Bus Finances

Bus fares have increased markedly in the last ten years, with passengers in the Metropolitan areas seeing the biggest increases.

Key Indicators

Bus fares

Bus fares increased by 17.5% in England between 2004/05 and 2016/17. The highest increase was in Metropolitan areas (27%) followed by London (19%), with a much smaller increase in English non-Metropolitan areas (9%). 


Revenue per passenger

Despite the increase in fares, the revenue per passenger has actually fallen in England since 2004/05.


Revenue per vehicle

The average operating revenue per bus vehicle mile reached £4.48 pence in 2016/17, an increase of 14% since 2004/05 once inflation is accounted for. There is wide variation between the revenue per vehicle km achieved in London and other parts of England.