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Should We Say 'Take Bus', 'Take the Bus', or 'Take a Bus'?

(Last Updated: 26 July 2022)

Part 5

'Take Bus', 'Take the Bus', or 'Take a Bus': Which One Is Correct?

An article (i.e., the or a) is needed between take and bus:

Andrea and Kate take the bus together. (The bus can be used in a general sense as a means of transport. It can also refer to a specific bus.)

Andrea and Kate take a bus together. (A bus can be any bus.)

Andrea and Kate take bus together.

You can also use the expression by bus, in which case an article is not used:

Andrea and Kate travel by bus together.

Andrea and Kate travel by the bus together.

Andrea and Kate travel by a bus together.

By is used without an article for ways of travelling:

I travel to school by bus.

Tens of thousands of passengers are transported by tram every day.

Travelling by plane can be exciting for some, but stressful for others.

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Examples from the Media

Whatever the case, nearly every time I take the bus to the subway and the subway to somewhere else, I observe the same trend: passengers, virtually 90 per cent of whom are masked, pile onto a crowded vehicle, look longingly up and down the aisle and ultimately decline to sit in one of the many available individual seats sandwiched between two occupied ones. —Toronto Star

Communities are not well connected: many people have to take a bus into the city centre to travel out in a different direction. —The Guardian

The train trip will take just 40 minutes, compared with as much as an hour and 40 minutes by busSouth China Morning Post

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