About Distinctive Systems - Software vendor specialising in the development of products for coach and bus companies

The Leading Software for Coach, Bus & Tour Operators

Distinctive Systems is the leading supplier of software for coach, bus and tour companies. Established for over 30 years we have supplied systems to operators throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond. More than 1,500 operators rely on one or more of our latest Microsoft SQL Server based systems for the efficient management of their companies.

A Fully Integrated Software Solution
Our range of software is comprehensive and includes systems for managing private hire work, regular contract work, community transport operations, gross payroll, workshop management, vehicle maintenance and both back office and online reservations for extended tours, day excursions and express services.

Microsoft SQL Server Platform
All our systems are Windows based and have been developed using Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft SQL Server database engine. SQL Server is part of the Microsoft .NET Platform and is an industrial strength database engine designed to handle hundreds of simultaneous users. It delivers stunning performance with unparalleled reliability and security. It is designed for systems that are in constant use under the most demanding circumstances.

Our systems are designed to be used with Microsoft SQL Server Standard Edition. Alternatively, all but the largest operators can use them with the royalty free Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition. Our systems run on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 or 2008.

A Flexible Product Range Available via Purchase or Annual Subscription
Our Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system, our Tour Booking System and our Vehicle Maintenance System can each be used as a standalone solution, or can be combined to create the most comprehensive fully integrated enterprise solution currently on the market.

All three systems are available in Express and Full versions and in different capacities to suit the requirements and budgets of a wide variety of operators.

Our Express versions are aimed at operators with smaller fleet sizes, or alternatively with relatively straightforward requirements. Although their overall functionality is the same as our Full versions, they have fewer features in some areas. Our limited capacity versions allow smaller operators to benefit further by not having to pay for a larger booking or vehicle capacity than they actually need. Express versions can be upgraded to Full versions and capacities can be increased at any time for the difference in list price.

As an alternative to outright purchase, our software is available via annual subscription with an initial minimum term of two years. Full details and a price calculator are available on the Pricing page for each product.

A Wide Range of Services
Distinctive Systems is more than just a software house. We supply a wide range of competitively priced hardware and popular business solutions. We can also advise on, supply and install both local and wide area networks.

We provide comprehensive on-site training for our complete range of booking systems and we run regular training courses at our purpose built offices in York. Most important of all is our support service. Our dedicated support desk is manned by a team of highly trained specialists who provide immediate assistance on absolutely anything to do with the systems we supply.

Latest News

DS Wins TasBus Supplier of the Year Award

Distinctive Systems is delighted to have won the Supplier of the Year award at the Tasmanian Bus Association's Annual Conference and Dinner.…

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Online Portal Wins at UK Coach Awards

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DS Appointed ER Validated IT Supplier

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DS at CoachMarque Conference 2018

We would like to thank Bus & Coach Buyer magazine and Simon Smith of CoachMarque for letting us have permission to…

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