Everything you need to know about coaches (and minibuses)

As the saying goes, it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. And when it comes to traveling in the UK, choosing the right coach can make all the difference in making that journey comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable. Here at Coach Scanner, we are passionate about connecting our customers with the right coach for their needs. As one of the leading coach hire providers in the UK, we offer a wide range of coach sizes to meet the needs of different group sizes and travel requirements. Whether you're planning a school trip, corporate event, or a group holiday, we have the perfect coach for you.

In this page, we'll take a closer look at the different coach sizes available in the UK, and how you can choose the best one for your group. 

To get started, here's a table comparing some of the features of different coach sizes. Please note that the exact specifications of the coaches may vary depending on the provider and model. However, this table should give you a good idea of the seating capacity, length, and some of the standard amenities that are available with each coach size.

Coach Size Seating Capacity Length Air Conditioning Reclining Seats On-board Toilet
Minibus Up to 16 passengers 6-8m Yes Yes No
Midi Coach Up to 33 passengers 8-10m Yes Yes Yes
Standard Coach Up to 49 passengers 12-14m Yes Yes Yes
Double-Decker Coach Up to 77 passengers 12-14m Yes Yes Yes
Executive Coach Up to 49 passengers 12-14m Yes Yes Yes
Luxury Coach Up to 59 passengers 12-14m Yes Yes Yes


A minibus is a perfect choice for small groups of up to 16 passengers. These coaches are great for airport transfers, small corporate events, or even a day trip to the countryside. They are cost-effective, comfortable, and come equipped with all the necessary amenities.


A midi coach is a great choice for groups of up to 33 passengers. They are slightly larger than a minibus and offer more space for luggage and equipment. These coaches are ideal for school trips, corporate events, and small tours.

Standard Coaches

A standard coach is the most common coach size in the UK, with a seating capacity of up to 49 passengers. They are perfect for larger groups, such as sports teams, church groups, and music bands. Standard coaches are equipped with air conditioning, reclining seats, and plenty of storage space for luggage.

A 50 seater coach is typically classified as a large coach or standard coach, with a length of around 12 to 14 meters. These coaches are equipped with all the standard amenities that you would expect, including air conditioning, reclining seats, and an on-board toilet. They are also designed to provide ample luggage space, making it easy to transport all the essentials you need for your trip.

Double-Decker Coaches

If you need to transport a larger group of up to 77 passengers, a double-decker coach is an excellent choice. These coaches are perfect for school trips, corporate events, and large tours. They are equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable journey, including air conditioning, reclining seats, and on-board entertainment.

Executive Coaches

If you want to travel in style, an executive coach is the perfect choice. These coaches offer extra features such as reclining seats, air conditioning, and on-board entertainment. They are perfect for corporate events, weddings, and special occasions. Executive coaches can accommodate groups of up to 49 passengers.

Luxury Coaches

For the ultimate travel experience, a luxury coach is a perfect choice. These coaches are equipped with kitchen facilities, sleeping quarters, and a larger seating capacity of up to 59 passengers. They are perfect for extended tours and overnight trips.

At Coach Scanner, we understand that choosing the right coach can be overwhelming. That's why we offer a simple and convenient online booking system that allows you to compare quotes from multiple coach providers. Simply enter your travel details, and we'll provide you with a list of available coaches and their prices. You can also call us on ‭0207 871 3477‬ to speak to one of our friendly customer service representatives who will be happy to help you choose the best coach for your needs.

Wheelchair Accessible Coaches and Minibuses

At Coach Scanner we respect inclusivity and accessibility in our transportation services. Our wheelchair-accessible coaches and minibuses are specifically designed to accommodate passengers with disabilities, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free travel experience. Each vehicle is equipped with essential features such as wheelchair lifts or ramps, secure wheelchair restraints, flexible seating arrangements, and ample storage for mobility aids. By offering a diverse range of accessible coaches and minibuses, we cater to varying group sizes and travel preferences.

Explore Our Wide Range of Coach Options

At Coach Scanner, we offer a comprehensive selection of coaches from renowned manufacturers across the globe. Whether you're looking for luxury, innovation, efficiency, or a combination of these qualities, our curated collection has something to suit every need. Browse the table below to discover the unique features and offerings of each manufacturer's coaches. From Mercedes' opulence to Plaxton's iconic British designs, you'll find detailed insights that will guide you to the perfect choice for your journey.

Manufacturer Explore Coaches Description
Mercedes Explore Mercedes Coaches Learn about Mercedes' luxurious coach options and features.
Volvo Explore Volvo Coaches Discover Volvo's innovative and safe coach models.
Scania Explore Scania Coaches Explore Scania's efficient and environmentally-friendly coaches.
MAN Explore MAN Coaches Find MAN's range of versatile and high-quality coaches.
Setra Explore Setra Coaches See Setra's line of comfortable and stylish coaches.
Iveco Explore Iveco Coaches Uncover Iveco's dedication to technology and comfort in their coaches.
Van Hool Explore Van Hool Coaches View Van Hool's wide variety of innovative coach designs.
Neoplan Explore Neoplan Coaches Dive into Neoplan's futuristic and exclusive coach models.
Alexander Dennis Explore Alexander Dennis Coaches Learn about Alexander Dennis' world-renowned double-decker buses.
Plaxton Explore Plaxton Coaches Discover Plaxton's iconic British-made coach designs.

Choosing the right coach size is crucial to ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey. At Coach Scanner, we offer a wide range of coach sizes to accommodate groups of all sizes and travel needs. Compare online quotes now or call us on ‭0207 871 3477‬ to start planning your next trip.

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