Budapest River Cruise: The City’s 7 Best Boat Tours
As anyone who’s ever visited Budapest knows, the Danube River is a central, striking feature of the Hungarian capital’s cityscape. With the sprawling bustle of Pest on one side, the rolling hills of Buda on the other, and stately bridges spanning its depths, the waters of the ‘Blue Danube’ are the lifeblood of this city. They also offer a truly unique way to see and experience Budapest: while walking around can get you good views of one side of the city or the other, there is nothing quite like seeing it from the middle, on the water. We have collected some of the best boat tours and river cruise Budapest has to offer; attractions ranging from informational sightseeing to nighttime parties.
Budapest River Cruise: The Top 7 Boat Tours
Budapest River Cruise: BKV Boats
Without a doubt, the most affordable way to take a Budapest boat tour on the Danube is to make your way to one of the city’s public transportation stops located along the river. That’s right: in Budapest, there is actually public transportation that runs up and down the Danube. For the price of one public transportation ticket (2 for a round-trip), you can get what is undoubtedly the most inexpensive, yet engaging, Budapest boat tour that you could possibly wish for.
Budapest River Cruise: The Duna Corso—A Great Way to See the Sights
For a reasonably-priced, flexible option for river cruises, the Duna Corso, run by Mahart, offers hour-long sightseeing cruises that run from 10am to 9:30pm at the height of the summer tourist season. Onboard, each guest will receive a complementary soft drink, beer, or glass of wine, while headsets offer information about the many incredible landmark’s you’ll be passing in multiple languages.
Budapest River Cruise: Dunarama—The Water Limousine
If you’re looking to travel in exclusive style, the Dunarama is for you. While renting this water limousine is certainly more expensive than most other tours, if you get together a larger group of friends or acquaintances, it isn’t too exorbitant. And in addition to luxury and style, you’ll also get speed: once they pull away from the docks, Dunarama’s Water Limousines hit speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour, making this by far the fastest of Budapest’s many boat tours.
Budapest River Cruise: The Operettaship—A Night of Dinner and Music
For those looking to take part in the unique, magical experience of dining on the waters of the Danube, while listening to beautiful music, there is no better option than the Operettaship. Over the course of a two-hour evening boat tour, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal, all while taking in the sights and listening to live performances of pieces by Strauss, Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, and more.
Budapest River Cruise: The Craft Beer Cruise
While Hungary is renowned for its wine, the country’s craft beer scene is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in its own right. And if you’d like to see the beautiful views that a Budapest boat tour has to offer, while also sampling tasty beverages from some of Hungary’s most important rising brewers, then the Craft Beer Cruise is what you’re looking for. Organized by Budapest by Locals, this cruise, held daily, gives you the chance to sample 5 different Hungarian craft beers, and take home a bottle of your favorite as well!
Budapest River Cruise: RiverRide—The Floating Bus
While most visitors to Budapest have been on a boat before, and all have taken buses at one point or another, how many people can say that they've been on a floating bus before? For a truly unique way to make your way around the Hungarian capital, consider RiverRide, the first floating bus tour service in Continental Europe. These iconic boat-bus's tours begin with a dry-land excursion around the main sites of the Pest side of the city, before driving right into the Danube for a cruise that you will never forget.
Budapest River Cruise: Hajoznijo—The Cocktail Cruise
And if beers aren’t really your thing, then Hajoznijo’s Cocktail Cruise might just hit the spot. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with the ship’s unique house cocktail. Over the course of an hour, you can lean back, sip on your cocktail (and perhaps order another), while sights such as the Chain Bridge, Parliament, and Fisherman’s Bastion float on by.
Budapest River Cruise: The Boat Party
Last, but not least, is the Budapest Boat Party. If you’re looking for a truly out-of-this-world experience, this is the cruise for you. This company offers a number of different boat parties, with names ranging from “Sounds of Summer” to “Shipwrecked Boat Party” to “River Rampage”, these trips are guaranteed to be a wild time. Not for the faint-hearted (and certainly not for children), most of these cruises are only held from April to September.
After a day, or night, of cruising up and down the Danube, soaking in the sights of Budapest, it’s only obvious that you’d want a convenient, comfortable, and luxurious place to stay. In terms of both location and its amenities, Fraser Residence Budapest is an incredible choice.
Fraser Residence’s is conveniently situated on the Pest side of the city makes it easy to get around both halves of the city (when you’re not out on the river, that is). From Fraser Residence’s location at the Corvin Quarter, you can quickly make your way to iconic landmarks ranging from the Parliament, to the Danube Panorama, from thermal baths to stately bridges, and everything in between.
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