Bus station

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UBC Exchange at the University of British Columbia in Canada
Central Omnibus Station in Flensburg, Germany
Dunkirk station, France
Bus station in Tampere, Finland
Intercity bus station in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland

A bus station is a structure where city or intercity buses stop to pick up and drop off passengers. While the term bus depot can also be used to refer to a bus station, it generally refers to a bus garage. A bus station is larger than a bus stop, which is usually simply a place on the roadside, where buses can stop. It may be intended as a terminal station for a number of routes, or as a transfer station where the routes continue.

Bus station platforms may be assigned to fixed bus lines, or variable in combination with a dynamic passenger information system.[1] The latter requires fewer platforms, but does not supply the passenger the comfort of knowing the platform well in advance and waiting there.

Accessible station[edit]

An accessible station is a public transportation passenger station which provides ready access, is usable and does not have physical barriers that prohibit and/or restrict access by people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.[2]

Largest bus stations[edit]

At 37 acres (150,000 m2), the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Chennai, India, is the largest bus station in Asia.[3]

The Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange in Singapore is also one of the busiest bus interchanges in the world, handling 400,000 passengers daily[4] across 42 bus services.[5] Bedok and Tampines Bus Interchanges in the city-state handle similar number of passengers daily.

The largest underground bus station in Europe is Kamppi Centre of Helsinki, Finland completed in 2006. The terminal cost 100 million Euro to complete and took 3 years to design and build. Today, the bus terminal, which covers 25,000 square meters, is the busiest bus terminal in Finland. Every day, the terminal has around 700 bus departures, transporting some 170,000 passengers.[6]

Preston Bus Station in Preston, Lancashire, built in 1969 and later heritage-listed, was described in 2014 as "depending on how you measure it, the largest bus station in the world, the second-biggest in Europe, and the longest in Europe".[7] It was fully refurbished in 2018.[8]

(Millennium Park Bus Depot in Delhi is the largest bus depot in the world, but it does not function as a bus station.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New hightech bus station in Amstelveen opened". Vialis. 2009-10-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  2. ^ Federal Transit Administration - Part 37-Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities - 0726CB3D4779478E8B60DA001A4ABF47 Archived June 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Dorairaj, S. (28 December 2005). "Koyambedu bus terminus gets ISO certification". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 16 Oct 2011.
  4. ^ Khew, Carolyn (13 March 2016). "Bus interchange rolls out free buggy rides and more". The Straits Times. Singapore. Retrieved 15 Jun 2019.
  5. ^ See list of bus interchanges in Singapore by number of services
  6. ^ "Kamppi –The Helsinki Underground Bus Terminal". Xtralis. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  7. ^ Baker, Martin (4 January 2014). "Love, hate and concrete: The battle for Preston Bus Station". The Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  8. ^ Newsroom, The (10 July 2018). "Preston bus station's grand reopening after £19m facelift". Lancashire Evening Post. Retrieved 2 August 2020.