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What Is the Standard Size for a City Bus?

by Angela Ryczkowski

Buses, often considered the "workhorses" of urban transportation, may vary in design, length and capacity. Despite variations in cities across the United States and the world, there are still recognized standards for city bus dimensions.

Standard City Bus

bus driving down road

The approximate average city bus length is 14 meters, or between 35 and 45 feet. Bus width is typically between 95 and 105 inches, or 8 to 9 feet.

Articulated Bus Length

man on phone on articulate bus

Articulated buses, which are composed of two sections held by a pivoting joint, are around 18 meters long (approximately 60 feet). Such buses can usually hold about 120 passengers.

Bi-Articulated Buses

woman sitting in bi-articulate bus

The bi-articulated bus is an expansion on the articulated bus, with three sections rather than two. These buses, used in areas of high population and population density, can be 25 meters long, with a capacity of more than 200.

About the Author

Angela Ryczkowski is a professional writer who has served as a greenhouse manager and certified wildland firefighter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in urban and regional studies.

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