Bus Around the World: Florence, Italy

4 Jul
Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

The view from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence

Hop off the bus once you reach Piazzale Michelangelo’s lookout point for a panoramic view of Florence from above before heading back down to the historic city center.

Photo taken by Sofia Mazzamauro

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Q&A with Travels of Adam: On Hipster Travel and Moving Halfway Across the Globe

27 Jun
Adam in Dresden

Adam in Dresden

As part of our goal to make life easier for bus travelers, we keep in touch with travelers who have had firsthand experiences wandering the world. Last time, we featured Seth Kugel, the New York Times’ Frugal Traveler. Today, we’re happy to feature Adam Groffman from Travels of Adam.

After quitting his 9-to-5 job as a graphic designer in Boston, Adam Groffman took to traveling the globe and hasn’t stopped since. From visiting most of Europe, to North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, he’s seen a large chunk of the world in less than five years. Lucky for us, he takes some time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions while on his way to the airport to catch a flight to Ljubljana.

Chiang Mai Temple

Chiang Mai Temple

1. You’re currently living in Berlin, right? How did you choose to “settle” there and are you planning on staying?
I came to Berlin in 2011 for the first time and fell in love with the city hard and fast. I decided to move to Berlin pretty quickly after that and did everything possible to make it happen. No plans to leave – this is the coolest city in the world and it’s so very easy to live here. With such amazing culture, more than enough cool things to do, and a great quality of life, I’d be crazy to leave!

2. As you explain in your blog, you were bitten by the travel bug after a trip to Iceland in 2009. What advice do you have for those wanting to travel long-term but don’t know where to start?
I’m a firm believer in making a plan, but I do think you should quickly throw it away and not stick to it. I made a rough itinerary before my round-the-world trip. I spent tens of hours putting it together, researching costs, and possible itineraries. I didn’t even look at it again until a month into my big trip – and I haven’t opened it since! To get started, I definitely think you need to read up on the world, figure out where you want to go, and what you want to do. But you should be willing, flexible, and open-minded enough to throw it all out the window. Also, you should read Rolf Potts’ book Vagabonding.

3. You refer to yourself as a “hipster travel blogger.” What exactly does that mean?
While many blogs might advise people to get rid of all their stuff and buy special travel gear, I went around the world with my favorite t-shirts, my favorite pair of jeans, and all my regular possessions. I didn’t buy too many travel products but just went as I was. I bought what I needed as I went. These days when I travel, I typically take short city breaks. When I travel, I like to see the world and to explore new things – it’s part of what I call my hipster manifesto. That means traveling to see and learn new things, but also to think about what you’ve learned and what you’ve done.

Adam in Vietnam

Adam in Vietnam

4. I notice you visited Montreal in 2012. What did you think of our city and did you have a favorite spot?
I had a mixed reaction to Montreal. I’ve actually been a few times but mostly as a kid. I got to explore the city during my trip in 2012 and I really enjoyed Casa del Popolo as I thought it was a pretty hip place with a nice history. Oh, and the bagels! The bagels in Montreal were so good! I’d actually love to return to explore the gay scene as I’ve heard it’s one of the most colorful and vibrant gay areas in Canada. Maybe next year!

5. At Busbud, our mission is to make bus travel information easy to find so that travelers can make better decisions. What do you think of this mission and do you think this type of service would benefit the travel community?
I really love traveling by bus – in Europe it’s often the cheapest way to get from point A to point B. And when the bus service is top-notch (as it is in Europe, with free coffee and WiFi!), then it’s just as comfortable and enjoyable as taking a train or a plane. I’m sure there’s a place for your business!

6. Do you have a memorable bus travel story to share with our readers?
I remember many of my bus rides in India – it was a crazy, but fun way to get around the country. The buses were colorful and the people were friendly. I took several long bus journeys, but my most memorable was a short bus ride (about 2-3 hours) I took from Pondicherry to Mamallapuram on the southeastern coast of India. My friend and I were on the bus on New Year’s Eve, so we had a fun time chatting with some of the locals before getting off to celebrate at midnight!

Plaza de Espana in Seville

Plaza de Espana in Seville

7. Finally, where are you headed next?
This weekend, I’m visiting a European city I keep hearing is the “next Berlin”: Ljubljana, Slovenia (it’s supposed to be very cool and hip). I’m there on a blog and social media project called #TasteLjubljana so you can follow along all weekend and read more about it here.

Thanks, Adam!

You can follow Adam’s adventures on his blog, as well as on FacebookTwitter.

Photos by Adam Groffman at Travels of Adam

10 Tips & Tricks for Bus Travel in Peru

26 Jun
travel by bus to Cusco


Traveling within Peru by bus is one of the best ways to discover the unrivalled landscapes the country has to offer – something you’ll definitely miss with the plane. Brimming with a myriad of scenic gems, Peru’s buses pass through many regional sites that will awaken your inner wanderlust. If you’re currently in South America or planning an upcoming trip, here are our 10 tips & tricks for bus travel in Peru.

1. Get ready for high altitudes
Wondering why bus travel in Peru is longer than your usual trek? High altitudes are to blame, and they can reach 5000 meters above sea level. If you aren’t used to traveling on these routes, you may start to feel tired and dizzy thanks to the low air pressure up there.

2. But know how to curb its effects
The best way to deal with high altitudes is to be sure you stay hydrated, pack altitude sickness pills, and avoid overexerting yourself.

3. Discover Peruvian snacks at bus terminals

Delving into the local fare is a fun way to discover other cultures. Want to begin sampling the region’s food before stepping off the bus? Mouth-watering snacks you’ll come across at Peru’s terminals include juanes, tamales, and humitas, which are all neatly wrapped up in traditional leaves. These goodies are easy to pack, making them perfect for on-the-go munchies.

4. Don’t forget to layer
It can get chilly depending where you are, so bring an extra sweater. From the Andes, to the Peruvian Amazon, traveling through many geographical regions means experiencing different temperatures!

5. Admire the scenery
If you’re traveling by day, you’ll begin sightseeing before reaching your destination. With prime views of the Peruvian panorama, unearth the many coastlines, canyons, mountains, and active volcanoes that dot the landscape – for free. If you pass through small towns, you’ll even get the chance to observe how the locals live.

6. Take advantage of full stops
Another great way to snap Instagram-worthy pictures is by getting off the bus! Not only are these breaks welcome after hours of sitting, they’re the best way to get a sense of Peru’s picturesque backdrop. These are also popular locations to buy souvenirs as local crafts people set up shop here – no need to worry about buying gifts during your stay.

7. Research and book your bus tickets online
Search your departure date & time and book your ticket with Busbud. Once that’s done, simply arrive at the bus terminal and board stress free! This is also the easiest way to ensure you are booking through a safe and reliable bus company – and it’s an eco-friendly alternative to other modes of transportation.

8. Opt for luxury
Consider upgrading to first class for ultimate comfort during long day trips or an overnighter. Peru has some pretty luxurious coach buses that are at par with some airline cabins. They offer reclining leather seats, WiFi, power outlets, movie screens, air conditioning, and a hostess that serves onboard snacks and meals.

9. Learn the lingo 
Knowing a few key words and phrases in Spanish will come in handy for bus travel in Peru: Bus (autobús), bus station (estación de autobús), Where is the bus stop? (¿Dónde está la parada del autobús?), schedule (horario), arrival (llegada), departure (salida), destination (destino), bus driver (conductor de autobús).

10. Talk to your bus driver
If you do speak the language, chat your driver up during breaks. You’ll be amazed at how much they know – and how much they’ve seen. They will even give you tips on which side of the bus you should sit on to get the nicest views…and photos!

Have you taken the bus throughout Peru and have some tips you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

How Busbud.com is changing bus travel around the world [Video]

20 Jun

By making it easier for international travellers to search, compare and book their city-to-city bus tickets online, Busbud.com opens up a whole new market – and a brand new revenue stream – for its partners.


It’s not always easy to find the right bus ticket online when traveling abroad — or even in your home country for that matter. Often times, the simplest way to figure out your options is to make a trip to the local bus station and buy your ticket in person. On the other hand, it’s a lot easier to find a plane ticket or rent a car online.




This is what LP Maurice, co-founder and CEO of Busbud, discovered in 2011 while backpacking across South America. He prefered travelling by bus, but in order to do so, he had to spend way too much time skimming through travel blogs and waiting in line at bus stations. “There must be a better way,” he thought. Busbud was born.

With more than a billion international tourists traveling the world each year, 80% of which plan their trip online, it was obvious that this was a huge opportunity.

Our mission at Busbud is to make long-distance bus travel as easy to plan and book online as any other mode of transportation.

Today, travellers can search, compare and book their bus tickets on the go on Busbud.com. It is the most comprehensive source of worldwide bus travel information, covering more than 10 000 cities in 90 countries, in many languages and currencies.


We are actively working on expanding our partnership network with bus companies worldwide. If you think your company might be interested in becoming part of the Busbud family, do contact us at partner@busbud.com; we would love to hear from you!


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Brazil Bus Finder – Follow your World Cup team with Busbud

11 Jun

In Brazil for the World Cup? Book the right bus ticket to the next match using Busbud.com’s Brazil Bus Finder. Screenshot Busbud Brazil Bus Finder World Cup 2014 To celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, we’ve created a microsite dedicated to help soccer fans easily book their bus trips between the host cities across Brazil. On www.busbud.com/worldcup, you can filter bus routes and schedules by team or city, and book bus tickets for various companies online, directly on Busbud. Routes will be updated continuously based on the evolving World Cup match results.

Busbud Mobile - Brazil Bus Finder for World Cup 2014

In Brazil, buses are the main mode of long-distance transportation: they are clean, comfortable, run on time, and the main routes — between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, for example — are typically served many times a day. The thing is, finding the right bus online is often cumbersome, especially for international travellers. That’s why a few of us at Busbud got togetherand created a tool that simplifies the process of finding and booking city to city bus tickets. We hope it saves our fellow travellers and football fans a bit of time — and the extra trip to the bus station.

Ready? Search. Click. Gooooooooooooaaaaaaal! busbud-brazil-bus-finder-worldcup-2014

Buscador de Buses en Brasil – Sigue a tu equipo de la Copa Mundial con Busbud

11 Jun

Busca el bus correcto para el próximo encuentro y separa tu boleto de bus en línea usando el Brazil Bus Finder de Busbud.

Ônibus para el mundial 2014

Con el motivo de celebrar la FIFA World Cup™ 2014, hemos creado un micrositio dedicado para ayudar a los fanáticos del fútbol a separar sus viajes en bus entre las ciudades anfitrionas por todo Brasil.

Busbud Brazil Bus Finder for World Cup 2014

En www.busbud.com/worldcup, puedes filtrar las rutas de los buses y los horarios por equipo o ciudad, y separar en línea tus boletos de buses con varias compañías, directamente en Busbud. Las rutas se actualizarán continuamente a medida que vayan evolucionando los resultados de los encuentros de la Copa Mundial.

Es simple: Sigue a tu equipo y separa tus boletos del bus.

¿Listo? ¡Busca, haz clic y goooooooooooooooool!


Brazil Bus Finder – Acompanhe a sua equipe da Copa do Mundo com Busbud

11 Jun

Encontre o ônibus certo para o próximo jogo e reserve sua passagem de ônibus online utilizando o Brazil Bus Finder Busbud.

Screenshot Busbud Brazil Bus Finder World Cup 2014

Para celebrar a Copa do Mundo FIFA 2014™, criamos um microsite dedicado a ajudar os torcedores de futebol a facilmente reservar suas passagens de ônibus entre as cidades-sede em todo o Brasil.


Em www.busbud.com/worldcup, você pode filtrar linhas de ônibus e horários por equipe ou cidade e reservar passagens de ônibus de várias empresas online, diretamente no Busbud. Rotas serão atualizadas continuamente com base nos resultados dos jogos em andamento da Copa do Mundo.

É simples: acompanhar sua equipe, reserve as passagens de ônibus.


Busque. Clique. Gooooooooooooooool!


Soccer and travel: a recipe for happiness

3 Jun


Hey football fans – very soon we’ll be releasing something on Busbud related to a little event happening in Brazil.. Until then, here’s a great video to get you excited:

With Bounce, filmmaker Guillaume Blanchet gives us some ingredients for happiness: a soccer ball, a GoPro, travel around the world and.. lots of fun!

7 of the most impressive bus stops in the world… in one only tiny town

30 May

The little town of Krumbach, Austria, recently received tremendous attention from the worldwide design and architecture communities, and of course, from us. Here’s why: The village recently invited 7 international architecture firms to design 7 bus shelters in exchange for a free one week holiday. The results are stunning. Have a look:


Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck & Jo Taillieu

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

We’re particularly fond of this stop, designed by Belgian architects Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck & Jo Taillieu and inspired by the Alps.


Sou Fujimoto

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

It better not rain if you are waiting for your bus at this stop. This open shelter by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto consists of thin, steel rods and a winding staircase. It just makes you wanna climb up into the sky”.


Jan de Vylder, Inge Vinck & Jo Taillieu

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Russian architect Alexander Brodsky designed a shelter in which humans and birds can cohabitate. The table and chair also helps foster interaction between travellers.


Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Chilean architect Smiljan Radic’s bus stop may be the one that actually looks the most like an actual bus stop. It’s designed as an outdoor “parlour”, with chairs.  And we love the little birdhouse – a great touch!


Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

China’s Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu designed a lens-like shelter that points to a view on the mountains through the window in the rear wall.

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa of Ensamble Studio in Spain designed a bus stop inspired by the stacks of untreated oak planks typically found in local workshops.

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Photo: Adolf Bereuter

Last but not least, this double decker shelter from Norwegian Eggertsson Architects is definitely a eye catcher.

Source: Slate


10 super fun non touristy things to do in and around London

27 May

Planning a trip to London? Gaël, fresh off the Montreal-bound boat after 6 years in London, shares a few tips on having fun in the Big Smoke.

1- Have a barbecue in London Fields

London Fields

Photo: Café Naiveté

On your way through Broadway Market, grab a single use barbecue, a few packs of Cumberlands, a bottle of PIMMs, mixer, cold beers and head up to London Fields for some fun in the sun. Once you run out of drinks, head over to the iconic Pub on the Park on Martello Street for a few more. And if it gets really warm, you can take a dip in the London Fields Lido

2- Take a dip in one of Hampsted Heath’s ponds


Photo: Neill Hall/The Telegraph

Want to demo your mad belly flop skills? Then jump into your budgie smugglers and head to Hampstead Heath for a float around one of the Heath’s ponds. There are male and female ponds and a mixed pond. Before you leave home, do grab your picnic blanket, some nibbles and, most importantly, some all important drinks because all that floating will definitely work up a thirst.

3- Stroll through Goldborne Road Market


Photo: His and hers London

Just north of the famous Portobello Road market market is the more local and multicultural Goldborne Road Market. Go to Lisboa for a coffee and one of their famous pastel de nata – watch out they sell out fast! – grab a bite at the cute Goldborne Deli or feast on a fish and chips at the famous George’s Portobello Fish Bar. Then head over to the iconic Trellick Tower, or rummage around the vintage clothes and furniture at Phoenix, Rellik and Les Couilles du Chien or Jane Bourvis for vintage dresses (call ahead for an appointment). If your tastes are somewhat more contemporary pop into Ally Capelino’s for some designer accessories then head over to Pizza East for good quality comfort food with a great vibe – but watch out for the lineup!

4- Ponce it up at the Westbourne in Notting Hill


After Goldborne Road Market, time for a glass… no, a jug! of PIMMs. From Goldborn Road, either walk along Regent’s Canal to Westbourne Park or walk along Westbourne Park Road. Either way, you can’t miss The Westbourne, which, if it’s a sunny Saturday or Sunday afternoon, will be packed with Notting Hill locals. If you can, grab a table on the terrace. Be warned: ordering can be slightly tedious, but what the Westbourne lacks in service it makes up for in atmosphere. If it gets a bit busy at the Westbourne, you can also cross the street to The Cow, an Irish pub and oyster bar. Once you start getting hungry, head back down the street to The Oak for (a last cocktail on the first floor! and) a wood oven pizza.

5- Rent a barge and float along Regent’s Canal


Photo: Anna Batchelor, The Guardian

Get a group of friends together and rent a barge for an afternoon and meander down Regent’s Canal. You might start North of Paddington Station and make your way to the North of Regent’s Park, by London Zoo, and float along towards Camden Lock. Hop off at Camden to stroll around the Stables Market and grab a bite before heading for the night to Proud Camden for a good boogie woog. For barge rentals check out Drifters and Camden Canals.

6- Have brunch at the Columbia Road flower market


Photo: TimeOut/Piers Allardyce

Head to Columbia Road early to beat the crowds – the flower market opens at 8AM – and nab a table at the Royal Oak for a hearty Sunday Roast. Once you’re feeling nice and full, plough your way through the flower market, and buy a plant you’ve never heard of. After all, as the traders will remind you, shouting at the top of their lungs, it’s “anythin’ for a fiver!”. Don’t forget to take a peak behind the stalls and check out the cool little boutiques like Ryantown, Vintage Heaven, and Lapin & Me

7- Day trip 1: Walk along the white cliffs of Dover


Photo: Andy Coleman

Get up early on Saturday morning, grab a bus or train from Victoria Station or rent a Zipcar and head South to the White Cliffs of Dover. From Dover Priory, make your way 2.5 miles to the White Cliffs visitor centre. From there, chose from a number of walks along the coastline. You can also take a boat trip and view the cliffs from the Channel. Get in touch with Dover White Cliff Tours for more information. If you’ve rented a car, on your way back to London loop West and head to Rye. If you haven’t walked enough climb up the stairs of the church clock tower from where you’ll have a great view of the coast and then head to Ye Old Bell for a pint of ale. 

8- Day trip 2: Go for a day trip along the Jurassic Coast


Hop on the bus, train or rent a car and head down to Weymouth for a walk along the Jurassic Coast. There are also a ton of outdoor sports to chose from, from climbing and cycling to kayaking, kite surfing and coasteering. If you want to cover more ground you can hop on and off the Jurassic Coast bus service. After all that sport, make sure you stop for a slice of pie at The Lookout Café before heading back.

9- Go to a music festival… any festival!


Photo: Southwestfour

London offers a seemingly endless number of festivals – way too many for us to list (check out TimeOut for good reviews), but here are a handful to get you started. For top names head to Hyde Park for the Wireless festival. If you’re more into the indie scene, check out Field Day, which takes place in beautiful Victoria Park. Victoria park is also host to the always excellent LoveBox festival, which attracts top names in hip hop, electronic and indie. For top DJ acts of the likes of Avicii, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto and Hardwell, check out Southwestfour which takes place in Clapham Common during the afternoon and early evening. Slightly farther afield are Global Gathering, which takes place on an old airfield at Long Marston and Creamfields. Both are multi-day festivals. Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of indie camping fun, check out the Isle of Wight festival, Latitude festival in Suffolk as well as Bestival

10- Obligatory: go to the pub(s)


Photo: Dumitru Brinzan

Skip the museums and shops and head to one (at the very least!) of London’s iconic pubs.  If you’re in central London, head to the Ship n’ Shovel, London’s only pub that is either side of a street. While you’re there, walk down Villiers Street and head down into Gordon’s Wine Bar, one of London’s oldest bars, for some wine and cheese – try and get a table in the cellar. If you’re in Clerkenwell, take a walk up and down Exmouth Market before heading into the Eagle, one of London’s first gastropubs, which serves excellent grub. Moving west into Green Park or Knightsbridge drop by the Nag’s Head, and if you’re by Sloane Square, definitely visit The Grenadier a venerable London landmark. Finally, if planning and making decisions is a bit too much, fear not, the Circle Line Pub Crawl is here for you: get up early and round your friends up for 27 stations, 27 pubs, 28 drinks in a 12 hour sprint. Here is a map. You’re off!


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