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Scheduled and Charter Bus Services in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Scheduled and Charter Bus Services in the US

The Scheduled and Charter Bus Service industry offers a variety of passenger bus services, and the industry's segments have had varying levels of success over the past five years. While revenue for the overall industry increased over the five years to 2018, it is largely due to the strong performance of low-cost curbside services such as Megabus, due to the service's low ticket prices, fast travel time, convenient schedules and frequent departures. Growth was also supported by rising levels of per capita disposable income, increased leisure time and a rising urban population. Over the five years to 2023, the industry is expected to continue expanding, as expected growth in disposable income, school and public sector organization funding and business profit will boost demand for diverse charter bus services and as curbside services grow in popularity.

Operators in the Scheduled and Charter Bus Services provide scheduled and charter bus transportation services. Scheduled buses provide intercity, rural and other long distance transport services on regular routes and schedules. Conversely, charter bus services are contracted out on an as-needed basis. This industry does not include urban public bus transport (IBISWorld report 48511) or school and employee commuter bus transport services (IBISWorld report 48541).

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Urban population
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major Players
    • Table FirstGroup PLC (Greyhound's US operations) - financial performance*
    • Table Stagecoach Group PLC - (US industry-specific) financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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