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Creativity. Uniqueness. Out-of-the-box thinking. These are not words we commonly associate with public transportation, much less the very utilitarian piece of infrastructure we call a bus stop. But this hasn’t stopped some architects and designers from deciding to put together something truly special for all the daily commuters that wait, rain or sun, night or day, for a bus to show up.

Internet users from all over the world share the signal and at times bizarre bus stops they have encountered, so if you are waiting for a bus, congratulations, otherwise, get comfortable and be sure to upvote your favorites. 

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In Japan, These Grandparents Didn't Want Kids To Feel Lonely While Waiting For The Bus. So They Made A Life-Size Version Of Totoro, A Famous Cartoon Character, At The Bus Stop

In Japan, These Grandparents Didn't Want Kids To Feel Lonely While Waiting For The Bus. So They Made A Life-Size Version Of Totoro, A Famous Cartoon Character, At The Bus Stop

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Someone In Norway Has Furnished A Bus Stop, Nobody Knows Who

Someone In Norway Has Furnished A Bus Stop, Nobody Knows Who

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This Bus Stop In Brazil, Before And After An Artist Added Their Touch

This Bus Stop In Brazil, Before And After An Artist Added Their Touch

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait. Are the arm rests on the sofa painted in or did the artist bought in some blocks and painted on them?

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If some of these stops seemed luxurious, in the 18th and 19th centuries, when coaches and carriages were the main means of overland transportation, travelers would find inns and similar establishments along the route. Imagine a bus stop with beds, a restaurant, and other amenities. 

An early example of this was the Angel in Islington, which was a multi-floor building, where people could eat, sleep and refresh themselves when entering or leaving London for one trip or another. Modern travel is fast enough to no longer require these sorts of establishments, but we can find their spiritual successors in the rest stops dotted along highways all over the world. 

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The Most Beautiful Bus Shelter In The South Hui - Shimmer Xuan Pavilion

The Most Beautiful Bus Shelter In The South Hui - Shimmer Xuan Pavilion

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To Launch Its New Breakfast Sandwiches Caribou Coffee Turned Bus Shelters In Minneapolis Into Ovens - With Real Heat

To Launch Its New Breakfast Sandwiches Caribou Coffee Turned Bus Shelters In Minneapolis Into Ovens - With Real Heat

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Good for the winter! Summer, no one will be standing near that thing lol. Here’s a joke: two muffins were sitting in the oven. One muffin said “wow! It’s really hot in here!” The other one said “AHHHH A TALKING MUFFIN!!”

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Bus Stops In Japan, Modeled After Fruits Such As Watermelon, Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato, & Muskmelon

Bus Stops In Japan, Modeled After Fruits Such As Watermelon, Lemon, Strawberry, Tomato, & Muskmelon

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These days, a seat and some protection from the elements are considered sufficient. These are welcome additions for anyone who has to regularly wait in the rain for transportation to arrive, but this has also perhaps been the cause for some fascination with “unique” bus stops. After all, if most are just brick, concrete, or glass boxes, anything more will draw a person’s attention. 

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My Mum Painted This Mural Over Graffiti At A Bus Stop

My Mum Painted This Mural Over Graffiti At A Bus Stop

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Amazing Idea For A Bus Stop

Amazing Idea For A Bus Stop

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The City Of Leicester Starts Turning Bus Stops Into “Bee Stops”

The City Of Leicester Starts Turning Bus Stops Into “Bee Stops”

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Indeed, the average bus stop is so nondescript that many of us overlook them, despite interacting with them in one way or another constantly. Bus stops are generally where trash cans are placed, many will feature advertisements that may catch our eye even if we don’t pay attention to the location. In this way, they already serve some public utility. Similarly, one might use a stop to shelter from the rain, even if they aren’t actually taking a bus anywhere. 

#10

This Beautiful Bus Stop Is In Holstein, Germany. In Front Of The Local High School

This Beautiful Bus Stop Is In Holstein, Germany. In Front Of The Local High School

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Today's Art Bus Shelter Is The Bright Green Canopy Of Ginkgo Leaves On North Ave. One Of My Favorite Ones

Today's Art Bus Shelter Is The Bright Green Canopy Of Ginkgo Leaves On North Ave. One Of My Favorite Ones

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this one a million times more than any other. Just because it’s a cute little plant 🌱

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Just because they are commonplace and utilitarian, doesn’t mean they have to be bare. This list shows all the creativity that one might find when designing a stop but in some places, but in some places, certain luxuries are becoming standard. For example, in particularly hot countries, like India, Turkmenistan, Israel, and the UAE, bus stops may be enclosed and air-conditioned, so passengers don’t have to sit in blistering heat for extended periods. 

#13

The Most Beautiful Bus Stop I've Ever Seen

The Most Beautiful Bus Stop I've Ever Seen

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Purely from this angle difficult to see where the bus would be. Is it actually a bus stop?

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It's Not Every Day You Find Yourself Installing A Life-Size Sheep On The Roof Of The Village Bus Shelter, But Today Was Such A Day

It's Not Every Day You Find Yourself Installing A Life-Size Sheep On The Roof Of The Village Bus Shelter, But Today Was Such A Day

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of these bus stops are giving me the idea that they could be a house at this point. Quirky, fun, houses. With a lot of traffic noise. Those bookshelves are the best thing, no offense sheep

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Ultimately, what prevents bus stops from being as comfortable, interesting, and unique as they could be are the age-old issue of costs. Similarly, many areas have rules and regulations dictating specific standards that need to be met. Overall, this is a good thing, as public utilities should be safe and functional, but the utilitarian nature of public transportation often limits how creative one can get with it. 

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A Playful, Practical And Quirky Bus Stop That Draws The People Of Baltimore. State Of Maryland, USA

A Playful, Practical And Quirky Bus Stop That Draws The People Of Baltimore. State Of Maryland, USA

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#17

Bus Stop In Thailand

Bus Stop In Thailand

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Boa Noite, Curitiba

Boa Noite, Curitiba

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is a raising plataform where the stairs are which makes is 100% accessible for people with disabilities. Here is a link so you can see a picture of what it looks like. Curitiba has one of the best urban public transpostations in the country and in the world.

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#19

Bus Stop In Korea Spraying Mist During The Summer To Keep People Cool

Bus Stop In Korea Spraying Mist During The Summer To Keep People Cool

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Someone Took Advantage Of The Pattern Of Holes In This Bus Stop Bench To Macrame A Peacock Into It

Someone Took Advantage Of The Pattern Of Holes In This Bus Stop Bench To Macrame A Peacock Into It

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This Was A Bus Stop In Bangkok. Each Side Of The Stop Had A Small Garden With Essential Herbs For Cooking Like Basil, Watercress, And Lemongrass

This Was A Bus Stop In Bangkok. Each Side Of The Stop Had A Small Garden With Essential Herbs For Cooking Like Basil, Watercress, And Lemongrass

I guess you pick some on the way home to add to your dinner. I thought it was pretty cool.

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Green Roofs Contribute To The Reduction Of Dust In The Surrounding Area And Improve The Microclimate In Urbanized Areas Lacking Green Spaces

Green Roofs Contribute To The Reduction Of Dust In The Surrounding Area And Improve The Microclimate In Urbanized Areas Lacking Green Spaces

In addition, they naturally cool the space under the shelter and provide a natural habitat for small animals, thus contributing to the increase of green areas in the urban environment.

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Bus Stop - Library In The Polish Village Of Uwieliny

Bus Stop - Library In The Polish Village Of Uwieliny

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

AHHHH ITS MY DREAM HOME. I’m going to go live there now =D

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Today's Art Bus Shelter Is Pillsbury. It Makes Me Smile Every Time I See It

Today's Art Bus Shelter Is Pillsbury. It Makes Me Smile Every Time I See It

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This Bus Stop In Germany That's Been Decorated By Local Residents

This Bus Stop In Germany That's Been Decorated By Local Residents

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Dutch Cities Have Managed To Stabilize Urban Bee Populations By Turning Bus Stops Into "Buzz Stops"

Dutch Cities Have Managed To Stabilize Urban Bee Populations By Turning Bus Stops Into "Buzz Stops"

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I live in Nl and I wish… even the shelters themselves have gone, just a pole that states the times the buses arrive

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A Very Special Bus Shelter In Älvnäs, Ekerö. For Those Of You With Children Who Love Harry Potter, You Just Have To Visit This Place

A Very Special Bus Shelter In Älvnäs, Ekerö. For Those Of You With Children Who Love Harry Potter, You Just Have To Visit This Place

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Modern Bus Stop In Sweden

Modern Bus Stop In Sweden

The Station of Being features wooden pods in which travelers can lean very comfortably. The pods are shaped so that they automatically turn out of the wind, providing comfort without requiring any power. Travelers can also turn the pods to personalize the station and enable various social settings.
 
Designed and developed by Rombout Frieling lab and the Research Institute of Sweden.

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#35

I Found This Most Attractive Thatched Roof Bus Stop Shelter In Dunchurch, Warwickshire

I Found This Most Attractive Thatched Roof Bus Stop Shelter In Dunchurch, Warwickshire

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SG Upping The Game For Buses & Bus Stops! From Swing, Book Corner To Charging Ports, Panel Showing Next Few Stops In Buses

SG Upping The Game For Buses & Bus Stops! From Swing, Book Corner To Charging Ports, Panel Showing Next Few Stops In Buses

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I never knew my country already implemented these bus stops. I thought these photos were always just planning designs lol.

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This Bus Stop

This Bus Stop

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact: yellow draws the most insects! Most people buying yellow patio furniture, marquees or painted their doors yellow regretted that decision deeply. Just wear a brightly yellow top outside in summer and you'll see. It's a really bad idea.

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#38

This Heated Bench With A Wireless Charging Pad For Your Phone At A Bus Stop In South Korea

This Heated Bench With A Wireless Charging Pad For Your Phone At A Bus Stop In South Korea

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Bus Stop In Norway With Books You Can Read While You Wait

Bus Stop In Norway With Books You Can Read While You Wait

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Bus Stop Mario

Bus Stop Mario

1. Go to a local WWII flak tower;
2. Add an image to a nearby bus station;
3. ... And align!

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"Wave" Bus Stop, Gagra, Abkhazia

"Wave" Bus Stop, Gagra, Abkhazia

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First-Class Bus Stop. Why Can’t Taking The Bus Be More Luxurious? Happiness By Design

First-Class Bus Stop. Why Can’t Taking The Bus Be More Luxurious? Happiness By Design

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#43

This Enclosed Bus Stop For The Kids To Use While Waiting In The Cold

This Enclosed Bus Stop For The Kids To Use While Waiting In The Cold

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This Bus Stop Was Decorated To Look Like The Set Of Rosanne

This Bus Stop Was Decorated To Look Like The Set Of Rosanne

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the couch would be rlly stinky bc it will get splashed with water or anything. but i do think its cute

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Bus Stop, Poland

Bus Stop, Poland

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks like an arts and crafts project enlarged!! I love it

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#47

This Bus Stop Next To A Football Field

This Bus Stop Next To A Football Field

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

but in the summer it would be so hot, and the seats arent in shading. Otherwise, I LOVE THE IDEA SO COOL

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#48

This Is How The Dutch Keep Their Hands Warm At Cold Bus Stops

This Is How The Dutch Keep Their Hands Warm At Cold Bus Stops

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This Bus Stop Ad For A Health Club In The Netherlands Had A Scale In The Seat And Displayed The Sitter's Weight For All To See - To Shame Him Or Her Into Joining

This Bus Stop Ad For A Health Club In The Netherlands Had A Scale In The Seat And Displayed The Sitter's Weight For All To See - To Shame Him Or Her Into Joining

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