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Danube River at Budapest Tours

Flowing through the heart of Budapest, the Danube is the lifeline of the Hungarian capital, as well as its geographic center, separating the hilly Buda district on the west bank from the bustling Pest on the east bank. The striking waterfront is also part of Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed treasures, home to landmarks such as the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the Liberty Bridge, Buda Castle Hill, Matthias Church, the Hungarian Parliament Building, and Margaret Island.

The Basics
A Danube River cruise is a highlight of many Budapest sightseeing tours, and options include lunch or dinner cruises, wine-tasting cruises, and moonlight cocktail cruises. Alternatively, head out of the city to explore the scenic towns of the Danube Bend, including Esztergom, Visegrad, and Szentendre, before cruising back to Budapest along the river.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Boat tours operating on the river include panoramic cruise ships, amphibious coaches, and private small boats.
  • Cruises typically last one to two hours.
  • Bring warm clothing if traveling on an open-air boat—it can get chilly, especially at night.
  • Most boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

How to Get There
Wherever you are in the city, it’s easy to get to the riverside. The most popular stretch of the river runs between the Green Bridge and Margaret Island. Cruises leave from both sides of the river, with most piers located close to the Chain Bridge.

When to Get There
Danube River cruises run regularly year-round, but for the most atmospheric views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise. For an unforgettable experience, book a Christmas cruise and admire the waterfront illuminations as you tuck into a festive onboard lunch or dinner.
 
Cruising Along the Danube
The Danube is Europe’s second longest river, running for 1,785 miles (2,872 kilometers) from the Black Forest region in Germany to the Black Sea on the east coast of Romania. In total, it passes through an incredible 10 countries and four capital cities. Multi-day cruises to and from Budapest are a popular choice, particularly in the summer and holiday seasons, with destinations such as Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, Passau and the Wachau Valley in Germany, and Bratislava in Slovakia.

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Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise, Budapest, null
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Budapest Danube River Dinner Cruise

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Enjoy a relaxing night out in Budapest with this scenic Danube River cruise. Sip drinks including wine and Sparkling wine and choose an optional Hungarian ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.20
Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Budapest, Dinner Cruises
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Experience 360-degree views of Budapest as you travel aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus with audio commentary. Valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours, hop on ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Varies

From USD $25.25
Budapest Danube River Evening Cruise, Budapest, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Budapest Danube River Evening Cruise

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1-hour Budapest long evening sightseeing cruise on the river Danube. Choice of 30 language film and audio-guide. 1 glass of drink - choice of champagne, wine, ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.99
Danube Bend Day Trip from Budapest, Budapest, Day Cruises
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Danube Bend Day Trip from Budapest

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Take an excursion into Hungary's history on this popular Danube Bend full day trip. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, you'll visit the gorgeous old towns of ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.31
Budapest Wine Tasting Cruise, Budapest, Day Trips
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Budapest Wine Tasting Cruise

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Combine the riverside sights of Budapest with wine tastings on this relaxing 2 hour early evening cruise! Sail along the Danube and watch the landmarks as you ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.08
Budapest Late Night Dinner Cruise on the Danube, Budapest, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Budapest Late Night Dinner Cruise on the Danube

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Whether you fancy a late dinner or a wonderful spot for after-dinner drinks, take this Danube River cruise for a relaxing night out in Budapest. Sip wine and ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.67
Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water, Budapest, Dinner Cruises
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Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water

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Take an unforgettable trip around Budapest, seeing the best sights from both land and water, on this comprehensive 1 hour 30 - 40 minute tour aboard an ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.36
Danube River Lunch Cruise, Budapest, Duck Tours
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Danube River Lunch Cruise

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Take in spectacular views of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Budapest panorama on a scenic Danube River daytime cruise. Enjoy drinks, including Sparkling wine ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.78
Christmas Danube River Cruise with Dinner or Winetasting, Budapest, Lunch Cruises
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Christmas Danube River Cruise with Dinner or Winetasting

Revel in the spirit of Christmas on this special festive 2-hour cruise. Enjoy a delicious meal on the ship or enjoy seven different tastings of Hungarian ...  Read more

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.41
Romantic Couples Package in Budapest: Gellért Spa Visit with Danube Dinner Cruise, Budapest, ... 
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Romantic Couples Package in Budapest: Gellért Spa Visit with Danube Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a couples package with a loved one and spend a whole day together in a spa in Budapest with an 2-hour dinner cruise on the Danube river in the evening.

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Duration: Flexible

From USD $164.15

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