A river cruise in Budapest will let you see the most fascinating sights of the historical city of Budapest, which is often called the Pearl of the Danube or the Paris of East:

Best Cruise in Budapest for Couples to Celebrate with Dinner on Legenda

Best Cruise in Budapest for Couples to Celebrate with Dinner on Legenda

take a romantic cruise on the river Danube, and marvel at the genuine beauty, and century old grace of Budapest, Hungary. A river cruise , starting from the €10 Budget Cruise , is one of the highlights of many Budapest holidays without a doubt.

Upcoming Special Cruises in Budapest

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  • Wine Tasting Cruise Budapest – 7 tier Hungarian Wine Tasting cruise from €42
  • Cocktail Cruise Budapest – 2 cocktails included in the Budapest cruise fee at €33
  • Private Cruises in Budapest  for small or large groups
  • Package Deals – Tours Combined with a Budapest River Cruise
  • Group Discounts : please ask for a quote at info [at] budapestrivercruise.com

We offer Budapest river cruises on a daily basis: there are several cruises every day of 1-2 hours. There is a wide range of options, from simple budget river cruises to high-end, fancy cruises. Programs with optional cruise dinners , live music , and drinks on board.

Historical Budapest River Cruise on Kisfaludy Sightseeing Paddle Steamer Boat

Historical Budapest River Cruise

Various Budapest cruises – some only on certain days – leave in the morning or during the day hours at 12:30pm , 2pm , 4pm , 7pm , 8pm , 9pm , while the night cruise with disco on Budapest boat party cruise leaves at 9pm .

Please note that cruises with lunch, dinner or live show need to be booked in advance as seats are limited.

Budapest River Cruises: from 10 Euros to 195 Euros

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Budapest River Cruise

Tickets to the Budapest river cruises start from a simple Day Cruise boat ride with a welcome drink at 10  Euros , up to 195 Euros for VIP river cruises (e.g. the cruise-dinner-music-drink-fireworks Fireworks Budapest River Cruise on Aug 20 ). Budapest features a wide range of Danube cruises, which suits all ages, styles and budget.

If you do not know which cruise would suit you best, let us help you: you can send your cruise inquiry to info [at] budapestrivercruise.com. From Party boats through Romantic Boats & Live Entertainment Ships to Budget Boat tours – you will surely find something which appeals to you. Prepare for a real highlight in your Budapest holiday!

On many of the river Danube cruises, you can opt for the 4-course menu, and have a romantic dinner while viewing the top notch attractions of Budapest (especially romantic after sunset when the attractions are nicely lit at night). The cruise lunch / dinner also includes a glass of wine (or fruit juice) and bottled water (0.33l / 11.6 oz). For further details see each Budapest cruise info page.

You can choose the late night river cruises starting at 10 pm (on most days, not every day), and booze cruises at 11 pm.

The boats are all well maintained, and well equipped (including AC in summer and heating in winter). They are also partly covered, you can stay on the deck or under the roof too.

There are river cruises with all kinds of boats and ships. The river cruises run on breezy summer days, rainy spring afternoons or cold winter nights too. Just look at what you will see: here is a huge panoramic photo of the river views and Budapest by Night ! This is just a screenshot of the excellent 3D panoramic photo of Budapest Danube river, and the sights alongside, all beautifully lit. No wonder, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Budapest by night river views - photo GilesVidal.com

Budapest by night river views – Giles Vidal Photography

On special days, you can treat yourself to a really special river cruises in Budapest: Aug 20 Fireworks River Cruise (you can watch the spectacular fireworks by the Hungarian Parliament building from the boat on the river Danube), New Year’s Eve River Cruise in Budapest , etc.

To make your Budapest stay even more beautiful, check out the upcoming Concerts in Budapest .

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Day time and evening cruises with guiding

  • Day time and evening cruises with buffet lunch or dinner
  • Evening cruise with 4-course dinner, live piano music and a singer
  • Evening cruise with 4-course dinner, live gipsy music, folk program and operetta singer
  • Private cruises for groups
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  • 1h 15 min. long day time cruises or 2 and half hour long program with the visit of the Margarite island
  • One hour evening cruises
  • Several departures during the day all year round
  • 30 languages to choose from for the explanations from the headset
  • Optional stay on the Margaret island on most of the day time cruises
  • 1 drinks served aboard

The evening sightseeing cruise is combined with a sound and vision show. The boat departs from the centre of Budapest and makes an hour round trip in the city. While you are enchanted by the illuminated sights, famous personalities from the Hungarian history, kings, queens, poets, inventors and even the Danube tells you legendary stories about the town. Through TV screens you will be able to look behind the walls of the buildings passing by, to admire the hidden interiors. The program ends with the Blue Danube Waltz which will whisper in your ears any time you remember the tour.

Cruise timetable:

*No Margaret Island Tour

Day time cruise :

Adults: 4.500 HUF (approx. 15 EUR or 20 USD) Students: 4.000 HUF (approx. 13 EUR or 18 USD) Children, 10-14 years old: 3.000 HUF (approx. 9 EUR or 12 USD) Children, 0-10 years old: free

Evening cruise:

Adults: 6.300 HUF (approx. 21 EUR or 28 USD) Students: 5.100 HUF (approx. 17 EUR or 23 USD) Children, 10-14 years old: 3.300 HUF (approx. 11 EUR or 14 USD) Children, 0-10 years old: free

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Danube Legend

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  • Adult: 21 EUR
  • Student: 17 EUR *
  • Child (10-14): 11 EUR
  • Child (0-9): FREE

* Valid student ID must be presented at boarding.

Budapest sightseeing cruise on the river Danube. You are invited for an hour’s panoramic boat ride at night. Glass in hand you will be able to experience how the legends of Budapest come alive. Look behind the walls of the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the bridges, and other splendid sights all bathed in light.

Evening Cruises Danube Legend

  • 1-hour long evening sightseeing cruise
  • 30-language film- and audio-guide
  • 1 glass of drink - choice of champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks, mineral water
  • free wifi on board

Language selection of our on-board audio-guide system:

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a danube river cruise budapest.

The 1-hour basic evening river cruise on the Danube costs from, while a 4-course romantic dinner cruise on the Danube with sparkling wine can cost anywhere from.

How much money do I need per day in Budapest?

It costs around $40-$80 per day to visit Budapest as a budget-minded traveler.

What is the best month to go to Budapest?

Best month is May, June, September, and early October — travelers enjoy fewer tourist crowds and milder weather.

What must see in Budapest in 3 days?

Day 1: Explore The Hungarian Parliament building Day 2: Explore The Margaret island Day 3: Explore The river Danube

Is Budapest friendly to tourists?

Budapest is one of the world's most peaceful and safest city.

What are the best Danube River Cruises in Budapest?

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  • Danube cruise Budapest with dinner and Piano Battle Show
  • Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise in Budapest
  • Danube Cruise with live music and a Cocktail
  • Dinner Cruise and Live Music

What is the average cost of a Danube river cruise in Budapest?

On average cruise prices start around €10 to €30 per person.

How long is the Danube river cruise in Budapest?

It takes about 1 to 3 Hours, depending on the ticket you choose.

Is it worth doing a Danube river cruise in Budapest?

Is a Budapest river cruise worth it? A Budapest river cruise is a leisurely way to see the city center and its sights from a different perspective. You can choose to cruise during the day or at night, and there are even romantic dinner cruises available. Cruising down the Danube is a great way to relax and take in the cityscape.

Where can I find a Danube river cruise in Budapest?

I apologize for the confusion in my previous response. As an AI language model, I don't have access to your current location. However, there are several Danube river cruise companies that operate in Budapest, such as Legenda, Silverline, and Danube Palace. It is recommended to check their websites or contact them directly to find a Danube river cruise in Budapest that suits your preferences and schedule.

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Budapest cruises, the best-value boat tours in the city.

If you’re planning a trip to Budapest a cruise on the river Danube is an absolute must-do activity.

This is a fantastic way to explore the beautiful city and enjoy its stunning views from a unique perspective.

We offer several river tours a day so can you include it in your travel itinerary where it fits the best. If something comes up and you won’t be able to take the cruise you can cancel it any time free of charge .

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Why take a danube river cruise in budapest.

We could list plenty of reasons why taking a sightseeing boat tour is a must-do activity.

Here are just a few:

  • ✅ Unbeatable views: Budapest’s skyline is stunning from the water, and a cruise on the Danube river is the best way to take it all in.
  • ✅ Iconic landmarks: You’ll see all of the city’s iconic landmarks from the river, including the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • ✅ Relaxing activity: A river excursion is a relaxing way to explore the city without having to worry about getting around on foot or by public transport.

Danube River Cruise

You Can Book A Danube Sightseeing Cruise With:

  • Meal – usually dinner serviced at your table of buffet-style In most case it will be an international/Hungarian mixed menu. Some cruise dinners are just OK or average re food quality but there some offering relly fine food (these are table-serviced)
  • Hungarian dinner all-you-can-eat buffet style (Goulash soup with beef, Chicken paprikash, Strudels with various fillings)
  • Street Food: Pizza or Lángos (local deep-fried pastry)
  • Wine Tasting & Cheese Plate/Snacks – You’ll sip Hungarian wines from various regions of the country
  • Craft beer tasting – Taste local specialty brews
  • Cocktails: – 2 or 3 Cocktails of your choice
  • Free cancellation – if something comes up you can cancel the program anytime.

buffet table on dinner cruise

Festive Christmas Cruises

Dec.: 21, 22, 23, 26 , 27, 28, 29  jan.: 02, 03.

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Christmas Atmosphere Evening Cruises with Mulled Wine & Beigli

Optional Dinner and Drink

Cruise Starts: 19.00

Duration:  180 min .

  Price : From €33

December: 24-25-26

Christmas Cruise on Szechenyi Ship

Christmas Cruise with Buffet Dinner + Unlimited: wine/beer/soft drinks

  Price : From € 125

Dec.: 23, 24 , 25 , 27, 28, 29, 30  Jan.: 01

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Christmas Atmosphere Night Cruises with Mulled Wine & Beigli

Cruise Starts: 22.00

Budget-Friendly Danube Cruises – Daytime Tours

Recommended for families with kids.

If you’re a budget-conscious traveler seeking a remarkable experience on the Danube River, look no further.

These budget-friendly Danube cruises promise an excellent blend of affordability, scenic beauty, and cultural immersion.

What’s more, daytime boat tours aren’t too long – 75-85 minutes – so even toddlers or babies will have a good time, not to mention their parents!

With a wide selection of cruise options available on the Danube, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one without breaking the bank.

Our top-notch recommendations for the best cheap Budapest cruises cater to a variety of preferences, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

a small catamaran cruise ship on the Danube near the Chain bridge in Budapest during the day

#1 – Cruise with 3- or 6-Course Dinner & Live Piano or Folk & Operetta  BEST VALUE!

Prices: 3-course dinner: from €70 , 6-course dinner: from €84.

We really enjoyed this evening boat excursion with delicious served dinner and entertaining piano duet.

It departs at 19.30 / 7.30 pm from a dock next to Elizabeth Bridge.

The cruise is 3-hour long and you may think it’s too long but the serving of food plus music combined with a peformance of a talented singer is extremely well-organised.

Note: The upper deck hosts the dinner with piano duet and singing, while the larger ground floor hall is where the folk danceand operetta performance takes place (also with served dinner of course). It’s a good idea to book with window seat if you go for the folk show option since not all of the tables are next to a window in that room.

Even as locals who’ve already taken a couple of Danube cruises since living in Budapest this one stands out because of the:

  • Quality of food – really tasty soup (choose from 2 options), a main dish and a dessert.
  • Level of entertainment – talented musicians and a singer
  • Kindness and professionalism of staff.

So if you’re looking for a pleasant night program in Budapest we can’t recommend the cruise with 3- or 6-couse dinner highly enough.

Date & Time

  • Every day at 19.30 / 7.30 pm

A cruise boat on the Danube, sailing past the illuminated Parliament

You can book this Danube tour with a 6-course dinner (the same boat, itinerary and entertainment ptograms). The dinner menu includes an: amuse bouche, starter, soup, main course, dessert and a cheese plate.

#2 – Hungarian Dinner With Folk Dance Show & Live Music

Prices: hungarian dinner: from €55, international dinner: 72 eur.

We also recommend taking the 19.00 o’clock evening tour with a Hungarian or multi-course buffet dinner, accompanied by a spectacular Folk Dance Show & Live Music .

It’s ideal for those who want to sample typical Hungarian dishes all at once.

Date & Time:

  • Every day at 19.00 – 21.00 (except for 14. Feb, 20. Aug, 24. Dec and 31. Dec)

hungarian folklore dance

What Will You Get On The Evening Sightseeing Cruises?

Depending on which river tour you choose you will enjoy the followings:

  • A 2- or 3-hour river tour where you will see the charming city scape at sunset and that’s is part of the UNESCO World Heritage project
  • Welcome drink + additional drink at dinner (or you can go for a complete drink package)
  • Warm buffet or served dinner (if you choose this option): international dishes or Hungarian-style dinner, with a glass of wine/juice + a small bottle of mineral water ( See dinner menu here! )
  • On the Wine/Craft Beer Tasting Cruise: testing of 7 local wines or 5 craft beers (dependig which options you book)
  • Cocktail Cruise: 2 or 3 Cocktails from a drink menu that included concoctions like Cuba Libre, Old Fashioned, Mojito, Pina Colada, Sex on the Beach, Tequilla Sunrise, Gin Fizz
  • Piano & Singing Show or Folk Dance Performance and
  • Live music by a Gypsy orchestra – all depending on which option you choose.
  • Free cancellation

birds' eye view of the Chain Bridge and the Danube at dusk, a cruise ship is gliding under the bridge

Besides the fine meal (served at your table of buffet-style), drinks and live entertainment let’s not forget the sightseeing value of a river tour.

You’ll see among many other stunning landmarks, the

  • Impressive Parliament building in Pest, the
  • Elegant neo-renaissance buildings of the Castle Bazaar at the foot of Buda Castle
  • Gellért Hill and two of the thermal baths
  • All the major bridges spanning the Danube, and the other
  • Prominent sights under the protection of the UNESCO World Heritage program.

What’s more, an impressive dance show will introduce you to the rich traditions of Hungary’s folk heritage .

Following dinner you can enjoy the romantic night vista of Budapest from the upper deck of the boat.

Find out more details about the evening cruise with dinner and live folk dance show!

TIP: See also our selection of the best dinner cruises in Budapest!

Night Cruises With Dinner, Starting at 20.30 / 8.30 PM

If you wish to see the city in the dark of the night take a late-hour cruise starting at 20.30 or even later, at 22.00.

Captivating Night View Of Budapest With Lights

The city is just magnificent after sunset when the lights turn on in the streets, on the historic buildings in Buda Castle (the Royal Palace, matthias, Church, Fishermen’s Bastion), the Parliament and of course the bridges.

You’ll see Budapest in a whole new light on a

  • 2.5-hour romantic river excursion with dinner or drinks by candlelight starting at 20.30 or on a
  • 1.5-hour Danube tour with buffet dinner or drinks and live gypsy music departing at 22.00.

A multiple-course dinner served at your table or buffet style makes the program even more pleasant.

aerial view of Budapest city centre with the Danube and the bridges at night

TIP: The 10 pm night cruise can be booked without dinner : with wine tasting, craft beer tasting, cocktails or just a drink of your choice.

Romantic Candlelit 4-Course Danube Dinner Cruise

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Departure:  20:30  / Duration:  150 min . –  From €85

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Night Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Folk Music

Budapest Evening Cruise

Departure: 22:00 / Duration: 90 min. –  From €55

Budapest Cruises With Drinks: Wine, Cocktails, Prosecco, Unlimited Booze

Prices: from €25 up to €49.

If you want to skip the food you can choose from several river tours with drinks.

  • Cocktails – 2 or 3 of your choice from a cocktail menu,
  • Wine tasting with cheese/salami plate – a variety of top-quality, delightful local wines served with cold plate.
  • Craft beer – taste samples of local artisan brews
  • Welcome drink – you’ll be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine or fruit juice. You can buy more drink if you feel like having another one from the bar on board the boat.

a couple drinking red wine on a cruise boat and admiring the illuminated Parliament at night

When Do Drink Cruises Depart?

River tours with drinks are available several times a day. You can go

  • During the day if you wish to see the city in sunlight or
  • In the evening – departures at 18.00 -19.30 when you catch the sunset and have the opportunity to admire Budapest bathed in warm colours.
  • Night – departures from 20.00 – 20.30, when the city lights turn on and show a different but just as captivating face of the Hungarian capital. There is also a late night tour starting at 22.00.

#1 – Wine & Cruise With Artisan Cheese / Hungarian Appetizer Plate – 19.30 / 7.30 PM & 21.00 / 9 PM

You’ll be served to sample 5 wines from various wine regions of Hungary (1 dl each) during the 80-minute river cruise .

You will really kill two birds with one stone by going on this program since you’ll have the opportunity to test local wines while enjoying a sightseeing excursion on the Danube.

What’s more, a delicous cheese plate or Hungarian charcuterie is also included in the price so you’ll have a most amazing evening or night out on the river in our beautiful city.

a young couple toasting with glass of white wine, possibly on a cruise ship

Furthermore you cam pick from two entertainment programs:

  • Piano duet with singing
  • Folk dance show with live muisc

Book 19.30 / 7.30 PM Wine Cruises

Book 21.00 / 9 pm wine cruise, #2 – 7-tier wine tasting cruise – at 19.00 / 7 pm or 22.00 / 10pm, prices: 5 hungarian wine: €45 / €42 , tokaji aszú only: €27 / €25.

If you don’t want to have a meal you can sip some excellent local wines on the Wine & Cruise program starting

  • In the evening at 19.00 / 7 pm (2 hours) or
  • Late night at 22.00 / 10 pm (1,5 hrs) 

You’ll be served 7 top-quality Hungarian wines , 80 ml of each, or in case you prefer to take our Tokaji wine cruise then you can enjoy a glass of the famous Hungarian dessert wine the Tokaji aszú.

  • Tokaji Furmint Grand Selection – Tokaj region
  • Büttner Pinot Grigio – Badacsony Region/Lake Balaton
  • Molnár rosé – Mátra Hills region
  • Merlot by György-Villa Vinery (Villány region)
  • Pastor Red for Meat – a red cuvée from the Szekszárd region
  • Tokaji szamorodni – a lovely sweet wine
  • Tokaji aszú 5 puttonyos – an exquisite dessert wine with long-lasting aftertaste.

7 bottles of various Hungarian wines placed in front of the panorama window of a Budapest cruise ship

Craft Beer Tasting & Cruise – 19.00 / 7 PM Every Day

Prices: €42 / €39.

Discover the exciting world of Hungarian artisan beers!

Sample 5 high-quality craft brews by the country’s best micro breweries on a 2-hour river excursion starting at 7 pm.

Each sample is 150 ml and at the end you’ll get an extra pint of your choice of the tasted beers.

Live Gypsy music accompanied with folk dancing, snacks , and you can soak in one of the world’s most captivating cityscapes from a deck of a sightseeing ship.

Note: There’s a late night beer cruise between May – October starting at 22.00 / 10 PM (90-min long)

6 bottles of craft beer and a mug of beer in the window of  acruise ship

Cocktails & Cruise – Departures From 16.00 / 4 PM To 22.00/10 PM

Prices: from €32 / €35.

A great time to make some memorable photos while cruising on a boat and sipping cocktails to the tunes of popular hits or a live orchestra!

You can choose 3 Cocktails from these:

  • Mojito (rum, sugar syrup, sparkling water, mint, lime slices)
  • Pina Colada (rum, pineapple juice, coconut syrup, cream)
  • Dark & Stormy (spiced rum, lime slices, brown sugar, ginger beer)
  • Sex on the Beach (vodka, Peachtree liqueur, orange juice, cranberry juice)
  • Fleur (vodka, strawberry puree, lime juice, sugar syrup, sparkling wine)
  • Tequila Sunrise (tequila, orange juice, grenadine syrup)
  • Godfather (scotch whisky, amaretto liqueur)
  • Orgasm (Baileys, amaretto liqueur, coconut syrup, cream)
  • Aperol Spritz (Aperol, prosecco, sparkling water, orange slice)
  • Hugo (prosecco, sparkling water, elderberry syrup, mint, lime slices)
  • Beefeater Gin with J.Gasco Lemonade, lime slices, mint
  • Beefeater Pink Gin with J.Gasco Sodarose Evia, strawberry
  • Malfy Arancia Gin with J.Gasco Indian tonic, orange slices
  • Ophir Oriental Spiced Gin with J.Gasco Indian tonic, lemon slices
  • Seven Hills Tokaj Gin with J.Gasco Indian tonic, blackcurrant

8 glasses of cocktails

Sunset Cocktail Cruise – 4 Departures Every Day

See the city at its most beautiful when the rays of the setting sun paints it in the hues of orange, pink and blue.

Note: You can also sip cocktails on the late night Danube cruise departing at 22.00 / 10 pm Choose the starting time on the booking form available through the link below!

Cocktail Cruise

Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Departures:  16:00 / 18:00 / 20:00 / 22:00

Duration:  85 min . –  Price from € 32

3 Cocktails of Your Choice

Boat Parties – Dance/Drink The Night Away On The Danube!

Prices: from €25.

Cruising, drinking to your hearts content and partying under the starry night skye of Budapest is an awesome way to let your hair down a bit.

You can choose from various boat parties with lots of dancing and hard partying or more laid back ones with drinks and great music.

people partying on the upper deck of a tour boat in Budapest at night

TIP: Read our post where we list and compare in great detail the most popular boat parties in Budapest!

Holiday Cruises – Christmas, New Year’s Eve & Special Events

A perfect way for you to celebrate some wonderful holidays in Budapest is by going on a unique river tour that allows you to experience the magic of the city within the comforts of a spacious panorama ship (400 sqm, has space for 220 guests).

We offer the following exclusive river excursions with fine dinner on a festively decorated panorama ship on these specail occasions:

  • August 20/St. Stephen’s Day (when you can also see the fireworks from the best possible spot )
  • Christmas Eve Dinner & Cruise ,
  • New Year’s Eve and Day Cruises,
  • Valentine’s Day Cruise,
  • River tours on Easter weekend .

Please note that availability is limited for these programs!

Christmas Cruises with Dinner – December 24 & 25. 20123

Prices: €105 / €95.

Date & Time: December 24. and 25, at 19.00 / 7 PM

Duration: 3 hours

Spend a wonderful Christmas evening on a festive sightseeing cruise with 4-course catered dinner and live piano show.

Most restaurants, bistros, cafes are closed on December 24 and 25 so a river tour with a splendid festive meal is a nice way to celebrate the holiday in Budapest.

Read more details about Christmas cruises in Budapest or book your place through the link below.

festive dinner setting and a Christmas tree on a cruise boat in Budapest

New Year’s Eve Cruise With Dinner & Party

Prices: with 5-course dinner: €195 / €239 , with 5 cocktails/unlimited drinks: €170.

Date & Time: December 31. 2023 / January 01. 2024, 19.00 / 7 PM – Unlimited Drink Included

Say farewell to 2023 on a fabulous party cruise on the Danube with either a

  • 5-course gourmet dinner served at your table, live music with dance show and party till dawn or (239 EUR or 195 EUR depending on which option you choose, see the booking link below)
  • 5 cocktails of your choice or unlimited drink s (booze, soft drinks, coffee, tea, lemonade (170 EUR)

Relaxed atmosphere on a spacious event ship delicious food served at your table, second dinner at midnight and open bar the all-inclusive drinks guarantee a memorable New Year’s Eve in Budapest!

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Fireworks Show & Cruise On 20th August 2024

Budapest hosts a spectacular Fireworks Show on 20th August National Holiday to celebrate the foundation of Hungary by King St. Stephen (975 – 1038).

The fireworks are launched form ships anchored on the Danube river and some of the bridges. No doubt, a crusie ship provides an excellent viewing spot for the shop.

You can also enjoy a fine 3-course dinner served buffte style.

  • 145 EUR (Full price only.)

Note: Tickets usually sell out quickly for this event so if you want to ensure your place book the program in advance.

You will receive an E-Ticket with all the details in email, that you just present to the hosts/hostesses (on your mobile/tablet or in print form). No need to stand in queue in the summer heat!

fireworks over the Danube at night

When To Go On A Danube River Cruise In Budapest?

The best time to go on a Danube river cruise in Budapest is between

  • April-May and
  • September-October.

At this period, the climate tends to be temperate with pleasant temperature s both during the day and at night.

Another advantage is that there is less crowd during these months compared to summer but still you will find a pleasant mix of locals and tourists relishing the warmer weather.

This creates a vibrant atmosphere that you can absolutely absorb during your visit, especially on a Danuber river tour.

Cruise on the Danube

For Families With Kids: Take An Afternoon Cruise At 2 PM

If you are here with chidlren and want to avoid the crowd we recommend our early afternoon cruise with a nice buffet lunch .

This is the least busy of all our cruises so you can enjoy a relaxed lunch during the 1.5 hour sightseeing tour.

The Grof Széchenyi Boat that will take you on the trip has plenty of space with large panorama window s on all sides.

BEST Time For Photos: Evening Cruise At 7 pm

If you’re looking to take lots of amazing photos, aim to book a cruise that departs just before sunset.

The two-hour evening cruise staring at 7 pm will give you the chance to see the city both in the daylight and at night when it is lit up by the city lights.

What To Expect On A Typical Budapest Cruise?

A typical river cruise in Budapest will take you on a scenic tour of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Most boat tour last between one and two hours and some include an audio guide with information about the sights you’ll see along the way.

You can choose from cruises with unlimited prosecco, a welcome drink, cocktails or beer.

For a more mmeorable

Here are some things you will experience when taking a river cruise in Budapest:

Dinner Cruise on River Danube

  • Spectacular views: The views of Budapest from the river are simply stunning. You’ll get to see the city’s iconic landmarks from a unique perspective.
  • Audio guide: Most cruises include an audio guide that provides information about the sights you’ll see along the way.
  • Food and drinks may be included on certain cruises, varying from a basic snack to a complete dinner complemented with wine. Be sure to check what’s included before booking your cruise.
  • Live music: Some cruises may also feature live music, which adds to the ambiance and creates a festive atmosphere.

Practical Information – Budapest Cruise Program Details

Length of the boat excursions: each program lasts for approx. 1.5 hours.

  • Meeting is 30 minutes before the start of the river tours.
  • Meeting Point: Gróf Szechenyi Ship – Akademia Port (1. ponton) – Address: Budapest, 1051 ( View on map)

Note: After payment you’ll receive a confirmation in e-mail with all the details including meeting point.

  • 15 minutes before the start of the program: Hosts/hostesses accompany the guests to the ships docked at the Pest side of the river (just a couple of minutes walk).
  • After boarding the ship you are welcomed with a glass of drink and shown to your table.
  • 10 minutes after the program starts the ship departs, taking you on a panoramic tour between Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge, and the open buffet dinner/lunch is served ( see the menu below ).
  • During the tour: a second round of drinks are served, and you can have further drinks in the ship’s bar.
  • 1,5 hours – or in case of the 7 pm evening tour –  2 hours after the program start: the ship returns to the pier. The hosts/hostesses will call you a taxi if you would like one.

Our Sightseeing Tour on the Danube River

We took the evening boat trip with live music and dinner on a pleasant summer day.

The sightseeing ship departed from a dock near the Chain bridge at the foot of the Chain Bridge in Pest.

The Kossuth Museum Ship (or Kossuth Vénhajó) is a standing ship with a small exhibition about the 20th-century history of navigation in Hungary

grof szechenyi ship - Budapest Cruises

While the ship was gliding through the greyish foams of the river – contrary to the title of the Strauss waltz, The Blue Danube, it rarely is that colour- we had a tasty dinner with a glass of wine and enjoyed the breathtaking view basking in the golden light of the setting sun.

We’ve always known – and many tourists, travel websites, blogs, magazines agree – that Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world but we tend to forget it living and working here day by day.

Budapest night panoram on river danube

This river tour reminded us of this fact and we were really enchanted by the

  • striking view of the many monuments lit up after dusk,
  • romantic ambience created by the gently rocking ship,
  • magical melodies of the gypsy music (only on tours starting at 19.00) and
  • fine food. (The wine and champagne also helped.)

The river bisects the city into two different parts:

  • the hilly and more peaceful Buda on the right side,
  • and the buzzing Pest on the left.

The Parliament

Both river banks offer many sights : right at the start of the sightseeingcruise the graceful tower of the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion draw your eyes to the historic Castle District.

Further up the building of Budapest Parliament dominates the Pest shore.

Joggers do their regular rounds on the picturesque Margaret Island (Margitsziget), named after a medieval Hungarian princess.

At the north end of Margaret Island the ship turned and went down the river as far as the National Theatre at the Pest end of the Rákóczi Bridge.

The fine building of the Gresham Palace – today an exclusive luxury hotel of the Four Seasons chain – stands at the Pest end of the Chain Bridge .

The dolomite rock of the Gellért Hill towers above the water between Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd) and Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd).

The Gellért Spa and the refurbished Rudas Bath originally built by the Turks in the 16. century can also be seen at the foot of the hill.

The modern-style National Theatre marked the final attraction of our excursion on the Danube river:

FAQ – Budapest Cruise

1. how much is a sightseeing boat trip in budapest.

The cost of Danube River Cruises can vary depending on the company and the type of cruise you choose.

Prices typically range from around 10 to 50 Euros per person. Cruises with dinner and live entertainmment (folk show, live piano music) can cost up to 70 Euros or more.

2. How long is a Budapest River cruise?

The duration depends on the type of cruise you choose.

Most Budapest sightseeing cruises last between 1-2 hours , while some dinner cruises can last up to 3 hours. Private boat tours can be customized to your preferences.

3. Can I bring my own food and drinks on a river cruise?

Most cruises do not allow you to bring your own food and drinks, but some may allow you to bring a small snack or drink (water, non-alcoholic drink).

Be sure to check with the cruise company before bringing anything on board!

4. Which cruise to take in Budapest?

There are several types of river cruises available, including inexpensive sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises , boat tours with drinks as well as private Danube tours.

It depends on your preferences and budget. Some popular options include: a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise with unlimited prosecco (cc. 25 EUR), 2-hour Budapest Dinner Cruise with live music & folk program, and a nighttime cruise with wine/cocktail.

5. What language are the audio guides on Danube River Cruises in Budapest available in?

Some of the boat tours in Budapest offer audio guides, like the one with Unlimited Prosecco, in several languages , including English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. The popular Legenda Danube Cruises also have audiou comemntary during the trip.

6. Are Danube River Cruises in Budapest wheelchair accessible?

Some Danube River Cruises in Budapest are wheelchair accessible e.g. the Gróf Széchenyi Ship is accessible for people in wheelchair on the groundfloor , but not all. Be sure to check with the cruise company before booking.

In conclusion, a Danube River Cruise in Budapest is an unforgettable experience that you don’t want to miss.

With striking views, iconic landmarks, and a relaxing atmosphere, it’s a great way to explore the city and make lasting memories.

Just be sure to book in advance, dress comfortably, and bring a camera to capture the moment.

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The 10 Best River Cruises and Boat Tours in Budapest (Personally Tested)

Last updated: Sep 18, 2023

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Author: Adam Dimitrov — Budapester, Hungarian & City Expert/Guide

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🏆 Editor's #1 Choice

✔️ tested by author

⏳ In a hurry and want a recommendation you can't go wrong with?

  • Best all-around sightseeing cruise in Budapest.
  • Welcome drink and complementary lemonade.
  • Best audio guide in the city.
  • Weather-proof waiting area.
  • Modern, large, and spacious ship.
  • Comfortable chairs and great views.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of boat tour options in Budapest? 

Then let me help you choose the best boat tour for you, with the best guide on the topic in existence.

To give honest and accurate recommendations on the best river cruises in Budapest, I decided to personally test the most popular cruises of every major cruise company in Budapest, backed up with photos and details and even a video .

That's seven companies and a dozen cruises tested!

As the person with the most boat tour laps on the Danube under his belt, I have handpicked the 10 best river cruises in Budapest from my many voyages based on their exceptional quality, uniqueness, or value for money. ‍

Every cruise has different strengths and weaknesses, so I have curated this list that caters to almost everyone's needs.

Moreover, I have made browsing these cruises easier for you and added informative FAQs to my article containing valuable insights to help you choose the best river cruise for your preferences.

💡 Note for large groups (+20 guests): If you're organizing a trip for a larger group of guests, contact me if you have any questions.

Disclaimer: This website uses affiliate links. I get paid a small commission if you purchase anything through my links. It costs you nothing and makes my job of creating high quality articles financially sustainable. Cheers!

Best River Cruises in Budapest in 2022

Cheapest: Mahart's Sightseeing Cruise

Best Value: Mahart's Sightseeing Cruise

Most Complete: Mahart's Sightseeing Cruise

Best Dinner Cruise: Mahart's Sightseeing Cruise

Best Party Boat: Mahart's Sightseeing Cruise

Best Vibes: Mahart's Sightseeing Cruise

Summary & Comparison — Top 10 River Cruises in Budapest

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Reviews calculation: I am using the total review count of the activity from GetYourGuide, Tripadvisor and Viator.

Boat Tour Itinerary & Landmarks

Blue = Attractions, Orange = Meeting Points, Colored Layers = Itineraries

💡 Tip: Remember that the decorative city lights are turned off at 23:00 from Mar 26 to Oct 29 (daylight savings time) and at 22:00 from Oct 30 to Mar 31 (standard time).

To truly immerse yourself the breathtaking beauty of the city , there's no better way than embarking on a river cruise. During such cruises, you'll be treated to a captivating array of iconic landmarks and attractions in Budapest , including:

  • Hungarian Parliament
  • Buda Castle
  • Matthias Church
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Gellert Hill/Citadella
  • Gellért Spa
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • A host of historic bridges, including the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Liberty Bridge, and Petőfi Bridge
  • Margaret Island
  • Palace of Arts
  • National Theatre

Most cruises follow a circular route between the southern end of Margaret Island at Margaret Bridge and just south of Liberty Bridge. This route covers most of the significant landmarks mentioned above in Budapest.

Offbeat Landmarks

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South of Liberty Bridge are two nice-to-see-but-not-obligatory landmarks, the National Theatre (below) and the Palace of Arts (above), which are as beautiful as the Parliament and Buda Castle.

Some cruises, like Legenda, Hungaria Koncert and Silverline, have a complete itinerary that includes these offbeat landmarks. ‍ ‍

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Types of River Cruises in Budapest

By time of day.

The Hungarian Parliament at night.

Daytime Cruises

  • During the summer, daytime cruises are a great way to beat the heat and take a break. Standard sightseeing cruises typically run from 10 am to 10 pm.

Sunset Cruises ‍

  • You can turn any cruise into a sunset cruise by booking it specifically for that time. To time your cruise accurately, search Google for "Budapest Sunset Time + Date".

‍ Evening & Night Cruises ‍

  • The city's main attractions are illuminated 30 minutes after sunset . Take an evening or night cruise for a chance to see the stunning illuminated sights of Budapest.

By Drink Type

A glass of prosecco and a laid table on Rubin Group's booze cruise.

Prosecco Cruises

  • ‍ Welcome drinks on cruises usually come in 80ml glasses and offer a selection of sparkling wine, prosecco spritzer, mineral water, and soft drinks.

Cocktail Cruises

  • ‍ This cruise offers  3 cocktails , while the other includes  2 cocktails and a folk show .

Beer Cruises ‍

  • You can choose between two beer cruises. The first offers unlimited draft beer and a pizza of your choice , while the second includes 5 craft beers with a folk show .

Wine Cruises ‍

  • If you love wine, you can enjoy a special wine-tasting cruise . This cruise offers the opportunity to try seven different types of Hungarian wines , each with its own unique flavor and characteristics.

By Activity Type

The interior of Portum Lines Cruising's sightseeing boat with guests enjoying themselves.

Sightseeing Cruises ‍

  • These cruises offer best way to enjoy the beautiful cityscape of Budapest. Typically, these cruises will provide you with a welcome drink and offer the option to buy other beverages while onboard.

Dinner Cruises ‍

  • Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner cruise with your partner, a buffet libre dinner cruise with a Hungarian folk performance, and more.

Booze & Party Cruises ‍

  • Have a blast on a  booze cruise with unlimited prosecco  or on a dedicated party boat.

Food Cruises ‍

  • Satisfy your foodie cravings with a lunch or dinner cruise . However, the quality of the food may be mediocre compared to restaurants.

Private Cruises ‍

  • Book a boat tour all four yourself, perfect for couples, families or groups.

1. Best Sightseeing Cruise Overall With Welcome Drink and Audio Guide

The illuminated Budapest Parliament at night, from the perspective of a Danube river cruise.

✔️ Best All-Around  — This cruise has it all for a complete sightseeing experience.

✔️ Welcome Drink  — Choose champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink, or mineral water.

✔️ Great Ship  — Modern, spacious, and well-kept, offering superb views from both decks.

✔️ Audio Guide  — Crystal-clear sound quality via headphones, and available in 30 languages.

✔️ Full Danube Curcuit  — Covers all the must-see and off-beat landmarks, from Margaret Island to the National Theatre/Palace of Arts.

❌  Pricy  — It's a bit more expensive than other cruises, but the added value makes up for it.

❌  Missing Free Lemonade  — It's not highlighted that the free lemonade is only offered in the summer season.

❌  Headphone Challenges and Hiccups  — The first pair didn't work, the second had a cable that was too short for my height (I'm 190cm), and the third functional pair lacked optimal comfort.

💡 Tip: All cruises have a generous cancellation policy , allowing a full refund if canceled 24 hours before the activity. Additionally, they offer a reserve now, pay later flexible payment scheme.

Legenda's river cruise offers a complete sightseeing experience with a  welcome drink  and an  audio guide in 30 languages.

Their  ship is modern and spacious , providing excellent views from both decks.

The  itinerary covers the iconic sights from Margaret Island to the National Theatre and Palace of Arts.

This cruise is  pricy but offers more value that backs up the higher price. The audio guide has clear sound quality through headphones but needs improvement in content quality and headphone comfort.

Overall, this cruise provides a  high-quality sightseeing experience with no major negatives , which is why it's number one on this list.

Their main cruise listing only allows bookings for night hours, but there is a separate listing for  daytime/evening cruise for only 15€.

💡 Tip: You can optionally disembark on Margaret Island on Legenda's daytime cruise and the BKK-Mahart cruise , stroll around the island, and rejoin the next cruise later.
🎥 Video: Watch my video summary with footage of Legenda's sightseeing cruise.

About Legenda City Cruises

Legenda is the oldest and most reputable cruise company in Budapest. They’ve been operating since (at least) 1990 and are still going strong.

Detailed Breakdown

Sightseeing & views.

The illuminated Budapest Palace and Buda side at night, from the perspective of a Danube river cruise.

  • Like on any boat tour in Budapest, the cityscape is breathtaking throughout the trip. The  best spot for sightseeing  on this cruise is the  top deck .
  • The cruise itinerary covers all of Budapest's landmarks, including the National Opera and the Palace of Arts.
💡 Tip:  For the best sightseeing and photo opportunities , choose a ship with large open-air decks that offer unobstructed 360° views like Legenda, Rubin Group, and Portum.

Legenda City Cruises' river cruise billboard.

  • The Gondola is a modern vessel that offers spacious seating, openable windows during the summer, a bar, an audio guide with headphones, and AC/heating.

The Weather-Proof Waiting Area

The interior of Legenda City Cruises' floating dock waiting area.

  • Legenda is the only company in Budapest with a floating dock & waiting area that completely shields you from the elements .

A variety of drinks in glasses being prepared on Legenda City Cruises' sightseeing cruise.

  • The cruise kicks off with receiving a complimentary welcome drink – choose from champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink, or mineral water. You also get to enjoy an extra free lemonade in the summer season.

The Lower Deck

The interior of Legenda City Cruises' sightseeing boat.

  • The lower deck has a cozy bar at the back, near the stairs to the top deck. Rows of comfy seats offer plenty of room to move about, and the large windows guarantee fantastic views .

The Upper Deck

The top deck of Legenda City Cruises' sightseeing boat.

  • It's spacious with unobstructed 360° views from every angle. Ideal for photography and soaking in the city's beauty. Blankets are available upon request.

The Audio Guide

The audio guide controller and headphones on Legenda City Cruises' sightseeing boat.

  • This was the only audio guide could actually be heard out of all the cruises, thanks to the headphones, as the other ships have loudspeakers.
  • The audio quality was excellent , and the narration was available in 30 languages.
  • There's room for improvement contentwise. Around half of the mentioned sights aren't relevant to riverside attractions. Plus, the c ontent could dive deeper into the city's history, culture, and be more historically correct instead of telling stories, trivia and myths.
  • I encountered some issues with the headphones - the first set was defective, the second set had a cable that was too short, and the third set was uncomfortable and hard to wear.
💡 All the other cruises offer loudspeaker audio guides. Loudspeaker audio guides are often inaudible due to passenger noise. Other common issues include un-synced commentary, irrelevant sights/details mentioned, and infrequent audio.

Quick Facts

  • 📅 Schedule: every day from 10:00 to 22:00 (varies)
  • 🎟️ Ticket type: mobile or printed
  • ✔️ Onboard wi-fi: yes
  • ✔️ Open air deck: yes
  • ✔️ Air conditioning/heating: yes
  • ❌ Pets allowed: no, only service animals
  • ✔️ Smoking: yes, outside
  • ✔️ Wheelchair accessible: yes
  • ✔️ Baby stroller accessible: yes
  • ✔️ Infant/children discount: free for children (age 0-9), about ~35% discount on ticket for children (age 10-14)

How to Get There

  • 📍 Meeting point: Dock 7, Jane Haining rakpart, 1052 Budapest
  • ✔️ Centrally located, easy to find and arrive.
  • 🗺️ The dock 7 is conveniently located halfway between the Mahart kiosk and Elisabeth Bridge , easily accessible via Tram 2 .

2. Best Value Sightseeing Cruise With Welcome Drink

The Budapest Palace during the day, from the perspective of Portum Lines Crusing's sightseeing cruise.

✔️  Exceptional Value  — Costs 40-50% less than Legenda, while still offering a stellar experience, albeit with fewer non-essential amenities (such as audio guides and complimentary lemonade).

✔️  Fun and Lively — This cruise attracts a younger crowd, creating a lively and enjoyable atmosphere.

✔️  Welcome Drink  — Options include prosecco, a seasonal cocktail, mulled wine, or a soft drink.

✔️ Great Ship  — The ship is modern, spacious, and well-maintained, with excellent views from both its decks.

❌  Inconvenient Location  — The meeting point near Margaret Island is not in the city center, thus getting there is a hassle.

❌  Prone to Crowding — The ship may feel cramped during peak travel times, especially the top deck.

❌  Limited Open Air Seats  — The coveted open-air tables on the top deck are claimed quickly and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

❓  Is it possible to reserve seats on river cruises? 💡 Seats on most river cruises are assigned on a  first-come, first-served  basis. But some dinner cruises might let you reserve a specific spot.

Portum Lines Cruising is an excellent  alternative to Legenda , offering a  lively and fun  sightseeing experience that's especially  popular with younger crowds .

Upon arrival, guests receive a  complimentary welcome drink of  prosecco, seasonal cocktails, mulled wine, or a soft drink.

While they  don't offer  amenities like an  audio guide or complimentary lemonade , the ship is modern and well-maintained, with  excellent views  of Budapest's top sights.

The  top deck  offers both open-air 360° and weather-protected roof-covered sections. While the  lower level  is cozy and comfortable, it's  best to head upstairs  to enjoy the views.

Reaching the  meeting point is inconvenient , and the  ship can get crowded  due to its popularity, especially on the top deck.

Overall, Portum Lines offers an  exceptional river cruise  experience at  great value , perfect for those seeking a fun atmosphere.

🎥 Video: Watch my video summary with live footage of Portum sightseeing cruise.

About Portum Lines

Portum Lines is a solid company operating since (at least) 2014. Their offerings are pretty slim compared to others but still superb in quality.

The Budapest Parliament during the day, from the perspective of Portum Lines Crusing's sightseeing cruise.

  • During the boat tour, you can enjoy the flawless cityscape of Budapest from certain spots with clear 360° views .
  • The cruise itinerary covers most of Budapest's landmarks, except the National Opera and the Palace of Arts.

Portum Lines Crusing's sightseeing boat, Neptun.

  • The ship is spacious and well-maintained , with two levels similar to Legenda's sightseeing ship.

The Top Deck

The open air section of Portum Lines Cruising's sightseeing boat with guests enjoying themselves.

  • The top deck is divided into three areas - the front, middle, and back.
  • The front and back sections are open-air , with perfect 360° views - these are the best places to be.
💡 Tip: The best open air seats go fast! You must arrive early and be at the front of the line to snatch them.

The interior of Portum Lines Cruising's sightseeing boat with guests enjoying themselves.

  • There is a wide indoor section in the middle with tables and chairs lining both sides near the windows.
  • Although the views from here are good, they are even better outside in the open air section.

The lower deck of Portum Lines Cruising's sightseeing boat.

  • The lower level is comfortable, cozy, and spacious, with heating and air conditioning to provide a pleasant experience, even on rainy or cold days.
  • The lower deck is an indoor space similar to the upper deck's covered section.
  • Additionally, there is a small bar on board.

Two glasses of prosecco on Portum Lines Cruising's sightseeing boat.

  • The cruise includes a free welcome drink of your choice - a sparkling wine, a seasonal welcome drink, or a soft drink.
  • 📅 Schedule : every day from 17:00 to 22:00 (varies)
  • 🎟️ Ticket type: mobile, printed
  • ❌ Pets allowed: no, only services animals
  • ✔️ Children discount: free for infants (age 0-2), only on viator
  • 📍 Meeting point: Budapest, Dock 42 port, Szent István park, 1138 Hungary ‍
  • ❌ The meeting point is north of Margaret Bridge , which is slightly out of the way compared to other centrally located cruises.
  • 🗺️ Use the 2 or 4/6 tram line  and get off at Jászai Mari tér . From there, walk 500 meters towards the north of Margaret Bridge until you spot the Dock 42 sign .

3. Budapest Night Booze Cruise with Unlimited Prosecco and Lemonade

A row of glasses with prosecco on Rubin Group's booze cruise.

✔️  #1 Most Affordable Booze Cruise  — Experience Budapest's most economical unlimited prosecco cruise on the Danube.

✔️  Excellent Ship — The ship features a charming open-air top deck and two indoor decks with a sophisticated cocktail party-like ambiance.

✔️  Unlimited Drinks  — Drink all the prosecco and lemonade you want.

✔️  Leisurely 90-Minute Ride  — More than enough time to savor your drinks, though drinking responsibly is advised by Prosecco and Co.urge you to drink responsibly)

❌ Mediocre Food Platter — For an extra 10€, the food platter is disappointing and hardly qualifies as 'gourmet.'

❌ Remote Meeting Point — The departure area near Margaret Island is not easily accessible.

❌ Inaudible Audio Guide — The ambient noise from passengers drowns out the audio guide, but most are too busy enjoying their drinks to notice.

❓ Is buying food or drinks while on a river cruise in Budapest possible? 💡 Food is not typically included on standard sightseeing cruises. However, you can purchase snacks and drinks at the ship's kitchen bar.

The Rubin Group's boat tour is an excellent choice for those seeking an affordable cocktail-party atmosphere with unlimited prosecco and lemonade. The attentive servers are always on hand to keep guests' glasses full.

The top deck boasts breathtaking 360° views of the cityscape during the 90-minute river cruise, while the two indoor decks offer a cozy and inviting ambiance.

As for the less rosy aspects of this cruise, the optional food platter isn't worth the 10€ price, and the audio guide may be difficult to hear over the party noise. Additionally, the meeting point is further from the city center, so getting there may take some extra time and effort.

Overall, if you're looking for a leisurely cruise centered around drinks and stunning views, the Rubin Group's boat tour is an outstanding choice.

🎥 Video: Watch my video summary with live footage of Rubin Group's booze cruise.

About Rubin Group

Rubin Group   is another solid company, operating since (at least) 2015. They specialize in gastro-themed events rather than standard sightseeing cruises.

Rubin Group's booze cruise ship, with guests waiting to board on the right.

  • The ship was impressive with a spacious 3-level design and a cocktail party atmosphere . Passengers were seated at 2-person tables .

The illuminated Liberty Bridge Citadel Statue on Gellért Hill at night, from the perspective of Rubin Group's booze cruise.

  • The top deck offered stunning, unobstructed 360° views . It was the perfect spot for taking photos and enjoying the sights . This is the best place to be during the warmer months.

‍ The Mid and Bottom Deck

The interior of Rubin Group's booze cruise with guests enjoying themselves.

  • There are two indoor decks with  plenty of seats and tables  where the atmosphere is  cozy and inviting .
  • The first passengers to board tend to get the best top deck spots, so it's  worth arriving early   if you want a prime spot .

The interior of Rubin Group's booze cruise with guests enjoying themselves.

The Drinks Refills

  • The  servers were   attentive , constantly  refilling glasses  with prosecco as soon as they were empty.
  • Self-service lemonade  is available in two flavors — regular and one with a strange cucumber taste.

The Assorted Food Platter

Assorted food platter on Rubin Group's booze cruise.

  • The optional assorted food platter for 10€ wasn't what I wasexpecting.
  • It didn't match the advertised images and wasn't gourmet but ordinary , including simple fruits and vegetables, cheese and ham with two sauces, and a pastry dessert. The portion size was smaller than expected.
  • Save your money and skip the platter.
  • The loudspeaker  audio guide was inaudible  due to the passengers crowding out the narration.
  • They increased the volume upon my request, but the  audio guide's content was too basic .
  • 📅 Schedule: every day at 19:00 and 21:00
  • ❌ Pets allowed: no, except service animals
  • ❌ Wheelchair accessible: no
  • ✔️ Baby stroller accessible: yes (at least the bottom deck)
  • ✔️ Infant/children discount: free for children (age 0-3)
  • 📍 Meeting point: Budapest, Szent István park 5, 1137
  • 🗺️ Use the 2 or 4/6 tram line  and get off at Jászai Mari tér . From there, walk 500 meters towards the north of Margaret Bridge until you spot a large red "0" sign .

4. Historic 19th Century Steam Boat Cruise

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❓ Should I book river cruise tickets in advance? Is it worth it? 💡 Yes  — It's worth reserving your ticket in advance to ensure your place on the ship, although you can purchase tickets in person.

This is Budapest's only boat tour offering an authentic 19th-century historic cruise experience . The ship is a replica of the Hungarian paddle steamer , the Kisfaludy, which operated between 1847 and 1887 on Lake Balaton thanks to the initiative of István Széchenyi.

The cruise includes a welcome drink and an English audio guide (via loudspeakers).

The ship features an open-air panorama deck at the front (the best place for 360° views), a semi-covered rear area , and a small top deck near the captain's cabin.

There's also a must-see maritime museum on the bottom deck.

In summary, this cruise provides a high-quality sightseeing experience infused with historic flair you can't get elsewhere in Budapest.

🎥 Virtual tour: take a look at the ship through their interactive virtual tour .

About Dunai Sétahajózási Ltd.

Dunai Sétahajózási Kft. was founded in 2021 by Gergely Fogasy, who also operates a successful cruise company on Lake Balaton since 2019.

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  • Like on any boat tour in Budapest, the cityscape is breathtaking throughout the trip. The best spot for sightseeing on this cruise is the front panorama deck , where you board the ship.

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  • The boat tour offers an authentic historical experience aboard a replica of a 19th-century paddle steamer , the Kisfaludy, that once sailed Lake Balaton.

19th Century Maritime Museum

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  • On the lower deck, there is a captivating maritime museum that displays the lifestyle of 19th century sailors .

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  • The cruise includes a complimentary welcome drink of your choice - water, prosecco, orange juice or beer.

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  • The small top deck has four tables , but the chimney and captain's cabin somewhat block the view .
  • The orientation of half the tables is perpendicular to the Danube, so one side of the city is always behind your back . The main deck doesn't have this issue.

The Main Deck

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  • The main deck has a front open-air area with a 360° panorama . Additionally, there is a roof-covered rear area with equally splendid views.

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  • You can take a closer look at the paddle wheel in the middle or visit the maritime museum on the bottom deck.
  • You can also find free umbrellas , which they likely hand out during rainy weather.
  • During the cruise, you can enjoy an English-speaking audio guide through loudspeakers.
  • The guide was synchronized with the attractions we passed by and provided brief introductions, trivia, and historical information about the landmarks.
  • Sometimes loudspeakers can get drowned out by the noise of a crowd, which makes them hard to hear. I didn't experience this during my daytime cruise, but it may be more challenging to hear during the more popular night cruise .
  • In between the narration, there's a pleasant classical piano music playing.
  • 📅 Schedule: every day at 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:30pm, 10:00pm.
  • ❌ Air conditioning/heating: no
  • ✔️ Pets allowed: yes
  • ✔️ Infant/children discount: free for children (age 0-6)
  • 📍 Meeting point: Budapest Jane Henning rakpart 10, Dock 10, 1052
  • 🗺️ Use tram line 2 to arrive at Széchenyi István tér or Március 15 tér stop . Go towards Elizabeth bridge (white suspension bridge) and look for Duna Cruises .

5. No Frills Budget Sightseeing Cruise

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When it comes to Budapest cruises, Silverline Sightseeing Cruise is a solid choice with friendly staff and a comfortable meeting point, but it doesn't quite stand out from the crowd.

Unlike most cruises, Silverline's cruise ticket does not include a welcome drink . However, the price is on the low-end . If it were not for their out-of-the-way location, I would recommend the Portum's similarly cheap cruise in a heartbeat.

With a relaxed 70-minute cruising time, this ride offers a leisurely pace that allows you to take in the sights and enjoy the moment.

They used to offer an audio guide , but it suffered from the common issue of being drowned out by the crowd's noise and not being in sync with the landmarks. They seem to have done away with it altogether.

In summary, Silverline's sightseeing cruise provides a leisurely tour of Budapest's iconic landmarks on the Danube. While not exceptional, it offers a decent experience.

About Silverline Cruises Ltd.

Silverline is a solid company operating since (at least) 2011. They have a decent range of cruise offerings, and run popular cruises in the sightseeing category.

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  • Like on any boat tour in Budapest, the cityscape is breathtaking throughout the trip. However, Silverline's ships have a roof and support columns on the top deck which means they do not provide a clear 360° view .

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  • The ship itself is decent , but it doesn't claim the title of the most modern or spacious vessel on the waters. It gets the job done without being overly impressive.
  • Silverline rotates boats frequently, so you may not get the same one I did.

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  • During my trip, I was on the larger two-level boat that previously had rows of seats, but has since been replaced with tables and chairs (according to photos).
  • The smaller boat now has the rows of seats , which I found to be cramped and lacking in legroom .
  • Both ships have roofs and support columns which partially block the view .

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  • The main deck offers comfort with ample space, heating, and air conditioning . While indoor views are average , better panoramas await at the front chairs or the open-air section.
  • Welcoming and friendly staff at the entrance make a positive impression. I haven't interacted with the ship's crew so I cannot comment on that.

Unneccesary Stop

  • During my cruise, we made a stop at Batthyány tér (Buda) , even though no passengers got on or off.
  • 📅 Schedule: every day at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm.
  • ✔️Air conditioning/heating: yes
  • 📍 Meeting point: Budapest Jane Henning rakpart 10, Dock 11, 1052
  • 🗺️ Use tram line 2 to arrive at Széchenyi István tér or Március 15 tér stop . Go towards Elizabeth bridge (white suspension bridge) and look for Silverline Cruises .

6. Best Cocktail Cruise With Three Cocktails

Cocktails with Buda castle scenery in the background.

Enjoy the stunning river views of Budapest while sipping on three delicious cocktails with Silverline's cruise.

However, it's important to note that there is no audio guide available and some of the views may be partially blocked by side columns.

🎥 Video: Take a look at the teaser video for the cruise to get an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that the Cocktail Cruise and Pizza & Beer cruise are happening at the same time and place.

The beautiful sunset sky, from the perspective of Portum Lines Crusing's sightseeing cruise.

  • The scenery is breathtaking and you're taken all the way down to the Palace of Arts & National Theatre .
  • For the best views, head to the top deck . However, taking great photos can be challenging due to the roof and side columns obstructing the view.
  • The lower deck doesn't offer great opportunities for sightseeing or taking photos.

Silverline's cruise ship sailing on the Danube.

  • The ship is functional , but it is not the newest, most modern, or luxurious vessel available.

Drinks Menu

Cocktail menu of Silverline's river cruise.

  • You can choose three cocktails from the options displayed in the image above.
  • Your cocktail may be served in plastic pint glasses instead of the fancy cocktail glasses shown in the picture.
  • 📅 Schedule: every day 16:00, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00
  • ❌ Baby stroller accessible: no
  • ✔️ Infant/children discount: free for children (age 0-6) but food/drinks aren't included.
  • 📍 Meeting point: Budapest, Jane Haining Rakpart, Dokk 11, 1052
  • 🗺️ Use tram line 2 to arrive at  Széchenyi István tér stop . You can find Silverline Cruises closest to Elisabeth Bridge.
💡 Cruise alternative : Check out Hungaria Koncert's drinks cruise , which offers a cocktail cruise with folk music, onboard an atmospheric and luxurious ship.

7. Budapest Dinner Cruise with Buffet Libre, Folk Dance Show & Music

The dinner area of Hungaria Koncert's river cruise boat with guests enjoying themselves.

✔️  Buffet Libre  — this dinner cruise is a great way to taste various Hungarian dishes.

✔️  Two Welcome Drinks  — you can choose from various alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.

✔️  Great Atmosphere  — you feel like you're in an early 20th century cabaret and forget about the outside world for 2 hours.

✔️  Folk Dance and Music Show  — features one of the best live folklore music and dance shows with authentic and award-winning performers.

✔️  Full Danube Circuit  — the cruise covers everything worth seeing, from Margaret Island all the way down to the National Theatre/Palace of Arts.

✔️  Long Cruise  — the cruise lasts 1.5-2 hours, which gives ample time to eat, drink and see the sights at night.

❌  Not Great for Sightseeing  — the views from the ship are mediocre (no 360°, fences blocking the view), spaces for sightseeing are both few/small, the dinner and folk show are more interesting so you'll focus on that and won't see the sights.

❌  Not Fine Dining Quality  — the food is fine, but mid-range restaurants (and up) serve better quality food.

Hungaria Koncert runs this excellent dinner cruise with live Hungarian folk music and dance performance.

There's an unlimited buffet of various Hungarian dishes and a vibe that’s comparable to an early 20th century cabaret.

🎥 Video: Watch my video summary with live footage of Hungaria Koncert's dinner cruise.

About Hungaria Koncert

Hungaria Koncert is a cruise operator and organizes different touristic activities. They've been operating since (at least) 1995.

Cruise Duration

  • This cruise lasts 1.5 or 2 hours depending on which cruise you choose — 7 pm or 10 pm . This gives ample time to enjoy the delicious food, the unique folk performance, and explore the ship.

What's Included

Two Hungaria folk dancers on Hungaria Koncert's dinner cruise coming up the stairs.

  • You get to enjoy the show of award-winning music and dance performers who are going to give you an amazing time.

Laid table with cutlery and food on Hungaria Koncert's dinner cruise.

  • ‍ You get access to a buffet libre of a variety of Hungarian dishes . Meals include goulash soup, stuffed cabbage, beef stew, somlói Galuska, a variety of strudels, and more.
  • The quality of the food is good but isn’t Michelin 2-star grade. Even so, it’s a great way to try out a variety of Hungarian dishes at once.

Dance and Music Performance

Hungarian folk music performers entertaining guests with violin music on Hugaria Koncert's cruise boat.

  • On the top deck, there are folklore dance and music performances for dinner guests only.
  • The music gave the trip an early 20th century cabaret vibe .

Guests waiting in line to board Gróf Széchenyi river cruise ship.

  • The interior of the ship has a classical and luxurious feel , including chandeliers, a teak wood interior, custom-made floor carpet, intarsia decorated walls, and more.

The dinner area of Hungaria Koncert's river cruise boat with guests enjoying themselves from the outside looking in through the windows.

  • There are two symmetrical indoor sections on the top deck and a total of four outdoor areas - two on the sides and two at each end of the ship.

The openair section of Hungaria Koncert's river cruise ship on the top deck.

  • The outdoor side areas are available for sightseeing guests; the rest of the level is reserved for dinner guests.
  • T he sides have 180° views , while the front and back are 360° , but fences obstruct the view.

The interior of Hungaria Koncert's river cruise boat with guests enjoying themselves.

  • The lower deck has the same look and feel as the rest of the ship. There is only one area accessible - immediately to the right of the entrance. This area is for people with non-dinner tickets. It includes a bar with reasonable prices, tables with chairs, and a folklore trio performance.
  • 📅 Schedule: every day at 19:00, and on weekends at 22:00
  • ✔️ Infant/children discount: free for children (age 0-5)
  • 📍 Meeting point: Budapest, Id. Antall József rkp., 1051
  • 🗺️ Use tram line 2 to arrive at Széchenyi István tér stop.  You can find Hungaria Koncert next to Széchenyi Chain bridge.
💡 Pricing 55€ vs. 72€ — What's the difference? Those with a regular dinner cruise ticket (55€) won't be able to see the folk dance show - they need to buy the 72€ ticket if they do. There's nothing stopping you from going over to the other side for a sneak peek, though.

8. Best Cocktails, Craft Beer or Wine Tasting Cruise

Hungarian folk music performers entertaining guests with violin music on Hugaria Koncert's cruise boat.

I have already mentioned the dinner cruise offered by Hungaria Koncert above.

However, they also offer a more affordable boat tour with drinks , which takes place on the same ship.

The only difference is that this event is on the ship's lower deck and features a live folk violin trio to entertain you.

There is also an open-air area where you can drink and enjoy spending time.

The basic ticket is reasonably priced and includes a drink . You can also upgrade to options offering craft beer, cocktails, exquisite wines, or even unlimited drinks .

The atmosphere is reminiscent of an early 20th-century cabaret.

🎥 Video: Watch my video summary with footage of Hungaria Koncert's cruise. Even though this is about their dinner cruise, you'll be on the same vessel.

Indoor Area

  • The bottom deck area has the same 20th-century cabaret feel as the rest of the ship.

Outdoor Area

  • The sides of the view offer 180° views, so unfortunately you can't see both Buda and Pest at the same time.

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  • The basic ticket is reasonably priced and includes a drink .
  • You can also upgrade to options offering craft beer, cocktails, exquisite wines, or even unlimited drinks .
  • If you buy the more expensive tickets you will be seated upstairs in the dinner guest area instead of slightly less luxurious bottom deck area.

9. Best Pizza and Unlimited Beer Cruise

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Enjoy the stunning river views of Budapest while sipping unlimited beer and one pizza with Silverline's cruise.

🎥 Video: Take a look at the teaser video for the cruise to get an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that the Cocktail Cruise and Pizza & Beer cruise are happening at the same time.

The Food and Drinks

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  • Indulge in a delicious pizza of your choice such as Hawaii, Hungarian, Salami, Ham and Corn, and Quattro Formaggi.
  • During the cruise, you can enjoy unlimited draft beer and soft drinks .
  • ❌ Infant/children discount: no

10. Cheapest Sightseeing Cruise

The Budapest Palace during the day, from the perspective of Mahart-BKK's sightseeing cruise.

✔️  Cheapest Cruise in Budapest  — perfect for travelers that value affordability.

✔️  Unlimited Cruises  — for the same day with one ticket, excellent in case you have the urge to binge cruise in Budapest.

✔️  Great for Getting Around  — there's an option to disembark on Margaret Island or at any of the four other stops.

❌  Low Quality  — I'm not mincing words here, this is a bare-bones, low-quality sightseeing cruise.

❌  Smell of Fuel   — a strange smell is often present on the boat.

❌  Five Stops  — the boat docks and undocks 5 times during the cruise, which isn't fun.

❌ Crowded —  the ship is small and cramped to begin with but wait till the Hungarian pupils on school trips arrive.

‍ Update: This boat tour is only available during the summer season.

A dirt-cheap sightseeing cruise that ranks low in quality compared to other options. Great if you're on an  extremely  tight budget.

Note that this cruise does not have public reviews, as it is a public service boat service operated by a government-owned company (Mahart). Tickets must be purchased on the spot and cannot be reserved in advance.

🎥 Video: Watch my video summary with live footage of BK-Mahart's sightseeing cruise.

Detailed breakdown

BKK-Mahart's sightseeing boat.

  • It seemed old and in need of renovation.

The top deck with rows of seating on Mahart-BKKs's sightseeing boat.

  • Poor seat layout , crowded, partial view due to roof and side columns. It wasn't too crowded when I went, so it was acceptable.

The Bottom Deck

The interior of BKK-Mahart's sightseeing boat.

  • The smell of gas/fuel , poor seat layout, dim lighting, mediocre views, and uncomfortable seat cushions.

5 Stops During the Cruise

Embarking/disembarking on Mahart-BKKs's sightseeing boat.

  • The ship makes 5 stops , which takes away from the experience, but allows for a drop-off at Margaret Island . The smell of gas intensified during docking.

No Pre-Booking Available

  • It is not possible to book this cruise in advance, but tickets can be purchased in person at the BKK-Mahart kiosk .
  • 📅 Schedule: Tuesday-Saturday at 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00 and 20:00 (don't go on Mondays like I did!)
  • ❌ Onboard wi-fi: no
  • ❌ Wheelchair accessible: yes
  • ❌ Baby stroller accessible: yes
  • ✔️ Infant/children discount: free for children (age 0-7)
  • 📍 Meeting point: Batthyány tér - Vigadó tér, 1051 Budapest
  • 🗺️ How to get there: Use tram line 2 to arrive at Március 15.  You can find Mahart ticket booth in front of you after you descend the stairs at Vigado tér. The boat will be the left from it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can i prepare for a river cruise during the winter or summer.

Summer: Have sunscreen, water, an umbrella, and sunglasses for daytime cruises in the warmer months.

In rainy weather, the open-air deck may be closed. In stormy weather, cruises are canceled. They'll either refund you or offer an alternative cruise if this happens. ‍

Winter: The heated cabin's windows tend to fog up, blocking the views, depending on how well the windows are insulated.

You can always go out to get a few photo shots, then rush back to the safety of the heated cabin. Open-air sightseeing during the winter can be less enjoyable due to cold weather and winds, so it's best to dress warmly, wear layers, and protect your face.

How can I avoid overcrowded boat tours?

If you want to avoid crowded boat tours, you can follow these steps: visit during the off-season, choose daytime tours instead of night tours, or opt for more expensive cruises.

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Budapest, the stunning capital of Hungary, is known for its rich history, architectural marvels, and the majestic Danube River that gracefully flows through the heart of the city. To truly experience the beauty and charm of Budapest, embarking on a boat tour is an absolute must. From leisurely sightseeing cruises to romantic dinner cruises and lively music-filled journeys, Budapest offers a wide range of boat tours to suit every traveler’s preferences. In this article, we will explore the different types of Budapest boat tours that allow you to discover the city’s treasures from the comfort of a boat.

Danube River Cruise Budapest: A Danube River Cruise in Budapest is the epitome of elegance and enchantment. These cruises take you along the iconic Danube River, providing breathtaking views of Budapest’s architectural wonders such as the Parliament Building, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, and the splendid waterfront. Whether you opt for a short one-hour cruise or a longer excursion, the Danube River Cruise offers a fantastic introduction to the city’s landmarks.

Budapest River Tour: A Budapest River Tour offers a comprehensive exploration of the city’s highlights from the water. These tours typically cover both sides of the Danube, allowing you to admire the contrasting beauty of Buda and Pest. You’ll witness the grandeur of landmarks like Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square, and the iconic Parliament Building while enjoying informative commentary that unveils the city’s history and culture.

Budapest Sightseeing by Boat: For those seeking a leisurely and informative sightseeing experience, Budapest Sightseeing by Boat tours are an excellent choice. These tours often combine the comfort of a boat with the expertise of knowledgeable guides who provide fascinating insights into Budapest’s landmarks, bridges, and riverside attractions. From the comfort of your seat, you can soak in the panoramic views and capture memorable photographs.

Budapest Dinner Cruise: To add a touch of romance and luxury to your Budapest experience, a Dinner Cruise is an ideal option. These cruises allow you to indulge in a delectable dinner while cruising along the Danube, surrounded by the city’s illuminated landmarks. As you savor your meal, the breathtaking views of Budapest’s nighttime skyline create a truly magical ambiance.

Budapest Evening Cruise: An Evening Cruise in Budapest offers a delightful combination of relaxation, sightseeing, and entertainment. These cruises typically take place during sunset or under the starry night sky, providing a mesmerizing atmosphere. Some evening cruises also feature live music, allowing you to enjoy traditional Hungarian tunes or even jazz performances while gliding along the Danube.

Budapest Cruise with Live Music: If you have a penchant for music, a Budapest Cruise with Live Music will captivate your senses. These tours feature talented musicians who serenade passengers with enchanting melodies, adding an extra layer of enjoyment to the scenic river journey. From classical tunes to folk music, these live performances enhance the cultural experience and create a memorable ambiance.

Budapest Cruise and City Tour: Combining the best of both worlds, a Budapest Cruise and City Tour provides a comprehensive exploration of the city. These tours often include a guided walking tour of Budapest’s landmarks and attractions, followed by a relaxing boat cruise along the Danube. It’s a perfect choice for those who wish to delve deeper into the history and culture of Budapest.

Budapest Boat Trip: For a more casual and laid-back experience, a Budapest Boat Trip allows you to simply enjoy the river and the city’s picturesque views. These tours offer a relaxed atmosphere, giving you the freedom to soak in the beauty of Budapest at your own pace. It’s an ideal option for those who prefer a less structured

Budapest River Cruise Price 2024

The prices for Budapest boat tours can vary depending on the duration, inclusions, and the level of luxury offered. Here’s an overview of the approximate price ranges for different types of Budapest boat tours:

  • Danube River Cruise Budapest:
  • One-hour sightseeing cruises: Starting from €10 to €20 per person.
  • Longer excursions with extended sightseeing: Prices range from €20 to €40 per person.
  • Budapest River Tour:
  • Guided river tours covering both sides of the Danube: Prices start from €15 to €30 per person.
  • Budapest Sightseeing by Boat:
  • Informative sightseeing tours with commentary: Prices range from €15 to €30 per person.
  • Budapest Dinner Cruise:
  • Evening cruises with a dinner included: Prices typically start from €40 to €80 per person, depending on the menu and dining options.
  • Budapest Evening Cruise:
  • Evening cruises with scenic views: Prices range from €20 to €40 per person.
  • Budapest Cruise with Live Music:
  • Cruises featuring live music performances: Prices start from €30 to €60 per person.
  • Budapest Cruise and City Tour:
  • Combined walking tour and boat cruise: Prices typically range from €30 to €50 per person.
  • Budapest Boat Trip:
  • Casual boat trips with no specific itinerary: Prices can range from €10 to €25 per person.

Please note that these prices are approximate and can vary based on factors such as the tour operator, season, additional inclusions, and any special offers or discounts available. 

Budapest Boat Tours Opening Hours 2024

The opening hours for Budapest boat tours can vary depending on the tour operator and the specific tour or cruise you choose. However, most boat tours in Budapest operate within the following general time frames:

  • Sightseeing cruises: These tours often have multiple departures throughout the day, starting as early as 10:00 AM and running until late afternoon or early evening.
  • Evening cruises: These typically start around sunset, which can vary depending on the time of year. During the summer months, evening cruises can continue until late at night.
  • Guided river tours: These tours usually have scheduled departures in the morning or early afternoon, with the last tour departing in the late afternoon.
  • Sightseeing tours with commentary: These tours may have multiple departure times throughout the day, starting from the morning and running until the late afternoon.
  • Evening dinner cruises: These tours typically start in the evening, around dinner time, and can continue until late at night.
  • Evening cruises: These tours generally start around sunset and can run for a few hours, allowing passengers to enjoy the illuminated cityscape of Budapest.

It’s important to note that opening hours can vary depending on the season, with longer operating hours during the summer months when there are more daylight hours. Additionally, it’s recommended to check with specific tour operators or visit their websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding opening hours, as they may be subject to change.

Important Information

A Budapest river cruise is a fantastic way to explore the enchanting city of Budapest and admire its stunning landmarks from the Danube River. Here are some important details to keep in mind for your Budapest river cruise:

Duration and Timing: Budapest river cruises can vary in duration. Shorter sightseeing cruises typically last around 1 to 2 hours, while dinner cruises or themed cruises can extend to 3 hours or more. It’s important to check the specific timing of your chosen cruise, including the departure time and any available options for daytime or evening cruises.

Meeting Point: River cruises in Budapest usually have designated meeting points along the Danube River. These can vary depending on the tour operator and specific cruise. Be sure to arrive at the meeting point in advance to check-in and board the boat on time. The exact meeting point will be provided in your booking confirmation.

Inclusions and Amenities: Different river cruises in Budapest offer various inclusions and amenities. Some cruises provide guided commentary, while others may offer live music, onboard dining options, or access to open-air decks for panoramic views. Check the details of your chosen cruise to understand what is included and what additional services or features are available.

Dress Code: The dress code for Budapest river cruises is typically smart casual. While there is no strict dress requirement, it’s recommended to dress comfortably and consider the weather conditions. For dinner cruises, slightly more formal attire may be appropriate.

Weather Considerations: Budapest experiences varying weather throughout the year. It’s advisable to check the weather forecast before your river cruise and dress accordingly. Additionally, be aware that cruises may be subject to cancellation or alteration in case of inclement weather or unfavorable river conditions. Stay in touch with the tour operator for any updates or changes.

Photography Opportunities: Budapest river cruises provide excellent opportunities for photography. From capturing iconic landmarks like the Parliament Building and Chain Bridge to the picturesque river views, be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to capture memorable moments during the cruise.

Accessibility: It’s important to inquire about the accessibility options available on the river cruise. Some boats may have facilities to accommodate individuals with mobility challenges, but it’s advisable to check with the tour operator in advance to ensure a comfortable experience.

By keeping these important details in mind, you can make the most of your Budapest river cruise, enjoying the breathtaking views, iconic landmarks, and the unique charm of the Danube River as it flows through this remarkable city.

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Budapest boat tours are guided excursions that take place on the Danube River, allowing visitors to explore the city’s iconic landmarks, bridges, and riverside attractions from a unique perspective. These tours offer a variety of experiences, ranging from sightseeing cruises to dinner cruises, and provide a memorable way to discover Budapest’s beauty.

The duration of Budapest boat tours can vary depending on the type of tour chosen. Sightseeing cruises typically last around 1 to 2 hours, while dinner cruises and themed cruises can extend to 3 hours or more. The specific duration will be specified by the tour operator.

Booking a Budapest boat tour is usually done through the tour operator’s website or by contacting them directly. Many tour operators provide online booking platforms where you can select the desired tour, choose the date and time, and make a secure payment to confirm your reservation.

Yes, Budapest boat tours can be enjoyed by children, but it’s advisable to check with the specific tour operator regarding age restrictions and suitability for young children. Some cruises may offer special family-friendly options or discounted rates for children.

The language of the boat tours can vary depending on the tour operator and the specific cruise. Many boat tours provide multilingual audio commentary or live guides who speak several languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. It’s recommended to check with the tour operator to ensure language options are available for your preferred tour.

Budapest boat tours generally operate in various weather conditions, but they may be subject to alteration or cancellation in cases of severe weather or unfavorable river conditions. It’s advisable to check the weather forecast before your tour and stay in touch with the tour operator for any updates or changes.

The provision of food and drink depends on the type of boat tour chosen. Sightseeing cruises typically do not include meals, but snacks and drinks may be available for purchase onboard. Dinner cruises, on the other hand, often offer a full dining experience with a set menu or buffet.

Wheelchair accessibility can vary among different boat tour operators. Some boats may have facilities to accommodate individuals with mobility challenges, including ramps and accessible restrooms. It’s recommended to check with the specific tour operator regarding wheelchair accessibility to ensure a comfortable experience.

The dress code for Budapest boat tours is generally smart casual. Comfortable attire and shoes are recommended, especially for sightseeing cruises. For dinner cruises or more formal events, slightly more formal attire may be appropriate. It’s also advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater, as it can get breezy on the river.

Yes, Budapest boat tours are available throughout the year, but the availability and frequency may vary depending on the season and weather conditions. The peak tourist season generally runs from spring to autumn, with more frequent departures and a wider selection of tours. Some tours may have reduced schedules or operate on a seasonal basis during winter months.

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Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Unlimited Prosecco

  • Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Unlimited Prosecco

Soak in the unmatchable panorama of Budapest on a nighttime boat ride along the Danube. Witness the most important landmarks of the city as you sip on unlimited glasses of high-quality Prosecco.

  • 75 minutes • Guiding available • Available today

Budapest: Premium Evening Cruise with Tokaj Frizzante

  • Budapest: Premium Evening Cruise with Tokaj Frizzante

Admire Budapest from the Danube River aboard an elegant sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a boat tour with the stunning view of Budapest while you sip on a complimentary glass of Tokaj Premium Frizzante.

  • 1 hour • Available today

Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

  • Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

Enjoy an evening sightseeing tour of Budapest on a Danube River cruise, taking in the landmarks and monuments on both shores. Hear about the attractions you pass from a multilingual audio guide and sip your favorite beverage along the way.

  • 1 hour • Guiding available • Available today

Budapest: City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink

  • Budapest: City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink

See another side of Budapest from the River Danube on a sightseeing cruise and enjoy a welcome drink. Admire the famous bridges, Buda Castle, Várkert Bazár, and panoramic city views.

  • 1 hour • Available tomorrow

Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

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Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Budapest on a Danube River cruise, taking in the landmarks and monuments on both shores. Hear about the attractions you pass from a multilingual audio guide and sip your favorite beverage along the way.

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Budapest: Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music

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Marvel at the illuminated beauty of Budapest and enjoy a lovely candle-lit dinner accompanied by relaxing live music. Experience a magical evening on the Danube River aboard an elegant cruise.

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Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

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Make the most of your Budapest experience by combining a cruise with live music entertainment and a Hungarian dinner on the Danube River. Try all the 'must haves' aboard the unique Gróf Széchényi ship

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Budapest: Downtown Budapest Cocktail Cruise Winter Edition

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Sail along the Danube at sunset with this scenic river cruise and admire views of the city as it lights up for the evening. Indulge in 3 freshly prepared cocktails and buy extra drinks from the bar.

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Budapest: Skyline Sightseeing Cruise with Parliament View

  • Budapest: Skyline Sightseeing Cruise with Parliament View

Hop aboard a comfortable boat and experience the enchanting beauty of Budapest from the Danube River on this sightseeing cruise. Take in the charm of the picturesque Danube Promenade.

Budapest: Downtown Budapest Cruise with Pizza and Beer

  • Budapest: Downtown Budapest Cruise with Pizza and Beer

Enjoy a scenic cruise on the Danube River through the heart of Budapest. Savor pizza on board, accompanied by unlimited beer and soft drinks, while taking in views of the iconic sights of the city.

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Our Agency offers a wide range of Danube river cruise Budapest. We offer public Budapest sightseeing cruise upon schedule and private river boat tours on the Danube section of Budapest, as well as in the section outside Budapest. Beside Danube cruise programs, river boat hire is available for  corporate events , receptions , private events , parties and wedding receptions . Discover the beautiful Danube Bend or the Margaret Island with us! Enjoy our open bar, fine foods or a wine tasting program on board, and spend an unforgettable time on the Danube. River cruise Budapest programs can be ordered from 20 people on any day of the week, with an individual departure time. The basic shipping time of the cruises can be extended on demand. Many entertainment program and a wide range of services can be ordered also to all boat cruises. A professional tour guide can join your group by your choice, to make the sightseeing experience even more special. In case outside river cruise Budapest, the duration of navigation may be influenced by the current water level. We recommend additional services, clicking to BudapestEvent Agency and Budapestevent Hostess websites.

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Public budapest sightseeing river cruise, budapest sightseeing cruise with drinks.

Min. participants: 20 pax Cruise duration: 1.5 hour

The basic public Budapest sightseeing river cruise includes limited drink selection and champagne. River cruises are available during all year upon scheduled departure time at daylight as well as in the evening. The 1.5 hour cruise starts from Margaret Bridge on Pest side, up to the southernmost bridge of Budapest, the Rákóczi Bridge. During the sightseeing cruise a cash bar also available on the boat. A tour guide voice is played during the trip.

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Sightseeing cruise with drinks+food tasting

Min. participants: 20 pax Cruise duration: 1.5 hrs

Public Budapest sightseeing river cruise with food tasting, limited drink selection and champagne. River cruises are available during all year upon scheduled departure time at daylight as well as in the evening. The 1.5 hour cruise starts from Margaret Bridge on Pest side, up to the southernmost bridge of Budapest, the Rákóczi Bridge. During the sightseeing cruise a cash bar also available on the boat. A tour guide voice is played during the trip.

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Private Budapest sightseeing cruise with dinner, wine tasting

Sightseeing cruise with dinner / lunch.

Min. participants: 30 pax Cruise duration: 2 hrs

River cruise Budapest available with dinner or lunch during all year, with a pre-booked departure time. The two-hour sailing includes a full Budapest sightseeing tour. The program starts from Margaret Bridge and bypassing Margaret Island, up to the southernmost bridge of Budapest, the Rákóczi Bridge. Extend the duration of river cruise Budapest, have fine drinks, so enjoy your boat program. Hire a Gypsy music band, folk show, live music performers or party DJ and entertainment programs for the cruising.

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Budapest sightseeing cruise + wine tasting

Min. participants: 30 pax Cruise duration: 1.5 hrs

The Budapest sightseeing cruise with wine tasting is available during all year. Make your booking with a pre-booked departure time for daylight or evening. The one and half hours sailing includes a full sightseeing tour. The boat cruise starts from Margaret Bridge and bypassing Margaret Island, up to the southernmost bridge of Budapest. You can extend the length of cruise and fine drinks, wines are available upon request. Book a Gypsy band, live music band, Hungarian folk show or any entertainment to your Danube cruise.

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Sightseeing cruise + Margaret Island tour

Min. participants: 30 pax Tour duration: 3.5 hrs

The Margaret Island tour can be ordered with sightseeing cruise in Budapest for any day of the year, with a pre-booked departure time. The tour includes a Budapest sightseeing cruise with meal and drinks, as well as a mooring on the Margaret Island. Program also includes one and half hours island visit to see the sights. The duration of the Danube river cruise Budapest can be extended on request. River boat hire  can be complemented with Gypsy music band, folklore show, live music performers, DJs, and any  entertainment programs .

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Folklore boat with sightseeing cruise.

The folklore boat includes a sightseeing river cruise Budapest. The program is available with a pre-booked departure time for the daylight or evenings. The two-hour cruise includes a dinner or lunch prepared with fine Hungarian dishes and Hungarian wines. The program includes Hungarian folk dancers, as well as welcome hostesses and a Gypsy band on demand. You can extend the duration of the river cruise as required.

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Budapest August 20 fireworks river cruise

Min. participants: 30 pax Program duration: 3 hrs

August 20 Danube river cruise in Budapest with dinner, fine drinks and viewing of fireworks. The three-hour basic program includes a sightseeing river cruise and the view of evening fireworks on the Danube. The program can be extended with further evening Danube cruise, wine tasting and fine selection cocktails. Book a Gypsy band, live music band or party DJ and any entertainment to your special Danube cruise program.

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Private party boat rental in Budapest

Min. participants: 20 pax Cruise duration: 2-8 hrs

Party boat rentals can be booked for private parties, birthday party, bachelor party and bachelorette party programs. The program includes an unlimited beverage package, music program and on-demand dining. Private cruise can be ordered for any day of the year with pre-booked arbitrary departure times. Select the duration of your private cruise in Budapest. Hire Danube party boat with a special decoration, live music, party DJ and entertainment programs .

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Budapest New Year party Danube cruise

Min. participants: 30 pax Cruise duration: 5-8 hrs

New Year’s Eve Danube boat party program in Budapest with sightseeing cruise, buffet dinner, unlimited drink consuption and the party DJ. The five-hour basic program includes Danube cruise in the illuminated Budapest, a buffet dinner with unlimited drinks. The basic program can be extended with further evening Danube navigation, wine tasting and a fine selection of cocktails is also available. Hire live music performers, party entertainers and any entertainment program for the party.

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Szentendre boat tour with lunch / dinner.

Min. participants: 30 pax Cruise duration: 4 hrs

Danube boat tour to Szentendre is available during all year, with a pre-booked departure time for daylight or evening. The four-hour tour includes the Budapest – Szentendre – Budapest cruise, lunch or dinner on the boat and drinks . The program can be complemented with mooring at Szentendre, including sightseeing. Extending of cruise time is available. Hire a Gypsy band, live music band, party DJ or any entertainment to your Danube boat program.

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Visegrad boat tour with lunch / dinner

Min. participants: 30 pax Cruise duration: 6 hrs

The boat trip to Visegrad is available during all year, with a pre-booked departure time for daylight or evening. The six-hour tour includes the Budapest – Visegrad – Budapest cruise, lunch or dinner on the boat and drinks . Add mooring at Visegrad to your program, so have a memorable sightseeing! Extending of cruise time and Esztergom boat tour is also available, as well as the Budapest sightseeing. Book a Gypsy band, live music band or party DJ and any entertainment to your boat trip.

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Danube Bend tour with lunch / dinner

Min. participants: 40 pax Cruise duration: 8 hrs

The Danube Bend tour is available during all year, with a pre-booked departure time for daylight or evening. The 8-hour trip includes the Budapest – Danube Bend – Budapest cruise, lunch or dinner on the boat, and drinks . Mooring at Visegrad and have a sightseeing! Extending of boat tour is available with a trip to Esztergom, as well as a sightseeing tour in Budapest. Book a Gypsy band, live music band, party DJ or any entertainment to your Danube boat program.

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Esztergom boat tour with lunch / dinner

Min. participants: 40 pax Cruise duration: 12 hrs

The boat tour to Esztergom is available during all year, with a pre-booked departure time for daylight or evening. The 12-hour tour includes the Budapest – Esztergom – Budapest cruise, lunch or dinner on the boat and drinks . Complement your Danube cruise with mooring at Esztergom, so have a sightseeing! Extend the duration of your program with docking at Visegrad also, as well as with Budapest sightseeng! Hire any entertainment to your Danube boat tour.

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Join us for a Dinner Cruise program on the river Danube in Budapest. During the cruise you will see the most beautiful sights of Budapest. As you get on board to our floating restaurant you will will be welcomed by our staff and a Hungarian music Band.

To ensure a high quality dinner experience, we work together as a team with one of the best catering servicein Budapest. We provide famous Hungarian specialities like Goulash Soup and International dishes along with vegetarian options.

The dinner option also includes 3 drinks: a glass of welcome drink champagne or soft drink, a glass of wine and mineral water.

We hope that all guest with different taste can find their favourite.

Soups: Beef Goulash Soup

Main Courses: Chicken Paprikash with Noodles

Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Salads: Coleslaw Salad

Beet Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Quinoa Salad with Vegetables

Dessert: Sponge Cake Somloi Style

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Or cruise with 7 different wine samples, boat tours location, dock name: akademia dock 3, what is worth doing in budapest, thermal baths in budapest, budapest is a city of spas, there are great opportunities for bathing all year round. there are many excellent spas in and around budapest., we mainly recommend the szechenyi spa. this is the most famous spa in budapest:, the gellért spa in the heart of the city offers at least a little fame and good fun. an excellent choice for those who want to relax., in 3rd and 4th place we recommend the pascal baths and the palatinus strad for those who don’t like the huge crowd, then these baths are the solutions. the goods are also cheaper than the 2 main baths, really good deal, phone: +36 30 914 5612, e-mail: [email protected], budapest365 - all rights reserved © 2021, budapest boat tour.

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During the trip, we offer seven different Hungarian wine specialties for tasting in order to cover the notable regions of the Hungarian wine landscape. The drinks are served one after the other accompanied by a presentation, constantly raising the stakes towards fuller-bodied wines. While you take part in another adventure on the back of the flavors, the boat takes you around the heart of the city under the six emblematic bridges of Budapest.

Inclusions: - 7 different wines for tasting - Sightseeing river cruise - Live music entertainment

The lineup of the programme:

• Tokaji Furmint • Büttner Pinot Grigio • Molnár rosé • György-Villa villányi Merlot • Pastor Red for Meat • Tokaji szamarodni édes • Tokaji aszú 5 puttonyos

Every day of the year 19:00 – 21:00 2 hours long EXCLUDE DATES: 2022-2023 - December 24,25,31 - January 01 - February 14 - August 20

Departure: 19:00 Meeting time: 30 minutes before the cruise (18:30)

Meeting point Akadémia port 3, Gróf Széchényi Ship

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Soak up soothing steam at a Budapest thermal bath. Learn to waltz at a Viennese dance school. Savor Austro-Hungarian cuisine in Vienna and Budapest. Admire the Wachau Valley’s beauty. Explore lesser-known Central European cities like Bratislava and Passau. Witness daily monastic life on an exclusive visit to Göttweig Abbey. This eight-day itinerary reveals the best of these places while cruising leisurely through spectacular scenery.

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