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Danube River at Budapest
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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Dinner Cruises

Budapest Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle Show

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
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  • 3 hours

Day Cruises

2-Hour Evening Craft Beer Tasting Cruise in Budapest

Get an introduction to the emerging Hungarian craft brewing scene on this 2-hour cruise in Budapest. Travel up the Danube River, under all six of Budapest's main bridges, while sipping samples of the country's best artisan beers and listening to live music. All tastings included.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Photography Tours

3-Hour Private Budapest Photography Tour

Find and capture the real character of Budapest in ways difficult to achieve by yourself on this private photography tour. With your camera and a professional photographer, seek out the places and scenes that encapsulate the city, including many that travelers overlook. Learn how to best capture your discoveries and get tips on honing your skills that you’d miss by yourself. Plus, choose a start time to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Dinner and Cruise with homemade fruit jam tasting

"The perfect night cruise on the River Danube in the heart of Budapest in one of Budapest’s biggest event ships! Let the mood take you while having a fine dinner with your loved one. Budapest has its unique atmosphere which you can only feel from the river. Vivid lights and the echo of history. Dinner and cruise was never better!In addition the cruising experience, we invite you to a hungarian rural jam tasting at the Marketport. Please note, that the Marketport is located from the arrival pier in about a 5 minutes walk: Kossuth Museum Ship – Old Ship Restaurant, Vigadó pier #2Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00(You can valid your ticket anytime in the opening hours whitin 5 days determined from the cruising day)"
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  • 2 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Drink and Cruise Plus homemade fruit jam tasting

Just have a drink and some fun while cruising on the River Danube in the heart of Budapest! Bring your loved one or your best friends and enjoy the ultimate view from the upper deck.Departure place of the cruise is: 1051 Budapest Id. Antal József Rakpart Akadémia #3.The story starts or ends with fruit kisses: try the delicate handmade jams at Markeport.Please note, that the Marketport is located from the arrival pier in about a 5 minutes walk: Kossuth Museum Ship – Old Ship Restaurant, Vigadó pier #2Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00Please note the duration of the 19:00 Drink and cruise is 2 hours.(You can valid your ticket anytime in the opening hours whitin 5 days determined from the cruising day)"
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Theater, Shows & Musicals

Private Danube Bend Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

This exciting day tour is a great way to explore the highlights of the Danube Bend. You’ll have the ultimate stress-free day without any transport to organize as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. As it’s a private tour, you’ll have a more personalized experience and won’t have to wait around for other travelers. Highlights include visiting Szentendre, Vac, and enjoying a delicious lunch too.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Dinner Cruises

Budapest Danube River Cruise with Optional Dinner

Experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. You’ll 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 Sparkling wine and wine, with the option of a traditional Hungarian dinner, served buffet-style. Live music will set the mood as you glide past the capital city’s stunning backdrop.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

This Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour of Budapest is one of the easiest ways to get around the city while you’re travelling. Book your 24-, 48-, or 72-hour 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 23 languages. Plus, add on a night tour or river cruise when you choose the 72-hour package.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes

Multi-day Tours

7-Day European Highlights Tour From Frankfurt: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria And Switzerland

Take in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland on this 7-day European highlights tour from Frankfurt. Travel through Europe with a guide and explore top attractions such as St. Vittus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge. Delve into Budapest’s ancient history in Buda and Pest, enjoy sightseeing tours in pretty Vienna and Lake Mondsee, and delve deep into Germany’s beautiful Black Forest region. Explore Alpine regions including Lucerne, Mt Titlis and Zurich, marvel at the mighty Rhine Falls and gaze over serene Lake Titisee.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days

Day Trips

Danube Bend Day Trip from Budapest including Lunch

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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  • 10 hours

Day Cruises

Budapest Danube River Evening Cruise

View Budapest’s floodlit landmarks by boat on a 60-minute River Danube evening cruise. Settle on the glass-enclosed Duna Legend 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 a Champagne, wine, beer, soda, or mineral water, WiFi, and onboard film and commentary included.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour

Day Trips

Budapest Danube Bend Full-Day Tour with Lunch

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
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Budapest Bike Tour

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Dinner Cruises

Budapest Folklore Show and Danube Dinner Cruise

Soak up Hungarian scenery and culture on a Danube dinner cruise and folklore concert. You’ll 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, you’ll take a cruise along the Danube, sipping wine and sampling a Hungarian buffet dinner. You’ll 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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Concerts & Special Events

Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise

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 you’ll pass UNESCO World Heritage sights 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

Super Savers

Budapest Super Saver: Private Entrance to Széchenyi Spa with Optional Massage plus Danube River Dinner Cruise

Combine two essential Budapest experiences into one great-value Super Saver tour! First, relax and unwind at Budapest’s largest public bath, the Széchenyi Spa, where you can pamper yourself with a steam, soak and scrub, or indulge with an aromatherapy massage (optional). Then, set sail along the Danube River for a romantic evening cruise and tuck into a delicious candlelit dinner on-board. Sip champagne and enjoy live folk music as you gaze out over the UNESCO-listed waterfront and spot Budapest landmarks like the Parliament Building, the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

Budapest Castle District Walk with Matthias Church Entry

Admire the beautiful Buda Castle District on a 2.5-hour walking tour in Budapest. You’ll follow a local guide around the cobblestone streets and hear stories of the city’s rich history. See UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Royal Palace, as well as the lesser-known landmarks such as Vienna Gate. Be sure to capture pictures with family and friends from the panoramic lookout of Fisherman’s Bastion before you head out.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

Half-day Tours

Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit

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

Day Cruises

Budapest Danube Bend Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

If you have free day in Budapest, visiting the Danube Bend — a famous loop in the river — is essential. This private day trip makes it easy: with time to admire this beauty spot and three nearby attractions. Visit the green-domed Esztergom Basilica overlooking the river; admire the bend views from hilltop Visegrad; and enjoy the cobbled artists’ town of Szentendre. Includes lunch and private transport, plus a river cruise from Szentendre to Budapest between April-September.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour by Bus and Boat

Experience Budapest at your own speed on a hop-on hop-off bus tour and boat route through the Danube. This ticket is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours and allows you hop on and off as often as you like while traveling by double-decker bus to see the city’s famous sites, including the Parliament Building, Andrassy Avenue, and the Castle District. On the boat ride along the Danube River, you’ll enjoy stops at Margaret Island and St. Anne Church. This tour includes 28 stops and audio commentary on board.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Budapest Walking Tour with Cafe Stop

Enjoy an insider’s look at Budapest’s main attractions on a 3-hour private walking tour of the city. Your local guide will take you to popular thermal pools of the Szechenyi Baths, the beautiful green sprawl of City Park and the Buda Castle District across the Danube. You’ll hear facts and anecdotes about Hungarian history and the vibrant cultural scene of this capital city as you go. You’ll also have the chance to rest your feet with a stop at a café for coffee and two classic Hungarian pastries, included with your ticket.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Cultural Tours

Private All Day Danube Bend Tour From Budapest with lunch

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
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  • 8 hours

Night Cruises

Moonlight Cocktail Cruise on the Danube

Savor cocktails as you view Budapest’s city lights on this 1.5-hour late-evening River Danube cruise. Settle aboard a spacious boat and enjoy two cocktails and live folk music as you glide along the starlit river. Admire the floodlit Parliament building and twinkling Castle District from the open or interior deck, and sail under the famous Chain Bridge, and other bridges. Your cruise includes two large cocktails and optional hotel transfers (additional cost).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Historical & Heritage Tours

Budapest Night Walking Tour and Danube River Cruise

See the best of Budapest by foot and by boat on this comprehensive 3-hour evening tour. Stroll through the city streets on a walking tour with your guide before boarding a 1-hour cruise along the Danube River. You’ll 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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  • 150 to 180 minutes
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  • 150 to 180 minutes


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