Budapest Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Budapest Cruises & boat tours

Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

1. Budapest: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Welcome Drink

Discover Budapest on a sightseeing cruise along the River Danube. Relax as you pass by some of the city's most notable landmarks as you sip on a complimentary welcome drink (a glass of prosecco, a seasonal welcome drink, or a soft drink). Climb aboard the pleasure boat at the pier of Budapest's Szent István Park and receive your welcome beverage. Then, cruise down the River Danube, and pass monuments such as the National Parliament, Buda Castle, and the Várkert Bazár, recently restored to its original splendor. Head to the open deck for perfect views of the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall, or look at the floodlit monuments between the Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge from the comfort of an air-conditioned deck with panoramic windows. Experience the city more like a local - although there are no audio or live guides on board the boat, it functions as a floating coffee house or pub experience with its own bar 

Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise and Unlimited Prosecco

2. Budapest: Evening Sightseeing Cruise and Unlimited Prosecco

Discover Budapest at night on a boat trip along the Danube River. Sip on unlimited glasses of high-quality prosecco or homemade lemonade as you admire the Hungarian capital's top sights from the water. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, Liberty Bridge, and much more, and learn about the landmarks from the included audio guide. Choose whether to include a local food platter in your cruise experience. Board the boat on the Pest side of the river. Check in, choose your seat and settle down with a welcome drink of Hungarian sparkling wine, spritzer, or homemade lemonade. Take in the amazing views of Budapest's key attractions from your seat as you listen to the recorded English commentary. When you get thirsty, visit the bar for unlimited free refills on your sparkling wine, spritzer, or lemonade, or buy other drinks if you prefer. Head to the top deck to capture incredible photos of Budapest from the water or you on the boat. Relax as you enjoy the views, drinks, and lounge music. If you choose the option with food, tuck into an assorted platter of Hungarian specialties: cured Mangalica ham, 2 types of homemade sausage, handcrafted hard cheese, marinated fresh goat cheese, grilled red peppers, pickled vegetables, and ciabatta bites. Once you've indulged, return to the dock.

Budapest: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

3. Budapest: Nighttime Sightseeing Cruise

Get a different perspective on Budapest's landmarks with a sightseeing cruise at nighttime. Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and check out other Budapest sights. During the cruise, pass under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges: the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, the Elizabeth Bridge, and the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Cruise by the Danube Promenade and take in Vigadó Square. See the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well as the Royal Palace and the Parliament. Purchase a cold beer in the summer months or a warm tea in the winter months.

Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

4. Budapest: 1-Hour Evening Sightseeing Cruise with Drink

Enjoy this 1-hour evening sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. Sip a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill and circle the Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. Once the tour has concluded, the boat will take you back to the pier in central Budapest.

Budapest: 70-Minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube

5. Budapest: 70-Minute Sightseeing Cruise on the Danube

Embark on a boat trip down the famous River Danube as you get to see Budapest from the water. Cruise under the city's beautiful bridges, see the riverside promenade, and other sights on this sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a cruise which passes under some of Budapest's most well-known bridges. See the Chain Bridge with its guardian lions, as well as the Elizabeth Bridge with its large, bronze statue Encounter the Liberty Bridge, famous for connecting the Central Market Hall with the Gellert Spa. Pass by the picturesque Danube Promenade and take in the sights of Vigadó Square. Take in the city's sights from this unique vantage point on the water. Admire the statue of Saint Gellért atop Gellert Hill, as well other key Budapest landmarks like the Royal Palace and Parliament.

Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

6. Budapest: Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music

Take a cruise on the majestic Danube River and explore Budapest from a different perspective. Enjoy a traditional Hungarian dinner, and live folk music as you take in the city's sights and lights. Depart from the city center, board the Gróf (Count) Széchényi, the biggest vintage ship currently on the Danube. Marvel at its elegant wooden interior and designer carpets, the perfect setting for your travel photos. Make life-long memories as you sail along the river, taking in the sights. Admire the Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle and Citadel from the water. Relax and enjoy Hungarian specialties. Listen to live music performed by 4 members of the award-winning Rajkó Folk Orchestra. Listen to local and international favorites, and make sure to make a request for your party. The buffet dinner includes all the Hungarian must haves: Alföld style Goulash soupTraditional chicken paprikashHungarian strudel variations (dessert) Drinks: One welcome drinkOne glass of beer, wine, mineral water, or a soft drink

Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

7. Budapest: Christmas & New Year Special Danube Dinner Cruises

Make some special memories on your winter holiday as you spend an evening sailing along the Danube. Enjoy a freshly prepared, multi-course dinner as you take in the sights of the city and relax under the stars. Cruise past Budapest’s imperial monuments illuminated at the night. Indulge in good food, and enjoy the festive atmosphere thanks to international popular music and Hungarian favorites. The open bar drink selection includes wine, draught beer, mineral water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and mulled wine. Sample Christmas Dinner Menu: Soup Goulash soup; vegetable cream soup Main Courses Beef stew with home-made dumplings; roast chicken thighs with parsley potato; vegetable casserole; stuffed cabbage; vegetable couscous Desserts Somlói trifle; strudel selection; Beigli (traditional Hungarian Christmas cake with walnuts and poppy seeds) New Year's Eve Menu Options for 2022/23: Red Meat Menu (option A): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizer Poultry liver terrine with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Poultry soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad;French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main dish Sous-vide sirloin beef steak with wild mushroom sauce and French potato gratin Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam Poultry Menu (option B): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizer Poultry liver terrine with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Poultry soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad; French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main dish Chicken breast supreme with wild mushroom sauce, French gratin potatoes Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam Vegetarian Menu (option C): On the table Blue cheese butter with herbs, mini buns Cold appetizerSheep curd cream with red onion chutney infused with Szabolcsi plum pálinka Warm appetizer Cheese soufflé with game sauce, cranberries, and bird salad;French onion soup made using Balatonfelvidék sauvignon blanc reduction and parmesan cheese Main Dish Forest mushroom risotto, with Tokaj wine reduction and parmesan Dessert Kaiserschmarnn with homemade jam

Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

8. Budapest: Daytime Sightseeing Boat Cruise

Enjoy this daytime sightseeing cruise on the legendary blue Danube and sail between the Buda and Pest sides of magical Budapest. Board the boat directly at the pier in central Budapest, and sip a drink of your choice. You can choose a glass of champagne, wine, beer, a soft drink, or mineral water along with a complimentary special Duna Bella lemonade. During the cruise, you’ll see the majestic Chain Bridge and Elisabeth Bridge, admire the massive Budapest Parliament Building, see the Buda Castle on the hill, and circle Margaret Island. You’ll learn about the main sights from the 30-language audio guide. In the summer, you can make an optional stop at the cool and green Margaret Island, if you like. You’ll receive a free map of the small island with recommended walking tours and information about sights to see. Afterward, you’ll board the boat for the return trip to central Budapest.

Budapest: City Sightseeing Booze Cruise w/ Unlimited Drinks

9. Budapest: City Sightseeing Booze Cruise w/ Unlimited Drinks

Discover the sights of Budapest from the water on this sightseeing cruise. Relax with selected drinks from the open bar as you sail. Admire views of the Bronze Shoes, the Citadella fortress, and the Hungarian National Theater. Board the ship in the heart of the city and embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of the capital city of Hungary. Cruise past some of the most prestigious hotels of Budapest, the Bronze Shoes, and the House of Parliament. Capture pictures as you go by the Gellért Hill, the Castle District, the Citadella, and the Hungarian National Theatre. Have unlimited access to beverages like house wines, draught beer, champagne (sweet and dry), soft drinks, tea, coffee, and mineral water. Warm up for a night out in Budapest or take the party on board with the option to purchase shots onboard. Finish your tour at your boarding point.

Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

10. Budapest: Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne

Wine, dine, and dance on this evening cruise along the Danube River. Take in spectacular views of Budapest and watch live entertainment, including a folklore performance and gypsy music. Enjoy your choice of a 3-course meal with champagne for a perfect evening out.  Begin your magical evening the moment you step aboard with a welcome glass of fizz. Alongside your dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free option available), stunning views are on the menu too.  See the inky-dark night and the unique riverscape. Marvel at the spectacular lighting of both the Buda and the Pest side that transform the capital at night. If you book the New Year's Eve Cruise & Party option, enjoy the following additions:-Welcome drink-5-course gala dinner-An abundant buffet dinner offered during the entirety of the cruise-Unlimited drink package (champagne, wines, beers and soft and warm drinks)-Live music-Dance show-Magician artist and illusionist show-DJ live entertainment-Party props including different funny masks-Midnight menu

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4.2 / 5

based on 12,254 reviews

The evening experience was fantastic, the views were absolutely stunning and the Prosecco was free flowing. The boat was extremely comfortable and clean and the team were on hand for anything you need. Audio of key landmarks are clear and in English. Really enjoyed this trip! Not reflective of the trip but I would suggest booking a taxi if you need to when finished as there are very few available at the dock and the ones that we encountered looked official but tried to charge 4 times the amount to get home so be cautious, I would recommend Bolt taxis as the most reliable throughout our trip.

Great deal ! They offer you prosecco and live music, as in the description. We enjoyed everything about this trip so much! It is a must ! I recommend you get there 30 mins before in order to catch the best seats.

Budapest is simply gorgeous. I’ve had the most amazing time on this tour. Very informative, lovely staff and amazing sights. Most definitely recommended :)

Wonderful slide through Danube, with Budapest lights shining the historic buildings.

Nice boat, very good conditions. We've fully enjoy it!