Convenient Bus Sightseeing in Budapest
The Hop On Hop Off tours offer you practical and convenient city sightseeing by bus, showing you the most famous Budapest’s sights.
From the air-conditioned, cool double deckers you can see and learn about the city’s most important historical and cultural monuments.
Guiding is provided through headphones where you can select from several languages to listen to the guide.
In nice warm weather you can enjoy the sunshine on the open-top, cabrio buses while in bad weather you’re protected from the cold and rain in the closed vehicle.
You can hop on and hop off at any stop you like.
Here are the most popular bus tours that we tried and recommend to everyone wanting to quickly, efficienetly see all the famous landmarks.
Details: Tour Companies, Itiniearies, Duration, Tickets
Currently three companies operate hop on hop off bs and boat tours in our city:
- Big Bus Tours – an international company with tours in severaal European cities
- Giraffe Hop on Hop Off by the Citytour Hop On Hop Off Ltd. – their office is located at 2., Andrássy út district VI. and is open: Mon-Sun: 8.30-18.00. The company was founded in 2008 by the merge of two big local travel agencies: Eurama and Budatours. Today Giraffe offers several tours of various lengths (bus, boat, walk) in and outside the Hungarian capital. They have two daytime hop on hopoff bus tours, a boat tour, and a night tour.
- Program Centrum
Each Hop On Hop Off city tour lasts approx. 2 hours, you can hop on and join the tour or get off at any of the stops.
The first tour’s ticket is valid for 48 hours (1. Budapest Circle Sightseeing Tour), the 2. tour’s for 24 hours (2. Budapest City Hop on Hop Off Tour) so you can join the sightseeing when it’s most suitable for you during the 1-day period.
1. Budapest Circle Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Tour – 9 Stops
This Hop On Hop off Budapest Tour includes 9 stops: you can join the sightseeing or leave at any stop you want.
Your ticket will be valid for 48 hours.
Huge discounts (20-60 %) on admission to recommended places of interest at every stop (museums, thermal baths and restaurants).
The audio guide is provided in the following languages:
Price: 21.45 EUR / 6 000 HUF
Itinerary (9 stops):1. Start: Erzsébet Square
A small, centrally located park with a lake and a popular club, concert venue and bistro underneath it: Akvárium Klub.
People bask in the sunshine in good weather sitting on the benches around the lake. The square is also a frequented by skateboarders – you can view their breakneck stunts all year round.
Budapest latest and most spectacular attraction, the Eye also stands there. The gigantic Ferris wheel operates almost all year round, every day from 10.00 to 24.00 and offers a stunning view if you dare to take a ride on it.
The park regularly hosts festivals, one of our favourite is the WAMP Gastro & Design Fair on Sundays.
Landmarks: the City Centre, St Stephen’s Basilica
2. Stop: Liszt Ferenc Square
Landmarks: Music Academy, Budapest’s ” Broadway” (Theaters), the Opera House
3. Stop: Heroes’ Square
Landmarks: two large art museums: Hall of Arts/Műcsarnok and Museum of Fine Arts (currently closed until 2018 due to a major reconstruction project), Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden
4. Stop: Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Landmarks: City Park, Holnemvolt Adventure Park (the former Amusement Park), Hungarian Circus
5. Stop: Central Synagogue in Dohány Street
Landmarks: Jewish Museum, Jewish District
Special discounts: Carmel Kosher restaurant at 31. Kazinczy utca, VII. district 20% off your food bill ), Rent a bike (20% discount).
6. Stop: Gellért Hill
Landmarks: Statue of Bishop St. Gellért, fantastic view from the top of the hill, the Citadel fortress
7. Stop: Funicular, Clark Adam Square
Landmarks: Royal Palace, Hungarian National Gallery, Sándor Palace – residence of the President of the Republic of Hungary
8. Stop: Castle district
One of the oldest part of the city dating back to the early middle ages.
Landmarks: the Royal Palace that houses the History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery, Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, Szentháromság Sqr., lots of Gothic medieval and Baroque buildings, charming cafes and bistros. A couple of smaller museums.
Special Discounts: Hospital in the Rock (1.000 HUF discount ), Cafe Miro ( 20% off your bill ), Jam Pub (20% off your bill).
9. Stop: Parliament
Landmarks: Hungarian Parliament Building, Museum of Ethnography: Kossuth Square and the buidling undergone a fully renovation in 2013.
The spacious square is now a traffic free, green park with a modern Visitor Centre.
2. Budapest City Hop On Hop Off Tour – 14 Stops
See all the wonderful landmarks of Budapest with this chic red double-decker, and other specially designed sightseeing buses.
Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time of your first departure; you may hop off and hop back on the buses at any stop and whenever it suits you during the 24-hour period.
|Departure: April through October: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00.Price: 17.30 EUR / 4 500 HUF/adult, 15.40 EUR / 4 000 HUF/student/adult, free for children under 6.||Languages:
Itieneary (14 stops):
Stop #1: József Nádor tér:
The tour starts in downtown Budapest, near most major hotels near the river Danube.
Stop#2: Dohány Street Synagogue:
The second largest Synagogue in the world, in the heart of the Jewish District of Budapest.
Stop#3: Madách tér:
Across from Városház tér and Deák tér, on Károly Boulevard.
Stop#4: Erzsébet tér:
Right across from the Le Meridien and Kempinski hotels.
Stop #5: Andrássy út:
At the beginning of Andrássy Avenue, near St. Stephen’s Basilica.
It’s full of dazzling buildings (Opera), mansions and former palaces (mainly Art-Nouveau).
Stop#6: Liszt Ferenc tér / Oktogon:
A busy intersection, with plenty of youthful restaurants, cafés and many people.
Stop #7: (Heroes’ Square / City Park):
Hungary’s biggest square with the Millennium Monument: historical statues and famous museums. In the vicinity, the Budapest Zoo, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the Gundel restaurant, the Vajdahunyad Castle and many more attractions await visitors.
Stop #8: Keleti Railway Station / Hungaria Hotel:
The stop is located near Keleti Railway Station.
Stop # 9: Astoria:
In downtown Pest, near the National Museum and the Synagogue.
Stop #10: Chain Bridge / Funicular:
On the Buda side, at the Buda bridgehead of the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, underneath the Castle Hill.
Stop #11: Castle Hill / Dísz tér:
On the Castle Hill, within walking distance from Fishermen’s Bastion, Matthias Church, the Buda Castle and many other historical sights.
Stop #12: Citadel-Gellért Hill:
The highest point of downtown Budapest, with breathtaking views of the city and its river.
Stop #13: Váci utca – Március 15. tér:
Stop # 14: Parliament Building:
The Parliament is Budapest’s most revered building in the government district.
Kossuth Square got revamped in 2013: it is a more compact and greener place now with some statues of prominent Hungarian figures, a visitor center, undergound parking, and a pool in which the facade of the building reflects nicely.