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Discover the top attractions in Budapest on a half-day sightseeing tour. Departing in either the morning or the afternoon, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to all the must-see spots in the city. You’ll pass the Hungarian House of Parliament set on the Danube, cross the yellow-hued Margaret Bridge and head over to the Buda side of the city for a peek at the Royal Castle.


  • Three-hour tour of Budapest's highlights
  • Perfect introduction to Budapest's sights
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tours
  • English- and German-speaking guide
  • Pick-up from central Budapest hotels

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What You Can Expect

Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Royal Castle, Budapest

This 3-hour Budapest sightseeing tour begins at your hotel, where your guide will pick you up. You’ll then travel by coach across the Danube on Margaret Bridge, which connects visitors and locals alike to the scenic Margaret Island, a popular recreational area set in the middle of the river. From there you’ll drive to the Buda Castle District, visiting Fisherman’s Bastion, lookout towers that provide some of the best panoramic views in Budapest. You’ll continue on to the interior of Matthias Church, where the double sarcophagus of King Bela III and his wife is located.

You will also climb the Gellert Hill for additional photo opportunities of the city, before crossing back over to Pest on the Elisabeth Bridge. You’ll pass Budapest’s famous City Park and Heroes' Square, where iconic statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars sit.

To conclude your half-day tour, your guide will take you past the Hungarian Opera House and the towering structure of St. Stephen's Basilica. You will be dropped off at the Hotel Intercontinental.

Customer Reviews

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We rook this tour on our first day in Budapest. What a great idea that turned out to be. This was a four hour overview of the city. By bus we saw most all of the sites and were able to pick which ones we wanted to see in further depth. Our guide was so knowledgeable and helped us understand the history, politics and meaning behind each site we saw. There were two stops where we were able to get off the bus and take photos. Very highly recommend this tour!

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very interesting and comprehensive introduction to Budapest

Elizabeth T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A very good way to orientate yourself and to find out what you want to go back and look at in more detail. Some people left the tour at the Fisherman's Bastion because there is a lot to look at there and made their own way back which, in retrospect, we should have done in order to do justice to the Buda side.

Raghavan Nair M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour operator
Very welcoming and extremely helpful

Carole M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

So glad we booked this trip. The places we visited and the history we learned in three hours was amazing. The trip was worth every penny and Francis the guide was excellent.

Debra G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A really good introduction to Budapest.
Yolanda was lovely and her spoken English, excellent.
This was the first time we have used Viator and we will definitely use them again.
Highly recommended.

Harjeet K Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A must have tour. Beautiful ancient heritage and scenery. Love the tour and historical stories. A must have tour. United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


Kerry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

If you have never been to Budapest, this trip is a must and it should be done as soon as possible after you arrive. It gives you a great overview of the city, its history and culture, and gives you information for planning your time there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

excellent guide

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