Compare Busabout vs. Topdeck

Both Topdeck and Busabout offer world class travel and tours, albeit with a few large differences between them. Topdeck is more of a traditional style tour, while Busabout is targeted more at the independant traveller. 
 
This means that Busabout does not have many of the inclusions that Topdeck does, so it is best to look at both operators carefully when deciding between a tour from each of them.
 

Pricing

Busabout is considerably cheaper than Topdeck on a price per day basis, as there is far less inclusions in the price. It really depends on the tour, but often with Busabout you will have access to their bus network, the guide and accommodation at Busabout approved hostels and accommodations.
 
Topdeck, while more expensive, can make it easier to budget for as the price is often far more inclusive than Busabout. On Topdeck, generally speaking you can expect to have your accommodation for the entire tour, all breakfasts, most dinners and some lunches included in the price of the tour. As well as this you will also have your tour guide, driver, coach, and the same group throughout the trip. 
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Topdeck is for travellers “18 to 30 somethings”, while Busbaout market themselves for “backpackers over the age of 18”. 
 
As Busabout is more for independant travel, and due to the nature of their hop-on hop-off bus network and travel style, the group size can often vary throughout your trip from 30-45. With Topdeck, you will generally have the same sized group for the entire trip - ranging from approx 30-50 people.
 
The primary difference between the travel styles of Busabout and Topdeck is that Topdeck has the “classic” style of tour, with the same group, throughout the entire trip, doing many of the activities together and sharing the experiences together. This means there is the form a strong group with the people you are travelling with, as you will share many of the same experiences with them.
 
With Busabout, it is really about using their transport network to meet other independent travellers, and while there is some activities that can be arranged with others who are travelling the same route as you, the focus is far more on independent travel and “doing your own thing”. 
 

Physical Requirements

With both operators, there is no strenuous activities that must be completed, although some optional excursions, if you decide to do them, may involve swimming, bike riding or small hikes.
 
As Topdeck is targeted at youth travellers, and Busabout at backpackers, you will be required to carry your own luggage to and from accommodation, sometimes up stairs etc.
 

Accommodation

Depending on the type of tour you choose, you may be staying in a tent, a hostel, a hotel, or a resort. This will be outlined in the individual tour itineraries which style of accommodation you will be using on the tour. As Topdeck is aimed at sharing travel experiences with others, there is no problem if you are a solo traveller or in an odd-numbered group - you will be paired with a traveller of the same gender to share accommodation with. 
 
With Busabout, in general accommodation is not included in the price in Europe - although they make it easy to book accommodation with them, having their preferred hostels and hotels they use. In Africa, and for some of their specialty trips (Island Hopping, Festival etc) accommodation is included. It is best to check your individual tours itinerary to know if accommodation is included or not. Accommodation will often be in a shared room with someone of the same gender, similar to Topdeck. The benefit of the freedom with Busabout is that you can book whichever accommodation you like - although it is often easiest to book their preferred accommodation. The transportation will often leave from this accommodation, and you will get to spend time with others travelling the same route as you.
 

Transportation 

For both Topdeck and Busabout, it depends on the tour that you are doing. In Europe, most of the time you will be travelling with a large coach/bus which can accommodate your whole group throughout the continent. There are some exceptions to this, such as when you sometimes may use public transport if it is more appropropriate, a ferry, or even a yacht, if you are doing Island hopping. All transport will be clean, reliable and safe for both Topdeck and Busabout.
 

Destinations

Busabout operates throughout Europe, including Eastern Europe down to Turkey and the Greek Islands, as well as Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Burma), and Africa in Morocco and Egypt.
 
Topdeck operates in Europe where they have the biggest number of tours, as well as North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and North Africa
 
 
Disclaimer: We here at TourRadar have taken a look the tours offered by both operators to find the benefits of each operator’s product selection. The above are generalizations and interested travellers should compare the operator’s individual trips as costs may vary per region and style. 
 
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Reviews

Overall average rating

Overall average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

4 hours ago
Great trip, though would be better off as a 21 day trip allowing more time in a few a...Read more
1 day ago
We absolutely loved Ryan he was such a hoot and was such a great orator! he really g...Read more
2 days ago
Susie was such a great guide! She was very personable, informative, and entertaining....Read more
2 days ago
Busabout is amazing and the best decision that o made for my 3months solo trip. The g...Read more
19 hours ago
The trip was wonderful. Our guide was great and I made some amazing friends and went ...Read more
4 days ago
The tour was great! I saw a lot of places in a short period of time. It can get deman...Read more
5 days ago
An amazing experience!! The Topdeck staff were fab and couldn't have done anymore to ...Read more
6 days ago
Pros: - very nice having logistics and exclusions pre arranged (not always as easy ...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

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Lucie Hodges(228 reviews)
Rose Brown(193 reviews)
Naomi Hall(68 reviews)
Tony Rakaupai(66 reviews)
Ryan Robson(61 reviews)
Anela Ilic(59 reviews)
Alvaro Calderon(55 reviews)
Michael Coelho(53 reviews)
Emma Conaghan(49 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elise Tait(245 reviews)
Barry Gallagher(171 reviews)
Anthony Di Donato(170 reviews)
Piotr Liskiewicz(165 reviews)
Jody Judes Douglass(87 reviews)
SARAH JASMINE LABIB(61 reviews)
Ruta Arminaite(60 reviews)
Hugh Fitzpatrick(54 reviews)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars

Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Meals average rating

Meals average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Value for money average rating

Value for money average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 33 different countries
through 75 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Festival & Events
Independent
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Cultural
Festival & Events
Nature & Adventure
Activities
Marine

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 1984 reviews
4.5/5 from 2417 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-99
18-39

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

133
travellers met through Busabout tours
67,362
travellers met through Topdeck tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$20
$129

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

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n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

32
days
14
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
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Destinations

Europe

Europe

Asia

Australia/Oceania

Australia/Oceania

Africa

Africa

North America

North America

Latin America

Latin America

Most visited destinations

Most visited destinations

Munich (18)
Split (18)
Prague (15)
Berlin (15)
Paris (14)
London (106)
Rome (84)
Venice (65)
Paris (62)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for Busabout tours is between 18 and 99. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.
The average age for Topdeck tours is between 18 and 39. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.

Hold my seat

Hold my seat

TourRadar can request Busabout to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.
TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $100 to confirm a Busabout booking. The remaining balance is then payable 45 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 8 November 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm a Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 47 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 10 November 2017 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $100 is non-refundable.
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Busabout:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Topdeck:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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