It all began in 1902, when the Corporation of Cardiff started running electric powered trams in the city between Newport Road and the city centre. The Corporation had taken over the private Cardiff Tramway Company which had run horse trams and buses since 1870, although other operators had been running horse buses in the area since at least 1845.Vacancies Contact Us
It all began in 1902, when the Corporation of Cardiff started running electric powered trams in the city between Newport Road and the city centre. The Corporation had taken over the private Cardiff Tramway Company which had run horse trams and buses since 1870, although other operators had been running horse buses in the area since at least 1845.
Until 1943, conductors were employed to collect the fares, but that year all tramcars were converted to run with a pay-as-you enter system without a conductor - like modern buses today. Then you paid just one old penny for any distance. No ticket was issued, but in 1949 the fare did go up by a halfpenny. Trams actually lasted right through to 1950, when trolleybuses (buses that took their electrical power from overhead lines) eventually replaced them, the first trolleybuses having been introduced in 1942.
Cardiff was unusual in that it had single-deck trolleybuses as well as double-deckers, due to several low bridges in the docks area. From 1962 motor buses began to replace the trolleys, and the last trolleybus ran in Cardiff in 1970. Motor buses were operated since the early part of the 20th century, too. Early motorbus journeys would have been rather uncomfortable as pneumatic tyres were not fitted until 1924, and the top decks stayed open to the weather until roofs were first provided in 1925.
All makes and models of buses were bought by us, but from the early 1930s right through to just after the Second World War, the manufacturer AEC was favoured, the same company that built many of London’s buses in those days.
Traditionally buses in Cardiff were crimson and cream, but in the 1970s this was changed to orange and white, not too dissimilar to what you see today. Although the first ‘driver only’ buses had been seen as long ago as 1923, one-person-operation on a large scale really began in the 1970s, with the Snowden Road route, which was the last to lose its conductors in 1980.
Although Cardiff had small buses before, it was in the 1980s that the minibus phenomenon gained momentum, and Cardiff’s Clipper buses could be seen all over the city. Probably a good idea at the time, the swing back to larger buses was inevitable, and during the 1990s the idea of making buses easier to use for everyone soon took hold. Buses without steps - what we call ‘low-floor’ - began to replace older types, and now all our buses are low-floor. The Cardiff Bus green first appeared in 1999, and we bought our first bendy buses in 2006, adding a touch of European style to our capital city. The last bendy bus was run in 2022, and we also started to return to our well-recognised orange colour with the introduction of our electric buses.
Pre pandemic we carried over 75,000 passengers every day on 3,000 journeys covering 27,000 miles. That’s an annual equivalent of going to the moon and back 20 times! After serving the Cities key and frontline workers during the pandemic, post pandemic, Cardiff bus continues to support the community. We continue to upgrade our fleet and currently have 36 Electric buses, as we lead the way to a greener future.
Our company's core competencies and values are based upon a frequently coined saying “Cheers Drive” which is typically used to thank our drivers for a job well done!
CHEERS are our core competencies. They define the skill set used as the foundation to build our workforce.
DRIVE is our company values that underpin who we are, to support our team culture and deliver on our mission statement.
We have our own dedicated team of trainers and use our on-site facilities including refurbished training suites to deliver an outstanding experience from day one!
For new drivers embarking on their driving career, our instructors will guide you from the theoretical to the practical, culminating in your driving test with our delegated examiner. Whilst you will then be ready to get behind the wheel, your training does not end there… in your next few weeks you will be accompanied by one of our experienced driver mentors to give you the confidence to put your training into practice and start your successful career journey.
For those already with a License, our Academy also supports continued training to maintain your Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as well as various other activities that we conduct each year.