Equipped with disabled access and the latest technology, our buses provide an efficient and informative way to explore the city. You can hop on and off at a variety of stopping points.
Using the latest sound system technology, we can offer visitors recorded commentary in ten different languages or have the option of a live guide.
In addition to the open top buses, the Bath Bus Company has a beautifully restored fleet of London Routemaster buses, which are available to hire.
Bath Bus Company is part of the CitySightseeing group, which is the largest open top tour operator in the world, the distinctive red livery can be found in over eighty locations worldwide. We are owned by the RATP group.
Bath Bus Company also operate the A4 Air Decker service, from Bath to Bristol Airport travelling via Saltford, Keynsham, and South Bristol. You can book tickets onlne or simply pay the driver on board the bus!
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Brand new tour buses for Bath have entered service following an official handing over ceremony at the Holburne Museum. Costing around a quarter of a million pounds each, these vehicles represent the latest standards in terms of emission levels and are among the quietest in Bath. Drivers must be extra vigilant therefore as their slow running through areas such as Milsom Street can result in pedestrians not hearing their approach. Pedestrians and cyclists wearing headphones attached to their mobile devices sometimes mean they are not fully paying attention to other traffic.
These buses are also the first of their kind in the UK. Built by Volvo with UNVI bodywork from Portugal, these buses are to a design widely used across the continent with internal stairs at both front and rear to speed passenger boarding and alighting. Never before however have such buses been used in the UK and the manufacturers were required to re-design the vehicle to right-hand drive for use in Bath.
They are to be used with both live-guides or recorded, multi-lingual commentaries- all of which are delivered to passengers by headphones so that residents are not disturbed. As with other Bath Tour buses, over fifty passengers can be accomodated on the top deck alone.
At the handover was Cllr Caroline Roberts, BaNES Cabinet member for transport; Phil Fletcher from Volvo Bus and Bath Bus Comapny MD Martin Curtis.
Martin said, "In recent years we have raised tour bus standards enormously to improve environmental issues in the city. Tight traffic controls also apply to Bath's open top buses. However, with these vehicles we will improve the standards still further in Bath while the existing buses are being cascaded to other locations where Bath Bus Company also operate tours".
Earlier this year Bath Bus Company became Worldwide CitySightseeing Operator of the Year, in recognition of the increasingly high standards it provides.
Bath CitySightseeing was this week awarded a top accolade when it received the prestigious title of “Operator of the Year 2013” in Malaga, Spain.
This is an outstanding achievement. The tour was compared with over 100 city bus tours worldwide, across almost every continent.
Martin Curtis, Managing Director of Bath Bus Company who was presented with the award said, “Our staff work tirelessly to ensure the highest standards are maintained – this award is for them!”
The CitySightseeing Operator of the Year was announced at the organisation’s annual conference which this year was held in Spain. The Bath tours are operated by RATP Dev subsidiary Bath Bus Company, whose other operations include tours of Cardiff, Eastbourne and Windsor. Cardiff CS manager Tracey Trew was also present at the ceremony.
The Bath tour is the busiest in the UK after London and Edinburgh and operates throughout the year – with 50% of visitors originating from overseas.
With a modern fleet, a combination of live-guided and multi-lingual commentaries and more brand new buses on order, the Bath tours offer very high standards to visitors – something recognised by independent assessors.
Martin Curtis had no idea his company was to receive the award which was a well-kept secret. He added, “It is thoroughly deserved by our hard working staff in every section of the company and we are very proud of this great – and unexpected – achievement.
With on-going expansion including a growing Bristol Airport service, employee numbers have been steadily increasing in recent years.