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School Buses by Country 2024

A school bus may be any type of bus used to transport students to and from school in addition to other school-related activities. However, they don't include charter and transit buses, which are typically used for longer trips. Some countries use school buses specifically designed for that purpose, while others use general-purpose buses.

North America

Specialized school buses are most common in Canada and the United States, where their iconic yellow color makes them easily distinguishable from other types of buses. These buses also have additional safety features, such as exterior warning lights and stop signs.

Canada primarily uses American-style school buses in rural areas, while using smaller buses with van chassis in larger cities. Public transportation operators in Canada also create the routes for school buses in urban areas.

The US currently has nearly half a million school buses that transport the majority of its 27 million K-12 students. School buses operations are independent of public transport, and their stops and schedules are coordinated with class times.

China

School buses in China aren't typically built for that purpose, as that country didn't even start using specialized school buses until 2008. In fact, not even private schools offered bus service until 1990. As a result, school buses are often overloaded, causing grave safety concerns. About 18,000 children die in traffic collisions each year, many of them involving school buses.

China has about 90 million students who need to ride school buses, requiring over one million buses to serve them. However, it only has slightly over 10,000 buses that meet legal safety requirements for school buses. While China does manufacture safe school buses on a commercial scale, virtually all of them are exported to other countries.

Russia

School buses in Russia have additional lights and alarms like those in North America and are allowed to stop traffic when loading and unloading students. They're also accompanied by aides and have onboard luggage space. In addition, school buses have distinctive signage and are limited to a speed of 60 kilometers per hour, or 37 miles per hour.

School buses in Russia were operated as part of the public transport fleet prior to 1999, with their route identification being the only difference from other mass transit buses. However, legislation enacted in that year created independent operation for school buses. The Russian government also began acquiring dedicated school buses in 2001.

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Country
School Buses (max)
School Buses (min)
India1,500,0001,000,000
China500,000450,000
United States480,000480,000
Brazil50,00040,000
United Kingdom50,00040,000
Japan40,00030,000
Canada40,00030,000
Russia25,00020,000
Mexico25,00020,000
Nigeria15,00010,000
Philippines15,00010,000
France15,00010,000
Argentina15,00010,000
Nepal12,000800
South Africa10,0008,000
Indonesia8,0005,000
Bangladesh8,0005,000
Germany8,0005,000
Australia8,0006,000
Kenya7,0005,000
Egypt5,0003,000
Italy4,0003,000
Netherlands4,0003,000
Vietnam3,0002,000
Thailand3,0002,000
Colombia3,0002,000
Spain3,0002,000
Ghana3,0002,000
Malaysia3,0002,000
Chile3,0002,000
Belgium3,0002,000
Sweden3,0002,000
New Zealand3,0002,000
Ireland3,0002,000
Pakistan2,0001,000
Tanzania2,0001,000
Algeria2,0001,000
Morocco2,0001,000
Peru2,0001,000
Venezuela2,0001,000
Sri Lanka2,0001,000
Ecuador2,0001,000
Greece2,0001,000
Portugal2,0001,000
Austria2,0001,000
Switzerland2,0001,000
Denmark2,0001,000
Norway2,0001,000
Uganda1,200800
Uruguay1,200800
Ethiopia1,000500
Myanmar1,000500
Cambodia1,000500
Bolivia1,000500
Laos1,000500
Paraguay1,000500
Bhutan500200
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Do they have school buses in other countries?

The United States has over 48,000 yellow school buses on the road.

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