Busabout vs Topdeck

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of Busabout and Topdeck.

The Low Down

 
New to Global Journeys in 2019! Busabout offers coach tours, small group adventures, sailing and island hopping, winter trips and trips to the world’s great festivals. Covering Europe, Asia, Africa, USA, Scotland and Ireland, Busabout trips are open to anyone over the age of 18. While most of their travellers might be younger, older travellers are equally welcomed.

Itineraries are planned so you see the highlights and have time to explore on your own as well. A tour guide & driver travel with you, leading the way and providing insider tips. With Busabout all trips are guaranteed to go, departures are not limited to numbers, once you have booked you are going!
 
If you are 18 to 39 then you might want to consider jumping onboard with Topdeck. Epic Euro Trips, in-depth small group trips, and tented camping trips around Europe in the summer months. While Europe makes up the backbone of Topdeck's range, they also run a series of tours through the USA, Canada, Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand.

As opposed to Contiki, Topdeck trips allow you to be another 4 years older before you have to start considering alternatives. With the potential to still be boozy, party trips, the subtle change is age range means clients are more inclined to exploring the destination and culture, with plenty of free time on offer to do so.

Reviews

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4.7 out of 5
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4.3
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4.5
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3.6
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4.1
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Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
59
 
Departures
721
 
Avg. Length
10
 
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Festivals & Events
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Festivals & Events
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Affordable
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2.5 - 3 Star

Regions Explored:

 
No. of Trips
280
 
Departures
1,890
 
Avg. Length
13
 
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$221
 
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Affordable
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2.5 - 3.5 Star
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18-39 Only

In Their Own Words

We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them.

 

Tom O’Hara, General Manager - Busabout

At Busabout, choice, independence, reliability and value are the cornerstone of every trip we create. With 21 years of expertise and knowledge for our crew of guides to rely on, Busabout is here to support you in crafting a unique travel experience.

With a focus on quality destinations, both off the beaten track and city highlights, combined with opportunities to give back to the communities we travel in, Busabout trips are designed to give you an authentic trip, without the expensive price tag. Busabout is open to all travellers 18 years and above, with everyone welcome to join one of our award winning trips in Europe, North America and Asia and I can’t wait to see you join us “on the road!”. Should you have any questions, or wish to book, the wonderful team at Global Journeys will be able to help every step of the way.
 

Anna Fawcett, Global Head of Marketing - Topdeck

Topdeck is a collective of explorers who are devoted to travel, we strive to open minds, shift perspectives, learn new things and make a difference. We build epic group trips for 18 to 30 somethings and our passion is to inspire young people through life-changing travel experiences.

With over 46 years’ experience, our business is to make travel dreams a reality, we know what works and we’re not afraid to shout about it. We offer variety, comfort and value for money, and promise a hassle-free holiday, loaded with authentic local experiences.

With loads of free time to explore, heaps of included meals, access to some amazing bucket list activities and the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of like-minded young travellers, Topdeck trips are way more than your average package tour. They’re the experience of a lifetime.

We build the trips. You build the memories. So, if you’re looking for an unforgettable adventure? Topdeck’s the only choice!

Recent Reviews

 
 
Boulevards to Beaches
5 Star Review from Jordan.

Amazing tour and a great group to travel with. Would definitely recommend to others and do again at some stage.
Red Star Special
5 Star Review from Denika.

The Red Star Special is a long trip (37 days), but you will never want those 37 days to end. It is very fast paced and exhausting tour but really worth it. And you visit all of the places I only used to dream of visiting, ticking off many bucket list items. This trip takes you up to the top of Europe, stopping at many small towns in Norway. Accommodation through Norway is very basic, but they all come with some amazing views (just make sure you bring a sleeping bag). There is a lot of driving, but the group had quite a strong camaraderie which makes the bus days still a lot of fun. To keep the cost down through Norway, a Topdeck Chef travels with you and cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner for you. They are generally basic bulk meals (i.e. lots of pasta, salads, toast/cereal), but still taste good. There are a large number of people on this trip that only do the Scandinavian section of the trip (leaving before Russia) and a number of people joining for the Russia section. This makes the trip feel like a whole new tour and helps to combat any fatigue you many be feeling from the last 21 days. Russia is equally as amazing as Scandinavia. Don't let the issue of having to get a Russian visa put you off going to Russia. Topdeck use a local Russian guide to take you through St Peters, Novgorod and Moscow. The Russia days have a lot more jam-packed than most of the other days on the trip, with a lot less free time to wander and explore the place yourself. But Topdeck take you to a lot of the places that you would want to see on your own anyway. If you are looking to see as much as you can in as little time as possible I would recommend this. Our trip leader was highly knowledgeable and always happy to help if you had a question about where to go or what to do. The other people on the trip were mostly from Aus/NZ and were mostly age 25+. Booking through Global Journeys was easy and I would use them again. Overall this is an amazing trip and I couldn't recommend it enough!
Discover Europe
5 Star Review from Brooke.

My partner and I completed a 34 day discover Europe trip with Top Deck and had the most amazing time. Our tour leader was so professional and incredibly knowledgeable and our driver was amazing. We made life long friends and saw some of the best parts of Europe. Would definitely travel with Top Deck again. We booked the tour with Jemma through Global Journeys. She was brilliant, easy to contact and very efficient. Everything was hassle free, and I would definitely book with Global Journeys again. Overall, brilliant service from all involved and an unforgettable holiday.
Bravo Italia
4 Star Review from Barbara.

Bravo Italia was a fantastic tour that included 16 stops around Italy. This is not for someone looking for a leisurely holiday - every bus day had stops at towns with walking tours and then time for lunch along with a group dinner once you arrived in your location, and most free days had included walking tours or activities that took up most of the morning. If you are looking to see as much as you can in as little time as possible I would recommend this. Our trip leader was highly knowledgeable and always happy to help if you had a question about where to go, what to do, etc. The other people on the trip were mostly from Aus/NZ and were mostly age 25+, with a lot of couples. Booking through Global Journeys was easy and I would use them again.
Essential Europe
5 Star Review from Jasmin.

This tour is great for someone who wants to get a taste of many different countries in Europe and plans on returning later for some more in-depth travel. The tour is very fast paced, as you are on the bus almost every day, but the trips go by quickly and before you know it you are in a new place. The accomodations were all of decent quality, the included meals were nice and there was a great mix of planned activities and free time. There was never any pressure to do any activities though, so you could always go off on your own accord if you wish. My tour leader Jass and driver Filipe made the trip fun and I will never forget this experience. If you are thinking about it and are not sure... just do it. It's the best thing I've ever done and as a solo traveller was a great way for me to make friends. Juliet at Global Journeys was an excellent travel agent - she put through all my request efficiently and promptly and was happy to answer any questions. Would highly recommend booking through Global Journeys as they gave me the best price I could find on this trip.

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