The great potential of the Hungarian capital due to its location is a must for every tourist. The Danube, the river that splits the city, gives the visitors a fabulous sight. In Budapest, you will enjoy a spectacular view of both the water and the mainland. There are many opportunities for water sightseeing during a spectacular Danube river cruise in Budapest.
Visiting the Danube Bend
The largest and at the same time the market-leading Hungarian shipping company has plenty of competitors in the Danube shipping. Those who have the opportunity to go on a longer Danube river cruise can choose from the excursion boats. These boats visit historical settlements along the Danube, such as Szentendre, Visegrád or Vác. On the Budapest-Szentendre-Budapest route the small town, known as the Danube Bend’s jewel box, has become a popular destination for excursions because of its historic streets and the city’s artistic life. On the expanded route tourists can visit Visegrád and Esztergom which are of outstanding importance for Hungarian history. The former is famous for its citadel with a breathtaking view, the latter for its historic buildings. You can buy a return ticket for the river cruise from 5720 HUF per person for adults. On the same route, there is a cruise ship along with a stop at Vác, as well as a hydrofoil with a capacity of 71 or 54. The interior of the renovated hydrofoil boats has LCD screens that feature an exterior view of the wide-angle camera at the front of the ship. The hydrofoil represents a slightly higher price range, a return ticket for the before mentioned Budapest-Vác-Visegrád-Esztergom route is 8000 HUF per person for adults. These are all part of the Danube Bend excursion boats. Excursion boats run between April and September, and hydrofoils run from mid-April to late September, except Monday. Domestic hydrofoil cruises are extremely popular: besides the Visegrád, Esztergom and Komárom destinations, in recent years there have been boats to Kalocsa, the “home of peppers”, Baja, Mohács, and the Equestrian Center of Solt. The disadvantage is that there is no snack bar on the hydrofoils, but at the same time spending max one and a half hour on board can be sustained without food.
Foreign Danube river cruises
The MAHART hydrofoil offers foreign cruises too, including the Budapest-Bratislava / Dévény and the Budapest-Vienna two-day cruises. The Budapest-Bratislava route costs 49990 HUF per person, the Budapest Vienna tour costs 53990 HUF (From Budapest to Vienna the travel time is about 7 hours). Prices include bed, breakfast, and guidance.
The navigation on the Danube also offers various program boats, such as the one-hour Danube Corso sightseeing cruise, which offers daily hourly departures from March to the end of December. The Danube Corso program guides tourists between Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge between the sights and memories of Buda and Pest. A welcome drink, which is included in the price, is waiting for the tourists on board. The price of the adult ticket is 3500 HUF, the student is 3000 HUF, and the child ticket is 2000 HUF. The guided tours are available in 11 languages: Hungarian, British English, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. The advantage of the program is that you can be sure to see the most important sights of the Hungarian capital without getting tired of walking and, not least, its favorable price. At the same time those who like romance can enjoy sunset cruises, wine tasting and live music dinner. Those who come on a cruise with a simpler dinner can take part in a music-dinner Danube river cruise for the price of 12000 HUF per person. During this program, visitors can enjoy buffet dinner with cozy live music and an amazing view of the illuminated city. The night tour has the same route as the day cruise. For those who like sparkling life, MAHART PassNave Ltd. offers party cruises, craft beer tasting cruises, etc.
All the cruises listed above are on offer from MAHART PassNave Ltd., the largest passenger shipping company in Hungary. All cruise ships have a buffet on board. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance as these programs are very popular. Tickets can be booked on the website or in person at ticket offices (Batthyány Square and Vígadó Square). Timetables and the full price list can be found on the company’s website: https://www.mahartpassnave.hu/en.
Let’s see you and your family on board very soon.