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Budapest Danube River Tours

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Budapest Danube River
Flowing through the heart of Budapest, the Danube River 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 Evening Sightseeing Cruise by Legenda City CruisesDay Cruises

Budapest Danube River Evening Sightseeing Cruise by Legenda City Cruises

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View Budapest’s floodlit landmarks by boat on a Danube River evening cruise. Settle on the glass-enclosed vessel, and admire the cityscapes as you cruise by the UNESCO-listed riverbanks, glass in hand. Admire the Hungarian Parliament and Buda Castle district twinkling with lights, and sail under the illuminated Chain Bridge and other bridges. Your choice of Champagne, wine, beer, soda, or mineral water, Wi-Fi, and onboard film and commentary included.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in BudapestWater Tours

Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

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Experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. See famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle. On board you can enjoy wine and Hungarian sparkling wine and a buffet-style dinner included on the cruise, based on the tour option selected. Live music sets the mood as you glide past the capital city’s stunning backdrop.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional DrinksDining Experiences

Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

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Sip and sightsee along the Danube on this evening cruise in Budapest. Choose from multiple cruise options to suit your preferences and admire the stunning views of Buda Castle, the Parliament House, and the Citadel. Additional drinks are available for purchase on board as the evening continues along Budapest’s sparkling panorama.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Danube Cruise in BudapestDay Cruises

Danube Cruise in Budapest

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Take in the beautiful Budapest panorama on a sightseeing cruise along the Danube River. Snap photos of the Chain Bridge, Gellért Hill and more as you experience why this city’s landscape was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Multiple upgrade choices include options for a buffet lunch with traditional Hungarian dishes, an onboard winetasting session, and onboard winetasting session with round-trip transfers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip including LunchDay Trips

From Budapest: Danube Bend Day Trip including Lunch

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Discover the dreamy landscapes of the Danube Bend, the most scenic stretch of the Danube River, on this full-day tour from Budapest. Escape the capital for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping in Visegrad, admire the neoclassical cathedral of Esztergom from outside, and browse the handicrafts shops of Szentendre. After tucking into a delicious 3-course lunch (included), hop aboard for a romantic cruise along the Danube River and sail back to the capital by boat.
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  • 10 hours
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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off TourHop on Hop Off

Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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This Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour of Budapest is one of the easiest ways to get around the city while you’re traveling. Book your night tour, 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket and explore at your own pace. The route stops at many key areas of Budapest, including Heroes’ Square, the Hungarian Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian State Opera House. The bus offers free onboard Wi-Fi and recorded commentary about Budapest's sights in several languages.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Budapest Evening Walking Tour with optional Danube River CruiseHistorical Tours

Budapest Evening Walking Tour with optional Danube River Cruise

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See the best of Budapest by foot and by boat on this comprehensive evening tour. Stroll through the city streets on a walking tour with your guide before boarding an optional sightseeing cruise along the Danube River. Pass landmarks like the Chain Bridge and Gellért Spa, and see the Buda Castle aglow at night. This tour is limited to 15 people to keep the experience as intimate as it is unique.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Budapest Danube Bend Full-Day Tour with LunchDay Trips

Budapest Danube Bend Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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Discover the sights of the Danube Bend in one trip on this full-day tour from Budapest. Drive across the border into Slovakia, and visit Esztergom’s green-domed Basilica, the seat of Hungary’s Catholic church. Then, admire the Danube views from hilltop Visegrad Castle and enjoy a guided stroll around cobbled Szentendre, famous for its art shops. Hotel pickup, lunch, and return transport, with a Danube boat ride back to Budapest (May-September), are included.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Budapest: Night Cruise on the Danube with Guaranteed SeatsNight Cruises

Budapest: Night Cruise on the Danube with Guaranteed Seats

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Budapest dazzles at night, so get a romantic new perspective on the Hungarian capital with this popular evening cruise. Glide down the Danube River past illuminated landmarks like the impressive Parliament Building, sparkling bridges, lively Pest promenade, and Buda Castle. Kick off the festive, hour-long voyage with a welcome drink of sparkling wine, and learn about passing sights through recorded English commentary.
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  • 55 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 55 minutes
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Budapest Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle ShowHalf-day Tours

Budapest Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle Show

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Enjoy a 3-hour cruise along the beautiful Danube River in Budapest, including a 4-course dinner and on board entertainment. As you soak in the sights of the city’s panorama, experience the musical accompaniment of two duelling pianists. Sip a glass of complimentary Champagne and listen to the fun battle between the performers. Your 4-course meal will be served while you sit back and enjoy the show.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and WaterHalf-day Tours

Budapest Sightseeing Tour by Land and Water

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See the best of Budapest by land and by water on a floating bus tour. Begin on the capital city’s streets, snapping photos of top attractions as you drive past St. Stephen’s Basilica, Buda Castle, and the Grand Synagogue. Then take a splash into the Danube, as your amphibious coach continues the tour along the river, passing landmarks such as Parliament, Chain Bridge and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Candlelit Dinner Cruise by Legenda City Cruises, BudapestDay Cruises

Candlelit Dinner Cruise by Legenda City Cruises, Budapest

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Experience the romance of the Danube River by night on this candlelight dinner cruise. Cruise past the city's many beautiful illuminated sites as you dine on a 4-course dinner, passing by the Chain Bridge, the Elisabeth Bridge, and the Hungarian Parliament along the way. Local musicians are also on board to add zest to the experience by performing live Hungarian music.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hungarian Dance Performance with Danube Night CruiseTheaters

Hungarian Dance Performance with Danube Night Cruise

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Soak up Hungarian scenery and culture on a Danube dinner cruise and folklore concert. First, enjoy live music and dancing at the Danube Palace or the Hungarian Heritage House with one of the most highly regarded folk ensembles in the country. Afterward, take a cruise along the Danube, sipping wine and sampling a Hungarian buffet dinner. Enjoy a sparkling view of Budapest’s panorama, which has rightfully earned its title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private All Day Danube Bend Tour From Budapest with lunch and cruiseDay Trips

Private All Day Danube Bend Tour From Budapest with lunch and cruise

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Visiting the Danube cities of Esztergom, Visegrad, and Szentendre from Budapest in one day is tricky without a car. On this private full-day tour, travel to all three in an air-conditioned vehicle. Accompanied by a guide, explore the cathedral in Esztergom. Take in the views in Visegrad and enjoy a local lunch. Stroll through the scenic streets of Szentendre. During the warmer months, take a river cruise back to Budapest.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Budapest Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Budapest Bike Tour

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Saddle up for a comprehensive 3-hour tour of Budapest by bike. You’ll hit the streets with a private guide, wheeling past top attractions like Heroes’ Square, City Park, the Parliament Building and the Great Market Hall, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Learn about the rich history of this vibrant capital city while cruising along the charming streets and bike paths. This tour is limited to 15 people in order to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

Budapest Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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Budapest Parliament Visit and 3-hour City Tour Half-day Tours

Budapest Parliament Visit and 3-hour City Tour

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Explore the largest building in Hungary on this half-day sightseeing tour of Budapest with entry to the Parliament House. This excursion includes the price of admission, a guided city tour and pickup from your hotel. Over the course of the trip you’ll see the famous lookout towers of Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square and more. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the Holy Crown of Hungary while you’re inside Parliament.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes

Organ Concert in the St. Stephen's Basilica with Optional Danube CruiseArt Tours

Organ Concert in the St. Stephen's Basilica with Optional Danube Cruise

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Experience an organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica on your next trip to Budapest. The sound inside the dome of this neoclassical church makes it the perfect spot for Bach and Vivaldi, performed by some of Hungary’s most revered musicians. To continue the festivities, upgrade to a late-night dinner cruise on the Danube afterward, and toast to the beautiful view with a glass of Sparkling wine. A traditional Hungarian meal is also available on board, served buffet-style. Along the way, pass UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Buda Castle, lit up for the evening hours.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Guided Tours in Budapest on MonsteRoller e-ScooterPrivate and Luxury

Guided Tours in Budapest on MonsteRoller e-Scooter

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See the sights of Budapest from a unique vantage point on a small-group electric scooter tour. After a pre-tour test ride, feel confident as you follow your guide through Budapest’s parks and bike paths. Customize your tour by choosing from different routes, including a riverside ride and comprehensive tour. You can also choose from two convenient tour times.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Danube Bend Tour from BudapestDay Trips

Danube Bend Tour from Budapest

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Visit the Danube Bend towns of Esztergom, Visegrád, and Szentendre on a day trip from Budapest. Trace the ‘Blue Danube’ northward and dip into these three historical towns in turn. Tour Esztergom Basilica, experience bird’s-eye Danube Valley views from the hill of Visegrád citadel, and discover the cobbled lanes, baroque houses, and museums of Szentendre. Includes air-conditioned transport, and between May and September, a boat ride from Szentendre to Budapest.
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  • 8 hours
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Szentendre the Artists Village Half-Day & Boat Tour from BudapestDay Cruises

Szentendre the Artists Village Half-Day & Boat Tour from Budapest

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Cast your sightseeing net wider while in Budapest to enjoy the artists’ town of Szentendre and Danube Bend views from Visegrad in one convenient half-day trip. After a photo stop at hilltop Visegrad to capture the river's famous loop on camera, call at the baroque town of Szentendre to explore its cobbled lanes and arty shops. Includes hotel pickup and round-trip transport, the latter including a Danube cruise back to Budapest between May and September.
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Budapest by Bike with a Goulash MealMountain Bike Tours

Budapest by Bike with a Goulash Meal

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Pedal past Budapest’s top attractions on a bike tour with lunch. See the historic Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the UNESCO-listed Buda Castle District and more, with a local guide leading the way. Hear historical commentary from your guide as you go, providing a rich context for the architecture around you. Conclude with a hearty helping of Hungarian goulash stew for lunch. The group is limited to 12 to keep the experience as intimate as possible.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Budapest City Tour with Danube CruiseHalf-day Tours

Budapest City Tour with Danube Cruise

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Get to know Budapest by land and water on this 4-hour city and river cruise sightseeing tour. Enjoy a 3-hour panoramic drive around Budapest’s top sights, seeing Heroes’ Square, the City Park, and other highlights, and taking a walking tour around the Budapest Castle District. Finish with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise on the River Danube, sailing by landmarks such as the Chain Bridge and Parliament with a drink in hand. Morning and afternoon departure available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Budapest ♥Highlights♥ 2.5-Hour Live-Guided Segway TourHistorical Tours

Budapest ♥Highlights♥ 2.5-Hour Live-Guided Segway Tour

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Round up Budapest’s sights with ease and learn to ride a Segway personal transporter on a private city Segway tour. Choose a departure time to fit your schedule and cruise around Buda and Pest’s landmarks without the inconvenience of walking, catching buses, or jostling with others in a large tour group. Ideal for travelers seeking a quick and fun overview of the city, the tour includes training, equipment, and photos.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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