You can soon catch a 'hop on hop off' bus set to travel to 18 countries

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We’re all familiar with the ‘hop on hop off’ buses that tour around big cities.

It seems there’s now a new option coming that’s bigger and better than any that have gone before.

Next year, expedition company Adventures Overland is set to launch a new ‘hop on hop off’ bus service that will travel 20,000km from India to England. 

The vehicle, which will have space for 20 people, is set to cross 18 countries in 70 days and passengers will be able to stop off in cities along the way.

People looking to book the trip will be able to choose if they want to take the entire journey, or one of the four legs (Southeast Asia, China, Central Asia, Europe).

They can start their trip in Delhi or London.

If you take the route that begins in Delhi, the bus will travel to Thailand, before going up to China, then onto Russia and European cities such as Warsaw, Prague and Brussels – before finishing in London. 

Adventure Overland’s bus route was partly inspired by the Hippie Trail buses that crossed the world in the 50s and 60s.

Despite being the ‘longest bus journey in the world’, guests are bound to be comfortable with features such as business class seats, WiFi, in-seat phone charging points, private lockers and individual entertainment systems with AUX and USB ports.

Anyone looking to book the almighty voyage must be willing to part with a considerable amount of money.

Tickets for the journey are priced at £15,300 and the first departure is currently set for May 2021 – although this could change due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘The best time to do this journey is between April and June, because that’s when the weather is favourable to start the journey from India through to Myanmar, and to cross the high mountains of China and Kyrgyzstan,’ Adventures Overland co-founder Tushar Agarwal told CNN.

‘There are a lot of people, travellers, who want to experience these overland journeys, but they don’t want to drive.

‘So, we came up with the idea of putting together a bus in which people can sit comfortably and go on long-distance journeys.

‘And that’s how the idea of the Bus to London was born.’

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