Bus2alps: A History of Our Ride

“Bus2alps,” you might be wondering, “but how could I travel to the beach with a company that only takes buses to the Alps?” We get it. Back when we started in 2003 our first trips were to the Swiss Alps. Now we travel to over 40 destinations — but the name stuck.


That first trip helped some students stranded by a train strike travel from Florence to Interlaken, Switzerland (which happens to be our hometown). 12 years later we still call Interlaken our home base.

Every year since, we’ve grown exponentially — from 5,000 passengers in 2009 to over 30,000 last year. And, we continue to expand way beyond the Alps. We run trips to over 40 destinations across Europe and Africa from 7 departure cities and counting, and it just keeps getting better. We won TourRadar’s Most Amazing Tour Award two years in a row, and Hostelworld’s Best Tour Award for our famous Amalfi Coast trip to Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and Pompeii. We hold all our trips to the same exacting standards — and last year we snagged the #2 spot for the WYSE’s Best Youth Tour Operator.


We only partner with top-rated accommodation, transport, and activity providers in Europe, from St. Christopher’s hostels to New Europe walking tours, so you’re guaranteed to get the best in every destination. Each semester our staff undergoes a rigorous training to ensure we’re ready to deal with any and all situations that may arise in the safest way possible. Our staff is made up of previous study abroad students who understand what makes a great trip and want to show you the Europe they love.


We are a fully insured and bonded tour operator and a member of the prestigious European Tour Operators Association, so you can count on a high quality, professional experience.

We’ve set the standard in student travel for over 10 years, and we can’t wait to see what the future brings. We’re anticipating over 35,000 guests exploring Europe with us this year, and we are looking forward to seeing you on the bus!

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