A bus that can swim in the water? It is not a miracle, but the famous Budapest floating bus. When the famous amphibious bus came out in 2009, it was the first in its category on the European continent. This yellow bus is the one that can swim on the Danube. Before the water tour, the sightseeing begins on the mainland. The bus leaves from Széchenyi István Square near the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, from where the tourist pass by Akadémia Street, Garibaldi Street, Nádor Street, and József Attila Street. After that the bus goes to the Synagogue on Dohany Street, from where it continues to Andrássy Avenue. During the way to Heroes’ Square, passengers can enjoy the view of many beautiful buildings like the famous Opera House. Turning to György Dózsa Road, the bus heads towards the Danube.
How to get into the water
While getting closer to the water you can hear some interesting facts about the zoo and the history of the amphibious bus. The splash into the Danube provides an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike. Although the splash is not only for RiverRide passengers but also for those who just pass-by the Danube. Many are attracted to the moment when at the end of the 70-meter ramp the floating bus splashes into the water. You do not travel in such a special vehicle every day, do you? On the water, you are passing the stunning Parliament building, presenting the Margaret Island, the Margaret Bridge, the Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge and, of course, the Parliament building itself. You can also find a lot of interesting information about the Danube, which splits Budapest, during your trip. On the way back, the staff prepared with a game for those who are prepared for amphibians. The lucky ones can win a gift. After reaching the shore, the next stop is the Széchényi István Square.
Let’s talk about some useful facts. This combined sightseeing tour takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes, depending on the traffic and the water level. RiverRide buses operate all year round. From April 1st to October 31st, buses leave 4 times a day (10 am, 12 am, 2 pm, 4 pm), and three times a day for the rest of the year (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm). Visit http://riverride.com/ for the exact schedule. In any case, make sure to consult the shipping company regarding the ship’s schedule, as unexpected events in the water traffic (traffic, water level) may result in changes in the schedule. The price of one adult ticket is 9000 HUF, and the child ticket costs 6000 HUF per person. Children under the age of six can travel free of charge. Above all, Budapest Card is also accepted by RiverRide cruises.
Why to choose RiverRide?
There’s no buffet on board, what’s more, eating and smoking are forbidden too. To sum it up, if you are among the brave ones and are keen on new experience, you should take the RiverRide sightseeing tour. The one-and-half-hour sightseeing tour is definitely worth the price. It is a great advantage for tourists to hear the guide in 12 different languages: British English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian – just to mention the most important ones. But the most important thing is that you don’t have to pay for an extra Danube river cruise because RiverRide has it all: a meaningful land tour of the beautiful buildings of Budapest and an exciting water tour on the Danube with the best panoramas of both Buda and Pest side. Rocking on the banks of the Danube creates an idyllic atmosphere while on the mainland you can enjoy the vibrant city life among the stunning historical buildings. There is no doubt that this is the perfect combination of sightseeing. Once you try it, you will surely recommend it. RiverRide is especially a great choice for families with children, but even groups can book this water bus. In addition, the water bus may be hired several times for company events and private birthdays etc.
Remember that this extreme but more exciting way of navigation on the Danube is very popular among tourists. Due to limited seats, it is always advisable to book tickets in advance. RiverRide is the one and the only bus that can swim on the Danube, so don’t call the police if you see one in the water!