I am confused the difference between バス[停]{てい} and バスターミナル. I would be glad if someone point the difference between them. Thank you in advance.

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    へえ・・ But you know the difference between bus stop and bus terminal, right?
    – chocolate
    Apr 26, 2019 at 17:00
  • @Chocolate, yes, I'm confused about that, can you explain clearly what is difference between them? Apr 26, 2019 at 17:04

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The difference in Japanese between a バス停 and a バスターミナル is essentially the same as the difference in English between a "bus stop" and a "bus terminal".

Pictures may help illustrate the difference.

Bus stops

Generally a smaller place where one bus can pull up alongside the road. A bus stop is often just for a single bus route, although occasionally a single stop might be included in multiple routes. A bus stop may sometimes have a small shelter:

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Sometimes just a sign:

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Sometimes even entirely unmarked (more common for school bus stops in the US):

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See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_stop and https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/バス停留所.

Bus terminals

Generally a larger place, often with a building, where many buses can park at once, for people to get on and off. Terminals are often hubs for multiple routes, and are thus often located at important transit locations, such as rail stations, shopping districts, or large business complexes.

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A bus terminal may also be called a "bus station" or a "bus terminus" (although I've almost never encountered the "terminus" expression in everyday English in the US).

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_station and https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/バスステーション, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_terminus and https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/バスターミナル.

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    6 images are worth 6000 words!
    – jarmanso7
    Apr 26, 2019 at 19:17
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    Great, that solves my confusion. Thanks a lot sir, have a nice day Apr 27, 2019 at 17:16

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