On average, the gas mileage of a school bus sits at 7 miles per gallon. This figure is significantly lower than the average gas mileage for private vehicles, which is 20.8 MPG.
There are around 480,000 school buses in America, and each bus travels an average of 12,000 miles per year. The average school bus uses 1,714 gallons of diesel fuel each year, which costs approximately $6,634. Annually, school districts spend an average of $122 per year for every student who rides the bus to and from school. Parents who transport children to school twice a day spend an average of $630 per year.