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City Sightseeing Budapest: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Discover the city of Budapest and its attractions with this extensive hop-on, hop-off tour
  • The Hop-On, Hop-Off tour allows you to plan your own perfect Budapest itinerary
  • The 28 stops along the Hop-On, Hop-Off route cover all the major attractions of Budapest
  • With the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus and boat ticket, enjoy a 1-hour river cruise along the River Danube
  • Your 48 hour Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket also includes a walking tour and a bike tour
  • You will also get a bonus booklet with FREE goulash and beer coupons at restaurants and bars
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: Daily
    River Cruise: Until 20 February 2016; Daily
    Bus tour will not be operating on 15th March 2016 due to a national holiday. However, the boat tour and walking tour will be operating as usual.


    Your hop-on, hop-off ticket is valid for 48 hours.
    Danube River Cruise: 1 hour

    Start time

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour:
    Red Route: Buses depart from 9:30am to 5:00pm, every 15 minutes
    Full loop: 2 hours
    Purple Route: Buses depart from 10:05am to 2:05pm, every 60 minutes
    Full loop: 1 hour
    River cruise:
    Until 16 January 2016:
    Day Departure: 1:00pm and 2:30pm
    Night Departure: 5:00pm and 6:30pm
    17 January to 20 February 2016: Departure at 2:30pm and 5:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off tour:
    You may board the bus from any of the designated stops
    For Red Route: The bus leaves from Szt. István tér
    For Purple Route: The bus leaves from Erzsébet tér
    River Cruise:
    For Red Route: Stop 16
    For Purple Route: Stop 3

    Ending Point

    Hop-On, Hop-Off tour: You may end the tour at any of the stops.
    River Cruise: Same as start point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    The Budapest City Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour is the best and the most convenient way to discover the historic city of Budapest.

    With buses operating on two routes and your ticket valid for 48 hours, your Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket ensures that you don’t miss a thing! Some of the attractions covered by the hop-on, hop-off tour are the famous Parliament Building, Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, Citadel, Jewish Synagogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Szechenyi Baths, Vaci Utca amongst several others.

    You have the option to add a 1 hour cruise along the Danube, which offers visitors amazing views of the city especially the Parliament.

    Plus, your hop-on, hop-off ticket comes with several other value added services like a walking tour, a bike tour on Margaret Island and a bonus booklet which includes FREE goulash and beer at a range of restaurants and bars. Download the Route Map


    The Budapest City Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour allows you to plan your own sightseeing. You may hop on and hop off at any of the designated stops and spend as much time sightseeing, shopping or eating before hopping back again when the next bus comes along.

    There are two Hop-On, Hop-Off options that you can choose from:
    • Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour
    • Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour

    Your 48 hour Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket covers 28 stops and the bus operates on two routes. You will also get a number of benefits with your ticket, which are as follows:

    • 1 FREE Walking Tour
    You have four 3-hour walking tours to choose from that operate daily from Vörösmarty square:
    Budapest Walk: Starts daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm
    Communism Walk: Starts daily at 3:30pm
    Jewish District Walk: Starts daily at 3:30pm
    Pub Tour: Starts daily at 8pm

    FREE 1 Hour Bike Tour on Margaret Island Margaret Island is a peaceful hideaway from the main city of Budapest and offers large green areas, flowery gardens, old trees, a musical fountain and an open air theatre and cinema. The 1-hour bike tour operates daily between 10am and 5pm from 1 April until 30 September. The coupon with your Hop-On, Hop-Off allows one bike per person. • FREE use of the Green Hop-On, Hop-Off Buses:
    These buses are operated by the Budapest Sightseeing which operates around Budapest. You can choose to board the buses from any of its designated stops and listen to your live English-speaking guide as she will share information about Budapest’s main attractions.

    • A bonus booklet which includes:
    FREE goulash at Nika Restaurant
    FREE beer at the Fogashaz
    FREE beer at Bali Café
    FREE shot at Instant Bar (Ruin Bar)
    FREE souvenir at City Expert Budapest FREE Chilled Sour Cherry Coup at Frappans Restaurant

    The Hop-On, Hop-Off stops on the two routes are as follows:

    Red Route:
    Stop 1 – Szt. István tér
    Stop 2 – Erzsébet tér
    Stop 3 – Széchenyi István tér
    Stop 4 – Zsinagóga / Synagogue
    Stop 5 – Astoria
    Stop 6 – Károly krt.23.
    Stop 7 – Opera
    Stop 8 – Liszt Fenrenc tér
    Stop 9 – Hosok tere/ Heroes Square
    Stop 10 – Grand Hotel Hungaria
    Stop 11 – New York Palace
    Stop 12 – Astoria 2
    Stop 13 – Ferenciek tere
    Stop 14 – Sikló/ Funicular
    Stop 15 – Vár/ Castle District
    Stop 16 – Citadell
    Stop 17 – Március 15. tér
    Stop 18 – Bálna/Shopping Center
    Stop 19 – Fovám tér
    Stop 20 – Kálvin tér
    Stop 21 – Parliament

    Purple Route
    Stop 1 - Erzsébet tér
    Stop 2 – Széchenyi tér
    Stop 3 - Petofi tér
    Stop 4 – Clark Adam tér
    Stop 5 – Margit hid
    Stop 6 – Nyugati tér
    Stop 7 – Oktogon

    You may choose to conclude this tour at any of the stops mentioned above as per your convenience.

    If you choose Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus and Boat ticket, you will also get a river cruise along the River Danube. Enjoy spectacular views of Budapest from the river for 1 hour. The City Sightseeing boat departs from Stop 16 in the red route and Stop 3 in the Purple route. With this Hop-On, Hop-Off package, you will get two river cruise tickets – one operating in the day time and the other operating at night.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 48 hour Hop-On, Hop-Off bus ticket
    • Audio commentary in 24 languages in the bus
    • 1 hour Danube River Cruise (if option chosen)
    • Walking tour
    • Bike Tour on Margaret Island
    • Bonus booklet which amount other things includes free Goulash


    • Entrances
    • Meals
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    From November 2015 to April 2016, the cruise will operate with a minimum of 8 passengers.

    Due to Hungarian National Holiday on 15th March, bus tour will not be operating the entire day. However, the boat tour and walking tour will be operating as usual.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Tour will be operating during the festive season and the last tour will finish at 12.05pm.

    Additional info

    On the open-topped double-decker bus, audio-commentary is offered in 24 languages (English, Hungarian, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Finnish, Hebrew, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Ukrainian, Romanian, Slovakian and Croatian).
  • Reviews
    • fantastic!

      We visited Budapest and discovered the city with City Sightseeing Budapest, as we do in all cities we visit. it was really well organised; I just like to warn potetial customers...

      Ermelinda Cornu
    • Great way to see Budapest

      We only used the green buses and boat trips during our stay in Budapest.We were staying in the Budapest area and picked the bus up each morning to get around the city. Night...

      Mrs R Davidson
    • Best tour experience. i love it

      A little difficult with so many different busses with or without the giraff on in Boedapest. Splendid. I saw everything I wanted....

      Godelieve Beerens
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