Under the bus: Growth in tourist numbers fails to offset falling commuter demand

IBISWorld’s Long Distance Bus Transport market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry is most competitive when operating on routes customised to leisure travellers
  • Leisure-related activity has been the highlight for the industry over the past five years
  • The world price of crude oil is anticipated to rebound, pushing purchase costs higher

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Operators in the Long Distance Bus Transport industry help travellers to move around rural and regional areas. The industry connects areas that otherwise have no public transport coverage. It also transports leisure travellers to distant locations in comfort and ease, and provides charter services for a range of purposes. The industry is at its most competitive when operating on routes customised to leisure travellers, and many large private operators are innovating in these segments. About half of the industry serves the commuter market, operating routes that attract government subsidies. These subsidies, in combination with fare revenue, make up total industry revenue.

    Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of...

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    Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Long Distance Bus Transport industry is characterised by a low level of market share concentration with the top four players accounting for less than 20% of revenue. The industry is fragmented and diverse, and is dominated by small, individual businesses. Competition and barriers to entry are moderate. Almost 50% of businesses are non-employing, owner-operated, and only 0.4% have more than 200 employees. The majority of long distance bus service providers generate revenue between $200,000 and $2.0 million. The number of non-employing businesses has gradually declined over the past five years, following increased industry consolidation.

    Small operators typically act as subcontractors, operating services on behalf of larger firms. As ..

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    Additional Insights for the Long Distance Bus Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Long Distance Bus Transport Industry are

  • Experienced work force
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Close monitoring of competition
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from domestic airlines and Total visitor nights in the Long Distance Bus Transport industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Long Distance Bus Transport Industry?

    Industry firms primarily operate buses that transport passengers over regular routes and on regular schedules, mainly outside metropolitan areas or over long distances.

    Industry Products
    Interstate services
    Touring and packaged touring
    Charter operations
    Intrastate services
    Industry Activities
    Long-distance charter bus service
    Long-distance passenger transport bus service
    Long-distance tourist coach service
    Long-distance express bus service
    Long-distance bus tour operator

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from domestic airlines
  • Total visitor nights
  • Number of motor vehicles
  • World price of crude oil
  • Level of urbanisation

  • Current Performance
  • Regional commuters
  • Charter services
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Industry participation and profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition and challenges
  • Tourism and the dollar
  • Table: Long Distance Bus Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Long Distance Bus Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Long Distance Bus Transport
  • Tourism
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Commercial Vehicle Wholesaling
  • Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
  • Motor Vehicle Electrical Services
  • Petroleum Product Wholesaling
  • Tyre Retailing

  • Products & Services
  • Intrastate services
  • Touring and packaged touring
  • Charter operations
  • Interstate services
  • Chart: Long Distance Bus Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Tourists
  • Associations, schools and clubs
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Long Distance Bus Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Long Distance Bus Transport

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal
  • External

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Long Distance Bus Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Greyhound Australia Pty LtdL. C. Dyson's Bus Services Proprietary Limited
  • Table: Greyhound Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: L. C. Dyson's Bus Services Proprietary Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Long Distance Bus Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Long Distance Bus Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Interstate Express Services
  • Services that run between capital cities.
  • Intrastate Express Services
  • Services that run within states and between regional centres that are not well covered by public transport.
  • Passenger Kilometres
  • The number of passengers carried multiplied by the distance travelled.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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