The sightseeing tour of the city is an absolute must in Budapest. A great way to see Budapest in all its splendour is to take a tour along the attractions such as the Castle District, Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion and Chain Bridge. Discover the six most beautiful city tours:
1. By bus
The most popular way to explore the city is by bus. The famous Hop On Hop Off buses can be found in almost every big city. They offer the possibility of getting in and out at any time. The bus stops are usually located within close proximity of the most important sights and follow different routes through the entire city. From the Castle Palace to the State Opera House, the choice of route and unlimited stopping possibilities set no limits, so you can explore Budapest at length.
2. Boat trips and amphibian buses
Consisting of Buda and Pest, the Danube divides Budapest into two impulsive districts. The sights of the city are often located directly on the banks of the Danube. The sightseeing tour by ship is therefore hihgly recommended. On the boat tours you will not only enjoy the best sights of the city because while live commentaries bring history to life you can sit back with a beer, wine or dinner and enjoy the panoramic view. Especially fascinating are the RiverRide tours, where the bus turns into a boat.
3. By bike
Much more active is a bicycle tour through the city. Get on the saddle, get on the pedals, ready, go! Take part in a guided bike tour to the highlights of Budapest. Discover old buildings, small alleys and the corners that are less known. Along the way you will learn exciting facts and entertaining stories about the city and its inhabitants.
4. On foot
The most traditional way to explore a city is on foot. Go on your own and find the most important sights or let a guide show you the Budapest of the locals. Most of the times, by walking, one discovers many charming shops and alleyways that a bus does not even pass. The city tours which are combined with a guided tour of the city are therefore very popular.
5. Private tour
The private city tour is not quite cheap. But if you want to discover Budapest authentically and in a small circle, choose the tour with a private guide. While the program is being planned according to your wishes, you will learn exciting stories about the lifestyle of the people of Budapest, discover the best restaurants and hidden corners that no other tourist will see.
In the VW bus, in the vintage limousine or with the Trabant
And for those who like it a little more unconventional, try a city tour in a cult car of the 50s. Let yourself be transported back in time and enjoy the nostalgic tour with your private guide through the streets of the Hungarian capital. The most popular alternative is the round trip in a VW bus which provides a great photo opportunity in front of the Budapest sights.
Travel tips for the city tour of Budapest
City tour at your own pace
Discover Budapest individually with a Hop on Hop off bus. Get in and out where and when you want and design your discovery tour as you wish. The sightseeing tour busses run on different routes. The stops are located within close proximity of the sights so that you can continue your tour on foot at any time.
Sightseeing tours with free extras
Most city tour tickets include a small all-inclusive package. In addition to the round trip, they include small bonuses. Try the Hungarian goulash soup, enjoy a free drink in the lively Jewish quarter or look forward to a sweet souvenir for home. After a long tour through the enchanting alleys of the city there is nothing like a hearty dinner or a refreshing beer to round off the day.
By boat across the river of the city
The somewhat different Hop On Hop Off tour is the city tour by water. Along the banks of the Danube, from the deck of your excursion boat, you will discover St. Stefan Basilka, Heroes' Square, Chain Bridge, Parliament and the Castle Palace. Something very special are the sightseeing tours with the amphibious bus. It's a queasy feeling when you see the bus driving towards the water. But don't worry, because this bus can float. After a round trip through the busy streets of the city, you will be transported dryly through the wet lowlands of the Danube. The little adventure on the water must be tried out!
Round trip at night
Let yourself be enchanted by the flair of the city during a tour in the lights of the night. Whether by bus or by boat across the Danube, the play of lights in Budapest casts its spell on everyone. The sparkling skyline city and the atmospherically illuminated bridges connecting Buda and Pest make the sightseeing tour an unforgettable experience.