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Danube River Cruises in Budapest

Danube River Cruises in Budapest

The Danube River winds through the heart of Budapest, showcasing the Hungarian capital’s rich history and bold architecture. Here are a few ways to explore Budapest—from the Danube Promenade to the historic Castle District—by scenic river cruise.

 

Sightseeing Cruises

One of the best ways to explore Budapest by river is the hop-on hop-off boat tour. Departing from downtown Budapest’s Vigado Square, the route takes in top attractions including the Castle District, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the Fisherman’s Bastion, and Margaret Island. Frequent boats allow you to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city at your own pace.

Alternatively, take in the best of Budapest by land and by water on a floating bus tour. Another option is to cruise out onto the waves on an evening sightseeing cruise and watch the city lights dancing on the Danube River.

 

Dining Cruises

Board a dining cruise and savor traditional Hungarian cuisine, such as Alfold-style goulash and hearty soups, while floating past beautiful riverside scenery. Cruises depart central Budapest for afternoon lunches and evening dinners on the water, with diverse menus showcasing the best local cuisine. Scenic night cruises typically include live music on board, adding a touch of glamour to a romantic meal on the river.

 

Combo Tours

A great way to delve into Budapest’s rich history and culture, combo tours are popular among travelers short on time. Options include a Hungarian folklore show at Danube Palace, a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour, and a city walking tour—all followed by a sightseeing cruise on the Danube River. For a truly special experience, see the Danube Symphony Orchestra play the Vigado Concert Hall or take in an organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica, then finish with a late-night dinner cruise.

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Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises

Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises

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View Budapest’s floodlit landmarks by boat on a Danube River evening cruise. Settle on the glass-enclosed vessel, and admire the cityscapes as you cruise by the UNESCO-listed riverbanks, glass in hand. Admire the Hungarian Parliament and Buda Castle district twinkling with lights, and sail under the illuminated Chain Bridge and other bridges. Your choice of Champagne, wine, beer, soda, or mineral water, Wi-Fi, and onboard film and commentary included.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.83
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$21.83

Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

Evening Cruise on the Danube with Optional Drinks

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Sip and sightsee along the Danube on this evening cruise in Budapest. Choose from multiple cruise options to suit your preferences and admire the stunning views of Buda Castle, the Parliament House, and the Citadel. Additional drinks are available for purchase on board as the evening continues along Budapest’s sparkling panorama.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.06
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$12.06

Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest

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Experience the beautiful sights of Budapest on a cruise along the Danube River. See famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle. On board you can enjoy wine and Hungarian sparkling wine and a buffet-style dinner included on the cruise, based on the tour option selected. Live music sets the mood as you glide past the capital city’s stunning backdrop.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$30.45
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Budapest Evening Sightseeing Cruise

Budapest Evening Sightseeing Cruise

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Cruise the Danube River in the evening on a sightseeing cruise through Budapest. With a beverage in hand, take in the famous sights of Budapest along the banks of the river, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  • 1 hour
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$10.34
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Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Day Cruise by Legenda City Cruises

Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Day Cruise by Legenda City Cruises

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Admire Budapest from the water on a 70-minute Duna Bella River Danube cruise. Board the panoramic Duna Bella boat, and sail by landmarks including the Hungarian Parliament and Chain Bridge as you sip a glass of Champagne, wine, beer, soda, or water — your choice. Finish by cruising around leafy Margaret Island, with the option to go ashore and explore the island's parks as you wish before catching the next Duna Bella boat back.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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$15.51
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$15.51

Budapest River Danube Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle Show

Budapest River Danube Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle Show

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Enjoy a 3-hour cruise along the beautiful Danube River in Budapest, including a 3 or 6-course meal and on board entertainment. As you soak in the sights of the city’s panorama, experience the musical accompaniment of two duelling pianists. Sip a glass of complimentary Champagne and listen to the fun battle between the performers. Your 4-course meal will be served while you sit back and enjoy the show.
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  • 3 hours
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$32.17
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$32.17

City Sightseeing Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Ride

City Sightseeing Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Optional Boat Ride

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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.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes
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$31.02
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$31.02

Organ Concert in the St. Stephen's Basilica with Optional Danube Cruise

Organ Concert in the St. Stephen's Basilica with Optional Danube Cruise

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Experience an organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica on your next trip to Budapest. The sound inside the dome of this neoclassical church makes it the perfect spot for Bach and Vivaldi, performed by some of Hungary’s most revered musicians. To continue the festivities, upgrade to a late-night dinner cruise on the Danube afterward, and toast to the beautiful view with a glass of Sparkling wine. A traditional Hungarian meal is also available on board, served buffet-style. Along the way, pass UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Buda Castle, lit up for the evening hours.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$22.98
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Danube Bend Private All Day Tour with Lunch, with entrance fees and cruise

Danube Bend Private All Day Tour with Lunch, with entrance fees and cruise

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If you have free day in Budapest, visiting the Danube Bend — a famous loop in the river — is essential. This private day trip makes it easy: with time to admire this beauty spot and three nearby attractions. Visit the green-domed Esztergom Basilica overlooking the river; admire the bend views from hilltop Visegrad; and enjoy the cobbled artists’ town of Szentendre. Includes lunch and private transport, plus a river cruise from Szentendre to Budapest between April-September.
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  • 8 hours
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$102.42
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$102.42

Budapest Night Walking Tour with Danube River Cruise

Budapest Night Walking Tour with Danube River Cruise

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See the best of Budapest by foot and by boat on this comprehensive evening tour. Stroll through the city streets on a walking tour with your guide before boarding an optional sightseeing cruise along the Danube River. Pass landmarks like the Chain Bridge and Gellért Spa, and see the Buda Castle aglow at night. This tour is limited to 15 people to keep the experience as intimate as it is unique.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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$45.66
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Jewish Heritage Walking Tour and Lunch Cruise on the Danube

Jewish Heritage Walking Tour and Lunch Cruise on the Danube

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Match up two popular Budapest tours and save big with this great-value Super Saver deal! First, marvel over Budapest’s Jewish treasures and learn about the tumultuous history of the city’s Jewish community on a 2- or 3.5-hour walking tour. Peek into the Dohány Street Synagogue, visit the Holocaust Memorial Park and sample tasty treats from a kosher bakery. Then, cruise past Budapest landmarks like the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle on a romantic Danube River cruise, accompanied by live music, a delicious buffet lunch and Champagne.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$101.85
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$101.85