Mobile homes come in all shapes and size, so do vintage buses. These vintage buses have all been converted into beautiful mobile homes!
In my opinion, you can call anything a mobile home as long as the unit is mobile and has an area for sleeping, eating, and/or living and buses are a great option for anyone wanting their own mobile home.
Buses are perfect for those that want to live in or just travel in an affordable home.
9 Awesome Vintage Buses
Bus 1: Hank Bought a Bus
The first bus was bought by Hank so it was fitting that he calls his website ‘Hank Bought a Bus’ at hankboughtabus.com. Hank is a soon-to-be architect and paid $3000 for the bus and spent approximately $6,000 in updating the bus into a beautiful living space.
With a living space of 225 sq ft, Hank created convertible furniture to make the most of every inch. You can read more about the bus conversion and his travels here.
Bus 2: 1997 Bluebird International
The second bus is a 1997 Bluebird International for sale on Tiny House Listings. It has 280 sq. feet of living space and all of it has been renovated. Natural wood take center stage along with a great wood stove.
This bus can be yours for $15,000. That seems like a fair price for such a lovely mobile home.
Bus 3: The Cosmic Collider
The Cosmic Collider is one of the most unique and beautiful vintage bus conversions I’ve ever seen!
The owner, Ryan Lovelace, a surfboard artist, took advantage of the extended roof of the original bus and continued the design to make a 2nd story sleeping loft! You can read all about Ryan’s surfboard talents and travels on his blog, PC Progress. You can see more photos of The Cosmic Collider here.
Bus 4: Enchanted Gypsy
There’s not much I can say about this gorgeous bus called the Enchanted Gypsy except that she is a beauty! The entire space is gorgeous and has so many great details that you’ll see something new every time you peak at the photos.
You can read all about the vintage bus and the owners on their blog here.
Bus 5: Life As a Bus
I found this awesome vintage bus conversion on Imgur, a photo sharing site. It’s a beautiful example of the possibilities that buses have. This space is a comfortable mix of modern and vintage. You’d certainly be riding and living in style in this bus!
Bus 6: The Emerald Gypsy
The Emerald Gypsy was featured on Tiny House Swoon and it is definitely swoon-worthy!
The beauty is understated and simple, but it will leave an everlasting impression on everyone that lays eyes upon it.
Bus 7: 1978 International Bus
There’s no witty name for this bus (at least not when it went viral from its Craigslist post) but it’s so beautiful it doesn’t really need one. Here’s how the owner described the bus on the original listing:
Beautiful, 1978 International, 35′ bus with custom, all-wood interior, full kitchen and living space, wood stove, and roof deck (everything but a bathroom).
– Bamboo floor
– Pine tongue-n-groove ceiling
– Oak kitchen cabinets with Boos maple butcher-block counter tops
– Designer sink & faucet
– 20″ range – and there’s room to replace it with a 25″ range
– Pine-board closet & pine shelves
– Wood stove
– Fully insulated
– Fir deck on roof
The listing was updated to state that a couple bought the bus and has made it their home in the North Cascades.
Bus 8: New Zealand House Truck
There’s not much written about the following ‘house truck’ but I loved the idea of converting a bus (or truck) into a permanent home, especially when it has such a unique vintage look. I found it on Flickr, uploaded by users Kemi & Niko. The description states:
My mothers house truck converted to permanent house in a small forest in Golden Bay, New Zealand. Main entrance to inside the truck, unfortunately I didn’t think to get any photos of the interior.
Bus 9: Modern Bus Turned Mobile Home
The last of the vintage buses we want to share is another beauty with little known about it. The original article only states that it is in Israel and that 2 ladies own it and customized it in a gorgeous modern style.
It’s luxurious, stylish, and mobile. I don’t think it gets any better than that!
As always, thank you so much for reading Mobile Home Living!
11 thoughts on “9 Awesome Vintage Buses Converted Into Beautiful Mobile Homes”
Wow, what an awesome collection of vintage – and not so vintage – buses! It’s just amazing what one can do to convert these into living space. So much character. So fun!
My husband Sean Crawford built bus number #7. We lived in it with our first son. Our name for it was “The bus” 🙂
Hello Lindsey !!
A shot in the dark, but I hope you see this! I’m a college student hoping to one day live out of a school bus I built myself. Been looking for more detailed photos of Bus #7 for AGES to get a feel of the layout. Any chance your husband has any floor plan drawings or more photos of the kitchen? I haven’t seen any other conversions where there is more of an open plan such as yours. The maximization of space and lack of a designated bedroom really appeal to me. Please let me know!
Thanks a million,
is there a site some where where folks can buy van and buses already renovated cool like these, but for sale? I dont have the time or health to do one myself, but I do have the money.Im hoping some folks sell them when they have a change in life.Im looking for a smaller one, a van preferably under 20ft long. Thanks
I would love to own a vintage bus someday! I don’t know of a single source for vintage buses but you can use the information bluebird article and create some keyword searches that should garner some good results. I would set up searches such as ‘blue bird’ or ‘bus remodel’ or something similar. Hope that helps! (I’ve answered this comment before but my system doesn’t seem to be acknowledging it so please look over it if you’ve alreay read a reply)
I have a serious question. on average what is the difference
In cost and types of insurance between renovated buses and mobile home and pickup? Owners know more about that
Renovated buses is a subject I’m not too familiar with. I’ve only had vintage campers, trailers, and mobile homes. I would say the age of the bus would be the ultimate deciding factor. I Googled “Renovated School Bus Insurance” and came up with the following. Maybe you could email one of the companies and they could help:
Best of luck!
Hi I love the website! Can you include more info on how the process works and cheap ways to renovate and revamp? I want to do this but don’t have carpentry skills so after buying the bus, then what? Lol. Are showers and bathrooms compost or are they what you’d fund in traditional home? Does bus have to be stationed somewhere for cooking, cleaning, water access, etc? Thanks
I’ll do my best! I’ve only restored campers and mobile homes, not buses but I’m sure there’s enough resources online that I can get something together for you!
Thanks so much for reading MHL!
Um hello, the cosmic collider with it’s lofted greenhouse. Best
The Emerald Gypsy – best of the best! Like it!