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Budapest Day or Evening Danube River Sightseeing Cruise

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€9.90
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  • Prepare to see Budapest in a completely different light as you sail through the River Danube on this 1-hour sightseeing river cruise.
  • Iconic bridges of the Danube will come into view, notably the Chain Bridge, with its guardian lions, the Margaret Bridge, and the Elisabeth Bridge.
  • Glide by the architectural marvels like the neo-Gothic Matthias Church and the historic Buda Castle District on this Budapest cruise.
  • Choose a daytime cruise or a magical Budapest night cruise under the stars with an audio guide, or opt for a 2-hour nighttime cruise with a welcome drink.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour daytime, evening, or nighttime River Danube cruise (optional)
  • 2-hour nighttime cruise (optional)
  • Audio guide (optional)
  • 1 welcome drink (optional)

Main Budapest attractions covered:

  • Chain Bridge
  • Bronze Shoes Memorial
  • Parliament
  • Margaret Island
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Buda Castle
  • Castle Garden Bazaar
  • Elizabeth Bridge
  • Gellért Hill
  • National Theatre
  • Central Market Hall
  • Tip: After your cruise, unwind in the warm, mineral-rich waters of Széchenyi Baths or Gellért Baths, a perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing.
  • Children aged 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The alcoholic drink options (if selected) include 1 serving of beer, wine, and sparkling wine.
  • The non-alcohol drink options include soft drinks, fruit juices, lemonade, coffee, tea, still or sparkling water.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Budapest Danube River City Highlights Cruise with Audio Guide

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  • Enjoy Budapest's cityscape and its iconic sites on an hour-long cruise along the Danube River
  • Catch sight of world-famous landmarks like the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle & Elizabeth Bridge.
  • Marvel at the scenic beauty of the capital city as you uncover its mysteries through an audio guide, available in English and German.
  • Disembark at the tranquil Margaret Island and explore its romantic ruins & flower gardens.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour cruise (valid for 24 hours)
  • Audio guide in English & German
  • One stopover at Margaret Island
  • Free Wi-Fi

Hungarian Parliament Building | Margaret Island | Fishermen's Bastion | Buda Castle Castle Garden | Gellert Hill | St. Gellert Thermal Bath | National Theatre | Balna | Elisabeth Bridge

  • In case of extreme water levels (too high or too low), the tour can be canceled (in which case you'll get either a refund or the option of another cruise).
  • Note that pets are not allowed on this tour.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Budapest Day or Evening Danube River Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

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  • Hop aboard a cruise on the Danube River which offers some of the best opportunities to capture the city's illuminated landmarks.
  • Relax on the comfortable sightseeing cruise and sip on a refreshing drink as you pass by landmarks like the Hungarian Parliament and Buda Castle.
  • Keep an eye out for the Chain Bridge, a marvel of engineering, and the Gresham Palace, an architectural masterpiece.
  • Choose the perfect option to match your sailing style. Opt for a daytime or evening cruise with a welcome drink, cocktails, or unlimited drinks.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour daytime or evening cruise with welcome drink (optional)
  • 1.5-hour cruise with cocktails (optional)
  • 1.5-hour cruise with unlimited drinks (optional)
  • Audio guide
  • Tip: For some post-cruise shopping therapy, head to Váci Street, a pedestrian-only street known for its upscale shops, cafes, and restaurants.
  • Children aged 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Your guide dogs are welcome at the venue.
  • Click here to view the drinks menu.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Budapest Danube River Sunset Cocktail Sightseeing Cruise

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€34.90
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  • Take a break from the sightseeing and let go of your travel fatigue on this relaxing 85-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.

Inclusions

  • 85-minute sightseeing cruise
  • 3 cocktails from drinks menu

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers
  • Your boarding point is at Budapest River Cruises - Silverline.
  • Address: Jane Haining Rakpart, Dock 11 (Next to the Elizabeth Bridge).

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  • Click here to view the drinks menu.
  • Please Note: Passengers may not be allowed to board if they appear intoxicated upon arrival.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Budapest Evening Danube River Sightseeing Cruise with Unlimited Prosecco

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  • No Negroni Sbagliato, but this Budapest cruise sure has some Prosecco in it. Dive straight to a night out with unlimited sparkling glasses of Prosecco.
  • Cruise the majestic Danube for 1.5 hours, witnessing the historical tapestry of Buda and Pest, 2 halves united by a glittering river.
  • Get ready to frame unforgettable memories! Spot iconic landmarks like Gellert Hill, the Castle District, the Citadel, and the Hungarian National Theatre.
  • Raise a glass of bubbly happiness! Your glass of Prosecco will keep flowing on this cruise.

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour Danube sightseeing cruise
  • Unlimited Prosecco

Exclusions

  • Food
  • Audio guide
  • Tip: Learn some basic Hungarian phrases: "Jó napot" (Good day), "Köszszönöm" (Thank you), and "Kérem" (Please), they go a long way.
  • This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
  • This experience is restricted for children aged 17 and under.
  • Service dogs are allowed on this cruise.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Budapest Party Boat Cruise with Unlimited Drinks

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  • Depart from the heart of the city and set sail on an 85-minute sightseeing cruise of Budapest.
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the Vigadó Concert Hall, National Parliament, and Buda Castle as you indulge in an unlimited supply of drinks onboard.
  • See the Várkert Bazár, which was recently restored to its former glory and is a perfect blend of art, history, and nature.
  • An assortment of bars, cafés, and restaurants that line the banks will show you a glimpse of the daily life here.

Inclusions

  • 85-minute sightseeing cruise
  • Unlimited drinks from drinks menu (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Exclusions

  • Snacks
  • Cocktails and shots (can be purchased separately)
  • Board your cruise at Jane Haining Rakpart, Dock 11 (Next to the Elizabeth Bridge).
  • Address:

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  • The maximum capacity on board is 80 people.
  • This experience is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Please Note: Passengers may not be allowed to board if they appear intoxicated upon arrival.
  • Click here to view the Drinks Menu.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Budapest sightseeing cruises | Exploring the city’s iconic sights from the Danube

The Budapest sightseeing cruises offer a unique vantage point to gaze at the city’s skyline and watch its historic landmarks. You can admire several historic landmarks like the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman’s Bastion, and more from the boat. These sightseeing cruises also often include cocktails, dinner options, and live entertainment shows, allowing you to experience a slice of Hungarian culture. As the sun sets and the city lights come alive, you can cruise past illuminated landmarks and experience a magical ambiance. 

Navigate your Budapest sightseeing cruise guide

  1. Why book Budapest sightseeing cruises?
  2. Things to know before booking Budapest sightseeing cruises
  3. Your Budapest sightseeing cruise options explained
  4. Find your best Budapest sightseeing cruise match here
  5. Top sights on your Danube River boat tour
  6. Budapest sightseeing cruises boarding points
  7. Plan your Budapest sightseeing cruise experience
  8. Other types of Budapest cruises
  9. Frequently asked questions about Budapest sightseeing cruises

Things to know before booking Budapest sightseeing cruises

Confused about which Budapest sightseeing cruise to choose? Here’s a breakdown of what kind of cruise options are available to help you choose the one that best suits your needs. 

  • Depending on how long you are spending in the city, you can choose a day or evening sightseeing cruise. Most day sightseeing cruises are for around 1 hour and 20 minutes, while Danube evening cruises include a lavish Hungarian dinner and continue for around 3 hours. 
  • Some of the Budapest day sightseeing cruises include an audio guide, available in multiple languages. If you want to know more about the history and architecture of the sights you cruise by, you can book audio-guided sightseeing cruises. 
  • For clear views and warm weather, choose Budapest day sightseeing cruises. The Budapest dinner cruises are ideal for visitors looking to experience the city's sights at night.
  • Evening cruises offer the most stunning golden hour photo opportunities and also include cocktails and prosecco. If you are visiting Budapest with your friends, you may book an evening party boat cruise. 
  • The Budapest dinner cruises offer an innovative sojourn along the Danube. These cruises include a lavish 3 or 6-course Hungarian dinner, a private table, and live folklore shows on board. 
  • If you are on a budget but want to make the most of your visit, consider choosing Budapest cruise combos. You can choose between a 45-minute guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament and a full day at the Szechenyi Spa, along with a sightseeing cruise along the Danube. 
  • You can also pick cruises depending on how far their boarding points are from your accommodation. 
  • Budapest day cruises accommodate visitors with mobility issues. If you are traveling with elderly members, you can choose day cruises.

Your Budapest sightseeing cruise options explained

Budapest sightseeing cruises

Day or evening sightseeing cruises

  • Choose between a day or evening sightseeing cruise along the Danube River. The cruise lasts for around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Depending on the options you choose, you can enjoy an optional drink with these cruise tickets. 

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Budapest sightseeing audio-guided cruises

Sightseeing audio-guided cruises

  • If you love history and would like to know more about Budapest’s historical landmarks, choose this sightseeing tour with an audio guide. 
  • These tickets include a complimentary multilingual audio guide in English and German, free Wi-Fi services on board, and a stopover at Margaret Island. 

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Budapest sightseeing cocktail cruises

Sightseeing cocktail cruises

  • If you want to taste Hungarian wines and sail along the Danube River, these sightseeing cruises with drinks are perfect for you. 
  • Depending on your cocktail cruise, you can enjoy 3 cocktails, a Tokaj Premium Frizzante, or unlimited prosecco on board. 

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Budapest sightseeing cruise combos

Sightseeing cruise combos

  • If you have a full day on hand to explore Budapest, choose sightseeing combo cruises, that allow you to explore more of what the city has to offer.
  • You can choose to spend a day at the Szechenyi Spa or opt for a 45-minute guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament building, after which you can cruise along the Danube.

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Find your best Budapest sightseeing cruise match here

Experience
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Boarding Points
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Danube River day or evening sightseeing cruise
Day or evening cruise
Dock 1/B 1011 Budapest Batthyany Square
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5 pm to 7:30 pm
1 drink of choice (optional)
Not included
1 hour 20 minutes
Flexible
Danube River city highlights cruise with audio guide
Audio-guided cruise
Vigado Square, Dock No. 6 Mahart Terminal 19030
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12 pm to 5 pm
Not included
Not included
1 hour
Flexible
Danube River day or evening sightseeing cruise with drinks
Cocktail cruise
Duna Cruises Dock No. 10
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1:30 pm to 9 pm
Tokaj Premium Frizzante (optional)
Not included
1 hour
Flexible
Danube River sunset cocktail sightseeing cruise
Evening cocktail cruise
Jane Haining Rakpart, Dock No. 11
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5 pm to 9 pm
3 cocktails
Not included
1 hour 25 minutes
Flexible
Danube River evening sightseeing cruise with unlimited prosecco
Evening cocktail cruise
Jane Haining Rakpart, Dock No. 11
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5 pm to 9 pm
Unlimited prosecco
Not included
1 hour 25 minutes
Flexible
Danube River evening booze & party boat cruise with unlimited drinks
Party boat cruise
Jane Haining Rakpart, Vidago Square, Dock No. 11
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5 pm to 9 pm
Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Not included
1 hour 30 minutes
Flexible
Danube River cocktail cruise with live music
Cocktail cruise
Jane Haining rakpart. 11, 1052
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5 pm to 9 pm
3 cocktails
Live piano or folklore music
1 hour 20 minutes
Flexible

Budapest sightseeing cruises boarding points

Budapest Batthyany Square

The Castle District is known for its medieval architecture and panoramic vistas of the city.
Nearest landmarks: Hungarian Parliament Building, Fisherman's Bastion, and Matthias Church

Vidago Square

Located in the heart of Pest, Vigado Square is a bustling hub for sightseeing cruises along the Danube.
Nearest landmarks: Chain Bridge, Gresham Palace, and the Vigado Concert Hall

Jane Haining Rakpart, Dock No. 11

Situated on the Pest side of Budapest, Jane Haining Rakpart is known for its vibrant nightlife and eclectic dining scene.
Nearest landmarks: Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial and the Great Market Hall

Plan your Budapest sightseeing cruise experience

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Budapest sightseeing cruises timings
  • Danube River day or evening sightseeing cruise: 5 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Danube River day or evening sightseeing cruise with drinks: 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Danube River sunset cocktail sightseeing cruise: 1:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Danube River evening sightseeing cruise with unlimited prosecco: 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Danube River evening booze and party boat cruise with unlimited drinks: 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Danube River cocktail cruise with live music: 5 pm to 9 pm

For detailed information about timings, boarding points, and duration of your cruise experience, please refer to your tickets.

Best time to go on a Budapest River sightseeing cruise
  • High season vs low season: March to May offers mild temperatures, which are ideal for cruising along the Danube River. The later months, June to August, are ideal for daytime sightseeing cruises, as these months have longer daylight hours.
  • Weekends vs weekdays: It is best to choose weekdays to go on sightseeing cruises. Weekends and public holidays draw in more crowds than usual. Whichever day you choose to embark on a sightseeing cruise, make sure to reserve tickets in advance, as these experiences are always in demand.
  • Best time of the day: Depending on your priorities, you can choose day or evening sightseeing cruises. The evening cruises offer golden hour photo opportunities, while daytime hours offer more visibility and clear skies. You can also choose party boats and cocktail cruises to experience the city's nightlife.
Budapest Batthyany Square

To reach Batthyany Square, you can take the M2 (red) line to the Batthyany Ter station. From there, it's a short walk to the square along the riverbank. Additionally, tram line 2 also stops at Batthyany Square, providing another convenient option for reaching the boarding point.

Vigado Square

You can take the TerM1 (yellow) line to the Vorosmarty ter station, which is located near Vigado Square. Alternatively, tram lines 2 and 47/49 also stop nearby, offering convenient connections to other parts of the city.

Jane Haining Rakpart, Dock No. 11

To reach Jane Haining Rakpart, you can take tram line 2, which runs along the Pest side of Budapest. The nearest tram stop to Dock No. 11 is typically Fovam Ter, from where you can walk to the dock. Fovam Ter is also accessible via the city's M4 (green) line.

Danube River day or evening sightseeing cruise

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Inclusions: 1 drink of choice (optional)

Danube River sunset cocktail sightseeing cruise

Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
Inclusions: 3 cocktails

Danube River evening booze and party boat cruise with unlimited drinks

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Inclusions: Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Danube River cocktail cruise with live music

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Inclusions: 3 cocktails, live piano, or folklore music

Budapest sightseeing cruise facilities
  • Ample open-air decks: The Danube River sightseeing boats include open-air decks for you to catch unobstructed views of the historic landmarks along the Danube River. 
  • Restrooms: There are accessible restrooms on board for your convenience.
  • Meal options: Depending on the kind of sightseeing cruises you choose, you can enjoy a lavish Hungarian dinner, a private table, live piano performances, or folklore shows on board. 
  • Seating areas: There are shaded areas and indoor seating cabins for passengers in case the sun is too hot or it rains unexpectedly. 
  • Safety equipment: There are safety gear like life jackets and first aid boxes on board to aid passengers in case of emergencies. 
  • Staff assistance: There is staff support available on board throughout the cruise to ensure that you have a hassle-free experience. 
Budapest sightseeing cruises visitor tips
  • Check the ticket voucher: After you make the payment, you will receive a mobile e-ticket on your mobile number or email ID. Check the ticket details and bring this voucher with you on the day of your cruise. 
  • Arrive early: It is best to arrive a few minutes before departure to ensure that you are seated comfortably before the cruise begins. 
  • Bring a camera: The Danube River sightseeing cruises offer a unique vantage point to look at the city’s top historic sights lined along the river. Make sure you bring a camera to capture these sights. 
  • Make use of audio guides: Some Budapest sightseeing cruises include multilingual audio guides to acquaint you with the historicity of the landmarks along the Danube. 
  • Book tickets online: We recommend you book Budapest sightseeing cruises in advance to reserve your spot. Online  ticket bookings ensure you save time and money. 

Other types of Budapest cruises

Budapest evening cruises
Budapest Party Boat cruises
Budapest dinner cruises

Frequently asked questions about Budapest sightseeing cruises

How do I book Budapest sightseeing cruise tickets?

We recommend you book Budapest sightseeing cruises online to save time and money. Online ticket bookings are also more convenient and ensure a hassle-free experience.

What type of Budapest sightseeing cruises are available?

You can choose between a variety of Budapest sightseeing cruises- evening, dinner, party boats, and more. Some Danube River evening cruises also include dinner options, and live folklore shows, and may offer access to a private table. Party boats are ideal for visitors looking to experience the historic sights illuminated at night. 

What can I see on a Budapest sightseeing cruise?

The Budapest sightseeing cruises offer a unique vantage point to marvel at the city’s historic landmarks like the Hungarian Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion, Gellert Baths, Buda Castle, and more.

How long are Budapest sightseeing cruises?

The Budapest sightseeing cruises are usually 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes long. If you book sightseeing dinner cruises, you can enjoy a Hungarian meal with live folklore music for around 3 hours while cruising along the Danube.

What kind of food and drinks are offered on Budapest sightseeing cruises?

If you choose Budapest sightseeing dinner cruises, you can enjoy a 3 or 6-course authentic Hungarian dinner. You can also avail yourself of a private table and experience live piano battles and folklore shows on board. 

What is the best time to go on a Budapest sightseeing cruise?

You can enjoy Budapest sightseeing cruises throughout the year. Each season brings its charm to the cruising experience. If you prefer mild temperatures, choose to visit between March to May. June to August is hotter than the spring months, however, they offer more visibility and clear skies.

What facilities are available on Budapest sightseeing cruises?

There are accessible restrooms, life jackets, first-aid boxes, and staff on board to aid passengers in case of emergencies. Most Budapest sightseeing cruises include multilingual audio guides to enhance your experience. You can also choose cruises that include live folklore shows and piano performances.

How much do Budapest sightseeing cruises cost?

Most Budapest day or evening sightseeing cruises range from around €9.90 to €15 or €32. Depending on your drinks of choice or if you want to enjoy live folklore shows on board, sightseeing cruises can cost up to €65 to €75.

What are some popular Budapest sightseeing cruise options?

You can choose between day or evening Budapest sightseeing cruises, depending on when you want to embark on your cruise.  If you want to watch the historic landmarks illuminated at night, choose Budapest evening cruises or dinner cruises. You can also enjoy a lavish Hungarian dinner on board if you book Budapest dinner cruises.

Are Budapest sightseeing cruises suitable for children?

Yes, you can take infants and toddlers on Budapest sightseeing cruises. The cruises offer snacks and beverages suitable for children. However, make sure to not keep your toddlers unattended. Keep a close eye on them, especially on the open decks to avoid accidents.

Are there any accessibility considerations for Budapest sightseeing cruises?

Most Budapest sightseeing cruises can accommodate visitors in wheelchairs or those with mobility requirements. However, make sure to check your ticket details for more information.