Danube - Vienna to Budapest

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Visiting: Austria, Slovakia, Hungary

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £468 to £871pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior, Deluxe i
Code AU003
Good For Families, Multi-Country, Riverside Routes
Distance 162mi/260km !
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Fri - Sun !
Fly to Vienna !
Return from Budapest !

Overview

What to expect

Cycle beside the blue waters of the Danube River as it passes through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary from Vienna to Budapest. The cycle terrain is mainly flat and takes you along picturesque towpaths and quiet country roads, so you can fall in line with the gentle pace of river life and take in the backdrop of rolling green hills and distant mountains while you look ahead to the next inspiring river city.

The tranquility of the Danube’s bird-filled wetlands, quaint farming villages and wild island reserves seem a world away from its splendid towns and cities but in a single day’s cycling you’ll experience both. Hungary’s largest catholic church, Bratislava’s hilltop castle and the birthplace of the first Hungarian king are highlights but, at the end of the tour, the captivating architecture and vibrant atmosphere of Budapest are hard to beat.

  • Ever changing riverbank scenery from wild islands to sparkling cities
  • Tranquility of reedy nature reserves and scattered river islands
  • Esteemed cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Leisurely cycling along flat riverside paths and minor roads

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Vienna

    Make your way to Vienna, which sits on the banks of the River Danube, and discover how history sits side by side with colourful contemporary culture in this stunning city.

  • Day 2: Vienna - Bad Deutsch Altenburg 26 miles (42 km)

    Enter untouched fluvial landscapes and cycle past a diverse nature reserve as you tour beside the Danube to the sound of birdsong and splashing water. Stop off at the Roman spa village of Bad Deutsch Altenburg and take a tour around the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum.

  • Day 3: Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava 16 miles (26 km)

    Nesteled between the Hainburg Hills and Carpathian Mountains you take the cycle path to Europe’s youngest capital – discover Bratislava’s sleepy old town, magnificent modern buildings and legendary hilltop castle.

  • Day 4: Bratislava - Györ 31 miles (51 km) + train

    Experience the marshy landscape of the Szigetköz, a natural sanctuary for birds and fish, cycling past more than 500 tiny river islands in these wild and untouched lowlands. Discover quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of canals and creeks before hopping on a train for a short ride to the Baroque-style town square of Györ.

  • Day 5: Györ – Komarno 28-45 miles (45-73 approx km)

    Discover the secrets of Hungary’s approach to horse breeding at the National Stud of Babolna, home to elegant Arabian horses and an intriguing Stud Museum. Cycle through rolling hills to Komarom – a city split by the Danube into Hungarian and Slovakian halves.

  • Day 6: Komarom - Danube Bend 22/32 miles (35/52 km) + boat trip (approx 1 hour - Cat A)

    Pedal beside the banks of the Slovakian Danube along quiet roads through enchanting villages to Esztergom, capital of Hungary until the 13th century and birthplace of the first Hungarian king. Take your time here to visit the largest catholic church in Hungary and wander around the waterside district of pastel town houses, churches and museums.

  • Day 7: Danube Bend - Budapest 36 - 53 miles (58-85 km km) + boat ride (Cat B)

    Cross the bridge to Szentendre island and cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Stop off to browse at the handicraft boutiques and visit Skanzen open air museum where architecture from Hungary’s eight historic regions has been replicated before boarding the boat onto Budapest.

  • Day 8: Depart from Budapest

    Make the most of your morning in Budapest before catching a bus at 3.30 pm (11:30am possible on request) for the three hour journey back to Vienna or, at an extra cost, whizz down the Danube on a speedboat. 

Accommodation

Category A

We use a pool of 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 7 nights in 4* hotels
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Category B

We use a pool of 3 & 4* hotels and inns to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 4* hotels in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest & 3* hotels and inns in all other destinations
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in the category of your choice: 4 star hotels (Cat A) or 4 and 3 star hotels and inns (Cat B), twin rooms may be 'Austrian twin beds'
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • 1 x ship or bus transfer Esztergom - Visegrad, depending on date (Cat A bookings only)
  • 1 x train Mosonmagyarovar - Gyor including bike
  • 1 x ship or train transfer Szentende - Budapest, depending on date (Cat B bookings only)
  • Return transfer by public bus from Budapest to Vienna (excl. bike)* 

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers

Child reductions (triple/quad room)

  • Reduction for child (0-6yrs) sharing with 2 full paying adults (Free)
  • Reduction for child (7-11yrs) sharing with 2 adults (50%)
  • Reduction for child (12-14yrs) sharing with 2 adults (25%)
  • Reduction for 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying adults (10%)

Bike hire

  • Cycle helmets (from €25 Euro, payable locally)

*Reduction available if you do not require the transfer from Budapest to Vienna - please enquire at time of booking

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes are provided with a pannier, pump, lock and repair kit (hybrid bikes also have an odometer). Per room you will also receive a handlebar bag. 

mens bike
Bike hire
£68

21 gears

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E-bike hire
£145

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half board - category A - 7 nights
£142pp
Half board - category B - 6 nights as Vienna on B&B
£107pp

Extra nights

4 star Vienna B&B - 2 share
£65pp
4 star Vienna B&B - single
£93pp
Category A 4 star Budapest B&B - 2 share
£53pp
Category A 4 star Budapest B&B - single
£86pp
Category B 4 star Budapest B&B - 2 share
£45pp
Category B 4 star Budapest B&B - single
£74pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest

Take the train (CAT) from Vienna airport to the centre. If flying to a different destination, take the train from Bratislava (Slovak Lines) or Budapest (ÖBB) to Vienna.

Getting back

Take the train (CAT) or a taxi to Vienna airport. If flying from a different destination, take the train to Bratislava (Slovak Lines) or Budapest (ÖBB).

Fly from Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

Customer reviews

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out of 5

Overall the route was good, however the directios provided were difficult to follow, especially leaving and arriving at hotels. There should be more detailed information and street names provided. However a GPS would have solved a lot of issues. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and look forward to doing another tour in the future.

Maureen Sweeny, October 2016
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out of 5

A very enjoyable tour, loved the scenery as well as the cities of Bratislava and Budapest.

Carol Keys, October 2016

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