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.Quick Links:
- Special Cruises: Christmas & New Year
The 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).
A 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).
Dates: every day at 19.00 – 21.00
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). Can be booked with Pick-Up/Drop-Off Service!Buy Your Ticket
Make 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: You can go on a Wine & Cruise Starting at 14.00, 16.00, 19.00 (2 hours) or 22.00 (1.5 hours) if you don’t want to have dinner.
Price of Wine Tasting & Cruise: 33 EUR, students: 31 EUR. 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
Dates in 2017:
- May: 01.-31. every day
- June: 01.-30. every day
- July: 01.-31. every day
- August: 01.-31. every day (except 20th August)
- September: 01.- 30. every day
- November: 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
- December: 02, 07, 14, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
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. Available with hotel pick-up drop-off for + 10 EUR!Book Night Cruise & Dinner!
Date & 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.
Date & Time: every day between 19.00 – 21.00 (except: August 20., December 24., December 31.)
Price: 27 EUR/prs, student: 25 EUR/prs., Pick Up/Drop Off for +14 EUR!
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.
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.
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.
- a spectacular Hungarian Folk performance,
- an orchestra concert or
- an Organ Concert in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
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.
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.
Cruises with Buffet Meal
There 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.
- the 19.00 Evening Dinner Cruise with Music lasts 2 hours,
- the 14.00 Lunch Cruise and the 22.00 Night Cruise with Dinner and Music are 1,5 hours long.
If you want to skip the food you can choose from three boat tours with drinks:
- with 7-tier wine tasting (14.00, 16.00, 19.00, 22.00*on specific dates)
- with mulled wine/cocktails or beer (16.00 – 17.30 between 01. Apr – 30. Dec, and 01 – 08. Jan 2018) and
- with coffee or tea (12.00 – 13.30).
Date & Time: May – end of September, Saturday afternoons
Take the kids on a historic boat named Snow White that travels between Margit Bridge and Petőfi Bridge on Saturdays during the high season.
The unique boat was built 122 years ago and it’s one of the oldest engine-operated ships carrying passengers on the Danube.
For only a couple of hundred HUFs (adult tickets: 500 HUF, children: 300 HUF) you’ll get to see the outstanding panorama of the city, including its most famous landmarks:
- the Parliament,
- Buda Castle,
- the Gellért Hill,
- the Chain Bridge and other bridges.
The tour is 45-minute long.
Departure Times of Snow White
- from Jászai Mari tér: Saturday: 14.00, 15.30, 17.00
- from Petőfi tér: Saturday: 14.45, 16.15, 17.45.
A wonderful program for both sunny and rainy days!
Meaning of symbols: G: gluten-free, L: lactose-free, V: vegetarian
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)
Alföld style goulash soup with noodles (L)
From autumn to spring: vegetable cream soup (G, L, V)
Summer: chilled fruit soup (G, L, V)
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)
Fresh seasonal salads with dressing (G, V)
Italian pasta salad (L, V)
Sweet corn salad with mayonnaise (G, V)
Somló style sponge cake pudding
Dessert variations Európa style (G)
Seasonal and exotic Fruits (G, L, V)
1 glass of wine (or juice) + 1 bottle of water (0,33) or soft drink
Length of the boat excursions: each program 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.
- 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.
We 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,
- 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.
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: