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Late Night Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

Budapest, Hungary
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket


Admire evening views of Budapest from the water on this 1.5-hour River Danube sunset cruise. Step aboard a comfortable cruise boat and enjoy live folk music as you sail along the twilit river. See landmarks including the Buda Castle District and Parliament building ablaze with lights, and pass under six illuminated bridges including the Chain Bridge. Upgrade to include cocktails onboard and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Admire evening views of Budapest’s landmarks from the water
  • Sail by the illuminated Parliament and under the Chain Bridge
  • Enjoy live onboard music from a Hungaria Folk Ensemble band
  • Upgrade your experience to include round-trip hotel transfers and cocktails while you sail
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What's Included

  • Drinks
  • 1,5 hours Danube River Cruise
  • ONLY IF specified option selected and paid - hotel pick up & drop off
  • Professional English-speaking host/hostess
  • Live music entertainment
  • Souvenir photos - extra cost
  • Food and additional drinks (available on board)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Széchenyi rkp. 6
    Budapest, Széchenyi rkp. 6, 1054 Hungary

    1054 Budapest, Széchenyi rakpart 6 (Akadémia port 3) Starts from the city centre

Start time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

IMPORTANT - If pickup is not stated in the chosen option means this service is not included. In this case please be at the starting point 30 minutes prior to the starting time of the event. (Our center is based in Duna Palota/Danube Palace - 1051 Budapest, 5 Zrínyi Street) In case pickup option is selected make sure to do the following: • Be ready at the reception of your accommodation- 30-40 MINS PRIOR to the start and note that the exact time of your pick up is based on the traffic/popularity of the service • In case you are staying in an accommodation without a reception desk, please wait outside of your accommodation • Provide your phone number, the exact address, name of your accommodation within the city limits of Budapest. • Keep your phone charged and turned on, on the day of your activity. In case your phone does not have coverage in Hungary and roaming services are not enabled, please make sure to check your emails frequently for updates. • Answer your phone when our colleagues are calling you on the day of your activity or reply to the email sent in case you are not available via phone. • If you would not like to use the drop off service we are not able to provide a partial refund. • You are entitled to a refund in case your complaints reflect the errors of the organising company and in case you have made a phone call to one of the below mentioned phone numbers at the site and time of your issue. • This service is NOT a private transfer, hence we are not able to guarantee exclusivity during your transfer. We are not able to take responsibility from any delays caused by other guests. • Please note: Fulfilment of last minute pick-up, drop-off requests received on the day of the program are not guaranteed and based on the available drivers. Please note: In case the aforementioned conditions are not met, we are not liable to provide a refund In case you have any queries regarding your pick up, drop off service please call the following phone number.

What To Expect

Choose your preferred tour option on booking. Then, enjoy a hotel pickup and transfer to the departure point near the River Danube, or make your way there, depending on your selection.

Settle on the open-air, upper deck or comfortable interior cabin of the cruise boat, and admire Budapest from the water. Sail along the Danube as you watch the sunset, and admire the UNESCO-listed landmarks including the Parliament and Buda Castle District as their evening lights flicker on.

Take photos as you cruise under the 19th-century Chain Bridge and five other bridges, and enjoy foot-tapping live music from members of the Hungaria Folk Ensemble played on the interior deck. Listen to folk melodies and popular favorites, and enjoy a solo played on the cimbalom, Hungary’s traditional, zither-like instrument.

Savor the last views of the illuminated sights as your boat docks, and then finish your 2-hour experience when you disembark or transfer back to your hotel if option selected.

Upgrade your experience to include cocktails as you sail.

Hungaria Koncert

In the inner deck of the boat, you will be serenaded with live music from four members of the Hungaria Folk Ensemble playing popular favourites and local classics for your amusement. To fit your needs we offer the following different types of cruises with live music entertainment to choose from: - Wine Cruise (& Transfer) with 7 different wines for tasting with optional transfer - Craft Beer & Cruise with 5 Hungarian beer specialities to try - Cocktail & Cruise with 2 cocktails or 3 beers included - Drink & Cruise with a glass of sparkling wine + another glass of soft drink/wine/beer

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Buda Castle (Pass By)

Admire the beauty of the magnificient Castle Hill!

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

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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Traveler Tips

They offer super cheap drinks and the deck space is not enough for all the people on board.
Beautiful cruise - 90 minutes well worth it - many different cruises offered it was supposed to be a sunset cruise but we left after sun went down - with cocktail offer - 2 cocktails or 3 beers -
33 reviews
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Great Value
Katie_M, Oct 2019
Perfect way to see the city lit up from the river at night. Glass of champagne was a nice touch and the boat offered something for everyone. Music on one level, rooftop views on another and guided audio on the mid-level deck. Perhaps a half hour too long but overall--one of my favorite parts of my trip to Budapest.
Sunset cruise with cocktail
Marla_J, Sep 2019
Beautiful cruise - 90 minutes well worth it - many different cruises offered it was supposed to be a sunset cruise but we left after sun went down - with cocktail offer - 2 cocktails or 3 beers -
Old ship with cheap drinks
Carla_A, Oct 2018
The sightseeing scene is without a doubt beautiful, BUT if you're walking through the city at night save the money for this tour. They offer super cheap drinks and the deck space is not enough for all the people on board.
what a beautiful night
elaine_r, Aug 2018
taking the sunset cruise was one of the highlights of our short trip to budapest. we didn't do the dinner, just the drinks, but i think next time we'll add in the dinner. unfortunately for us it rained so hard to get great pix because couldn't be outside. but seeing the lights of budapest while listening to the music played by the 3 piece band made for an enchanting night.
Nice one, you can see all budapest with...
Nathalie_N, Jun 2018
Nice one, you can see all budapest with spectacular views.. recommended!
Lovely cruise down the Danube to see...
chrisprice4, Nov 2017
Lovely cruise down the Danube to see all the sights. There was also a band on board to keep you entertained and the cocktails were great
We had an absolutely wonderful time...
Ms ML R, Nov 2017
We had an absolutely wonderful time. It was the highlight of our trip. Our children loved it and the views were incredible. The crew couldnt have been nicer and the music was delightful.
Lovely activity too, Do note that it...
Sam M, Oct 2017
Lovely activity too, Do note that it is a bit of walk from the meeting point to the boat. The musicians on the boat were awesome! played for the duration of the trip and even took requests! Lovely drinks and staff were really friendly.
Excellent and relaxing! While...
kmaria1202, Oct 2017
Excellent and relaxing! While Budapest offers much amazing scenery, the views from the river can't be beat!! The cocktail service was a little slow, and our cruise wasn't full, so I'd imagine that could be a problem on a busy day. But we were pleased with everything about the cruise - the length of time, the friendly wait staff, the strings trio, and of course the gorgeous views of Budapest from the middle of the Danube. I'd consider this cruise again if I returned to Budapest.
Cool night, but the trip was a great...
Doug M, Oct 2017
Cool night, but the trip was a great way to see the sights. Drinks were good, but staff seemed enthralled with a large Bachelorette party. They got all the service. Hard to find wait staff for drinks. Good value, though.
I personally think it was poorly...
Hilary C, Sep 2017
I personally think it was poorly organised. We had a central meeting place and had to walk for about 10-15 mins, when it would have been easier to meet at the boat. Whilst I realise you wish to have as many people on board as possible, I thought it was overcrowded and and too many option different drink packages available on one boat so seemed to be a bit confusing. I suggest it would have been better to maybe have one free drink on arrival then go to the bar after that.
We met at the collection point and...
Crackers, Sep 2017
We met at the collection point and once assembled we had to walked approximately 1km to board the boat. The walk was along footpaths across a busy road, down a flight of stairs and along a dirt path that was uneven and dusty. Glad I didn't get dressed up in heals. Once we were on board the boat - we only took the cocktail option and was directed upstairs. The poor girl doing the drinks was under the pump and it took ages to get our first drink. The view was lovely and the length of the cruise was just right.
Nice and romantic experience. I...
Gherlan George, Aug 2017
Nice and romantic experience. I reccomend. No visit to Budapest is complete without a Danube cruise. Beautifull sunset if you're lucky as we were....
The boat cruise was fun! My only...
Anne M, Aug 2017
The boat cruise was fun! My only complaint is that there was only one bartender and she did not seem to know what she was doing. My mojito was way too sweet however she remade it when I told her and my friend's wine had flies in it. Obviously she got a new glass of wine, but overall the bar service was not great. The cruise was fun and we got some great views of Budapest!
The cruise and the views were great...
RM, Aug 2017
The cruise and the views were great. There was a mixup in pickup from the hotel and iitmessed up our plans for the evening as we had come early just for that tour. We had called in the morning to confirm but still there was a mixup. The food for vegetarians was not great.
The trip we had was the cocktails...
mandy, Aug 2017
The trip we had was the cocktails and sunset cruise we had a gin fizz each which was horrible and the lady that served them wasn't the friendliest of people. The views half way through the cruise were good as it was sunset then and the buildings were all lit up.
The scenery was beautiful, the live...
Thomas H, Aug 2017
The scenery was beautiful, the live music was wonderful. The only drawback was the bar staff, very rude, seemed to be having a bad day. Otherwise a fun trip and I would recommend it. We have booked other events with Viator and they have always made things easy for us. Good company to deal with.
Despite a massive thunderstorm...
Robert W, May 2017
Despite a massive thunderstorm hitting Budapest on the evening of our cruise, we had a wonderful time. Spent the majority of the 2 hours sailing time safely in the confines of the room set aside for the non-dining guests whilst the sights of the Danube passed by the rain streaked windows. The drinks were well made and the Hungarian live band playing a mix of traditional and modern music were vey good. However as a word of warning you will be expected to make your own way back form the Pest side of the Danube once the cruise has ended, which could be a pleasant experience to walk across the chain bridge whilst it is all lit up at night, but you will need better weather than we had to not make it into a damp end to an otherwise enjoyable evening.
This a great tour if you want to see...
Katharine D, Apr 2017
This a great tour if you want to see the landmarks from the Danube all beautifully lit up at night. I booked the cocktail cruise which is actually on the same boat as the dinner cruise. The cocktail customers are on the upper deck while the dinner customers are on the main deck. The night I attended they didn't have half of the cocktails on the menu so after much negotiating I managed to trade cocktail tickets for beer tickets. Not sure why this was an issue at all, but it worked out in the end.
Brilliant cruise with a lovely band...
Lynne S, Dec 2016
Brilliant cruise with a lovely band playing which added to the atmosphere. Great value for money.


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