A midi-bus is a bus that has a length of about eight to ten meters and thus shorter by two to four meters than a standard bus. Vehicles of this type have been found in the past two decades, especially in the line of traffic in smaller towns and in marginal areas of large cities spread. Coaches in this size are referred to as Club Coach.


Magnitude and space of a Midibus are above minibuses, but still well below standard buses with twelve feet in length. The length is 8.0 to 10.5 meters, the transportation capacity of 35 to 85 people.

The Midi buses can thereby be divided into two different sizes. The larger ranges are shortened standard buses, in which the middle part between the front axle and of the second door by approximately two rows of seats is shorter and there are no other structural differences. The smaller size are self- constructions, which also shorter overhangs front and rear, but it take a lot of components of the standard buses. Some of these vehicles are narrower by 15 inches (2.35 m).

Allen midibuses in common is that they visually and often constructive strongly oriented to the standard buses of the respective manufacturer mainly. Be taken around headlights, bumpers, tail lights, side windows, doors, interior and engine mounting position in the rear. This is also the main criterion for differentiation from the minibuses that generally build on vans with a front engine. The transitions between the two Midibus - sizes, however, are fluent.

A technically similar construction for long-distance travel buses constitute Club

Market position

The main reason for the purchase of midibuses is, above all, adjust the size of the vehicle demand. Solo buses seem oversized in small towns especially outside rush hour in sparse, while the capacity of minibuses often no longer sufficient in cities with a population of 15,000 at rush hour. In addition, Midi buses have a higher maneuverability, which is about in mountain valleys or narrow old streets of advantage. To cope with capacity peaks at Midi bus lines there are trailers for midi buses.

Economically speaking, the advantage of a midi bus compared to a standard bus is apparently not very large. Although the acquisition costs (2004) were around 50,000 euros lower than standard buses with around 220,000 euros. But the cost per hour of operation were mathematically at 42 euros against 45 euros at the standard bus.

Manufacturers and models

Larger Midibus models are the Citaro K EvoBus and MAN Lion's City M of Göppel bus. Among the representatives of the smaller size include the Solaris Alpino and the Accessbus GX127 Irisbus and Van Hool NewA308. As before widespread are the Centroliner the company Neoplan and the Cito models of EvoBus, which are now no longer manufactured. In addition to Poland Solaris Bus & Coach as a manufacturer, there are other Eastern European models such as the Hungarian Ikarus 405 or the Russian PAZ- 3237, which can be described as a real midi buses.