Intercity buses might not be the fastest or most comfortable way to travel from point A to B, but they are one of the most affordable.
Operated by leading carriers like Greyhound Lines, a modern long-distance bus can typically carry 50-60 people and their luggage.
What is the weight of a bus?
The weight of a bus very much depends on its size and capacity.
A standard Greyhound MCI 102DL3 or D4500 typically weighs 35,100 pounds (15,921 kg).
With passengers and luggage, that number jumps to approximately 44,400 to 48,000 pounds (20,139 to 21,772 kg).
This type of bus measures over 45 feet in length and is capable of carrying up to 60 or more people.
The first horse-drawn bus was said to have been introduced in Paris during the 1660s, but unaffordable ticket prices meant it only operated for 15 years.
Horse-drawn buses reappeared during the 1800s, with steam-engine powered buses arriving around 1830.
Early buses were extremely basic, with passengers even riding on the roof!
The name bus comes from the Latin omnibus, meaning “for all.”
Today, buses are used for both long and short journeys, with modern intercity buses traveling between major cities and other destination in countries across the world.
The increasing popularity of rail and air travel meant that passenger numbers decreased considerably between the 1960s and 1990s, however they have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years.
~ Fun Fact ~
The largest bus in the world is the Volvo Grant Arctic 300. Measuring around 98 feet (30 meters) in length, it can carry 300 passengers and is split into three segments!