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Budapest Danube River
Budapest Danube River

Budapest Danube River

The Basics

A Danube River cruise is a highlight of many Budapest sightseeing tours, and options include lunch or dinner cruises, wine-tasting cruises, and moonlight cocktail cruises. Alternatively, head out of the city to explore the scenic towns of the Danube Bend, including Esztergom, Visegrad, and Szentendre, before cruising back to Budapest along the river.

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Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises
Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises
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$22.08 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent cruise!
We had the one hour cruise and it was perfect. Nice accommodation and the video along with the audio was an excellent touch. I would highly recommend this to anyone spending time in Budapest.
CHARLENE_X, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Budapest

star-5
Great experience
Renuka_N, Jul 2021
Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises
Very clean boat. Organized well. Good commentary. Friendly staff. Good price. Will definitely recommend it.
star-5
Nice experience
Chelsea_D, Jan 2022
Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises
Really nice experience, very relaxing at night. I do think that at night it might be nice to turn off the TV that accompanies the audio tour, as the glare in the windows can affect pictures.
star-5
Great cruise at Budapest
Malgorzata_U, Dec 2021
Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest
Great experience! I would recommend 100% friendly atmosphere and live music, amazing sightseeing in the evening lights at most popular places I the city.
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Dinner and River cruise
Jarred_M, Dec 2021
Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest
Boat ride on the Danube is a must. The food could have been better, but the overall experience was lovely.
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Budapest by night
Jose_F, Dec 2021
Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises
The monuments are really amazing Nevertheless the audio didn’t work so well. We had to challenge to get it working
star-5
Good tour
Aaditya_U, Jan 2022
Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises
Good tour in a comfortable boat. Directions to reach the boat were accurate. Recommend this. They served a drink on board
star-5
Duna Bend tour
marco_r, Aug 2021
Private All Day Danube Bend Tour From Budapest with lunch and cruise
Very good tour. Nora was a perfect guide. We share the visit of the 3 stops visegrad estergem and sztendre.
star-5
Wonderful
Rebecca_P, Dec 2021
Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest
Wonderful, excellent service. My only comment would be that the pier for boarding was hard to find due to building work.
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very nice and varied trip
Michel_G, Jul 2021
Budapest Danube Bend Full-Day Tour with Lunch
nice day trip with interesting visits, well documented by multi langage competent guide; excellent typical hungarien lunch in a very nice restaurant. Return to Budapest by mini cruise ( 1 hour) along Danube
star-5
Highly recommended
Fred B, Jun 2019
Private All Day Danube Bend Tour From Budapest with lunch and cruise
If you get Attila as your guide, we would highly recommend this tour. We found Attila to be extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, flexible, patient, and interesting. His English is very good, and he has a great sense of humour. His driving was beyond reproach, and his vehicle was comfortable and clean. His choice of Restaurant Nagyvillam for lunch was excellent. Thanks again, Attila, for an awesome day.
star-5
Give it a go you won’t be sorry
Andrea_M, Nov 2021
Dinner & Cruise on the Danube in Budapest
The atmosphere was lovely Good service waiter’s very attentive Food enjoyable The musicians were brilliant getting everyone singing and clapping
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Nice summary of the Danude shores of Budapest
Francois_D, Nov 2021
Budapest Danube River Sightseeing Night Cruise by Legenda City Cruises
We did the tour at the end of our weekend in Budapest and it was a very good summary with historical information of the monuments you can see on the coasts but also a bit within the city itself. This nice one hour cruise is a very nice way to close the loop or to start with I assume a trip in the city.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Boat tours operating on the river include panoramic cruise ships, amphibious coaches, and private small boats.

  • Cruises typically last one to two hours.

  • Bring warm clothing if traveling on an open-air boat—it can get chilly, especially at night.

  • Most boat cruises are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check in advance.

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How to Get There

Wherever you are in the city, it’s easy to get to the riverside. The most popular stretch of the river runs between the Green Bridge and Margaret Island. Cruises leave from both sides of the river, with most piers located close to the Chain Bridge.

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When to Get There

Danube River cruises run regularly year-round, but for the most atmospheric views, opt for a sunset sightseeing cruise or a night cruise. For an unforgettable experience, book a Christmas cruise and admire the waterfront illuminations as you tuck into a festive onboard lunch or dinner.

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Cruising Along the Danube

The Danube is Europe’s second longest river, running for 1,785 miles (2,872 kilometers) from the Black Forest region in Germany to the Black Sea on the east coast of Romania. In total, it passes through an incredible 10 countries and four capital cities. Multi-day cruises to and from Budapest are a popular choice, particularly in the summer and holiday seasons, with destinations such as Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, Passau and the Wachau Valley in Germany, and Bratislava in Slovakia.

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