- "Stand out from the pack with your very own Los Santos Transit bus! Great for playing tricks on lines of people at bus stops."
- ―Warstock Cache & Carry description.
Despite the Grand Theft Auto games being set in large, bustling urban environments with public transport infrastructure, the Bus is one of the series' rarest vehicles. The Bus rarely spawns on the street and is usually very difficult to find by other means, too; this issue was fixed in Grand Theft Auto V.
In Grand Theft Auto 1, the Bus is based on a typical school bus and has no special features. There are three versions; in Liberty City it is a school bus, in San Andreas it appears to be a church bus, and in Vice City it appears to be either a high school bus or a bus for some kind of sports team; the latter two are not spawned in traffic.
In Grand Theft Auto 2, the Bus resembles an "old look"-style transit bus (quite similar to the GM Scenicruiser) and can be found picking up/dropping off passengers at various bus stops within each of the three districts. The Bus only drives on the outer lane of the 'main' roads. Even if the player steals the Bus, passengers will still enter/exit if the player stops at a bus stop. There's 2 missions about transporting passengers.
In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories the Bus retains the "school bus" design featured in GTA 1, and comes in several colors. The design is very generic and takes styling from a wide range of decades, the hood's shape resembles an 1980s International Harvester S-Series; its slanted side windows may be inspired by the old GM New Look Bus or Flxible New Look bus; the rear is rounded similar to most '40s and '50s bus designs. It's possible transport passengers with a bus in Vice City, but that's done with the Coach. In the 3D Universe, Buses come with inward-gliding doors on either side, an unusual layout for a commercial transport vehicle.
In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the bus takes on a different appearance, resembling an ordinary city bus. Like the Coach, it can carry the driver and seven passengers. It strongly resembles an MCI MC-8.
In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Brute Bus resembles a New Flyer D901 (with an evenly angled windshield from a New Flyer D40 HF. Its slanted side windows resemble those of the old GM New Look Bus (GM TDH-5303), TMC RTS, or the Flexible New Look bus, although they are more modern in style. It is also similar to the Orion V CNG. Strangely, the Bus only allows 4 passengers (in addition to the driver) to travel in the vehicle. The buses, which fall under the management of Liberty City Transport Authority (LTA), are further stamped with "The Fox" labels, in line with the LTA's association of the Liberty City's tramway with another animal ("The Pigeon").
The Bus remains a rare sight in the city. Despite the presence of several bus stops around the city, the Bus is only seen parked in Star Junction. The Bus will sometimes appear during GTA IV's mission chase sequences as part of set pieces, acting as an obstacle to increase the difficulty of the mission (see, for example, Brucie's mission Search and Delete). There is always one or more buses parked at the helitour bus stop.
The Bus finds its own perfect purpose during GTA Races set in Star Junction. The Bus can easily block off a path while a novice picks off cars, driver by driver, resulting in everyone switching to Faggios, which provide no cover whatsoever for the rider and cannot move buses at all, but are nimble enough to move around Buses, although Bus users would often receive negative reactions/messages from other players.
In GTA V, the Brute Bus resembles two NABI buses: the J4500 and the CompoBus. The back is based on a GMC RTS and the front is loosely similar to the New Flyer DE40LFR or a Orion VII NG. The buses fall under the management of Los Santos Transit. It can be commonly seen driving around various parts of Los Santos unlike in previous games where it was one of the rarest vehicles.
The Bus in GTA V comes with 4 different colors:
- Red and White resembling Los Angeles Metro's Rapid.
- Orange and White resembling Los Angeles Metro's Local.
- Blue and white resembling Los Angeles Metro's Express.
- A rare teal and white model resembling common LA buses.
- A green and white (or green and yellow depending on variant) bus resembling an airport shuttle. Note this bus is an entirely different vehicle called the Airport Bus.
Regardless of the colors and locations (where they are found) of these buses, every bus in the game has its destination set to "DOWNTOWN". Its variant is the Airport Bus, with a different color scheme and a new destination, but the same bus model as the normal one.
The Bus' handling is slow and cumbersome, as one would expect, and the vehicle, although fairly tough, cannot readily knock other vehicles aside in the manner of the Fire Truck, Barracks OL, or the Flatbed. The Bus in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an exception because the bus's handling is better than similar vehicles of its size, most probably due to its lighter weight.
It is also more vulnerable to bullet damage than most vehicles of its size. Like the coach, it can carry up to a maximum of 7 passengers in GTA San Andreas.
For Grand Theft Auto IV, handling is below average, with the Bus easily under-steering around corners. Top speed is however somewhat excellent thanks in part to its supercharged 5000cc 6-cylinder engine, but is let down by poor acceleration which is one of the worst in the game. The Bus has a soft suspension tune making the bus somewhat comfortable, especially at low speeds. The Bus is let down again by its poor brakes which tend to lock up easily, and when they do, stopping distance is increased, giving the Bus a poor stopping distance.
Due to its rear-engined configuration, the Bus can survive seemingly endless head-on crashes with cars, trucks, and buildings alike. This makes it the perfect vehicle for ramming cars out of one's path. Like previous renditions of the Bus, however, it is particularly vulnerable to gunfire.
Performance of the Bus in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is no different, with the Bus capable of only low top speeds, average acceleration, very wide turning radius' and poor brakes, making the Bus impractical for demanding uses. One will get busted very easily if on a Bus, due to its slow acceleration.
Returning in GTA V, the bus shares its durability and power as it was in GTA IV, however, now, due to a much bigger engine, the Bus can accelerate much better than the original. Its top speed is pretty average, being able to cope with a 70 mph top speed and still crash into cars holding the same speed. Braking is average, but can still be faulty, causing crashes into the rear of vehicles after performing high speeds. Overall, the bus is a good pick for durability, but not so good for a getaway vehicle, nor is it good for defense of the player, due its large window, exposing the player to major gunfire.
GTA V Overview
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
(mph / km/h)
(Capacity + Layout + Fuel)
AWD / FWD / RWD
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)
|n/a||100 / 161 (handling.dat)||
9000 / 19842 (handling.dat)
|14.6 Seconds||70 / 112||
Mass cannot be observed.
Version History Gallery
- Chinatown, Portland Island.
- Aspatria, Staunton Island.
- The Bus also appears during the Firefighter side mission in GTA III on Portland Island.
GTA Vice City
- Parked around in Viceport near a sea plane hangar.
- Can sometimes be seen driving around in Viceport.
- Can rarely be seen driving near the airport.
- Rarely seen driving near the military base.
GTA San Andreas
- Ocean Docks, Los Santos.
- Can be seen driving around in early morning (around 5 am to 8 am) at Los Santos International Airport.
- Rarely seen around the Easter Bay International Airport.
- Rarely seen around Garver Bridge. In the morning.
- Originally intended to be parked in Little Mexico near the Sweeper. But it was replaced with a tanker or any attachable vehicle.
- Sometimes appears under the tunnel at Los Santos International Airport on Tuesday at 12.00 am. while driving a Mr. Whoopee.
- Near the eastern most beach in Los Santos.
GTA Liberty City Stories
- The bus does not appear under any normal circumstances, and, as a result, can only be spawned using third party cheat devices.
GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City
- At the Broker Bus Depot in Downtown Broker under the Algonquin-Dukes Expressway.
- Several parked in Star Junction, Algonquin, Liberty City.
- Along the Bus Lane adjacent to the Higgins Helitours in Fishmarket South, Algonquin. Also, one is parked along Privateer Road, and many can be seen parked along Flatfish Place.
GTA Chinatown Wars
- In GTA V, there are now three types of bus:
- Service Bus - the most commonly seen buses, used by Los Santos Transit throughout Los Santos County, wearing a livery consisting of a white lower half and a red, orange, blue, or rare green teal upper half. The destination screens on all service buses says "Downtown Los Santos". Attempting to hijack a bus will cause the bus driver to become angry and chase after you, but if you step on the accelerator immediately, they are easy to outrun - despite the bus' sluggishness.
- Airport Bus - these are identical to service buses except for the destination blind (all of which say "L.S.I.A." on airport buses); nonetheless, airport buses are treated separately by the game. Airport buses can be found driving in and around Los Santos International Airport, owned by Olympian Rentals and JiffiRent. The Olympian livery is identical to the Los Santos Transit livery except for the top half with is a deep emerald green; the JiffiRent livery is completely different, being yellow with a dark green stripe. The "Olympian Rentals" company name is a nod to the real-life double-decker bus model, the Leyland/Volvo Olympian.
- Coach - these are often seen around Los Santos International Airport and on the Great Ocean Highway, operated by coachline Dashound (a play on the real life coachline Greyhound). These coaches have a distinct separate livery, with a dark blue lower half and a light grey upper half separated by a thin red line.
- Rental Shuttle Bus - these minibuses are often seen driving around or parked up near Los Santos International Airport. There are a large number of companies who own rental shuttle buses including Touchdown Car Rentals and Escalera Rent-A-Car. Rental shuttle buses can also be seen in Vinewood painted in a starry Vinewood livery for use as a Vinewood tourist bus.
- Commonly seen in Los Santos.
- Rarely seen on the Great Ocean Highway, and even more rarely seen in Sandy Shores.
- In GTA Online, the player can buy a bus from Warstock Cache & Carry for $500,000.
- The Bus plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- Along with the Tug, Jet and BMX, the Bus is one of the four 2nd shortest-named vehicles in the Grand Theft Auto series, the shortest being the 9F in Grand Theft Auto V.
- Only one person can exit or board the Bus at one time, making escaping the police with more than one person accompanying the protagonist more difficult.
- In the PSX version of Grand Theft Auto 2, the bus is not spawnable, but it's possible to be found in the game files. There is a cheat called "FARE", but that one is unworkable.
GTA San Andreas
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the name "Canny" for the bus company was possibly a reference to the popular Scottish childrens' song Ye Canny Shove Yer Granny off a Bus, since Rockstar North, who developed the game, are based in Scotland. The tune is the same as She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain When She Comes.
- In GTA San Andreas, the Coach cockpit window is tinted (so the player can't see inside) but the cockpit window on the Bus is transparent, so the player can see Carl driving the Bus.
- A label on the rear of the Bus in Grand Theft Auto IV comically reads that "this bus uses no technology", parodying labels on New York City buses that read "this bus uses clean-air technology".
- The Bus is driven around Broker, on Delaware Ave, in the mission Bleed Out, making it harder to catch Dardan Petrela.
- There is actually a "Bus Driver" character model and in the GTA IV game files. This suggests that buses were going to be used as a way of transportation around the city, but that this feature was later cut from the final game for unknown reasons.
- In GTA IV, as with several other vehicles capable of laying sideways, if one flips the Bus onto its left hand side and begins to reverse whilst turning slightly to the left the Bus will begin to rotate at very high speeds. If one points the left stick towards the bottom and still to the left the Bus will rotate in the opposite direction. Most vehicles that can stay on its side can do this too.
- In GTA IV, the passengers can be seen walking and taking a seat inside the Bus while boarding, since the windows aren't tinted or opaque.
- There is always a Bus available in Star Junction, and also by the Helitours base
- If the player steals a Bus in GTA IV, the player may gain a Wanted Level.
- It is not possible to bail out of a moving Bus as the driver in GTA IV, as hitting the exit vehicle button will apply the brakes first.
- In GTA IV, if more than one person enters the Bus as a passenger, strangely one of the back doors will open.
- Unlike other Buses in previous GTA games, in GTA IV, it can enter Pay 'n' Spray, the bus can be re-sprayed only at the Pay 'n' Spray in Leftwood and on Tusla St in Hove Beach (other Pay 'n' Spray garages are too small for the Bus).
- In the mission Bleed Out, if the player destroys Roman's cab, after the cutscene which shows Roman entering the depot, the player may find a Bus with four passengers stopped at the junction near the entrance to Broker Navy Yard.
- All Buses in GTA IV are strangly numbered "B84" and blinded for "Liberty City" instead of "Not in Service" which is what it should be. "B84" is on the front, however at the back, the blind is blank.
- In GTA IV, there is a sign on the back of the Bus that says that safety is the LTA's number one concern and to call 555-783-9828 to tell them how their drivers are doing. But if the player dials and calls the number, they will only get a no answer tone.
- in GTA IV, according to the badge in the back, the bus has a 5000cc engine. This is exceptionally small because 5000cc converts to 5 litres, and most city buses have engines larger than 8.0 litres.
- This vehicle does not feature a rear license plate.
- For the first time in the series, the bus spawns commonly on the streets in Grand Theft Auto V.
- In GTA V, the bus is one of uncommon vehicles in which the player can equip the Sawn-Off Shotgun (ignoring bikes).
- In GTA V, there is a spawn glitch involving the bus. If the player hijacks a bus, and then exits it and rotates his camera so the bus is momentarily out of his line of sight, if the player looks at the bus again, a conductor will suddenly appear in the driver seat and begin driving the bus away. This glitch may only work if the player walks a few meters away from the bus, in addition to looking away from it. This also can be done on the Dashound and the Airport Bus.
- In GTA V, during the mission Al Di Napoli, a unique gray color scheme version of the bus may sometimes appear when chasing Al Di Napoli into the parking lot.
- Despite the bus saying Los Santos Transit, it can spawn rarely outside Los Santos. Evidence of this is also featured in the mission Paleto Score Setup, where Lester gets the bus to meet Trevor and Michael.
- Strangely, on Warstock Cache and Carry in GTA Online, the image of the Bus is mirrored, the doors on the left side instead of the right side.
- This is fixed in the enhanced version, and also automatically fixed when a certain amount of vehicles are purchased from the website.
- Strangely, despite claimed to be AWD in the handling files, it is almost impossible to make all 4 wheels spin, due to the low power and revs; only the rear wheels will spin.