Setra S 80

Setra S 80



There is no bus on Earth more comfortable than a German-made Setra.

The engine of this 1972 vintage coach propels it along the autobahn with sufficient alacrity, while the large windows offer up an enchanting view as the wind produces a slight rustling in the ventilation ports to provide fresh air to the passengers. See there, on the windshield - Majja the bee, returning from a nectar-gathering trip, has just met her end with a splat.
The Setra is a comfortable bus.

Technical data

This 7-meter long coach fits around 30 passengers and a guide, in addition to the driver.

  • The luggage goes into a dedicated space, which is only big enough for 27 suitcases. Unfortunately we cannot explain this, we must simply accept that the luggage space is small, and one of the passengers will just have to carry their belongings in their lap.
  • The coach has very large windows, and while it’s very pleasant to look out through them, don’t forget that our great friend the Sun is looking in at the same time. In the cold months, this produces a warm feeling; but on a hot summer day this guest really makes for a scorching atmosphere.
  • A microphone is provided for the guide, but as the Henschel 5-cylinder diesel engine is growling away in the background, we can never quite make out the words.


The Setra S80 was developed after the faults of its predecessor, the Setra S6, became clear. We also have an S6 in our collection, and we know that much of the S6’s beauty has been replaced by comfort in the S80.

While the newer bus looks slightly more plain, it is a tremendously more comfortable vehicle than its glass-roofed predecessor.

This bus, manufactured in Germany in 1972, is equally capable of zooming along fast roads and maneuvering on the tight hairpin turns of the Alps. At the time, Setra was the biggest competitor to Mercedes-Benz in the coach segment, and did not use any parts made by competitors in its models. The engines came from the famous tractor manufacturer Henschel, and everything else on the vehicle was manufactured in-house at the Kässbohrer factory in Ulm, which was the birthplace of all Setra coaches.

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