation by road and transit rail (about 10%). Other services account for about 10%.

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