Budapest: Visit City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink Entrance

Overview

Welcome to City Highlights Cruise with Welcome Drink in Budapest. Experience Budapest’s timeless beauty illuminated under sultry evening skies, champagne flute in hand, aboard a romantic Danube sightseeing cruise. From Szent István Park embarkation and a welcome drink at the lounge, glide into Kossuth Lajos Square views unfurling the great Gothic Revival parliament looming over glittery riverfront restorations like Várkert Bazaar.
Drift towards iconic Buda Castle crowning Castle Hill where firelit yellow walls and domes trace this strategic bend’s medieval might. Pass below glowing chains of pearl necklace bridges where you can switch between panoramic window seats, breezy bow railing or cozy indoor booths always within reach of the full bar and coffee counter.
Watch downtown monuments like the elegant Vigadó Concert Hall kindle into ethereal golden versions of their daylight identities, the European side’s lights mirrored like scattered diamonds across the Danube’s shifting surface.

Highlights

Take a sightseeing cruise down the Danube to see a different side of Budapest and get a welcome drink. Take in the expansive city vistas, Várkert Bazár, Buda Castle, and well-known bridges.

  • Feel mesmerized as you see Budapest’s skyline lit up – at dark – on a boat tour
  • Sip on a complimentary glass of welcome drink on arrival on the cruise
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the open or closed deck, and take lots of photos
  • Marvel at the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall and Várkert Bazár – when dark
  • Purchase as many drinks as you desire from the bar onboard

Included/Excluded

  • Boat cruise
  • 1 glass of alcoholic or non-alcoholic welcome drink
  • Additional food and drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Live guide or audio guide or commentaries or voice over

Tour Plan

What to Expect

However you savor riverside romance - solo cup or special friend - this Danube evening cruise steeps you in timeless Hungarian allure by candlelight, without ever lighting a candle.

Meeting Point

Meet at Dock 42, North side, which is located about 800m north from Margaret Bridge. Look for the illuminated Dock 42 sign and the LED panel. The vessel's name will be M/S Neptun, but occasionally other boats may do the service as well. Please use your phone's navigation software or Maps. Search for "DOCK 42" or "Portum Lines." Do not rely on the zip code or address only.

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Additional Info
Not suitable for:
  • Wheelchair users

Not allowed:

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Food and drinks

Know before you go:

  • The boat you'll ride on is the M/S Neptun; occasionally, other boats may be used
  • Seats are taken in the order of arrival. There are no assigned seats, though seating options are available
  • Food and drinks may be purchased only at the boat's bar (you can not bring/consume food or drinks on board)
  • The boat will start at the exact time indicated on the voucher. It is recommended to arrive at the dock 15 minutes before that. Avoid arriving only 5 minutes before departure. Prior passengers need to exit before boarding, therefore please do not block the entrance.
  • Toilettes are not usable 5 minutes before returning to the dock.

What sights will I see on the Budapest sightseeing cruise?

  • You will marvel at Budapest's stunning skyline and passing monuments such as the National Parliament, Buda Castle, and the Várkert Bazár. Depending on the time of day, you can see the illuminated Vigadó Concert Hall and other monuments lit up or in different colors between the Margaret Bridge and Rákóczi Bridge.

Is there a guide provided on the cruise?

  • The tour is not guided. It is designed to give you an experience similar to that of a local, with the boat functioning as a floating coffee house or pub. You can enjoy the views and atmosphere at your own pace.

Can I purchase food and drinks on the boat?

  • Yes, there is a bar on board where you can purchase additional drinks and have a hot cup of coffee. However, you cannot bring or consume your own food or drinks on board.

What is the policy if I miss the cruise?

  • If you miss the cruise, you can use the same voucher for other departure times for a fee of 6€ per person on the boat, valid until the day after the original departure date as a gesture of goodwill.

How early should I arrive at the dock, and what is the boarding process?

  • It is recommended to arrive at the dock 15 minutes before the departure time indicated on your voucher. Seats are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are no assigned seats. Please allow prior passengers to exit before boarding and do not block the entrance.
Cancellation Policy

Free Cancellation:

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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