Bus drivers transport passengers in scheduled, coach, long-distance and local transport. They spend a lot of time behind the wheel and know the rules of the road domestically and, for European tours, also abroad. Before setting off, they carry out a takeover and departure check on the vehicle. In doing so, they check, for example, the wheels, the engine and the functionality of the brake systems.Among other things, they are responsible for ensuring that departure times are adhered to. You repair minor damage to the bus and are responsible for the safe stowage of luggage.
In German, Bus Driver is called…
Busfahrer | Berufskraftfahrer
Why should You apply as a Bus Driver
In Germany, there is a shortage of skilled workers in the field of passenger transportation. As a result, bus drivers are in high demand. The change in people’s awareness of environmentally friendly travel will also increase this demand even further. More and more people are traveling by long-distance bus instead of in private cars. Already, 10.4 billion passengers use public transport every year, replacing around 20 million car journeys a day.
Many job ads mention the following advantages and benefits:
- training free of charge, driving license class D included
- most modern bus fleet
- Flexible working hours
- Support in balancing work, family and private life
- Employee Benefit Program
- Free professional massage every two weeks
- Fresh fruit, water, coffee and soft drinks
- regular team events
Hourly wages are frequently announced as 14 to 16€
Next career steps are a vocational education as “Berufskraftfahrer”.
As you might expect, there will be an initital training including driving license class D to transport people.
Basic Requirements for Bus Driver…
German Minimum B2 | Driver´s License Car
What it needs to succeed as a Bus Driver
For long-distance transport, a passion for travel and an interest in urban history are recommended. This is because a coach driver here often also takes on the job of tour guide. These subtle differences are what make the job of a long-distance bus driver different from that of a regular bus driver.
What to Do in detail
- Check the condition of a vehicle’s tires, brakes, windshield wipers, lights, oil, fuel, water, and safety equipment to ensure that everything is in working order.
- Comply with traffic regulations to operate vehicles in a safe and courteous manner.
- Drive gasoline, diesel, or electrically powered multi-passenger vehicles to transport passengers between neighborhoods, schools, and school activities.
- Keep bus interiors clean.
- Maintain knowledge of first-aid procedures.
- Maintain order among passengers during trips to ensure safety.
- Make minor repairs to vehicles.
- Pick up and drop off passengers at regularly scheduled neighborhood locations, following strict time schedules.
- Prepare and submit reports that may include the number of passengers or trips, hours worked, mileage, or fuel consumption.
- Read maps and follow written and verbal geographic directions.
- Regulate heating, lighting, and ventilation systems for passengers comfort.