Sail the Danube with Silverline Cruises

Whether you are looking for a sightseeing cruise or a romantic dinner on the Danube, Silverline Cruises in Budapest offers cruises across a wide price range to suit everyone.


Budapest is best seen from the water, which is why you must take a Danube cruise on your next trip to the Hungarian capital. Not only do you get to give your legs a break from all that walking, but there is also no better way to see the city’s most famous sites like Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament, and the Chain Bridge than from the river. Whether you want to sail the Danube for a romantic dinner or just have a few cocktails at sunset, double up with a performance or go for something a little more down to earth like pizza and beer or simply no-frills sightseeing, Silverline Cruises have got all your bases covered. 

About Silverline Cruises

Silverline cruise ship in front of the Hungarian Parliament
Silverline cruise ship in front of the Hungarian Parliament

Silverline Cruises Ltd. is one of the largest shipping companies in Hungary, offering a variety of Danube river cruises in Budapest. They also offer services like harbor operations, ship service, sales of new and used yachts, custom shipbuilding, and water taxi. Silverline hosts Danube cruises in luxurious boats that feature music programs, evening dinners all year round, so curious guests can dine or enjoy some music while watching the most beautiful parts of Budapest sail by. Beyond sightseeing and boating, Silverline guests often get a taste of Hungarian culture and cuisine on their programs. 

Pick your Danube cruise 

Dinner on board a Silverline cruise with the Budapest panorama in the background
Dinner on board a Silverline cruise with the Budapest panorama in the background

Once you’re done with your Hop-on Hop-off bus tours, it’s time to see the city in a different way. The good news is there is a cruise for you at any budget and interest! Silverline offers the following types of cruises: 

  • Sightseeing Boat Tours (adult tickets €14)
  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise (adult tickets €22)
  • Sightseeing Tour with Pizza and Beer Sightseeing Tour with Pizza and Unlimited Beer Packages (adult tickets €29) 
  • Dinner Cruise and Piano Battle Show (adult tickets range from €63 to €142 depending on drinks package)
  • Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folklore Show (adult tickets range from €63 to €142 depending on drinks package)
  • Valentine Day’s Danube River Cruise (adult tickets range from €73 to €198 depending on drinks package)
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise (adult tickets range from €173 to €332 depending on drinks package)
  • Christmas Cruise Dinner (adult tickets range from €89 to €208 depending on drinks package)
  • Budapest-Szentendre Tour (adult €40)

The starting point for Silverline Sightseeing Tours is at the foot of Elizabeth Bridge at Dock 11.

About the Danube cruise programs

Silverline offers a range of cruises, but what can you expect from each type? Here’s a little more information on some of Silverline’s Danube cruises. 

Sightseeing Boat Trip 

Silverline Cruise ship with Buda Castle in the background
Silverline Cruise ship with Buda Castle in the background

If you take a standard sightseeing boat trip, you can enjoy the city’s breathtaking panorama for 75 minutes. The boats also have a snack bar, so you can grab an ice-cold beer in the summer or warm yourself up with some hot tea in the winter. Excursions depart daily, the price of the adult ticket is €14, and the child ticket is €12. From a Silverline Danube river cruise, visitors have the chance to see the most fabulous parts of the Hungarian capital. On a Danube river cruise in Budapest, tourists can admire the forested Buda Hills, Matthias Church with its colorful tiled roofing, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle, Budapest’s Bridges, and also the world-famous Hungarian Parliament building. You’ll get an onboard audio guide, which is available in 11 languages, so you can get detailed information on the city’s landmarks. River cruising on premium quality boats can be real fun, with both open terraces and closed glass boats providing a pleasant atmosphere in all weather conditions.

Budapest river cruise with pizza and beer

Pizza and beer aboard a Silverline cruise
Pizza and beer aboard a Silverline cruise

Those who want more on a Danube river cruise should choose the Silverline sightseeing cruise with pizza and beer. This cruise also guides visitors on the Danube for 75 minutes and offers unlimited beer along with a selection of pizzas you can choose from when selecting your ticket. The boat departs from Elizabeth Bridge and goes up the Margaret Bridge from the north of the Danube to Rákóczi Bridge. Departures and points of arrival are at the same location. The price of this enjoyable tour is €29 per person.

Special and luxurious Danube cruises

Folk show on a Silverline cruise
Folk show on a Silverline cruise

Silverline Danube river cruises also have more elegant events onboard their boats. The Budapest dinner cruise with a piano battle is perfect for couples or for those who like to combine good quality food with a romantic atmosphere. This program consists of a 3-hour-long tour on the Danube, a welcome drink, a candlelight dinner, a private table, a 4-course dinner and, of course, live piano music. The price ranges from €63 per person for a simple dinner to €88 for dinner and drinks and €142 per person for dinner with unlimited drinks. The boat makes two rounds on the river in the downtown area over the evening, during which guests can enjoy a 4-course dinner and focus on the elements of the program. Two talented pianists and a captivating singer attract the attention of guests during the enjoyable dinner. 

Due to the popularity of these programs, it is recommended to book tickets in advance. Tickets for sightseeing tours can be booked directly on the website or even purchased on site. Have you been on one yet? If no, then what are you waiting for?

Q & A

How can I pay for Silverline cruises?
You can pay by card on the website or anywhere where you can buy tickets. If you want to pay in cash, you can do so at hotels offering Silverline cruises, TicketLand and at the Dock. 
Is it possible to pay for Silverline cruises in currencies other than euros?
Yes, you can pay in Forint at the departure place and on the website, and you can also pay in USD and GBP at the departure place. 
What’s the best month to cruise on the Danube?
The Danube is beautiful any time of year, but the best time to go on a cruise is in spring and fall, so try to come either between April and May or between September and October. 
How much is a Danube river cruise?
 It depends on the package, but standard sightseeing cruises with Silverline begin at €14 for adults.
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