Cosmos vs Costsaver

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of Cosmos and Costsaver.

The Low Down

Cosmos A lot of our clients aren't too fussed about their accommodation (as long as it's clean and comfortable) and are more interested in the destination. Over 1,200 past client reviews with an average 4.5 out 5 star rating, is impressive. Why? Great value and interesting itineraries. Part of the Globus Family, there are further great discounts to be had.

Accommodation is 3 to 3/12 star, but a lot of our clients are pleasantly surprised at the quality. Hotels are often located out of the city centre, so prepare your trip budget to allow for transfers or taxis if you want to explore the cities on your own. Allow extra funds for some meals and excursions not included in more premium inclusive itineraries. Like our past clients, we feel very comfortable recommending Cosmos.
Costsaver CostSaver is Trafalgar's affordable range of coach tours. Comparable to Cosmos in price and quality, their focus has always been on Europe and the UK, but have more recently launched a range of new itineraries in the US, Canada and South America. If you are looking for an affordable touring option, then CostSaver is a great option, and if you've travelled with any of its sister brands like AAT Kings, Trafalgar or Insight Vacations further savings are available.

The price for that affordability - while all the must-see sights are included, there are lot of optional excursions which can add up quickly if you choose to do them all. If that's likely, perhaps a more inclusive Operator like Trafalgar or Insight is best. However if you like the freedom to explore on your own, and are after a relaxing and hassle-free holiday, then Costsaver is a great option.


No. of Trips
No. of Departures
Avg. Trip Length
13 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
3 - 4 Star
Trip Styles Coach Tours
No. of Trips
No. of Departures
Avg. Trip Length
12 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
3 - 4 Star
Trip Styles Coach Tours

In Their Own Words We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them

At Cosmos, we like to think of ourselves as experts in ‘thrillology’ – the art of bringing you an experience, time and time again. With over 50 years of ‘wow’ under our belts and no sign of slowing down, we know how to curate value touring holidays that you’ll never forget; creating the experiences you’ve always dreamed of and showing you the ones, you never thought of. Our job is to take care of the planning and logistics, so that all you have to focus on is living your dreams!
We know lasting travel memories don’t have to cost the earth. Our value tours cover all the essentials, while providing you the building blocks to tailor your dream holiday. We plan and include all the essentials – your quality transport, accommodation, sightseeing, many meals and the very best Travel Directors, leaving you the time to tailor your trip your way.

As an active founder and supporter of the TreadRight Foundation, you’ll travel confidently knowing we support the protection and conservation of the places we visit. We tread far, but always tread lightly. Having won the 5 star gold award for highest travel satisfaction, from the independent review provider FEEFO, you can be assured you’ll get an unbeatable holiday at an unbeatable price. Value is in our blood, and thanks to our Ready To Go Rate, you’ll be confident that when you book, the price you see is the best it’ll be. Travel the world without a hassle in the world.

Recent Reviews

West coast of Canada     0 , ACT, Australia, Jun 2024
The accommodation for this trip was fair to good, what we expected. Our guide Brad was excellent and very knowledgeable, he shared lots of interesting things with us about the people and places. The scenery was spectacular and the optional excursions we went on were very good.
Highlights of Germany   0 , WA, Australia, Jun 2024
This was a very fast tour of Germany with lots of places visited and lots of walking. Not really suitable for anyone with walking difficulties as some of the sites had large number of steps. Most of the hotels were fine apart from the one in East Berlin which was in a seedy area and was extremely basic. It was a 2 night stop which would have been much more better in a decent hotel. There was nothing provided other than linen and towels and the rooms were extremely small. Maybe Cosmos should look at accommodation in West Berlin for this tour. The same applies to the hotel in Munich which was the only other 2 night stay. It was a long way from the city involving a train and a bus to get back to the hotel.

The tour guide was very professional and informative and knew a lot about the areas we visited. Some lovely medieval towns which were the highlight of the trip for us. Booking through Global Journeys was easy and I would book through them again for our next trip. Not sure whether we would go with Cosmos again (this was our 9th tour with them) as the service (no porterage) has certainly dropped since the pandemic and some of the hotels leave a lot to be desired.
Italian Lakes   0 , WA, Australia, Jun 2024
This trip through Milan and the lakes district provided so many highlights. It is such a picturesque area and well worth visiting. Cosmos tours did a great job of putting in so much of the area for us to see. From coaches, ferries and cable car rides. Accommodation was always at its best except for the Lake Como accommodation. This needs to be reviewed more for future travellers.
We had great communication with Sam from Global Journeys and hopefully this continues for all future enquiries.
Spectacular journey through Switzerland   0 , QLD, Australia, Jun 2024
Cosmos Scenic Switzerland by Train is a great way to see all the best that Switzerland has to offer in a short time. Everything is taken care of and their host guide was both informative and knowledgeable. You'll travel 1st class on all the train journeys and the overnight accommodation hotels are all within 15 minutes walk from the train stations. more The optional excursions were excellent and I highly recommend doing these. Overall a fantastic trip in all respects.
Spectacular     0 , NSW , Australia, Jun 2024
There were 48 on the coach yet it was always on schedule and it was a relaxed pace tour. Hotels varied but only one was a bit underwhelming. Tour leader Beatrix is not Norwegian but had great knowledge. The highlights were unquestionably the 3-4 days at fjords. We took an extra night in Oslo which was worth it.
Amazing National Parks of America   0 , NSW, Australia, Jun 2024
Hannah from Global journeys was fantastic to deal with, she was always prompt with replies & always very helpful, it was a well organised tour from cosmos which covered a large area, it had amazing scenery, we really enjoyed & highly recommend this tour, we covered so many wonderful but different parks with natural landscapes & also seen lots of wildlife, more we had great accommodation which was clean & comfortable it was very good value for money.
Tour through Italy     0 , VIC, Australia, Jun 2024
Absolutely brilliant way to see so much of Italy. We booked a 13 day Costsaver tour through Global Journeys. Most hotels we stayed 2 nights and the pace was fairly quick with some time to wander around but deadlines to keep. We were exhausted by the end but saw so much.
Japan Discovery     0 , QLD, Australia, Jun 2024
Sam from Global Journeys did a great job to find a tour that included all of our "bucket list" items and fitted with our other travel plans. His attention to detail, helpful advice and timely communication was first class. Although not our first choice due to last minute booking Costsaver provided all of the elements of a first visit to Japan we were more looking for. Keiko the Tour Director carried her role perfectly. She was friendly, knowledgeable of the history, culture and geography and she provided a great insight into modern versus ancient Japan. All of the "Choice Experiences" complemented the tour and proved worthwhile. One disappointment that comes to mind was the choice of coach for the latter part of the Journey - It was less spacious and had no wi-fi compared with the coach provided in Tokyo. No complaints about either driver - they were very capable and courteous. Hotel accommodation was adequate.
Great experience in Japan   0 , VIC, Australia, Jun 2024
We did a 12-day trip into Japan as part of the CostSaver experience and had a really great time overall visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Himeji, and Osaka. We found the tour guide to be knowledgeable in the country and in their ability to speak English and help solve problems. The itinerary was pretty packed and we were really tired most nights, more but that's okay. My wife said, "We can sleep when we're dead," as we really tried to maximize our time in country. We got to see a huge swath of the country, try a lot of foods, and have a number of diverse experiences. While we enjoyed some aspects of the tour more than others, there wasn't a single part that we disliked. We took part in the majority of the optional packages, and they were good value for money. We would completely recommend the tour for couples and families with older children (teenagers).
Great Scandinavian tour with exceptional Tour Director     0 , NSW, Australia, Jun 2024
We had the absolute best tour - our Tour Director - Mike, was awesome - he was very knowledgeable and super nice to everyone. Greg the bus driver was outstanding. Highlights were the stop at Bergen and the waterfall stop on the Flåm Railway. But everything was memorable and thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks Mike you are a star.
European Experience   0 , WA, Australia, May 2024
I and the other travellers on the tour saw many amazing sites & had some fantastic experiences. My fellow travellers were friendly and easy to get along with. Our driver was clever, cheerful and helpful; nothing fazed him. The tour director was knowledgeable about the sites & places we saw. She was also efficient and kept good control of the group. more I think she could have delivered the information she gave us better, i.e. not all at once shortly before we arrived at places but in shorter installments along the way. For most of each leg of the journey, there was complete silence with very few if any explanation of sites of interest along the way. I didn't find her particularly approachable, or patient at times. Often my (very few) direct questions to her were not even responded to.

I was also rather disappointed that too many of the experiences were optional extras, which were very expensive too, although most of those were great. I thought that for the price I paid, more experiences and meals should have been included. I would not use Costsaver again at this stage.
Panoramic Rocky Mountains Tour   0 , Qld, Australia, May 2024
Itinerary was perfect not rushed and covered all key places we wished to visit. Corey our tour guide and Chris our driver were first class - we would certainly recommend them.

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