About Us

About us

Tourist Coaches have been operating in and around Wiltshire since 1920 and still remain the coach operator of choice for both our new and existing customers.

Today we are immensely proud of our heritage, history, and the experience it brings with it, yet remain at the forefront of delivering our customers’ needs, with smart, quietly professional, experienced drivers, and a fleet of vehicles to suit all of your coaching requirements. You can be rest assured your comfort, safety and peace of mind is our prime concern, and we take every journey personally.

We operate a variety of specialised vehicles capable of transporting any sized group, so whatever size or type of event you require transport for we will be able to fulfil your requirement, and you can be assured it will be smart, comfortable and reliable.

With Depot’s located throughout Wiltshire we are able to offer highly competitive rates for a variety of private hire coach work.

Many of our coaches have full air-conditioning and a whole host of other features that make going by coach a relaxing, stress free way to travel in a group.

Our Coaches:

  • 49 seat executive coaches
  • 49, 53 & 57 seat standard coaches
  • 70 seat with 3 + 2 configuration coaches
  • 86 coach seated double deck
  • wheelchair accessible coaches 

We also have a friendly customer services team who are well versed in dealing with large and small group coach bookings and who will help you find the best deal for your private hire. For an informal chat about how we could help please call us on 01722 338 359 or fill out our quote form from the red button at the top of the page and we'll get back to you.

History

Tourist Coaches was founded in 1920 and operates from Salisbury, Fovant and Pewsey.

Founded by E & DF Stanfield in 1920 Tourist coaches operated private hire and contracted services from their depot in Figheldean. Being based near Salisbury Plain much of the coach work included transporting military personnel. 

In the 1990's Tourist Coaches was purchased by Wilts & Dorset, shortly after this Wilts and Dorset also brought Bells, Levers and Kingston Coaches and formed the Tourist Group. This is where we developed our notorious, eye catching blue livery which has continuously evolved over the years, complementing our fleet of modern coaches.

In August 2003 Tourist was included in the sale with Wilts & Dorset to the Go Ahead Group, and forms part of the regional Go South Coast group of companies which also includes Salisbury Reds, more bus, Damory, Bluestar, and now Excelsior Coaches.

Tourist coaches are now mainly operated from the Salisbury Reds Garage in Castle Street Salisbury, with remote depots still remaining at Fovant and Pewsey. 

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