About Us

Ipswich Buses has long been the Suffolk town’s primary operator and is proud to be one of the UK’s remaining municipal bus operators.

Originating as Ipswich Corporation back in 1903 when we began operating trams, which around 20 years later gave way to trolley buses before the first diesel powered motor buses were introduced in 1950.

In 1986 when the British bus industry outside London was deregulated Ipswich Buses was privatised and a new company called “Ipswich Buses Ltd” was formed and under the transport act was operated as an arm’s length company by Ipswich Borough Council.

Today Ipswich Buses remains wholly owned by Ipswich Borough Council and operates 75 vehicles on a network of routes across Ipswich, Babergh, Colchester and the surrounding areas employing 180 people across two sites in Central Ipswich.

We’ve been transporting customers in and around Ipswich for over 100 years, and we are committed to giving the residents, businesses and visitors to our area a quality bus service with a strong focus on customer service and innovation.

Along with our owners, Ipswich Borough Council, we’re striving to reduce car dependency for access to the region whilst playing a key part in boosting the local economy.