Other Names for the Volkswagen Bus

The Volkswagen Bus, also known as the Type 2, has garnered several nicknames and alternative names throughout its history. These monikers often vary based on regional preferences and cultural references. Here are some of the other names by which the Volkswagen Bus is commonly known:

VW Van

This straightforward abbreviation is widely used to refer to the Volkswagen Bus.


The term “Microbus” emphasizes the compact size of the vehicle while conveying its purpose as a mode of transportation for multiple passengers.


Derived from the German word “Kombinationskraftwagen,” meaning “combined-use vehicle,” the name Kombi reflects the versatile nature of the Volkswagen Bus.


Highlighting its primary function as a transporter of people or cargo, the name “Transporter” is commonly used to refer to the Volkswagen Bus.

Camper Van

This name emphasizes the Bus’s popularity as a recreational vehicle, often converted into a camper with sleeping and living accommodations.


Originating in Germany, the name “Bulli” was a term of endearment for the Volkswagen Bus, coined by VW’s own advertising campaign in the 1950s.

Hippie Van

Reflecting its association with the counterculture movement of the 1960s, the Volkswagen Bus is often referred to as the “Hippie Van.”


This name specifically refers to the camping conversions done by the German company Westfalia, which transformed the Bus into a fully equipped camper.

Samba Bus

The Samba Bus is a deluxe version of the Volkswagen Bus, featuring a distinctive full-length folding fabric sunroof and additional chrome accents.

Splitty or Split Window

This nickname refers to the early split windshield design of the Volkswagen Bus, which was a characteristic feature of the first-generation models.

These alternative names showcase the wide-ranging popularity and cultural significance of the Volkswagen Bus. Each name carries its own connotations and adds to the rich tapestry of the vehicle’s history and legacy.


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