11 Best-Selling School Buses in India

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School buses are a vital part of the educational system. Often recognized by their large yellow bodies, complete with extending stop signs and flashing red lights, these buses ensure students’ safe transportation regardless of their location. Additionally, by providing students with an opportunity to interact and socialize during their journey to and from school, these buses play a role in fostering interpersonal connections among students. The following blog is a compilation of school bus companies that can serve as a valuable resource for operators within the industry.

Here is the list of 11 best-selling school buses in India

1. ASHOK LEYLAND SUNSHINE BUS

Ashok Leyland Sunshine is amongst the best buses in the school bus lineup featuring an H’ Series – 4-cylinder CRS diesel engine. This model has a wheelbase of 5200 mm/4560 mm and a floor height of 756 mm, with a gross vehicle weight of 8500 kgs. Renowned for its reliability, comfort, safety, and anti-bacterial interiors, the Sunshine school bus is available in 33 – 40-seater variants.

ASHOK LEYLAND SUNSHINE BUS Specifications
Engine Displacement: 3839 CC
Engine Power:100 Kw (147 hp) @ 2400 rpm
Engine Torque:450 Nm @ 1250-2000 rpm
Gearbox: 5 Speed synchromesh
Suspension: Parabolic
Tyres: 7.50 x 16 – 16PR
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 110 litres
Fuel Type: Diesel 
Steering: Hydraulic assisted power steering
Brakes: Full air drum brakes with ABS
Overall Length(mm): 9415 mm | 8135 mm
Seating Capacity: 33 – 40
GVW Kgs: 8500

2. TATA MOTORS STARBUS PRIME 38+A+D AC, 412/36

The Star bus Prime 412/36 is a spacious bus manufactured by Tata Motors that can accommodate 38 passengers with a comfortable 3×2 seating capacity layout. The wheelbase of this bus is 3600 mm, which provides better balance on rugged roads. Additionally, this model comes in dual fuel types: diesel and CNG.

TATA MOTORS STARBUS PRIME 38+A+D AC, 412/36 Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2596 CC
Engine Power: 92 Kw @ 2800 r/min
Engine Torque : 350Nm @ 1400-2400 r/min
Gearbox: GB400 – Cable Shift
Suspension: Parabolic Suspension
Tyres: 215/75R17.5 / 7.50 R 16
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 120/90 Plastic
Fuel Type: Diesel/CNG
Steering: Power-Steering, Tilt – Telescope
Brakes: Air Brakes
Overall Length(mm): 7190
Seating Capacity: 38 + A + D
GVW Kgs: 7000

3. TATA MOTOR STARBUS PRIME 34+A+D AC, 410/36G

The Star Bus Prime 410/36G is one of India’s best-selling school bus models due to its dual fuel type, which includes diesel and CNG fuel tanks, space, comfort and reliability. Tata Motors, the manufacturer, provides a five-year warranty on this BSVI school bus model, and they have also enhanced safety features in accordance with government regulations for school buses. 

TATA MOTOR STARBUS PRIME 34+A+D AC, 410/36G Specifications
Engine Displacement: 3783 CC
Engine Power: 62 Kw @ 2500 r/min
Engine Torque : 285 Nm @ 1200-1500 r/min
Gearbox: GB400 – Cable Shift
Suspension: Parabolic Suspension
Tyres: 215/75R17.5 
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 360 litres
Fuel Type: Diesel/CN
Steering: Power-Steering, Tilt – Telescope
Brakes: Air Brakes
Overall Length(mm): 7190
Seating Capacity: 34 + A + D
GVW Kgs: 7000

4. TATA MOTOR STARBUS PRIME  59+A+D LP, 812/52

The Star Bus Prime 812/52 is an ideal school bus from Tata Motors, featuring a 2956 CC engine delivering 125 HP power and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The gross vehicle weight is 8500 kgs with a parabolic suspension. The bus now boasts a 120 L fuel tank capacity and comes in both diesel and CNG fuel types.

TATA MOTOR STARBUS PRIME  59+A+D LP, 812/52 Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2956 CC
Engine Power: 125 HP
Engine Torque : 350 Nm @ 1400-2400 r/min
Gearbox: GB400 – Cable Shift
Suspension: Parabolic Suspension
Tyres: 225/75R17.5 / 7.50 R 16
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 360 litres
Fuel Type: Diesel/CNG
Steering: Power-Steering, Tilt – Telescope
Brakes: Air Brakes
Overall Length(mm): 9750
Seating Capacity: 59 + A + D
GVW Kgs: 8500

5. TATA MOTORS STARBUS ULTRA SKL 58+A+D LP0, 11.6/54

The Star Bus Ultra SKL LP0, 11.6/54 is one of the best selling school bus variants in the TATA Ultra series. The company has incorporated many advanced features in this model, such as Dual Stage Parabolic Suspension, Tilt-Telescope power steering, G 550i 6-Speed Cable Shift Gearbox, Air Brakes and comes in AC & NON AC options. 

TATA MOTORS STARBUS ULTRA SKL 58+A+D LP0, 11.6/54 Specifications
Engine Displacement: 3300 CC
Engine Power: 117 Kw @ 2600 RPM
Engine Torque : 475 Nm @ 1600-2000 r/min
Gearbox: G 550 6 Speed – Cable Shift
Suspension: Dual Stage Parabolic Suspension
Tyres: 235/75 R17.5
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 160 
Fuel Type: Diesel
Steering:  Power-Steering, Tilt – Telescope
Brakes: Air Brakes
Overall Length(mm): 10440
Seating Capacity: SKL:58 + A + D
GVW Kgs: 10800

6. TATA MOTORS CITY RIDE SKL 53+A+D LP 712/45

City Ride SKL LP 712/45 is one of the stunning buses in City Ride series due its features, this vehicle consists with 4500 mm Wheel Base, GB400 – Cable Shift Gear Box, 225/75R17.5 / 7.50 R 16 tyres. we can easily see the demand of this bus in our locality, its powerful engine 92 Kw produce 350Nm torque which shows the its sturdy engine. 

TATA Motors City Ride SKL LP 712/45 is the school bus variant in the famous TATA city ride bus series. This vehicle comes with a 4500 mm Wheelbase, GB400 – Cable Shift Gearbox, and 225/75R17.5 / 7.50 R 16 tyres. The bus is powered by a 2956 CC engine delivering 350 NM of torque at 1400-2400 RPM.

TATA MOTORS CITY RIDE SKL 53+A+D LP 712/45 Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2956 CC
Engine Power: 92 Kw @ 2800 RPM
Engine Torque : 350 Nm @ 1400-2400 RPM
Gearbox: GB 400 – Cable Shift
Suspension: Parabolic Suspension
Tyres: 225/75R17.5 / 7.50 R 16
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 120/90
Fuel Type: Diesel
Steering – Power-Steering, Tilt – Telescope
Brakes: Air Brakes
Overall Length(mm): 8630
Seating Capacity: 53 + A + D
GVW Kgs: 8000

7. FORCE MOTORS SCHOOL BUS 3050WB 

Force Motors is a leading minibus/van manufacturer in India and the traveller series is its best selling van series in India. The 3050WB school bus is equipped with a number of safety features, including seat belts for all passengers, emergency exits, and a first-aid kit. It also has a reverse camera and parking sensors, which make it easier to navigate in snug spaces. This school bus comes with 12+A+D and 15+A+D seating capacity, window safety grills, and many more safety features for students.

FORCE MOTORS SCHOOL BUS 3050WB Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2596 cc
Engine Power: 85kW (114 hp) @ 2950 rpm
Engine Torque : 350 Nm @ 1400-2200 RPM
Gearbox: G32-5, Manual, Synchromesh
Suspension: Spring Semi elliptical,Hydraulic Telescopic double acting at Front and Rear
Tyres: 215/75 R15
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 70 litres
Fuel Type: Diesel
Steering: Power Steering
Brakes: Hydraulic, Dual circuit, vacuum assisted ABS with EBD
Overall Length(mm): 5135
Seating capacity: 12+A+D (3X2), 15+A+D (3X2)
GVW Kgs: 3675

8. FORCE MOTORS SCHOOL BUS 4020WB Wider Body

Traveller school bus 4020WB Wider Body has a monocoque construction body, which ensures total safety and car-like ride quality. The shock absorbers are hydraulic telescopic double-acting at the front and rear, providing a comfortable journey for the students. The vehicle is powered by a 2596 CC engine delivering 350 NM torque at 1400-2200 RPM. 

FORCE MOTORS SCHOOL BUS 4020WB Wider Body Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2596 cc
Engine Power: 85kW (114 hp) @ 2950 rpm
Engine Torque : 350 Nm @ 1400-2200 RPM
Gearbox: G32-5, Manual, Synchromesh
Suspension: Spring Semi elliptical,Hydraulic Telescopic double acting at Front and Rear
Tyres: 215/75 R15
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 70 litres
Fuel Type: Diesel
Steering: Power Steering
Brakes: Hydraulic, Dual circuit, vacuum assisted ABS with EBD
Overall Length(mm): 5135
Seating capacity: 12+A+D (3X2), 15+A+D (3X2)
GVW Kgs: 5900

9. EICHER STARLINE 2090 L 

The EICHER Starline 2090 L school bus, manufactured by Eicher Motors (VE commercial vehicles) is designed to deliver the best class operating economics in buses, with comfort and performance in mind. The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of this model is 9800 Kgs, and the seating capacity of 41 & 37. The company has paired a powerful engine of 105 Kw, which produces 400 Nm of torque, ensuring performance and comfort for the passengers. 

EICHER STARLINE 2090 L Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2960 cc
Engine Power: 105 Kw @ 3200 RPM
Engine Torque : 400 Nm @ 1200 – 2500 rpm
Gearbox: Synchromesh (6 SPeed+1 Rev) ,Synchromesh (5 SPeed+1 Rev)
Suspension: Semi elliptic at Front and Rear
Tyres: 8.25×16 – 16 PR
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 160 litres
Fuel Type: Diesel
Steering: Power-Steering 
Brakes: Dual Circuit ‘S’ Cam Full Air Brakes
Overall Length(mm): 9584
Seating capacity: 39+1+D HHR, 35+1+D DD HHR
GVW Kgs: 9800 

10. EICHER STARLINE 2075 H

EICHER Starline 2075 H school bus is an excellent value for money option for operators. This BSVI Starline 2075 H has a 4320 mm wheelbase, semi-elliptic suspension, 100 L fuel tank capacity, 7.50 X 16 -16 PR tire size, and a gross vehicle weight of 8200 Kgs. The school bus model has a seating capacity of 33. 

EICHER STARLINE 2075 H Specifications
Engine Displacement: 2960 cc
Engine Power: 90 Kw @ 3200 RP
Engine Torque : 350 Nm @ 1200 – 2500 RPM
Gearbox: Synchromesh (5 SPeed+1 Rev)
Suspension: Semi elliptic at Front and Rear
Tyres: 7.50×16 – 16 PR
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 100 litres
Fuel Type: Diesel
Steering: Power-Steering 
Brakes: Dual Circuit ‘S’ Cam Full Air Brakes
Overall Length(mm): 8112
Seating capacity: 31+1+D 
GVW Kgs: 8200

11. BHARATBENZ 4D34i 1017 School Bus 

Bharat Benz 1017 school bus is available in AC & NON AC variants and is powered by a 4 cylinder 3907 CC engine delivering 125 kW power at 2500 RPM. The bus has an overall length of 9815 MM and a fuel tank capacity of 171/160 L. BharatBenz 4D34i 1017 school bus has a seating capacity of 49 + 1 + D & (3X2) and 39 + 1 + D (2X2).

BHARATBENZ 4D34i 1017 School Bus Specifications
Engine Displacement: 3907 cc
Engine Power: 125 Kw @ 2500 RPM
Engine Torque : 520 Nm @ 1500 RPM
Gearbox: MO36, 6 Speed Mechanical, Synchromesh
Suspension: Parabolic Suspension with anti roll bar & double acting telescopic shock absorberat at front and rear
Tyres: 235/75 R 17.5
Fuel Tank Capacity (L): 171L/ 160L
Fuel Type: Diesel
Steering: Power-Steering 
Brakes: Dual Circuit, full air, S-Cam type drum
Overall Length(mm): 9815
Seating capacity:  49 + 1 + D, 39 + 1 + D
GVW Kgs: 10600

Fleet operators/schools/educational institutions looking to buy school buses in India can visit the MotorFloor bus page and utilize our bus-specific filters to refine their search for the school bus that best meets their requirements. Additionally, you can reach out to MotorFloor via email (marketing@motorfloor.com) or call +91 9124001992, and our bus analyst team will assist you in selecting the right school bus model and provide guidance on financing options and more. MotorFloor guarantees the best price on school buses when you make your purchase through us.

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