Danube Cruises in Budapest

The Best-Value Boat Tour in the City!

If you want to see the most romantic face of Budapest take a cruise on the Danube.

That’s what my husband and I did on a hot summer evening.

The boat was spacious, with large, clean panorama windows allowing you to see the many sights along the banks of the river.

We greatly appreciated the air-conditioning (all tours you can book through our site are on air-conditioned boats and operate all year round) because it was hot even after sundown.

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The hosts/hostesses were friendly and assisted with everything.

We had a wonderful evening with a 4-course buffet dinner, live gypsy music, and admired the beautiful city scape draped in warm colours by the setting sun.

You can also take a tour during the day (at 12.00 with coffee/tea, a lunch cruise starting at 14.00, or with cocktail/beer at 16.00).

TIP 1: Evening Cruise with Dinner and Live Music

Dates: every day starting at 19.00

Price: full price: 49 EUR, students 46 EUR (incl. are a 2-hour river tour, dinner with a glass of wine/juice + a small bottle of mineral water + live music by a Gypsy orchestra).

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The view of the Chain Bridge and the Danube at duskMake your stay in the Hungarian capital unforgettable by going on a one and half hour excursion on the river with a pleasant four-course buffet dinner and live music.

Besides the fine meal, a welcome drink, a bottle of mineral water, a glass of wine/beer or soft drink, are also included in the price.

See the beautifully refurbished Parliament in Pest, the elegant neo-renaissance buildings of the Castle Bazaar (also renewed in 2014) and the other prominent sights under the protection of the UNESCO’s World Heritage program.

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

TIP 2: Romantic Valentine’s Day Boat Excursion with Dinner & Music

Date: 14. February 2017., 19.00 – 21.00

Meeting place & time: in Duna Palota at 5. Zrínyi Str. close to the Basilica in the city centre. Please be there by 18.30.

Details & Tickets

romantic dinner setting, view of the illuminated Chian Bridge through a windowIf you want to make Valentine’s Day special take your loved one on a 2-hour boat cruise on the Danube accompanied by warm buffet dinner of 5-courses, where you can sample Hungarian and international dishes, vegetarian offers, desserts and fruits.

The crew will welcome you with a glass of sparkling wine or a shot of pálinka – a local fruit distilate if you feel like having something stronger – or a glass of fruit juice on board the ship.

During the sightseeing tour you can enjoy the wonderful illuminated panorama of the city, the historic landmarks dotting the two sides of the Danube and the magnificent bridges spanning it.

Live music: the renowned Hungaria Folk Orchestra will entertain guests with melodies of folk music.

Price: full price 55 EUR, with wine tasting: , students: 53 EUR, with wine tasting: 31 EUR

Included are:
  • Welcome drink: a glass of sparkling wine/ pálinka (a local fruit distilate) or fruit juice
  • 5-course buffet dinner + a glass of wine or juice + a small bottle of mineral water
  • Sightseeing tour on the Danube
  • live music by the Hungaria Folk Orchestra

Price with hotel pick-up drop off service: 65 EUR/prs, students: 63 EUR/prs.

TIP: The program can also be booked with wine tasting, without dinner.

You’ll be served 7 top-quality Hungarian wines, 8 cl of each:

  • Tokaji Furmint Grand Selection
  • Hilltop Premium Merlot
  • Juhász Blue Frankish Rosé
  • Bodri Szekszárdi Civilis Cuvée
  • Bárdos Pincészet Pinot Grigio
  • Tokaji Szamorodni Sweet
  • Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos

Price with wine tasting, without dinner: 33 EUR, students: 31 EUR.

See more Budapest programs for Valentine’s Day 2017.

Easter Cruise with Dinner & Music,

Dates: 14-15-16-17 April 2017, at 19.00 – 21.00

view of the illuminated Gellert bath and the green Liberty bridge at sunsetA festive river tour will depart on the Easter weekend, on: Good Friday – April 14, Holy Saturday – April 15, Easter Sunday – April 16, and Easter Monday – April 17.

On the 2-hour tour you’ll be treated to

  • a cooked dinner served buffet style – the menu includes Hungarian and international classics,
  • welcome drink,
  • a small bottle of mineral water,
  • live Gypsy music by a string orchestra and
  • a wonderful panorama of the lit up city.
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Night Cruise with Dinner, Every Day, Starting at 22.00

The city is just magnificent after sunset when the lights turn on in the streets, on buildings and the bridges. You’ll see Budapest in a whole new light on our 1.5-hour river excursion starting at 22.00.

A multiple-course dinner served buffet style makes the program even more pleasant. Tickets: full price: 42 EUR, students: 39 EUR.

The Danube and the Chain bridge at night
the Parliament by night

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TIP 3: Sunset Cruise with Cocktails & Music

the Danube at sunset in summerDate & Time: every day between 19.00-21.00

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

Great time to make some memorable photos while cruising on a boat and sipping cocktails to the tunes of an orchestra.

See details and ticket prices of the Sunset Crusie in Budapest!

TIP 4: Craft Beer Cruise, Every Day at 19.00

Date & Time: every day between 19.00-21.00

Price: 27 EUR/prs, student: 25 EUR/prs.

5 bottled craft beers on a wood tableDiscover 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.

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, snacks, and you can soak in one of the world’s most captivating cityscapes from a deck of a sightseeing ship.

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Combo Deals – Pay Less for Two Programs

Reserve another program together with the night cruise starting at 22.00 and get two programs for less than you would pay if you bought the tickets individually.

Dance of the Hungarian State Folk EnsembleTIP: Enjoy

before the boat tours.

This way you not only have a great program for a full evening, but you pay less if you book a Concert/Folk performance + Dinner & Boat Tour as a package.

After concert the friendly, foreign-language speaking hostesses accompany you from the concert venue (Danube Palace or Vigadó hall) to the ship.

It takes about 4-5 minutes to get there by walk. The program ends at cc. 23.00 and the hostesses can call you a taxi to take you back to your hotel.

Daytime River Tours

Although Budapest is striking at night with the bridges and buildings all lit up, you can also have a memorable sightseeing boat tour at daytime.

TIP: The Lunch Tour departing at 14.00 is a great program for kids too (ours love it) – they’ll surely enjoy a boat trip on the river complete with food and drinks. The journey is not too long so even toddlers or babies will have a good time not to mention their parents!

Cruises with Buffet Meal

a couple having dinner on a night boat tourThere are 3 sightseeing boat tours with a 4-course buffet meal every day (starting at 14.00, 19.00 and 22.00).

A glass of wine (or juice) + 1 bottle of water (0,33) are also included in the price. Each tour lasts 1.5 hour.

Danube Cruise with Wine Tasting or a Drink

If you want to skip the food you can choose from three boat tours with drinks:

Holiday Specials

a couple having dinner on night boat tourA perfect way to celebrate some wonderful holidays in Budapest is by going on a unique river tour e.g. on Christmas or New Year’s Eve and Day, and on August 20/St. Stephen’s Day (when you can also see the fireworks from the best possible spot).

Buffet-Style Dinner/Lunch Menu:

Meaning of symbols: G: gluten-free, L: lactose-free, V: vegetarian

Cold Entries:
Spiced cottage cheese cream (G, V)
Pork Cracklings Paste/Tepertőkrém (G, L)(fried pork rind minced to paste, spiced with mustard, finely chopped onions, salt and ground black pepper)

paprikash with potatoAlföld style goulash soup with noodles (L)
From autumn to spring: vegetable cream soup (G, L, V)
Summer: chilled fruit soup (G, L, V)

Main courses:
Mini stuffed cabbage (G)
Traditional chicken paprikash
Roast chicken breast with basil-cheese sauce (G)
Spicy pork rib with thyme (G, L)
Roasted sea fish with Chardonnay sauce (G)

Garnishes & Vegetarian:
Grilled polenta with feta cheese (V)
Grilled vegetables (G, L, V)
Homemade dumplings with spinach and mustard-mushroom sauce (V)
Hash-brown potatoes (G, L, V)
Steak potatoes (G, L, V)
Dumplings (V)

Fresh seasonal salads with dressing (G, V)
Italian pasta salad (L, V)
a couple of mini cakes on a plateSweet corn salad with mayonnaise (G, V)
Caesar’s salad

Home-made strudel
Somló style sponge cake pudding
Mini tarts
Dessert variations Európa style (G)

Fruit basket:
Seasonal and exotic Fruits (G, L, V)

1 glass of wine (or juice) + 1 bottle of water (0,33) or soft drink

Practical Information – Program Details

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

  • Meeting is 30 minutes before the start of the program inside the Danube Palace/Duna Palota (address: Zrínyi utca 5. Bp. 1051, district V.) located in the city centre in the close to the river Danube and the Basilica.
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 start the ship departs taking you on a scenic 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.
  • 90 minutes after 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

a white sightseeing ship plying the DanubeWe took the evening boat trip with live music and dinner on a pleasant summer day.

The sightseeing ship departed from the Kossuth Ship 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

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 admired 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.

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, the romantic ambience created by the gently rocking ship, the magical melodies of the gypsy music (only on tours strating at 19.00) and the 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.

he ParliamentBoth river banks offer many sights: right at the start of the cruise 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.

Chain Bridge and the Gresham Palace

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 toweres 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:

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  1. I'm going on a boat. Yippee!