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Public-images-osm logo.svg bus = yes
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1) Legal access permission for public transport buses; 2) the type of public transport vehicle Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: restrictions
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)use on relations unspecified
Useful combination
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Status: de facto

A bus is a large motor vehicle used for public transport of passengers.

In most countries a bus is a larger public service vehicle or public transport vehicle used to transport passengers, with more than 9 or 12 seating positions, but the specific definition may vary by location. Long-distance and inter-city bus and coach=* vehicles may or may not be included. Trolleybuses are usually included.

There are two uses of this tag: 1) to specify legal access restrictions for buses. 2) to specify the type of passenger public transport vehicle that uses a stop or station.

Also see the more common access tag psv=* which includes public transport buses as well as other public service vehicles.

Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg bus=* (a bus acting as a public service vehicle)

For values see access=*.

How to map

As an access tag

Add this tag to roads, lanes or other features which are designated for public transport buses.

  • the original use of bus=yes, since mid-2009, is as an Access tag. Also other values such as designated and no are in use
    • See Access for other possible values

To specify the use of a public transport bus stop or platform

  • Since 2011, some mappers have used bus=yes with highway=bus_stop, public_transport=platform, or both, to specify that a feature is a bus stop. This is the most common use of bus=yes.
  • The Public_transport proposal in 2011 approved using bus=yes with public_transport=stop_position on a node on the highway=* way to show where a bus stops on the street.
  • Some mappers have used bus=no with either feature to specify that buses do not stop at a bus stop or stop position where they might be expected to stop - for example, on a road shared by trams and buses.
  • Also see trolleybus=* which is used in this way, but specifically for electric buses powered by electric overhead wires.
  • Note that bus=yes with highway=bus_stop and amenity=bus_station is redundant, as bus=yes is implied by these tags. However, this combination is common.

See also

  • access=* - general access restrictions
  • psv=* - common tag for all public transport motor vehicles, including minibuses, buses, and possibly shared taxis and taxis.
  • minibus=* - specific tag for minibuses (a light passenger-carrying vehicle).
  • trolleybus=* - specific tag for trolleybuses.
  • tourist_bus=* - less common access tag for buses which are not public-transport buses.
  • coach=* - uncommon access tag for long-distance buses, usually between different towns or cities
  • lanes:psv=* - to mark the travel lanes reserved for all PSV on a way.
  • lanes:bus=* - to mark the travel lanes reserved for buses only on a way.
  • oneway:psv=* - to override oneway=* for PSV vehicles
  • oneway:bus=* - to override oneway=* for buses only