Europe has some of the most incredible history of anywhere on earth with weird and wonderful events steeped in tradition. Over the last decade, music festivals have attracted millions of young travellers from all corners of the globe.
And thanks to tour operators such as Busabout, you can now fast track your way into the biggest and best festivals in Europe and see some new sights while you’re there.
Busabout festivals aren’t just about getting loose (although that’s a big part of it), but you’ll also explore local areas through free city orientation walks and optional trips to local landmarks.
But you have to be on it. Many of these Busabout festivals sell out in minutes. So get your squad together (or travel solo) and planning the ultimate European festival tour with Busabout!
Tomorrowland is an insanely popular electronic dance music festival stretching over two weekends and it sells out in minutes. And with superstar artists such as Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, ASAP Rocky, Jonas Blue and many more hitting the stage, it's no wonder the Tomorrowland festival has become so huge.
And guess what? Busabout is an official travel partner of Tomorrowland 🙌
Busabout runs a wicked (albeit pricey $3,239/£1,799) 5-day tour exploring France, Belgium & the Netherlands with a Full Madness Tomorrowland Pass and loads of other perks included.
2 La Tomatina
La Tomatina is undoubtedly the messiest Busabout festivals of them all.
Every year on the last Wednesday of August, tens of thousands of people take part in an insane food fight involving over one hundred metric tons of tomatoes being pelted at any moving object on the streets of Buñol 🍅
It’s total vegan-friendly chaos.
And to get you amongst the juicy action of La Tomatina, there’s a Busabout festival tour starting from $599 (£329). The Busabout La Tomatina 3-day hotel tour includes your accommodation, breakfasts, transfers plus entrance into the tomato fight & the official after-party.
>> Download the Busabout La Tomatina guide for full details.
Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival and travelling funfair with more than six million attendees, and over 7 million litres of golden goodness served in giant steins 🍻
It's one of the world's biggest parties, and Busabout has two epic Oktoberfest tours to this bavarian batshit crazy festival.
Both trips have the same inclusions, but as the name suggests, one is staying in tents and the other in hostels. Busabout's Oktoberfest camping tour starts from $399 (£229), and their Oktoberfest hostel tour starts from $789 (£439).
>> Download the Busabout Oktoberfest guide for full details.
4 Lollapalooza Festival
Lollapalooza music festival takes place in Berlin during September and has become one of the largest festivals in Europe.
Over the past five years, Lollapalooza's lineup has welcomed the world's biggest names including the Kings Of Leon, Major Lazer, Kygo, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Dua Lipa and many more.
With Busabout's 4-day Lollapalooza festival tour, you can explore Berlin's historical sites and get access to the festival from $859 (£479), including accommodation.
>> Download the Lollapalooza festival guide for full details.
5 Sziget Festival
Held every August in northern Budapest, the Sziget Festival welcomes more than 1,000 performances and has been ranked one of the five best festivals in Europe by The Independent.
Sziget is a mashup of different genres. You can to dance to the latest hits, go crowd surfing in a heavy metal mosh pit or chill out to Hungarian Gypsy-folk jazz.
And just as popular as the festival itself is Busabout's 4-day Sziget tour. Starting from $1,009 (£559) you get accommodation, breakfasts an orientation walk of Budapest plus a 3-day Sziget festival pass.
>> Download the Busabout Sziget music festival guide for full details.
6 Ultra Music Festival
Ultra Music Festival (or Ultra Europe) is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that takes place in sunny Split, the capital of Croatia.
More than 150,000 people known as Ultranauts attend this epic 3-day event which attracts international DJs such as Afrojack, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Steve Aoki to name just a few.
And who’s there to party into the sunrise with you? Busabout, of course!
Busabout offers a 5-day Ultra Music Festival tour with all your accommodation; orientation walks of Split, access to the Ultra warm-up party and your 3-day Ultra general admission pass.
Trips start from $1,099 (£609)
>> Download the Busabout Ultra festival guide for full details.