The Bus is the next generation of city bus driving simulation set in the capital of Germany, Berlin, on a realistic scale of 1:1. Transport passengers on different lines across the city with various busses. Manage your fleet and team up with other drivers online.
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Mar 25, 2021
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to enable our community to join early in the development of our upcoming new simulation, The Bus, to ensure a great and satisfying experience on its final and official release. So, you can already play and follow the ongoing development hands-on.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

The Bus will go through different phases which will add more features, content and polishment until it is ready for release. This will probably take roughly 8 to 16 months of iterations and development.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The release version of The Bus will contain the bus lines TXL, 100, 200 and 245 and multiple variants of busses from various brands.

In-game Editors will enable you to create and edit bus lines, routes, tours and more.

Modding tools based on Unreal Engine 4 Game Editor will be available for content creators to share their mods via Steam Workshop.

Freeplay and Economy game modes will be available in Singleplayer and Multiplayer.

Freeplay mode will enable you to drive each of the bus lines at any time of the year with the vehicle of your choice. Including passenger transport with ticket sale and validation check.

Economy mode will enable you to create your own bus company. Buy vehicles and hire staff. Maintain and repair the vehicles of your fleet. And generate income via ticket sales.

Basically, you will probably get the full and complete game at the very end of the Early Access before the Gold Master of The Bus goes into production for retail shipping.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At the beginning of the Early Access The Bus will include the bus line TXL and an articulated and a solo bus in Singleplayer Freeplay mode with a Line Editor and Route Editor. Boarding and deboarding passengers, including ticket sale and validation check. AI-Traffic featuring various types of vehicles, pedestrians and complex traffic lights. Full day and night cycle with weather and seasons.

For a full description of the current state of the Early Access version see the "About this game" section below.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of The Bus will be increased in steps as more and more features and content will be added during the Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will gather feedback and data during the Early Access here on Steam and in our developer forums. The feedback and data will be processed by the team, which then decides on the list of changes for each update during the Early Access of The Bus.”
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Early Access Roadmap


This is the general roadmap for the development of The Bus during its Early Access.

Phase 1.0 will be available at the start of the Early Access of The Bus.

Phase 1.0 will receive additional updates which will add more features and content before we update to Phase 2.0

  • Bus line TXL with various routes
  • Two bus variants: Articulated and Solo
  • Singleplayer Freeplay mode - drive the bus lines at any time of the year with the vehicle of your choice
  • Passenger transport with boarding and deboarding
  • Passenger ticket sale

Phase 2.0 will be available during the Early Access.

Phase 2.0 will receive additional updates which will add more features and content before we update to Phase 3.0

  • The Bus Modding Tools for Unreal Engine 4 Game Editor
  • Multiplayer mode for Freeplay
  • Addtional bus line 100 and 200 with various routes
  • Two new bus variants
  • AI busses
  • True to original depot Indira-Ghandi-Straße with connection to all bus lines
  • Full controller support for XBox and PS4 game controllers

Phase 3.0 will be available during the Early Access.

Phase 3.0 will receive additional updates which will add more features and content before we update fully release The Bus.

  • Singleplayer Economy mode:
    • create your own bus company
    • Buy vehicles and hire staff
    • Maintain and repair the vehicles of your fleet
    • And generate income via ticket sales
  • Multiplayer mode for Economy
  • Additional bus line 245 with various routes
  • Final bus variant
  • AI trams
  • Announcements and NPC audio dialogues
  • Open hub: Free-roaming area between Berlin Central Station and Potsdamer Platz, including the Tiergarten tunnel
  • Complete tutorial and checklists

The content and order of features in the Roadmap may change before and during the Early Access.

About This Game

The Bus is the next generation of city bus driving simulation set in the capital of Germany, Berlin, on a realistic scale of 1:1. Transport passengers on different lines across the city with various busses. Manage your fleet and team up with other drivers online.



This list will be updated along the Early Access.

  • Large and detailed Map of the capital city of Germany, Berlin, in a scale of 1:1
  • In-Game Line and Route Editors
  • In-Game Timetable and Tour Editors
  • Boarding and deboarding passengers, including ticket sale.
  • AI-Traffic featuring various types of vehicles, pedestrians and complex traffic lights
  • Various sights, points of interest and landmarks
  • Freedom of movement - walk freely inside the vehicles and the world
  • Full day and night cycle with weather and seasons.
  • Various control modes: Realistic, Arcade and Custom
  • Mouse Control for convenient driving with Keyboard and Mouse only
  • Supports many Steering Wheels with or without pedals
  • Supports Tobii Eyetracking and TrackIR
  • Photo mode for creating your own high quality screenshots
  • Two integrated webradio channels: DoubleBass.FM and FlashBass.FM
  • More features and content will be added along the Early Access

Early Access Phase 1.0 will be available at the start of the Early Access of The Bus.


  • Bus line TXL with various routes
  • Two bus variants: Articulated and Solo
  • Singleplayer Freeplay mode - drive the bus lines at any time of the year with the vehicle of your choice
  • Passenger transport with boarding and deboarding
  • Passenger ticket sale



System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4460
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 950 or Radeon R9 280
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: -
    • Additional Notes: Specifications may change during development.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 Bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 9700K
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce RTX 2060 or Radeon RX 5600XT
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    • Sound Card: -
    • Additional Notes: Specifications may change during development. Installation on a SDD recommended.

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