Stagecoach is the 20th most admired businesses in the UK, according to an authoritative annual survey of corporate reputation.
The independent ranking is made by business peers using nine measures on a scale of 0-10.
The top firm is sustainable technologies specialist Johnson Matthey, followed by Next.
Stagecoach was ranked the top public transport operator. In the wider transport sector only third-placed EasyJet is above it and Stagecoach is ranked above airline BA (35), Transport for London (48), Go-Ahead (58), National Express (98), Arriva (169) and First (201), out of the 236 companies.
Criteria include financial soundness, community and environmental responsibility, value as a long-term investment, quality of goods and services, use of corporate assets, quality of marketing, innovation, ability to attract, develop and retain top talent, and quality of management.