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

18 hours ago
Great tour with a very insightful (and hilarious) guide! Thanks Cal - legend!Read more
3 days ago
I recommend this tour to solo travlers especially if it's your first time to travel a...Read more
4 days ago
Stav is one of a kind.. She values herself and whatever she does.. It is with great e...Read more
7 days ago
Where to start ? This tour wouldn't have been what it was if it were not for Cal's ...Read more
7 days ago
A great tour with great people with good planned activities and lots of free time to ...Read more
7 days ago
I'm sure the guide I had form TopDeck did her job as she was expected too, but the de...Read more
7 days ago
Had a blast. Cookie really show you the ropes. First nights dinner was great. Breakfa...Read more
8th October 2019
Great way to see Australia and I liked the flexibility of optional activities so it d...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

5.0 out of 5 stars
Oliver Stephens(356 reviews)
Ryan Tarascas(316 reviews)
Wes Baimbridge(276 reviews)
Lucie Hodges(234 reviews)
Michael Coelho(229 reviews)
Ryan MacFarlane(218 reviews)
BO SOWATH(175 reviews)
Toby(171 reviews)
Darcy Phegan(164 reviews)
Holly Pratt(154 reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony Di Donato(256 reviews)
Elise Tait(255 reviews)
Judes Douglass (Jody)(196 reviews)
Piotr Liskiewicz(195 reviews)
Barry Gallagher(170 reviews)
Jared Worsteling(153 reviews)
Blinky Pyper(142 reviews)
Vincenzo Sapia(130 reviews)
Jemma Greenhalgh(119 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

4.5 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 38 different countries
through 74 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

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

Average rating

Average rating

4.5/5 from 7465 reviews
4.5/5 from 4029 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-99
18-39

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

106
travellers met through Busabout tours
47,173
travellers met through Topdeck tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$51
$137

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

19
days
13
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

Videos

Videos

Tour Greece in 11 Days with BusaboutWest to East RoadtripEast to West RoadtripSin City to HollywoodHop-on Hop-off USABusabout USA & Canada LaunchBusabout's Hop-on Hop-off AccommodationHi, We're Busabout!Ultimate Scandi-Baltic AdventureThailand & Laos AdventureSouthern Vietnam & Cambodia AdventureSouthern Thailand AdventureNorthern Thailand & Laos AdventureThailand AdventureThai Island HopperCambodia AdventureVietnam & Halong Bay AdventureSouthern Thailand & Island HoppingIbiza BlastLaos AdventureUltimate Vietnam AdventureVietnam & Cambodia AdventureGreek OdysseyTurkey CappadociaBalkan TrailTurkey AegeanBusabout Winter TripsLa TomatinaBalkan HighlightsUltimate Turkey AdventureUltimate Balkan AdventureItalian AdventureGreek Island HopperCroatia SailingEastern HighlightsEastern WandererRoad To ParisBusabout Asia 2019Busabout FestivalsHop-on Hop-off EuropeOktoberfestWelcome to... AmsterdamBusabout: A Day on Hop-on Hop-OffLa Dolce VitaNorthern HighlightsTourRadar presents The Sorrento PeninsulaMorocco Highlights - 9 DayTourRadar presents Aït BenhaddouTourRadar presents The Imperial CitiesTourRadar presents Chiang MaiTourRadar presents Island Hopping in ThailandTourRadar presents Greece with BusaboutWelcome to... BerlinWelcome to...RomeWelcome to ...KrakowWelcome to...LauterbrunnenWelcome to...VeniceWelcome to...BudapestWelcome to... ParisHalong Bay AdventureCroatian AdventureNorthern Vietnam AdventureWest WayRoman FootprintsHidden GemsUltimate Iberian AdventureBig Easy to LAWild West & City LightsEast USA & Canada Adventure

Tours

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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

Split (34)
Munich (23)
Berlin (19)
London (95)
Rome (81)
Venice (64)
Paris (56)

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Special Interest

Special Interest

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Discovery (6231)
Sailing (5932)
Adventure (2572)
Beach (1289)
Boat (1266)

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 50 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 9 December 2019 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 6 December 2019 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 50 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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  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • L. America