Buses are perhaps the most common form of public transportation. They are large and economically viable for a company to run within big cities, small towns and rural areas alike. They can make a good amount of money for a company if they attract enough passengers on a regular basis. Buses travel along routes between many places as well. There are pros and cons of riding buses as public transport listed below.

Pros of Buses as Public Transport

Riding a bus is inexpensive, often as cheap (if not cheaper) as riding a train in many places. You can often ride as long as the route will go within a city. If you cannot, you may be asked to switch buses or pay another small fare to transfer. On longer bus routes you will buy a ticket, just like you would on a train. Most buses are relatively comfortable and clean, and most bus drivers are professional and good at what they do. Drivers will almost always get you from one place to another safely. Buses are also large, so the chances of anything bad happening to you in a collision is slim.

Cons of Buses as Public Transport

Despite being inexpensive, there are a number of cons to buses as public transport. Like taxis and other vehicles, buses can get stuck in traffic when going from place to place, but they don’t have the ability to weave through traffic due to their size. They are usually just stuck for longer until traffic clears. Buses also have no assigned seats, so if a bus is packed, you may have to stand and hold onto railings or handles. Sometimes there are people who are crazy on buses and you will have to deal with them, though this varies from place to place.