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This article is about the buses that appear as obstacles throughout the Mario Kart series. For the vehicle from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, see royal bus. For the Wiggler shaped vehicle which resembles a bus from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, see Wiggler Wagon.
The Star Travel Bus from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
A Star Travel bus from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

A bus, or tourist bus,[1] is an obstacle that frequently appears in the Mario Kart series. Buses appear in stages set on roads, such as Mushroom Bridge, and will drive around the stage with the other traffic. If the player gets hit by a bus, it will have the same effect as driving into a Banana, causing the player to spin out. Buses can not be destroyed or removed, but can be launched into the air by hitting them while using a Super Star, Bullet Bill or Chain Chomp, or by throwing a Bowser Shell at them. The buses may also honk their horns at the player after hitting them or being hit by an item.


Mario Kart 64[edit]

Buses first appeared in Mario Kart 64, where they only appear on Toad's Turnpike. The buses on this course are yellow with red window frames and blue interior curtains. They are driven by Ukkikis.[2] In this game, they have the same engine sound as Donkey Kong's kart.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]

The Peach Beach bus and Star Travel bus from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
A Peach Beach bus and Star Travel bus from Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Buses return in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, where they appear in two courses, Mushroom Bridge and Mushroom City. This game features two different designs on the buses, as well as a similar vehicle, the Wiggler Wagon. One of the buses is blue and features Star Travel logos on the back and sides, and also has the company's name on the front of the bus. The number plate features the letters "STR". The other bus is deep maroon and pale pink, includes Peach Beach logos in the place of the Star Travel ones, and its number plate instead reads "SUN". If a bus is lifted into the air, it stops moving, whereas in future games, the bus continues to move even in the air.

In Mushroom Bridge, at the beginning of each race, a Star Travel bus (Peach Beach bus in Versus mode with no items) is seen entering the left lane from the right lane. This is not seen with any other actual vehicles (not counting Bob-omb Cars) in the game.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Buses appear again in Mario Kart DS, where they appear in Shroom Ridge and the returning retro course GCN Mushroom Bridge. The buses in this game are blue and have red, orange and yellow zig zags along the sides. These buses replace the originals in Mushroom Bridge, and is the only bus that appears on the course.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Model of a Toad City Sightseeing bus from Mario Kart 8
A Toad City Sightseeing bus from Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Although no new tracks in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe use buses, they return in the retro track N64 Toad's Turnpike. However, much like the rest of the course, they have been redesigned. The buses all now represent one of the game's sponsors, and the bus is themed around that sponsor. Most of the buses are for the airlines within the game, Galaxy Air, Boomerang Bros. International Airlines, Paratroopa Airlines, as well as Toad City Sightseeing, a sponsor which only appears on these buses.

Moving buses appear in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass DLC in DS Shroom Ridge and Tour Berlin Byways, while stationary ones appear in Tour New York Minute. The stationary AEC Routemaster double-decker buses reappear in Tour London Loop.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Stationary buses appear in Mario Kart Tour, where they appear in New York Minute 3, 4, and their variants, Tokyo Blur 4 and its variants, Los Angeles Laps 1, 3, and their variants, and Bangkok Rush 1 and its variants. They retain their appearances from Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Stationary double-decker buses resembling AEC Routemasters appear in London Loop 1, 3, and their variants, and London Loop 2's R, T, and R/T variants.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 巴士


  1. ^ Nintendo Magazine 2023 Summer (Digital English edition). nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved July 15, 2023. (Archived July 15, 2023, 10:48:55 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  2. ^ 「ハイウェイバスの運転手(シルエット)は、『スーパーマリオ64』のウッキーです。」("The highway bus driver (silhouette) is a Ukiki from Super Mario 64.") - Official Mario Kart 64 Japanese website