GotoBus Expands Online Travel Service to Europe

GotoBus, the leading online ticketing company for inter-city bus lines and bus tours, has expanded its travel services to include Europe tours. While already well-known for their extensive tour offerings in the U.S. and Canada, GotoBus is building on its strong record of growth by aggressively expanding into international markets.

These Europe tours typically include both ground transportation and hotel accommodations, and allow travelers to explore many popular sightseeing destinations. The most popular tour is the Europe – 7 Days Shuttle Tour for $740, which has three different routes: the Red Line, Green Line, and Blue Line. Multiple departure locations are available for the traveler’s convenience.

Red Line – Splendid Europe 7 Days Shuttle Tour: Visit Bonn (Ludwig Van Beethoven Haus), Cologne (Cologne Cathedral), Amsterdam (The Hague, Scheveningen / Keukenhof), Brussels (Atomium, Grand’ Place, Mannenken Pis), Paris (Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, Palace of Versailles, The Louvre), Reims, Luxembourg (Place de Constitution), Trier (Porta Nigra), Koblenz, and Frankfurt (Romer platz).

Green Line – Italy Essence 7 Days Shuttle Tour: Highlights include visiting Turin, Milan (Duomo, Sforza Castle, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, “La Scala” opera house), Verona (Verona Arena), Venice (Basilica di San Marco, Bridge of Sighs), Rome (The Coliseum, The Arch of Constantine, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain), Vatican (St. Peter’s Basilica), Florence (Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio , Duomo, Campanile Tower, Uffizi Gallery), Pisa, Genoa, Monaco (Monte-Carlo), Nice, Cannes (Fragonard Perfume Factory), and Avignon.

Blue Line – Eastern Europe 7 Days Shuttle Explorer: See Budapest (Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Elizabeth Bridge, Heroes Square), Vienna (Schonbrunn, Stadtpark, Johann Strauss monument, the Parliament, St Stephen’s Cathedral), Salzburg (Mozart’s birthplace), Lucerne (Kapell Bridge, Lion Monument), Zurich (Rhine Falls), Titisee, Prague (St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square), and Bratislava (St. Martin’s Cathedral).

In addition to these multi-day tours, GotoBus also offers sightseeing trips that range in duration from just a few hours to a full day. These sightseeing excursions are currently available in England, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. Additional details, ticketing information, and more deals can be found at


GotoBus is the leading online marketplace for bus tickets, tours, and sightseeing activities. The GotoBus online booking system, similar to those used by major airlines, makes it easy for travelers to quickly compare schedules, prices, and pickup/drop-off locations for over 200 bus companies throughout the United States and Canada. is the fastest growing gateway for bus travel on the Internet. In February 2007, The Washington Post featured as one of the best travel websites and named it “Best of the Web” in the “Motorcoaches” category.

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I would like to take a vote here:

If you’re picked as the winner of the week, which tour would be the most preferable for you and your date, friend or family?

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Vegas! Laughlin! London Bridge! A $99 Bus Tour

This is an article featured in L.A. Times by Rosemary McClure, a talented writer at L.A. Times who took our L.A. to Grand Canyon 3 day tour. This is really an interesting, offbeat read! I have quoted the first part of the article and attached the article link to the post.

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Vegas! Laughlin! London Bridge! A $99 bus tour

Throw in the Grand Canyon for a bargain 3-day roundtrip tour from Los Angeles.

By Rosemary McClure, Times Staff Writer

May 17, 2007

Las Vegas, Nevada

The online advertisement listed a jaw-dropping price: Three days of sightseeing, including transportation, hotels and entertainment, for $99.

“No way,” I told a colleague. “You probably end up spending $99 on the tour and $70,000 on a time share in Barstow.”

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But the cheapie tour was a genuine deal — and there was never a timeshare pitch. For less money than I spent on my last trip to the supermarket, I was whisked to the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. I had some spine-tingling moments of adventure; I got a taste of international travel; and I had a little time left over to shop, gamble and sightsee.
I even acquired a new name: Tammy Chan. And Times photographer Anne Cusack, who accompanied me, was re-christened Becky Wong. But more about that later.

This low-cost bus tour was part of a burgeoning segment of the U.S. travel industry that caters to budget vacationers. Cut-rate companies, based mainly on the East and West coasts, advertise on the Internet and are sharply competitive, offering sightseeing tours for about a third the price of many long-established companies. They slash prices, cut corners — so there’s a definite element of surprise, risk and adventure in traveling with them. But the bottom line is this: With transportation and hotels included, this bus trip was a genuine travel bargain, albeit with some downsides.

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GotoBus Launches Affiliate Program offers first affiliate program for bus travel on the Internet

CAMBRIDGE, MA, February 14, 2006—, the leading online marketplace for bus tickets and tours, announced the formal launch of its affiliate program. The program will allow affiliate partners to earn commission on a pay-per-sale basis. Affiliates can either choose to promote GotoBus as a booking partner by linking to the site. Or, the GotoBus booking system can be embedded into the partner website to allow direct booking of bus tickets and tours. Either way the affiliate earns money on every sale from a referring website.

Jimmy Chen, President, says the service will be the only one of its kind, “The advent of our affiliate program is really the first time website owners will be able to earn money by selling bus travel from their website. We see it as a great compliment to the other travel products that are currently available online from travel related websites.”

The program was developed to in response numerous requests from travel related websites that wanted to offer their customers online booking for bus tickets. The launch of the affiliate program is the latest effort by IvyMedia Corp to expand its online bus ticketing business. In January of this year the company announced that it was formally changing its domain name to to better serve its customers.

Benefits of the GotoBus affiliate program include:

  • Easily modifiable look and feel—booking system can be fully integrated into partners’ website.
  • Customizable booking window—partners can choose the travel products they sell (coming soon).
  • Straightforward commission structure
  • Easily accessible account information
  • Easy online registration


IvyMedia Corp formally announces that it will use the domain name for sales of all travel related products.

CAMBRIDGE, MA, January 31, 2006—IvyMedia Corporation, the leading online purveyor of bus tickets and tours, announced that it will transfer all of its travel related business from the domain to The new name will better reflect the core business of the company: selling bus tickets and bus tours online.

“The name change is a natural progression of the evolution of our company. We are currently the leader in online bus ticketing and we think the new domain name will more accurately convey that to our customers,” says Jimmy Chen, IvyMedia President. began as an online shopping mall in 1999, but quickly found its niche as a marketplace for bus tickets, tours, and vacation packages. The company began the transition to the new domain by adding the site in the spring of 2005.

Going forward, customers who type into their browser will be automatically redirected to The new website will sell only bus tickets and bus tours. Customers wishing to purchase other products, such as concert tickets and international flower delivery, will still be able to do so from the IvyMedia website.

Coming Soon is greatly expanding its tour selection for the 2006 season. The company has added tours and attractions originating in Maine, Niagara Falls, Florida, Vancouver and Chicago. It will soon add several more destinations in the Midwestern US and Canada. In addition, the company has added new tour partners specializing in multi-day tours. This has allowed GotoBus to expand the range of service categories, trip durations and itineraries offered to its customers.

Also new for 2006 is the affiliate program. This much anticipated program will allow affiliate partners to earn commission on every GotoBus sale originating from their website. The program will launch in early February 2006:

About GotoBus
GotoBus is the leading online marketplace for bus tickets and tours. The GotoBus online booking system is similar to those used by major airlines, and makes it easy for travelers to quickly compare schedules, prices, and pickup/drop-off locations for over 100 bus companies throughout the United States and Canada. is the fastest growing gateway for bus travel on the Internet today.
For more information contact: marketing at or 1-617-354-2101 x.1103

GotoBus adds luxury Florida service in November will add luxury bus service for points throughout Florida. Beginning in mid-November the website will begin selling tickets for daily scheduled bus service between several popular destinations in Florida including Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Marathon. The luxury bus service will include amenitities such as meals, entertainment, and beverages. Schedules and pricing can be viewed online.