Bus or coach driver

Bus and coach drivers drive road passenger-carrying vehicles such as buses, coaches and mini-buses.


  • Maintains records of journey times, mileage and hours worked.
  • Balances cash taken with tickets sold and may be responsible for cleanliness of vehicle.
  • May plan routes in conjunction with private hirer and assist with loading and unloading of luggage.
  • May collect fares from passengers and issue tickets or ensure that they use a ticket machine.
  • Stops and opens and closes doors at pre-arranged places to allow passengers to board and alight, observing regulations concerning the number of passengers carried.
  • Drives single- and double-decked vehicle over pre-determined route, complying with traffic regulations and keeping to time schedule.
  • Checks tyres, brakes, lights, oil, water and fuel levels and general condition of the vehicle before start of journey.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 37% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for bus or coach driver is £17,550

2,851 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 2,851. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for bus or coach driver roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £17,550 per year. That is about £1,463 per month or £9.00 per hour. New workers generally start on £9,707, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £31,721

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 2,851 people are employed in the region.

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