Nowadays, there are more and more school buses on the roads. With adults' busy work and financial pressures, many parents order school bus services for their children. As a means of transportation to take children to and from school every day, the performance and quality cannot be ignored.
People would choose to convert school buses when they want something more spacious than a van. The first thing you need to know when picking a school bus is its actual length to determine how many seats it can hold.
When choosing a school bus for conversion, a wide variety of options can be overwhelming because there are so many factors to consider. The most common bus conversion in daily life is the classic yellow school bus because it comes in various lengths. In this article, you will find more details about school bus dimensions.
School Bus Size Guide
The length of the school bus can either refers to the exterior. The exterior length indicates the distance from the front to the rear bumper. There are plenty of options to help you find the right bus for your needs. However, length is not the only important parameter in a bus conversion. Height and Width are equally crucial. Parking, maintenance, and maneuverability are a few factors you need to consider.
Common school buses' exterior lengths vary between 20 and 45 feet (6.1 to 13.7 m). The most accurate way to measure the length of the bus is to simply put a yardstick underneath the bus from the front bumper to the rear bumper. Alternatively, you can estimate the length of the school by using the window rule. The usual length of a school bus window is 2.5 feet. Find the total number of windows and multiply it by 2.5 feet or 0.75 meters.
The dimensions can vary between states. However, school buses are restricted to 8.5ft (2.59m) wide and 45ft (13.5m) long. There are three primary types of school bus sizes:
- Short Buses
- Medium-Size Buses
- Full-Size Buses / Coach Buses
|Short Bus||20ft. - 25 ft.||12-30|
|Medium-Size Bus||25ft. - 35ft.||10-54|
|Full-Size Bus||35 ft. - 45ft.||54-90|
(Mini) Short Buses: 20ft. - 25 ft.
Short buses are great options for 12-30 passages. A smaller bus is more maneuverable than some of the longer school buses. In addition to being a bit easier to drive, they can fit into most parking spots.
Medium-Size Buses: 25ft. - 35ft.
Buses that are 25-35 feet fall into the mid-size category. Mid-size school buses offer plenty of interior room and come with most of the same features as a full-sized bus, including style, wheel size, and engine. But mid-size buses are harder to find and more expensive.
Full-Size Buses: 35 ft. - 45ft.
If you are looking for a school bus with tons of room to install more seats, getting a full-size school bus or coach is the way. There is plenty of affordable full-size buses on the market.
Number of Bus Seats
- A 54-passenger bus will be about 34 feet long.
- A 72-passenger bus is around 39 feet.
- And a 90-passenger bus will be about 45 feet long.
In general, buses 20-25 feet long are considered mini or short. While buses 25-35 feet long fall into the mid-size category, buses over 35 feet are full-sized. In general, schools will use the biggest possible buses to move the most students at once, so most school buses could haul anywhere from 72 to 90 passengers. Some states limit the maximum length of school buses to 40 feet, while others have a limit of 45 feet.