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Could you be a bus driver? There are hundreds of opportunities to drive buses and coaches across Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. You can join more and more different people switching to a rewarding career that makes a massive difference to the lives of people in communities across the West of England and play a huge part in meeting our ambitious net zero targets.

How to get started

  1. Email us to express your interest in becoming a bus driver in the West of England
  2. Our Skills for Logistics team will connect you with training and employers
  3. You will be trained for 6 weeks then begin your new career

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Metro Mayor poses in a bus

“Sorting the driver shortage is a vital step to fix the bus and coach network. Your community needs your skills to get vital buses and coaches moving. Under my leadership I’m determined the West of England gets more drivers trained up.”

Metro Mayor Dan Norris
Drive for a good income

Become a bus driver to fund studies

Callum turned to bus driving to help fund his University studies, and add some extra skills to his CV.

Student Callum Pringle (19) has ambitions of flying high one day taking the controls of a commercial airline to get people to destinations across the world. For now, he is happy with his feet firmly on the ground working for bus operator Stagecoach as a driver in his spare time, helping local people get to where they need to be across the region.

Drive to learn new skills

Become a bus driver in just 6 weeks

Didi is now a confident driver in the UK after moving from Romania to the UK and having 6 weeks training.

Didi is a coach driver for Bakers Dolphin and has not looked back since he joined the company last year.

See the region and beyond

Drive to see the region

Ryan Holt was initially inspired to work as a coach driver from his Grandad who used to work for Bakers Dolphin.

Now he travels to exciting locations including Longleat, Harry Potter Studios, even Lake Garda in Italy!

A change of career

Drive a bus to start a new career

People from all walks of life and backgrounds can be a bus driver, there are shift patterns to suit everyone.

Andy Ballentine decided to try coach driving after redundancy and now enjoys travelling the South West and beyond and meeting people.

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As the regional transport authority, we are improving transport including buses, trains, walking and cycling.

Future Transport Zone

We combine the latest technology with improvements in infrastructure to test out innovations.


We will generate over a million new rail journeys and give 80,000 more people access to train services.