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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna Including Catamaran Cruise

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icon11 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

See Slovakia’s vibrant capital city on this day trip from Vienna to Bratislava. Led by an expert guide, explore the city’s top attractions, including Michael’s Gate and Grassalkovich Palace. Afterward, enjoy lunch and some free time to wander on your own. Your tour includes a scenic Danube River cruise via high-speed catamaran back to Vienna.
  • Sightseeing day trip to Bratislava from Vienna
  • Take a guided walking tour of Bratislava’s highlights including Grassalkovich Palace, Michael’s Gate and more
  • Spend free time exploring Bratislava’s hidden gems
  • Enjoy a high-speed catamaran cruise on the Danube River

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour lets you return to Vienna via high-speed catamaran along the Danube.
Your day trip will begin with pickup from your hotel in Vienna in selected hotels or from the Vienna International Bus Terminal in winter (November-March) or the Vienna State Opera in summer (April-October). Hop aboard a cozy coach and journey east through the Austrian countryside toward Bratislava. As you go, soak up the stunning landscape as you cross the border into Slovakia.

Meet your local guide in Bratislava, making your way to the city’s Old Town for a walking tour. Learn the rich history behind the city as you pass top attractions and architectural gems.

Continue to the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace, an 18th-century social spot for Hungarian aristocracy. Then admire the Primate's Palace, considered one of the most stunning buildings in the city.

Afterward, refuel with lunch (not included) and enjoy some time to explore independently, perusing the Slovak National Theatre or popping into local shops and cafes.

Your day trip will conclude with a river cruise back to Vienna. Hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and enjoy the scenery of the Danube River along the way. Travel through the Danube wetlands and the Donau-Auen National Park before arriving in Vienna.
Itinerary
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St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina)
The St Martin's Cathedral is a church in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava.
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Bratislava Castle
The massive building with four corner towers stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava.
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Slovak National Theatre
The Slovak National Theatre is the second oldest Slovak professional theatre. It has 3 ensembles (drama, opera and ballet).
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Maximilian"s Fountain
See the most important sights of Bratislava

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I wouldn't go again
Aline2004
, Nov 2019
The meeting point to leave to Bratislava is confuse,I went around the Opera Theatre 2x looking for it,asked the driver he didn't know anything about.People was outside all asking themselves if that was the righ place to get the bus. Comfortable bus ride into Bratislava but you basically paying for the bus and the boat trip, because after 1 hour guided tour you are left for 6 hours in the town,the town is small,so in 1 hours you see everything.And the only option on the tour to go back to Vienna is at 6:30 pm boat,if you want to take a bus back you pay on your ow. The town was lovely.The guide was ok,seems to rush the tour, let one lady stop to eat,she got lost and we were there waiting,wasting time,made no sense,she could just adise her that the would continue,can imagine stop everytime someone wants to eat.The boat back to Vienna is after the sunset, with the fog windows and darkness you don't really see anything.I liked because thiswas a place I've never seen before but I would't go back.If you find the transportation to go to Bratislava from Vienna you don't really need to pay for this tour,the bus stops right at the city.
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Overpriced, not worth the money
GiriH1
, Nov 2019
The Bratislava city tour was a rushed affair The tour guide was anxious to get it over with. Gave poor directions to the boat dock for our return trip. People at the boat dock were terrible. Would not let us use their restroom; asked to go find a hotel across the street. The Danube river cruise was disappointing the boat left after sunset. Nothing to see. I don't recommend this to anyone.
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Bratislava day tour from Vienna
EdgarO4
, Oct 2019
WORST tour I have been with Viator,The tour itself lasted only 2 hours and there is barely anything to see.You will have to pay for your visit to the castle,it is not included in the tour and then you will be stranded in Bratislava for 6 hours because the bus that took you there will not wait for you and you will have to ride a ferry back to Vienna on your own
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Bad trip
skylinetravels
, Oct 2019
Sent in flix bus.local guide was not intrested to show properly. After 1 hour left us to move around.given boat tickets for 6.30 pm nothing to do there. Whole day wasted. Not advisable to do the same with viatou.take bus at your own and go.come back at your way.
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Fall day in the capitol
Bob S
, Oct 2019
Our trip started on time from the meeting spot, and our introduction guide was cheerful and told us what to expect during the hour long unaccompanied bus ride into Slovakia and Bratislava. Our Bratislava guide was patient, had an excellent command of English, and pointed out restrooms before we started our walk. The guided tour was short, consisting of a few points of interest, an orientation to the old city, some history of Slovakia, and recommendations for "on your own" places to see. Travelers expecting to be directed everywhere might find the 5 or 6 hours of on-your-own time too much. We found it a perfect amount of time to walk up to the castle, enjoy a leisurely lunch, wander around the city and see suggested sites, and stop twice for a glass of beer or a cup of coffee. Had it not been raining we'd have walked along the Danube as well. The high speed catamaran return in fall is merely another way to return to Vienna; it's dark when the group returns and there's not much to see. An alternative to this tour is to book the catamaran round trip on your own, and study up on Bratislava's old city before you leave.
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Great day in Bratislava
MaryandDan2004
, Oct 2019
Well organized (local tour guide rep was at the meeting point on time), comfortable bus ride into Bratislava. Pleasant local tour guide that gave a detailed walking tour for 2 hours. Great option for the return by ferry. However, consider giving the choice (even at additional cost) to take an earlier ferry.
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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna
753gregoryk
, Sep 2019
Hotel pick-up took us to a location where we waited for the charter bus to Bratislava. We waited with several other couples until the bus arrived and a local tour guide corralled us onto the bus. He explained that we would be met by our tour guide in Bratislava. Upon arrival, the tour guide was about 10 minutes late for the approximately 30 awaiting tourists. After arrival we began our walking tour of old town Bratislava. Unfortunately, with the size of the group and the pace of the guide, it was difficult hearing her commentary. We have taken many tours in the past where the personnel had headsets to alleviate the issues. Plus the tour guide kept up a quick pace where stopping to take photos or see specific buildings was not possible. Definitely very rushed. Tour guide took the group where to be to take either the bus or a boat back to Vienna, answered a few questions and left the group.
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Avoid it
Vacationer623936
, Sep 2019
This was one of the worst experiences we have ever had with a trip booked with Viator. The trip is supposed to be a full day trip, lasting app 12 hrs. The first 2 hrs are for the transit from Vienna to Bratislava, including border crossing. And the next 1.5- 2 hrs are for a walking tour of the old town in Bratislava with a local guide. Rest of the time you are left on your own to do as you deem fit. Unfortunately there is not much to do, and even if there was, 6-7 hrs is too long a time to be left without a guide. Everything about this trip was disorganised, right from the time one boards the bus in Vienna (there is no guide in the bus), to the way the guide took us on the walking tour and the unclear way the final meeting point (for the catamaran back to Vienna) was advised by her. The catamaran ride was the only redeeming feature of the trip and that's why it gets a 2 star rating from me. Viator would do well to drop this trip from its offerings lest it starts affecting their reputation.
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We had a good time
Gloria F
, Sep 2019
Things were a bit shaky at first as our bus driver didn't show up, but they soon got a replacement and we made an uneventful trip to Bratislava. We were split up into 2 groups of 14 and our guide did a very nice job of taking us to all the highlights in Old Town over a 2 hour period and explaining things. We then had free time. You need to do your homework before you go so you know how you want to spend the next 5-6 hours! We took a ride on the Golden Express (train on wheels near where the tour ends) and it took us around Old Town and up to the castle on the hill. We had about 20 minutes to walk up around the castle or out onto a nearby overlook - it was nice, but not really enough time to do do an in depth walk around the castle. Afterwards we ate lunch, then spent the rest of the afternoon geocaching and walked around quite a lot doing that. If you are able to walk a bit, make sure to visit the Blue Church - it is beautiful. The boat ride back wasn't until 6:30 but we felt that was about an hour too late as we had extra time on our hands. But maybe that was just us. The boat ride was really great, very smooth and offered a few views of ancient castles and ruins along the shore. It took about 75-90 minutes to get back to Vienna. We had a very nice day.
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Great place to visit - just not on a Monday
Jill K
, Sep 2019
I enjoyed the visit to Bratislava, but because it was a Monday all the museums and the castle were closed. That made the day a bit long because once you have wandered the city center and hiked over to the Blue Church there isn't much else to see unless you want to go shopping. I would go again - just not on a Monday!

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