Weight Of School Bus

School Bus Driving

The school bus is one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road today. It provides a valuable service to cities and towns throughout the United States.

So how much do school buses weigh?

Unfortunately, there is no single definitive weight. This is because there are several different types and sizes of school buses.

Here’s a look at the various categories of school buses:

Small School Bus
  • Type A1 buses weigh less than 10,000 pounds.
  • Type A2 buses weigh more than 10,000 pounds typically weighing around 14,000 pounds.
  • Type B buses weigh more than 10,000 pounds and are equipped to carry over 10 passengers.
  • Type C buses weigh more than 10,000 pounds. They are in the region of 23,500 pounds to 29,500 pounds, depending on the number of seats in the bus.
  • Type D buses weigh more than 10,000 pounds. They have weights ranging from 25,000 pounds to 35,000 pounds, depending on the number of seats.

School buses are instantly recognizable due to their bright yellow coloring. Roughly 480,000 of these single deck vehicles transport around 25 million students to and from school every year.

How Long Is A School Bus?

School buses vary in length from the size of a regular van up to 45 feet.

Length of School Bus

How Much Does a School Bus Cost?

This depends on the model and specifications of the bus. The average cost of a school bus is $110,000.

~Fun Fact ~
The first school buses were a lot different to the vehicles we are familiar with today. In the 1800’s, horse drawn carriages called ‘school trucks’ or ‘school hacks’ were used instead!


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