Bus Rental Company in Hong Kong
If you’re interested in learning more about BusPro, the bus rental company in Hong Kong, you’ve come to the right place!
Hong Kong BUSPRO offers tourist bus services to its customers. It is a non-franchised bus company in Hong Kong known for providing reliable, straightforward, and convenient tourist bus rental services. It also stands as the sole company in Hong Kong that produces monthly themed posters and monthly update magazines (Blog) as part of its local tour bus rental services. Our parent company is Kinson Transportation Co., Ltd, which was established in Hong Kong in 1980.
The distinguishing feature of BusPro’s buses is their white background color and a horizontal pattern known as the “Airplane Pattern,” with green and light colors as the main theme. This pattern was popular among tourist buses in the early 1970s and continues to be used today.
Kinson Transportation Company was officially founded in 1980, starting with just one Ford single-deck coach with a Huang Ming body, commonly referred to as a “single head car.” This coach had a license plate with the number CM788, featured 50 seats arranged in a 3+2 configuration, and primarily served the Radar electronics factory and the YARN factory in Lei Yue Men Industrial Village. The shifts included departures at 07:00, 15:00, and 22:00, with only one driver typically managing the operations.
1970s Huang Ming Bus Body
By 1986, the primary service expanded to include shuttle services for the Tai Mei Tuk Dam site. The fleet also grew to include six Ford 50-seater buses and one Nissan 17-seat private minibus.
In the early 1990s, Kinson also served the Tai Po Yongnan Food and Kangli Electronics Factory. However, with the development of Hong Kong’s population, the British Hong Kong government set out to develop the new town of Tin Shui Wai.
In the early 1990s, Kinson extended its services to Tai Po Yongnan Food and Kangli Electronics Factory. As Hong Kong’s population continued to grow, the British Hong Kong government embarked on the development of the new town of Tin Shui Wai.
Tin Shui Wai
We followed the trend and expanded into northwestern Hong Kong. During this time, the demand for school buses in many primary and secondary schools in Tin Shui Wai increased significantly. Kinson played a crucial role in the early 1990s and has remained entrenched in the northwestern New Territories. The primary and secondary schools served by the company included Queen Elizabeth Old Students’ Association Primary School, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Yao Dazhi Memorial Primary School (Yuen Long), Hong Kong Management Association Lo Kwai Cheung Secondary School, Tin Shui Wai Catholic Primary School, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Li Donghai Primary School, and more.
Queen Elizabeth Old Students’ Association Primary School 1990 Jit Luen Body
During this period, bus seats typically ranged from 56 to 61 seats. The dominance of Huang Ming’s body factory declined, making way for emerging manufacturers like Jit Luen Auto Body, China-Hong Kong Body Factory, New Asia, and Asian body factories. Isuzu became the dominant player, featuring a 6-speed front engine with a single main engine. Air-conditioning engines had independent fuel tanks and radiators.
In the late 1990s, the light rail network connecting Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai, and Tuen Mun in the northwest of the New Territories matured. Starting from 1997, all primary schools in Hong Kong gradually transitioned from part-time to full-time studying. Additionally, the birth rate remained low, resulting in the company’s first period of decreased demand. School children began to use the Light Rail for transportation.
In response to the changing landscape, the concept of main school and branch schools emerged due to the splitting of elementary school classes into morning and afternoon sessions. This led to an unchanged number of school bus passengers but doubled the destinations, posing challenges for school bus dealers. The Atypical pneumonia epidemic in Hong Kong in 2003 further exacerbated the situation. Kinson had to sell some of its vehicles to maintain daily expenses and driver and babysitter salaries.
2000s China Kong Body
By 2005, the surplus of non-franchised buses on the road prompted the Hong Kong government to impose licensing restrictions. This encouraged the passenger bus industry to acquire existing vehicles to fill their fleets. Additionally, many school bus and tour bus dealers were approaching retirement age. From 2005 to 2010, the tour bus industry witnessed a wave of mergers and acquisitions. Despite these challenges, Kinson managed to maintain a presence in the northwest region.
During this time, bus seats transitioned from 56 to 61 seats with a 3+2 seat arrangement. Over the past decade, Isuzu chassis captured a significant share of the Hong Kong tour bus market. However, after 2007, European manufacturers like Scania and Volvo entered the Hong Kong market, alongside Chinese brands such as King Long, Shenlong, and Yutong, delivering chassis and bus bodies together.
2011 to 2020
The financial crisis in mid-2008 had a significant impact on Hong Kong’s economy. In 2009, the central government allowed eligible Shenzhen residents to apply for multiple visits to Hong Kong in one year for “individual travel” endorsements, resulting in a substantial increase in mainland Chinese visitors. With the rise of free travel and flourishing joint infrastructure and real estate projects, there was a growing demand for site shuttle services. Kinson allocated a significant portion of its fleet to meet this demand. Concurrently, the declining number of school children led school bus dealers to transition from 61-seat buses to 27-seat Toyota Coaster, 29-seat Mitsubishi Rosa, and 16-seat school buses to meet the changing demands for school transportation.
16 Seater School Bus
From 2010 to 2018, the travel bus industry thrived, thanks to a substantial increase in mainland tourists. BUSPRO was formally established in 2017 and became a subsidiary of Kinson. However, the anti-amendment campaign in mid-2019 led to a sharp decline in inbound tourists, pushing the tour bus industry into another period of decline. The subsequent New Coronavirus epidemic further affected all businesses in Hong Kong, including the school bus industry.
Since 2010, 65-seat buses had gradually become mainstream. Scania, Regal, Isuzu, Foton, and Daewoo have become the main brands of tour bus discs in the market, and manual gearboxes had gradually been replaced by automatic gearboxes.
2021 – Present
From 2020 to 2022, due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus in 2019, the global tourism industry hit an unprecedented low, and the Hong Kong tourism industry was particularly hard hit. All cross-border buses between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao were suspended. From January 2020 to mid-2023, about 2000 local non-franchised buses were left idle, and nearly 1000 cross-border and local non-franchised buses were parked at the Kwai Chung Terminal. See the figure below for details:
- Nishimatsu Construction (Employee Service)
- Union Engineering Co., Ltd.
- Christian Music Road Association Yuen Long Church (student and institution services)
- Chinese Language Institute
- Hong Kong Youth Association
- Christian Hong Kong Lutheran Church Yuen Long Lutheran Secondary School
- Shunde Friendship Association Weng You Middle School
- Hong Kong Christian Church
- Hong Kong Bird Watching Club
- Sau Mau Ping Catholic Primary School
- Christ’s Commission Fellowship Hong Kong
- KinderU Suzuki Music Academy
- Church of Christ in China
- Methodist Center
- Hong Kong Christian Service
- Life Hotline
- Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education
- Huixin Life Adventure Center-Hong Kong Trustees Association
- Queen Elizabeth School Old Students’ Association Secondary School
- Hong Kong Christian Service Pei Oi School
- Christian Evangelical Society Po Ya Nursery School
- Hong Kong Yao Energy Association Jockey Club Tian Qi Ling School
- Cambaron Presbyterian Church Sha Tin Church
- Tin Shui Wai Catholic Primary School
- The Church of Christ in China Liang Fa Memorial Chapel
- St. James’ Settlement
- Environmental touch
- Business Environmental Association Limited
- Hong Kong Women’s Foundation
- Aberdeen Square Club
- Jane Goode Society