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Several Spanish ways to name bus

You might be interested in travelling to any Spanish-speaking country and you could need to rent a bus to go from one place to another. It is important to point out that several names exist to name this mean of transport. It depends on the country or region you are going to visit.

Autobús, bus, colectivo, guaga and omnibus are the most common names for this kind of vehicle designed to transport groups of people.

Buses are commonly used in public urban or intercity transport. They often have a fixed-route service, although there is also the possibility to rent them and, then, the route is customized to the client.

The capacity of a bus ranges from 10 to 120 people, although in short-distance buses could travel from 160 to 240 passengers.

The word Autobús comes from omnibus. And the word ónmibus comes from Monsieur Onmés, the owner of a shop who called it Omnes Omnibus.  It was just a play on words because his shop was in front of the first carriage station in Nantes, France 1823. Omnés comes from Latin and it means everybody (for everybody). Shortly after, the vehicle became known as omnibus and then, was quickly called bus. Both words are used nowadays.

Depending on the region, bus could be named by different Spanish names. We offer a list of Spanish terms used in several places in the world.


Spanish words for bus 


Region Names
América Central bus
Argentina colectivo, bondi (colloquial), (urban trasport) ómnibus, micro (Intercity) -«micro» is the short form for microómnibus
Bolivia flota, autocar, bus y ómnibus (turism and journeys), colectivo, góndola «Bus escolar», micro (urban transport),mini o minibús (Little buses for urban transport), coaster, taxi trufi.
Chile (la) micro, liebre (small buses), bus (intercity transport), taxibús (in Concepción), acordeón o Cuncuna (articulated vehicle)
Colombia autobús, microbús, buseta, colectivo, bus, chiva, flota (intercity transport)
Costa Rica bus, autobús, microbús, buseta, chivilla, cazadora, lata
Cuba guagua, ómnibus, yutong
Ecuador bus, buseta, colectivo
El Salvador microbús, bus, chuzón (very colloquial)
España autobús de línea, bus, guagua, autocar o coche de línea , camioneta (Huelva),Alcorcón y Móstoles, valenciana y cosme (Jerez de la Frontera for intercity buses), micro (autobuses pequeños),mini y minibus, villavesa (Pamplona), urbano (Vitoria), tusa (Badalona), carraca (Buen Pastor, Milans del Bosch y Barón de Viver, Barcelona), alsa (Asturias y León), blasa (Alcorcón, Móstoles, y Villaviciosa de Odón), trole (Pontevedra), , camión (Málaga), Alsina (Granada y Pava (Jaén)), guagua (Canarias y Puerto Real).
Guatemala camioneta, bus, autobús
Honduras bus, autobús
México camión, micro, pesero o kamikaze, calafia (used to name microbuses), flotilla (group of buses), chato, chimeco, burra , guajolotero o totolero (for old ones), metrobús(articulated)
Nicaragua bus, camioneta, ruta, microbus (for small buses)
Panamá bus, chiva, autobús, diablo rojo (very colloquial), Metrobus
Perú ómnibus, bus, MiraBus (tourist buses) micro, combi (small buses)
Paraguay micro, colectivo, ómnibus
Puerto Rico guagua, pisicorre (small guagua)
República Dominicana guagua, bus
Uruguay ómnibus (all the buses), bote (colloquial) y bondi (colloquial)
Venezuela autobús, bus, (big ones) autobusete, buseta, microbús, camioneta, camionetica, ruta (small buses).