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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Bus Conductor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Bus Conductor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Bus Conductor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected:

Bus conductors have a range of responsibilities, which include collecting fares, issuing tickets, helping passengers with baggage, advising on destinations and ensuring the safety of passengers. There is some paperwork involved, for instance when recording fares, checking timetables and counting money. In most areas, with the exception of London, the duties of driver and conductor are combined into one job.

Hours and Environment:

Hours are irregular and may involve some weekends and shift work. Driver-conductors work alone, but where the roles are divided, the driver and conductor work together as part of a team. The conductor will be expected to stand for prolonged periods.

Skills and Interests:

To be a bus conductor, you should:

  • be reliable and punctual, be of smart appearance
  • be physically fit - able to climb stairs, stand and lift luggage, have good communication skills
  • be numerate - able to calculate quickly and accurately, have an awareness of safety issues
  • have the ability to operate a payment system.


There are no minimum qualifications required to begin work as a bus conductor, however, many companies will set an entrance test.

All companies will require applicants to be fit and healthy and pass a medical. It would be an advantage to hold a driving licence (or be learning to drive), have some experience of working with the public and knowledge of the local area.

Entrants are usually between the ages of 18 and 50. Bus companies welcome applications from mature adults who are fit and healthy.


Training varies between companies and may depend on the applicant̢۪s past experience. The usual period of training is two to four weeks. It may be possible to work towards a (BTEC) Edexcel qualification or NVQ.


Opportunities are greater in large towns or cities. Many companies run buses operated by one person only and therefore the number of openings for conductors has declined in recent years.

More opportunities exist nationally for bus drivers. To become a bus driver you need to have a full UK driving licence and attain a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence, which involves passing a practical and theoretical test. For more information on bus driving, see bus driver profile.

Opportunities may be found with tram companies in cities such as Blackpool and Manchester.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.
The average salary for a bus conductor in London is £16,000 a year.

Further information:

Contact local bus, tram or train companies

Other Useful Bus Conductor Work Information

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