Bookaway Review: Is It Legit And Reliable?
Bookaway reached out to me to ask me to promote their product.
Before that email to be frank, except for a few Youtube ads, I had never heard about them.
So I decided to have a look at what they offer and see how they compare to other booking platforms.
- What Is Bookaway?
- Why Book with Bookaway ?
- Over 6,000 routes in 60+ countries
- Types of Transportation
- Payment options
- Refund policy
- Bookaway App
- Contact and Customer Support
- To Sum Up this Review of Bookaway
What Is Bookaway?
If like me you're not familiar with Bookaway yet, let me introduce them quickly.
Their mission is simple: Make it easy to book your tickets online.
On Bookaway you can book bus, train, and ferry tickets as well as hotels and airport transfers in 60+ countries across 4 continents.
They even have tour packages in some countries.
So on paper, it looks like a good way to avoid local agencies and save the hassle to go physically buy tickets.
- But can you trust Bookaway?
- What makes them different and better than other booking platforms?
- Are they cheaper?
- Is it the best platform to book tickets for your next trip?
That's what we're gonna check together.
Why Book with Bookaway ?
There's a ton of reasons to book your tickets online when you travel, with Bookaway or another website.
- It's more convenient
- You don't need to print tickets and take the risk to lose them (been there before)
- You have all the details about your itinerary accessible on your phone
- No details are lost in translation (baggage, transfers, insurance...)
- You can easily compare prices
I mean, if you're looking for convenience, it makes sense to book everything online these days.
On the other side, it's often cheaper to go directly with local operators to save a few bucks.
So why book your tickets with Bookaway :
- Compare the different options. Is it cheaper or faster to take the bus or train, or maybe to share a van? Bookaway makes it easy to compare the different types of transportation for each route.
- All your tickets in one place. With Bookaway you don't need to print anything. All the tickets are sent to you by email and stored in your account. That's great to save time, avoid the risk to lose them and it's good for the planet too.
- Over 8000 routes in 60+ countries. Even if you're going on a long trip across different countries, you can probably book all your tickets in one place.
- 24/7 Online Support. Bookaway support is available all day, every day, by email, phone, or by messages on WhatsApp, Telegram, Line, and Facebook.
Over 6,000 routes in 60+ countries
One thing that you got to love about Bookaway is the number of routes they cover.
On their website, you can book tickets for 6,700+ routes, in 67 countries, across 4 continents.
That's great when you plan a long trip to a country or region and want to book all your tickets with the same platform.
This way you only have to give your payment details once and if you need assistance, you only have to talk to one person.
Bookaway in Thailand
In Thailand, Bookaway covers the most popular routes, including :
- Bangkok to Pattaya
- Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- Bangkok to Koh Phangan
- Bangkok to Hua Hin
- Bangkok to Koh Tao
- Bangkok to Koh Chang
- Bangkok to Krabi
- Bangkok to Suratthani
Here's to give you an idea of prices and duration for some of the most popular routes in Thailand available on Bookaway.
Bookaway in Asia
In Asia, Bookaway is available in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Bookaway in Europe
In Europe, you can use Bookaway to book trips in Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Gibraltar, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Isle of Man, Italy, Ireland Kosovo, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom.
Bookaways in America
For now, Bookaway is available in Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and United States.
Bookaway in Africa and the Middle East
You can book tickets in Alegeria, Tanzania, Morocco, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Israel.
Bookaway in Oceania
Now Bookaway is now also available in Australia and New Zealand.
Types of Transportation
With Bookaway you can book tickets for a large range of types of transportation for each route.
What I love about their website is they often have the cheapest options as well as the most luxurious (and hopefully comfortables) ones.
So whether you're on a budget or looking for more comfort, you can book both options on Bookaway.
And anyone who's traveling a lot will appreciate having all the different options on the same platform.
In short, with Bookaway you can book tickets for:
- Airport transfers
- Hotel transfers
- and more...
In some cities, they even offer tickets for tour packages.
Is Bookaway the cheapest website to book tickets?
I've done some comparison and the answer is, not always.
They do have some of the cheapest companies that some online platforms like 12go (see review), for example, don't even list.
But for each route I've checked, I always find it more expensive to book online with Bookaway or another online platform than to go straight to the bus or train station.
And that makes sense. You pay a slight markup for their service.
Thing is, If you're like me, you probably don't mind paying a little extra for the convenience and the time you save.
That's even more important when you're going on a long trip and/or travel with a group.
In this case, you really want to have all your tickets online and in one place.
Otherwise, it's just incredibly stressful to manage.
So yes, Bookaway prices are competitive, but no, they're not the cheapest.
Bookaway works with Stripe and accepts all the major credit/debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
You can also pay with Paypal and so you don't have to share your credit/debit card details directly with them.
That's the option I recommend if you book your tickets on wifi that is not secured and you're not using a VPN.
This way you don't take the risk to get your credit card details stolen.
Bookaway has a Free Cancellation policy for any cancellation up to 48 hours before the departure.
It may vary from one operator to another so always double-check on their website.
But it's a good option to be more flexible during your trip.
Bookaway app is now available on iOS or Android.
Both apps are easy to use and work great even with a slow connection.
And now at least you have an easy to manage your tickets on your phone when you travel.
Bookaway makes it super easy and fast to book tickets online.
Their website is simple to use, load fast, and go straight to the point.
Booking tickets only takes a few minutes with Bookaway.
How to book on Bookaway?
- Pick your phone
- Go to bookaway.com
- Enter your destination and dates
- Compare the different options
- Pick the best one for you
- Pay online (with Paypal or credit/debit card)
- Check the confirmation in your inbox
- Grab a beer and have a good time
Contact and Customer Support
Bookaway support is available online 24/7.
They have a 4 stars rating on Trustpilot so they service seem pretty solid and the team seems to be quite responsive to answers reviews.
I would imagine they are just as responsive to answer their support.
Find all the details on their support page here.
Yes, Bookaway is reliable. They offer a secured platform to book your tickets online and they have support available 24/7.
But Bookaway is a booking platform and not an operator.
That means they can't guarantee 100% that local operators will provide the best service.
But you can always contact Bookaway support if you need any assistance.
To Sum Up this Review of Bookaway
Bookaway looks like a good addition to other online booking platforms with a large selection of routes in many different countries.
To be completely transparent with you, as I write these lines, I still haven't tried Bookaway but I do plan to do it in the next few months.
So this review is based only on the information I found online and the emails I've exchanged with them.
But from what I've read, I don't see any reason to stay away from them.
And to address the couple of bad reviews they have because of the COVID-19 cancellations, keep in mind that most travel companies are full of them at the moment. That doesn't mean they are all bad.
I know 12go, Airasia, and even Airbnb, have a bunch of terrible and scary reviews.
But I had nothing but good experiences with them.
I'll definitely try Bookaway soon to compare it to similar services.
And then I'll come back here to update the review.
In the meantime, if you're planning your next trip, check my travel guides for tips and inspiration.
And let's talk about Bookaway in the comments below.
If you have any experience with them, good or bad, leave a comment to let us know how it went.
And if you have any questions regarding their platform, feel free to leave them in the comment section so I can get someone from their team to answer them.