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Budapest: 70-Minute Danube River Sightseeing Cruise

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1 hr. 10 min.
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  • Prepare to see Budapest in a completely different light as you sail through the River Danube on this 70-minute sightseeing river cruise.
  • While both day and night cruises are available, a sunset cruise during golden hour melting into the dark night - with all of Budapest's attractions brightly illuminated - is a truly gorgeous sight to witness.
  • Follow a route where you'll see the hidden sights of the riverbanks from a waterfront perspective.
  • Iconic bridges of the Danube will come into view - notably the Chain Bridge, with its guardian lions, the Margaret Bridge, and the Elisabeth Bridge.
  • Float past Margaret Island which is known to the locals to be a relaxing getaway within the city.
  • Above the bridge on the Buda side of the river, the statue of Saint Gellért on Gellért Hill will come into sight.
  • Pass by the beautiful Danube Promenade and Vigadó Square as you sit back and soak up the sights from the cruise.

This ticket has the following options that you can choose from:

  • Daytime Cruise
  • Night-time Cruise
  • 70-minute panoramic sightseeing cruise
  • Free WiFi on board
  • English audio guide
  • Optional drop-off options: Margaret Island and Battyány Square
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Budapest: Danube After-Dark Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

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2 hr.
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  • Experience the charm of Budapest and its riverfront attractions on this 2-hour after-dark cruise along the River Danube.
  • Aboard a modern boat, prepare for a remarkable night as you sip on a complimentary drink upon arrival.
  • The open-air deck and the specially-designed panoramic windows will really enhance the sightseeing experience.
  • Tune in to an audio guide that will supply you with informative commentary about the landmarks along the river.
  • Sail under six bridges, including the Liberty Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, each having a significance of its own.
  • Observe attractions like the iconic House of Parliament - a UNESCO World Heritage site - the Fisherman’s Bastion, the medieval Buda Castle, and other landmarks.
  • Take in the striking skyline of Budapest from a unique waterfront perspective.
  • 2-hour cruise
  • English audio guide
  • Welcome drink (2 types of lemonade)
  • Snacks and other drinks (can be bought on board)
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

River Danube Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink: Guided Tour

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1 hr.
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  • Soak in the alluring views of Budapest on a long sightseeing trip on the River Danube.
  • Delve deep into the rich history of the city while learning about the various architectural sites.
  • Spot the Margaret Bridge and Margaret Island, home to the largest green park in Budapest.
  • Gasp in awe, while crossing the magnificent Parliament building and get to explore the Castle District, too.
  • Pass Gellért Hill and Gellért Bath, one of the best-known spas in Budapest, whilst sailing under the Elisabeth Bridge,
  • Conclude your visit with Liberty Bridge and the Central Market Hall.
  • Day Time Cruise
  • After Dark Cruise
  • Audio guide in 30 languages
  • One drink of your choice
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Sunset Cocktail Party Cruise in Budapest

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1 hr. 10 min.
  • Take a break from the sightseeing and let go of your travel fatigue on this relaxing 70-minute sunset cruise.
  • If you're up for it, head up to the terrace to catch the panoramic views or simply sit back and unwind in the air-conditioned lower deck (heated in the winter).
  • While you're at it, top off your evening by sipping on three different freshly-prepared cocktails onboard.
  • This is the best way to experience Budapest at sunset when the city is just starting to light up.
  • 70-minute sightseeing cruise
  • 3 cocktails

(Cocktail options: Cuba Libre, Mojito, Aperol Spritz, Pina Colada, Wiking Cocktail, Tequila Sunrise, Sex on the Beach, Rabbit in the hole, Bear in the bush, Gin Tonic, Malibu Apple, Jager bomb, Vodka Orange, Vodka Soda, and Whisky Cola)

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

70-Minute Danube Party Cruise with Pizza and Unlimited Beer

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1 hr. 10 min.
  • Home to some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe, Budapest is best experienced with a cruise along the Danube River.
  • Foodies can pick from an extensive menu, including the ‘pizza and beer’ option.
  • If you'd rather not drink, there are soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Fanta available onboard.
  • This 70-minute cruise is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours with your friends if you are touring Budapest.
  • 70-minute Danube River Cruise
  • 1 pizza per person (different pizza options available)
  • Unlimited drinks (beer and soft drinks)

Pizza Options

  • Hungarian, Ham & Corn, Salami, Hawaii, and 4 Cheese
  • This tour is not suitable for guests below 18 years of age.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Craft Beer Cruise Tickets

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1 hr. 30 min. - 2 hr.
  • Sip on Hungarian craft beer as you sail on the Danube River on a relaxing evening out.
  • Admire sights from the Pest side, lined with historical buildings, and the Buda side, the perfect hilly landscape.
  • Spot iconic landmarks like the House of Parliament, the Chain Bridge, and the iconic Buda Castle.
  • Choose your fifth and last beer from the strongest porter onboard and a sweet black currant fruit beer.
  • Once your cruise ends, you can take the leftover beer from your last bottle as you continue exploring Budapest at your own pace.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Budapest: Dinner Cruise with Optional Drinks

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1 hr. 19 min. - 3 hr.
Meals Included
  • Sail the Danube River at night for a sightseeing experience like no other.
  • Welcome aboard with a drink and spend the evening in tranquility.
  • Relax as you sail along the shimmering waters and see Budapest lit up at night.
  • Sail past historic landmarks such as the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, and much more.
  • Check out the additional options like lite dinner, which includes soup and dessert.
  • If you really want to feel the buzz of the night, explore the soft open bar on board (wine, Prosecco, beer, and soft drinks).
  • You can also upgrade further to enjoy the view with window seats.

This ticket has the following variants that you can choose from:

  • Cruise Ticket
  • Cruise Ticket with Lite Dinner
  • Cruise Ticket with Window Seating
  • Cruise Ticket with Lite Dinner and Window Seating
  • 80-minute sightseeing river cruise
  • Candle-lit dinner (optional)
  • Window Seating (optional)
  • 3 included drinks (optional)
  • Live Folklore entertainment
  • Private table

2-course Dinner

Soup: Hungarian Goulash Soup / Seasonal cream soup

Dessert: Breezy tapioca pudding made with coconut milk and served with honey and forest fruit coulis / Chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce

Soft Open Bar (available for purchase on board)

Draught beer – Borsodi, Staropramen; house wine – Varsányi Sauvignon Blanc, Kék Frankos, #Szombat Rosé; champagne – BB dry and sweet; Coca-Cola products – Coca-Cola, Coca Cola Zero, Sprite Zero, Fanta Orange, Kinley Tonic, Kinley Ginger Ale; mineral water – still and sparkling; tea; coffee; lemonade

  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Budapest: Evening Dinner Cruise & Live Music

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2 hr.
Meals Included
  • Step aboard the cruise boat and get ready to start your tour of Budapest via the Danube River.
  • Float past 6 of 8 bridges in Budapest, starting with Chain Bridge, the oldest to be constructed across the Danube.
  • Along the way, see the city’s best highlights including Buda Hill, Buda Castle and the Hungarian Parliament.
  • Your ticket also includes a delicious Hungarian dinner buffet with some of the country’s must-try specialties.
  • Click here to view the open buffet dinner.
  • Sip on your complimentary drink and watch the live performance of a Hungarian string quartet band.
  • Evening boat cruise on the Danube
  • Buffet dinner
  • One welcome drink + a glass of wine or juice
  • One bottle of mineral water
  • Open bar
  • Live music


  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

City Sightseeing: Hop On Hop Off Bus with Optional Cruise & Night Tour

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24 hr. - 72 hr.
  • Uncover Budapest across two routes with over 21 stops on a hop-on hop-off bus departing every 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Create your own sightseeing itinerary by hopping on and off at any one of the stops along the routes.
  • Enjoy exciting discounts along with a bonus walking tour and a free bike tour for a more immersive experience.
  • Choose between 24, 48, or 72hr tickets and combine your HOHO bus tour with a Danube cruise or a night tour.
  • Take in the fleeting panorama of Budapest's revered sights from the open-topped decks of the bus.
  • The bus passes major attractions like Castle Garden, Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes' Square, and more.
  • Learn more about Budapest's dramatic history from the audio guide commentary available in 16 languages.
  • Click here for detailed route map and boarding points.
  • Please note: This ticket is valid for 12 months from the date selected at checkout.

The ticket includes the following options that you can choose from:

  • 24 hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
  • 48 hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour + Danube Cruise
  • 72 hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour + Cruise + Night Tour
  • Infants aged 5 and under do not require tickets. Children aged 6-17 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets (carry a valid photo ID).
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 30 days from the date of purchase.

Danube River Cruises

Budapest is a city with a long and rich history. What started off as a small settlement in prehistoric times is now one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. One of its most stunning features is the Danube River, the second largest river in Europe. A trip to Budapest is not complete without a river cruise. Keep reading this page to know everything about the Danube River Cruises.

Why Take a Danube River Cruise?

Danube River Cruises

Budapest is a charming city on the banks of the Danube River. Settled by various sects since prehistoric times, Budapest has always been an important city. Today it's one of the largest cities in Europe, drawing tens of thousands of tourists each year. The Danube River runs through the Buda and Pest regions, separating the city into two parts. The city is home to iconic neo-gothic architecture, historic landmarks, and bridges. In 1987, UNESCO declared the city, including the River Danube, a World Heritage Site.

Danube River: The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. Flowing through 10 countries, the river that originates in Germany flows 2,850 kilometers before reaching the Black Sea. Budapest is not the only world-famous city that lies on the banks of the river; Vienna in Austria is also birthed by the Danube. Danube River Cruises are the best way to experience the magic of the Danube and the city of Budapest.

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Sights Covered on Your Danube River Cruise in Budapest

Budapest is an iconic city. One of the biggest cities in Europe and a World Heritage Site, its buildings and ancient landmarks have never failed to inspire travelers. From beautiful bridges to grand castles, here are some of the attractions you will visit on your Danube River Cruise.

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Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, popularly known as Chain Bridge, is built across the Danube River. Opened in 1849, it was the first permanent bridge connecting the Buda and Pest sides. An architectural marvel, it was often regarded as a symbol of the city. Named after István Széchenyi, a revered Hungarian Statesman, the bridge was designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark and constructed by Scottish engineer Adam Clark. Today the wrought-iron chain suspension bridge is an important monument and tourist site.

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Margaret Bridge

Margaret Bridge is noted for its unusual three-way design. The bridge connects Buda and Pest while also linking Margaret Island. Designed by French engineer Ernest Goüin, the construction of the bridge commenced in 1872 and was completed in 1876 and stretches across a length of 607.5 meters. In 2009 the Bridge was renovated to give it a new look, and today it is a very famous landmark in Budapest.

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Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a tourist hotspot in the middle of the River Danube. The 2.5 kilometers Island can be accessed via Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. It is a famous recreational area in the city with promenades, cycle paths, and picnic spots inside the Island. It also houses ruins dating back to the Middle Ages. Margaret Island is known for its parks, swimming pools, and musical fountains.

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Vigadó Square

Vigado Square in the Pest side of Budapest is a busy corner of the city. Here you will find the iconic concert hall Vigadó. The Concert Hall was damaged more than one time during wars, last renovated in 2014. The newest attraction in the area is the statue, Little Princess. Sitting on the fence separating the promenade and tram line, the Little Princess statue is a famous backdrop for tourist photos.

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Hungarian Parliament

The Hungarian parliament is a palatial neo-gothic style building on the banks of the River Danube, located on the Pest side of the city. Opened in 1902, it's the largest building in Hungary and a very popular tourist destination. The building has 691 rooms, and at 96 meters in height, it is one of the tallest buildings in the country. Inside the Central Hall of Parliament is where the Holy Crown of Hungary is kept.

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Fisherman’s Bastion

For the best panoramic views of Budapest, you should visit Fisherman's Bastion, established in 1851. It is one of the most well-known buildings in Budapest, located near Buda Castle. Built in the Neo-Romanesque style, the building's main facade is 140 meters long. The Bastion was first built in the 1700s and guarded by the guild of local fishermen, hence the name Fisherman's Bastion.

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Buda Castle

One of the most stunning palaces in all Europe, Buda Castle, belonged to the Hungarian Royalty. It is also known as the Royal Palace and Royal Castle. A majestic expression of baroque-style architecture, the grand palace today is a World Heritage Site. It is home to the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. First built in 1265, the Castle was renovated in 1749 and 1769. During World War II, the Castle was almost destroyed, but thanks to restoration efforts, it retained its beauty.

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Budapest River Cruises

Danube River Sightseeing Cruise – 75 Minutes

Danube Evening Cruise with Welcome Drink – 90 Minutes

Panoramic Cruise with Drinks and Live Folklore – 3 Hrs

Danube Cruise with Pizza and Unlimited Beer – 75 minutes

Panoramic Cruise with Drinks and Live Folklore - 3 hours

Dinner Cruise with Live Piano Show & 3-Course Menu - 3 hours

Budapest River Cruises

Budapest has a hassle-free transportation system. In their own words, the city has one of the 'richest public transportation systems' among all European capitals.

By Bus: Bus routes 105, 110, 115, 133E, 5, and 8E will take you close to the river dock.

By Taxi: The basic fare of the taxi is 700 HUF. For every extra kilometer, you have to pay 300 HUF, and the waiting charge is 75 HUF per minute.

By Metro: Lines M1 and M3 will get you to the river dock.

By Tram: Route 2M is the closest to the river cruise.

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  • Casual clothes
  • Jeans
  • Raincoats, if you're visiting in June.
  • Swimwear and flip-flops for thermal baths.
  • Walking shoes, because there's a lot of walking involved visiting the historic streets and landmarks.
  • Warm clothes, gloves, if you're visiting between December to February.

Frequently Asked Questions About Budapest River Cruises

Q. How do I book a Danube river cruise in Budapest?

A. You can book your Danube river cruise online.

Q. Which are the best Danube River Cruises in Budapest?

A. When it comes to Danube River Cruises, we recommend trying the sightseeing cruise, the cruise with live piano, or a combo ticket with multiple attractions.

Q. Are there any Danube river cruises?

A. Yes. There are many Danube river cruises in Budapest that offer sightseeing, complimentary drinks, meals, guided tours, and entertainment.

Q. What types of Danube river cruises can I book?

A. Choose from a 75-Minute Danube River Sightseeing Cruise, 90-Minute Danube Evening Cruise with Welcome Drink, 3-Hour Panoramic Cruise with Drinks and Live Folklore, 75-Minute Danube Cruise with Pizza and Unlimited Beer, and more.

Q. How long is the Danube river cruise?

A. Danube River Cruises take about 75 minutes to 3 Hours, depending on which cruise you choose.

Q. What will I see on a Danube river cruise?

A. On a Danube River Cruise, you can enjoy historic bridges like Margaret Bridge, Chain Bridge; sites like Margaret Island, Danube promenade; landmarks such as The Parliament house, Fisherman's Bastion, and the Buda Castle.

Q. Do the Danube River Cruises include hotel transfers?

A. Yes, the Danube River Cruises come with optional hotel transfers.

Q. How much are the Danube River Cruises?

A. Danube River Cruise tickets start as low as €11.