Busabout are youth travel tour operators, which offer "freestyle" travel adventures through Europe to a predominately younger customer base, with the majority of their passengers in the 18-35 year old range. Established in 1998, this company's main goal is to provide a convenient mode of transportation throughout the most exciting cities in Europe, with the traveler ultimately being free to choose how long he or she stays in each location and what to see when there.
The Busabout Hop-On Hop-Off system does not offer a guided tour to specific attractions, but rather provides a bus service that runs from May to October, every other day. Travelers can simply book their travel days on which they wish to use the bus service one day ahead and need only board in one location and get off at the next preferred stop on their chosen itinerary and only visit those places that interest them. A guide is available on each bus trip to answer any questions travelers may have.
Each "Loop" offered by Busabout includes a specific set of stops, namely the main cities in most European countries popular with tourists such as France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, and Spain. Trips are grouped into North, South, and West Loops that can be taken singularly or in combination with each other. It's also possible to embark upon some of Busabout's other special adventure tours from these cities.
Travelers must stay at each compulsory destination for a minimum of one night before they continue on their journey and two nights or more at each optional stop. They give customers the freedom to stay any odd number of nights at required stops and any even number of nights at those that are optional. If someone decides to stay on longer in a particular city, they can do so and just re-schedule his or her seat on the bus.
Vacationers have the liberty to stay wherever they wish. Many travelers choose to stay in various hostels, some of which are recommended by Busabout and even offer pick-up or drop-off service at them. These accommodations can be booked through the company's website and are all of a certain standard, clean, comfortable, and convenient.
At the start of a customer’s journey, Busabout gives every traveler a helpful travel guide with a comprehensive list of interesting places to see, things to do, and great places to eat in each destination city. These may include cultural or historical points of interest, walking tours, rafting, nightclubs, and much more. The on-board guides can also tell people more about these places and activities and make reservations for those who are interested.
Busabout has expanded its service in recent years to include more traditional tours, which they call Busabout Adventures and Busabout Eastern Europe Treks. Busabout Adventures trips include activities like Sailing in Croatia and island hopping around the Greek Islands. Busabout Eastern Europe Treks include iconic cities, stunning scenery and vibrant cultures throughout countries like Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey.
Busabout is also one of the big European Festivals Tour Operators and they have some great trips for all the major festivals like the Munich Oktoberfest and the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, as well as some lesser known festivals like Las Fallas in Valencia.
Most people who travel with Busabout are younger friends, singles, and couples who enjoy the opportunity to meet new people who share a common purpose of wanting to explore another part of the world and with whom they can possibly make plans with while there. There are usually many Australians traveling on this network since they are more familiar with what this company is all about, but travelers of any nationality and age are certainly welcome.
People who have traveled with Busabout youth travel tour operators have plenty of positive things to say about their experience with them. They appreciate not only the freedom of choice this form of transport offers but also the friendly and helpful guides, useful printed information which provides lots of good ideas of the best things to see and do, frequent food and washroom stops, and even appropriate movie selections which are played while enroute to the destination cities.
FOMO Travel has heaps of advice on Busabout on their website. They also have plenty of information on Busabout deals and special offers.