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City Sightseeing Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Boat and Walking Tour

Budapest, Hungary

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Discover Budapest’s most beloved attractions on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours from the first time of use. Find a seat inside or amid the fresh air of the upper deck, and pass landmarks like the Parliament building, the UNESCO-listed Royal Palace, and the Hungarian State Opera House, hopping on and off whenever you like. For a more comprehensive experience, upgrade your ticket to include a cruise and a night tour.
  • Discover Budapest and its highlights on a hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Enjoy 360-degree views from the open-air, top deck of the bus
  • Plug into the onboard audio commentary to learn about the historical city
  • Upgrade to include cruising down the Danube River and a night tour

What's Included

  • Hop-on Hop-off Bus, Boat & Walking Tour
  • Audio commentary provided in 16 languages
  • Discount booklet for many local attractions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Departure Point

  • You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.

Departure Time

  • See itinerary

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

Your hop-on hop-off bus tour includes multiple stops around Hungary’s bustling capital. (Please see the Itinerary below for a complete list of stops.) Your ticket is valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours from first time of use (depending on which option selected at checkout), allowing you to sightsee at your own leisurely pace. Stick in your seat for a view of the bus’s entire loop, or hop off when you want to get out and explore the area. Audio commentary is also available on board to provide more information about Budapest’s rich history.

Consider hopping off at Fovam Square to explore the culinary delights of the Central Market Hall, which offers Hungarian produce, meats, spices, and cheeses. Shop around from stall to stall (own expense) for some authentic Hungarian paprika spice to bring home or cured local meats to sample for lunch.

Later, you can hop off at the Hungarian Parliament to see the neo-Gothic architecture up close. If you like, head inside (own expense) to tour the Great Vaulted Hall and the Session Room, and catch a glimpse of the Holy Crown of Hungary.

Buses arrive regularly to hop on and hop off on all routes.

For a romantic view of the city from the water and at night, upgrade your ticket to include a river cruise along the Danube and a night bus tour.
Red Route

21 Stops

12 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Operating Schedule: Bus: 9:00am - 5:00pm, every 15-20 minutes Boat: 12:00pm,14:00pm, 16:00pm, 17:30pm, 19:00pm, 20:00pm, 20:30pm, 21:30pm Duration: 60 minutes Start Point: Március 15 Square, dock no. 8A (under Elisabeth Bridge)

St. Stephen's Basilica

Discover the beautiful St Stephen's Basilica on your sightseeing adventure. Located right in the heart of a bustling public square, you'll have a first-hand experience of true Hungarian culture.

Chain Bridge

Március 15. tér

Central Market Hall

Kálvin tér

Anker köz

Andrássy út


Liszt Ferenc tér

Heroes' Square


Explore all of the monuments and statues at the unmissable Heroes Square. Located near City Park, you can enjoy a relaxing stroll through the greenery, enjoying the castle, zoo and baths on your way.

Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel


Párizsi Street


Hotel Castle Garden

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

Batthyány tér

Margaret Bridge

Westend Shopping Center

Hungarian Parliament Building

Points of interest passed by on this route

Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)

Hungarian Parliament Building

Szechenyi Lanchid

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

Heroes' Square


Andrassy Avenue

Buda Hill Funicular

Liszt Ferenc Square


New York Palace

Kalvin Square

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Red Route runs from 9:00am - 5:00pm, every 15-20 minutes. Duration - 90 minutes.
  • Boat Tour runs at the following times: 12:00pm, 14:00pm, 16:00pm, 17:30pm, 19:00pm, 20:00pm, 20:30pm, 21:30pm. Duration - 60 minutes. Meeting point - Marcius 15 Square, dock no. 8A (under Elisabeth Bridge)
  • Note that the Boat Tour is seasonal, and runs daily from 1st April - 31st October usually - subject to change. A minimum of 10 passengers are required for any given boat tour so some tours may get cancelled or postponed. Some of the tours stop at Margaret Island, but it's advised to check the timetable upon arrival.
  • Mobile and paper vouchers are accepted for this tour.
  • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Walking tour starts every day at 11:00 AM from stop #1, St. Stephen's Basilica, ends at the Chain Bridge on the Pest side, at stop #2. Duration is 1 hour walking through areas the buses can not cover. St. Stephen Basilica, Parlament, Shoes on the Danube, Váci Fashion Street, Promenade.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Boat and Walking Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Boat and Walking Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Great value
Rachel_F, Aug 2022
The walking tour was good with the on off bus. It’s great to get to all the tourist spots and know you can get a bus to tge next spot
The bus was quite clean...
AmirIzham_Y, Aug 2022
The bus was quite clean and the timing for every stops was almost good. Whilst the upper deck is for those who want an open air journey, the lower deck should be airconditioned. It would help those who want comfortable journey especially during the summer heat.
Great experience
Galina_P, Jul 2022
Informative, easy to reach the main attraction, the River cruise was a nice bonus. We took the one at 20:00, that way it started in sun light and finished at evening.
Great bus taking you...
Kay_K, Mar 2022
Great bus taking you round all the key places. Great for getting around. Free boat tour, with great commentary.
Use Big Bus or get a Budapest ticket.
Erichardman, Mar 2020
Staff rude and uninterested in you. The buses were full and you are not always able to hear commentary. The English translation is awful and usually out of sync with location. Unless you are on top of bus you see very little. So if you ignore this warning ensure you take trips on a sunny day. Worst tours ever encountered.
Hop on/of is rubbish
Rob P, Dec 2019
Drivers take too many passengers in with each stop, so many end up standing. The effect is that most people cannnot see much of the view. Also the stops at different areas is too far away from the point of interest and no explanation given where one has to go. Thirdly the sound system is terrible and basically impossible to understand
Budapest visit
Behzad S, Jul 2019
Staff was not very friendly nor helpful. Wifi was very inconsistent. Buses were not very clean, specifically the seats.
Budapest visit
Behzad S, Jul 2019
Staff was not very friendly. Wifi didn't always work. Staff didn't take their time to answer my questions.
very happy with our prepaid Viator 72 hour hop/off city sightseeing ticket.
Katrina_D, Jun 2019
absolutely no problems with our prepaid ticket ,great value would highly recommend Viator and will use them in the future.
I love Budapest
Al_G, Oct 2018
Several similar looking buses stop at the same point, so it can be confusing as to which route you are supposed to get on. Traffic was very heavy, so the commentary on the narration was a bit choppy. Other than that it was a fantastic tour and a great overview for someone who has never been…
The only way to do Buda and Pest...
George_H, Jun 2018
The only way to do Buda and Pest. Your ticket is valid for 2 days and along with all the stops it includes a 1 hour boat ride on the Danube with great water views of the Parliament and other historic structures. Some must do stops are Heroes square, Great central market and the New York cafe located in the Bulgari hotel.
1 traveler found this review helpful
great way to see the city. Boat ride...
Vince_L, Nov 2017
great way to see the city. Boat ride was as little crowded may look at other options
Adequate. Would have liked some more...
Bruce L, Oct 2017
Adequate. Would have liked some more history like other cities have had.
Rude rude young women on Hop and Go...
VictoriaD_T, Oct 2017
Rude rude young women on Hop and Go buses who sell the tickets. The worst was a young women on Sept 2, 1017 on bus with license plate of PEL-909 at 12:35 p.m at Stop 10 refused to tell customers the number of each stop - we were standing, unable to hear or see because of rain - her microphone was not working - people were asking over and over for the number of the stop - and she just sat in her seat texting and listening to music - saying that her microphone didn't work. People were shouting from the back of the bus begging to be told the stop. Yet she refused. She was the worst - but others were also rude and unhelpful. They should not be hired if they hate their jobs and take it out on tourists who count on them. It gives people a bad impression of Budapest. I have never experience such rudeness and utter disregard for people asking for help.
The availability of buses was very...
Angela L, Oct 2017
The availability of buses was very good and provided a good service, all staff we engaged with were very helpful
A person would needs 2 days at least...
Roberta_M, Oct 2017
A person would needs 2 days at least to do this tour. If you only have a few hours the breaks and changing buses takes up too much of your time. Late in the day you might be a long way from where you need to be at your starting point bus will let you on board or give you information. More logistical organization would help the travelers.
Good value for money, especially...
Cynthia F, Aug 2017
Good value for money, especially when boat ride and bikes are included in price. Just prepare to wait for busses that are infrequent.
Good hop on hop off bus tour - a...
michael, Aug 2017
Good hop on hop off bus tour - a great way to see the main sights and attractions of Budapest, so you can decide which ones to spend more time at later. We did the red route, which was longer and more comprehensive. Audio commentary through the supplied earphones was good and available in lots of languages!. The only slight negative was that the bus stopped quite a few times for 10 or so minutes each time, which made the round trip take rather longer than it needed to. The boat ride was great - a leisurely journey up and back down the river, with informative commentary through the loudspeakers. Although advertised as one hour, actually we got close on 90 minutes on the boat, which was a nice bonus!
We enjoyed this tour, staff helpful...
Heather C, Jul 2017
We enjoyed this tour, staff helpful, unfortunately traffic was slow due to special event. Would have appreciated more commentary and less music. Still worth doing!
The tour gave little information and...
Robert D, Jun 2017
The tour gave little information and the initial first loop in the AM took 3.5 hours to complete. I think this was partially due to our driver taking 4 stops of 20 minutes each. The other 2 competitors passed our bus numerous times. When we were waiting after hopping off the other 2 came every 10 to 15 minutes while City was a solid 30 minute wait. When I go back, I will use the competitors.


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