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Early tour bus in Salt Lake City, 1909

A tour bus service is a bus service that takes visitors sightseeing, with routes around tourist attractions. Double-decker buses and/or open top buses are commonly used, for their good views.

The biggest tour bus company is City Sightseeing,[citation needed] which operates worldwide, as does Gray Line Worldwide.[citation needed]

Large coaches are used in used in North America for tour operators for short and long distant destinations. These buses are larger than regular transit buses with 2 to 3 axles (4 to 6 wheels). These buses are used by tour operators, intecity bus lines and charters.[1][2]

The history of tour buses in North America began in the early 20th Century when trucks were converted to provide a means for sightseeing within large American cities.[3] Gray Line, the largest sightseeing operators began operations in 1910. Sightseeing was likely a side buses for many intercity bus operators as the same types of buses were used (and remains so today). World War II as the industry decline, but it slowly re-emerged as an alternative to driving.[3]

Many musicians, entertainers, dancing crews and bands travel in "tour buses".


  • padded fabric front-facing seats
  • TV monitors connected to DVD or VCR to provide entertainment
  • basic lavatory - riders may be discouraged against using it (emergency only),[4] but some newer buses feature full service lavatory[5]
  • wheelchair ramp - newer buses
  • tinted windows
  • luggage compartment below in the underbelly of bus, replaced over racks

Tour coach manufacturers

See also


Portal-puzzle.svg Buses portal
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