Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. Photo via Flickr:Kurt Bauschardt

Budapest on the Danube River with Buda Castle on the left and Hungarian Parliament on the right. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
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Danube Bike Path - Vienna to Budapest

Austria, Hungary, Slovakia Bike Tours

Three Country Bike Tour along the scenic Danube Cycle Path

  • Following the flow of the Danube, along the Danube Bike Path, an indescribably beautiful and varied scenery surrounds you through three countries and three capitals. Between the Austrian and Hungarian alluvial landscape and the Danube River Bend, you will experience regional art, culture, and nature. The highlights of this bicycle tour in Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia are as varied as the people and cultures.

    Your tour starts in Vienna, the capital of Austria, city of music, culture, art and history and your final destination and delight is Budapest, Hungary's capital, regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful cities. In the 8 days, you will enjoy the Danube Flood Plains National Park, Bratislava, Archaeological Park Carnuntum, and Esztergom.

    Highlights included but not limited to:

    • 3 capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
    • National Park Donauauen
    • Archaeological Park Carnuntum
    • Protected Area “Szigetköz”
    • Basilica in Esztergom – Hungary’s biggest church
    • Danube Bend
    • Artist town Szentendre

    The long and mighty Danube links nations and cultures and you will experience this as you bike Europe's best-known bike path through three countries and visit three capitals. Enjoy the journey.

    Please note: This tour can be taken as a 14-day tour from Passau to Budapest. Please contact us for details.

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  • Season 1 (arrivals on Saturdays only): April 13 to April 28 and October 4 to October 12, 2019
    Season 2 (arrivals every Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): April 29 to June 30 and August 26 to Ocotber 3, 2019
    Season 3 (arrivals every Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): July 1 to August 25, 2019

    2019Category ACategory B
    Season 1 £ 604 $ 1,296 711 $ 1071 NOK 6695 kr 6180 $ 803 £ 502 $ 1,077 591 $ 890 NOK 5565 kr 5137 $ 668
    Season 2 £ 681 $ 1,460 801 $ 1207 NOK 7543 kr 6963 $ 905 £ 553 $ 1,187 651 $ 981 NOK 6130 kr 5659 $ 736
    Season 3 £ 715 $ 1,533 841 $ 1267 NOK 7919 kr 7310 $ 950 £ 596 $ 1,278 701 $ 1056 NOK 6601 kr 6093 $ 792
    Single supp. £ 212 $ 456 250 $ 377 NOK 2354 kr 2173 $ 283 £ 167 $ 357 196 $ 295 NOK 1846 kr 1704 $ 221

     

    Ask us for triple room pricing.

    extra options

    DINNERS INCLUDED

    Category A (7 x dinner):  £ 127 $ 272 149 $ 224 NOK 1403 kr 1295 $ 168

    Category B (6 x dinner - no dinner in Vienna): £ 98 $ 210 115 $ 173 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130

    EXTRA NIGHTS

    Vienna (4 star hotel), Category A or B:
    Double/twin:  £ 56 $ 120 66 $ 99 NOK 622 kr 574 $ 75 Single: £ 81 $ 173 95 $ 143 NOK 895 kr 826 $ 107 Budapest (4 star hotel), Category A: 
    Double/twin: £ 48 $ 102 56 $ 84 NOK 527 kr 487 $ 63 Single: £ 75 $ 160 88 $ 133 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99 Budapest (4 star hotel), Category B:
    Double/twin: £ 39 $ 84 46 $ 69 NOK 433 kr 400 $ 52 Single: £ 65 $ 139 76 $ 115 NOK 716 kr 661 $ 86
    Electric bicycle rental: £ 74 $ 159 87 $ 131 NOK 819 kr 756 $ 98

    Helmet rental (reservation needed, payable locally): £ 21 $ 46 25 $ 38 NOK 235 kr 217 $ 28

    Bus transfer back to Vienna: £ 19 $ 40 22 $ 33 NOK 207 kr 191 $ 25

    *Kids bike, trailer, tagalong, and child seat are available for this tour.

    Children's discounts are offered.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Vienna (VIE) or Bratislava (BTS). Vienna International Airport is about 16 km east of the city of Vienna in Schwechat.

    Local Travel

    VIE: By bus:
    Vienna Airport lines operates two bus lines from the airport to the center. The buses leave at 30 minute intervals. One way costs €8 and tickets are purchased on board.
    By Taxi
    Bratislava
    Take Slovak Lines/postbus to Vienna Central Station.
    End of tour: Transfer Budapest - Vienna (please reserve at time of booking):
    Public bus:
    Departures every 2 hours on a daily basis, 11 am, 1 or 3 pm. Travel time is approx. 3 hours, stopping at Vienna International Airport as well as the city center (please inform at time of booking where you´d like to get off).
    Other departure times on request, schedule is subject to change.
    If you are returning to BTS (Bratislava), you can take a bus from Budapest. <br? More details regarding travel will be provided.

    Climate

    Average high/low temperatures in °F for Vienna are: April, 61°/46°, May, 70°/54°; June, 75°/59°; July, 80°/63°; August, 80°/63°; September, 70°/56°; and October, 60°/48°

    Recommended

    In Slovakia, you have to wear a helmet by law outside of city limits. In Hungary, you must wear a safety vest at night and in conditions of poor visibility outside cities and towns. Extra nights in Vienna and Budapest are highly recommended.

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the U.S. Passports & International Travel website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. We recommend that you make copies of your important documents and papers (insurance cards, etc.). Leave a copy at home and have a copy with you. In the unfortunate situation that you lose your original documents, having copies facilitates the replacement process.


Tour Dates

Season 1 (arrivals on Saturdays only): October 5 to October 12, 2019
Season 2 (arrivals every Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): August 26 to October 3, 2019
Season 3 (arrivals every Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): July 1 to August 25, 2019

Please note: 

Formula I Grand Prix Budapest:
Tour starts on July 26, 27, and  28 on request - with surcharge in Budapest

Congress dates:
April 10,11,12,13, June 22, 23, 24, 25, September 18,19, 20, 21 hotels may have limited availability

Tours during May will follow a modified itinerary due to Ice Hockey World Championship. See below for more information.


Season 1 (arrivals on Saturday only): April 18 to April 26 + September 28 to October 10,  2020
Season 2 (arrivals on Saturday and Sunday): April 27 to June 28 + August 31 to September 27, 2020
Season 3 (arrivals on Saturday and Sunday): June 29 to August 30, 2020


 

Where You’ll Stay

Category A: 4-star hotels
Category B: In Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest, 4-star hotels. In all other cities, 3-star hotels.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • 21 gear unisex tour bike with handlebar bag, pannier, and odometer.
  • Luggage transfer (max. 2 pieces of luggage, max. 20 kg for one piece and no more than 30 kg/person
  • Route descriptions, tour information and maps - one set per room
  • GPS tracks (on request)
  • 1 x train trip Mosonmagyarovar - Györ (incl. bike)
  • 1 x ship transfer Szentendre - Budapest*
  • Service hotline
  • *Train transfers are provided on dates that ship transfer is not possible.

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Budapest & Vienna possible.

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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Skill Level

Relatively easy hotel tour along the Danube River bike path with rolling hills that at times can be steep. The Austrian section follows well-maintained cycling paths. In Hungary, you will often cycle on country roads. Upon entering and leaving the cities, you will encounter traffic.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Danube Bike Path - Vienna to Budapest Map

 

Day 1: Arrival in Vienna
Day 2: Vienna - Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg area, 26 mi. (42 km)  
Day 3: Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava, 16 mi. (26 km)  
Day 4: Bratislava - Györ, 31 mi. (50 km) + train ride Mosonmagyarovar - Györ 
Day 5: Györ - Komarno/ surroundings, 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 6: Komarno/surroundings - Danube Bend, 31 mi. (52 km) 
Day 7: Danube Bend - Budapest, 39 mi. (62 km) + ship
Day 8: Departure from Budapest

*All distances in this bicycle tour in Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria are approximate and vary according to details of accommodations.

DAY 1: Vienna
Individual arrival to the capital of Austria and overnight in the city. Opportunity to explore this city of music. you could visit a typical Viennese tavern to experience local cuisine.

Excursions possible (ask us for details):

  • City Tour by bike 
  • Historical City Tour with Schönbrunn Palace
  • Waltz and Operetta Concert at a Viennese Palace
  • Vienna Hop on and Hop off bus tour
  • Vienna Pass

DAY 2: Vienna - Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg area, 26 mi. (42 km)
Not far from Vienna, begins an untouched alluvial landscape and Nature Reserve with stunning and diverse flora and fauna. The silence is interrupted only by the sounds of the birds. You will have an opportunity to visit the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum which was once a Roman Army camp. Emperor-to-be Tiberius founded the settlement; he erected a fortified winter camp in the Carnuntum area in the year 6 AD which evolved into one of the most important cities within the Roman Empire.  You will find detailed reconstructions of Roman buildings, entertaining stories, and plenty of interesting information regarding Roman traditions, customs, and celebrations.

DAY 3: Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava, 16 mi. (26 km)
Nestled in the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, you start your day's journey with a short transfer by train and then by cycle to Europe's youngest capital, Bratislava, a contrast between old and new. You will find cobblestoned roads, pedestrian plazas, pastel 18th-century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Expand your gaze and you can’t miss the institutional housing blocks and bizarre communist construction beyond. An age-old castle shares the skyline with a modern and unusual bridge. 

DAY 4: Bratislava - Szigetköz - Györ, 31 mi. (50 km) + train
The marshy landscape of the Szigetköz is a paradise for birds, fish, and more. In the midst of these wild and untouched lowlands with more than 500 tiny islands, there are quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube canals and creeks. After a relaxing train ride, the day's final destination awaits, Györ, with its gorgeous Baroque-style old town square. Győr, Hungary's second richest town in historic buildings outside Budapest has won Europe-award for the protection of the historic buildings, in acknowledgment of the reconstruction of the Baroque center of the town. Churches, palaces, museums, characteristic corner balconies and narrow lanes, all reminders of a historic past, invite visitors to take a walk in the center of the town

DAY 5: Györ - Komarno/surroundings, 35 mi. (57 km)
The route leads through the outskirts of  Györ through the suburbs and continues on through the lowlands of the hill country of Transdanubian. In Babolna, you will want to visit the world-famous stud farm, known for its Arabian horse breeding. Afterward, through lush rolling hills of the village of Komarom, you reach the final destination of the day.

DAY 6: Komarno - Danube Bend, 31 mi. (52 km) 
Today you will cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on low traffic roads through quaint and quintessential villages.  On the way to the "Town of Bishops and Kings", Esztergom, also known as the "Hungarian Rome" or "Royal City",  you will pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. The small town of Esztergom in Hungary played an important role in the establishment of the Hungarian state 1000 years ago. As a royal seat for two centuries and as a center for the Roman Catholic religion for 1000 years it abounds with history and culture. The Basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic Church in Hungary, is a highlight.

DAY 7: Danube Bend - Budapest, 39 mi. (62 km) + boat ride
Amidst the hilly landscape, the Danube River divides itself into parts creating the Szentendre Island. Here, you cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open - Air Museum, Skanzen. This day features a boat ride into the city. 

  • Free Budapest App
  • Budapest City tour by bike
  • Budapest Hop on and Hop-off bus tour

DAY 8: Budapest
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the Hungarian capital. It is bustling but peaceful, a friendly metropolis and a place where old treasures blend with the modern. Long gone is its communist shadow. Today, Budapest is embracing its role as an important 21st-century city. If you want to return to Vienna, there are daily departures every 2 hours by bus. Duration of trip is approximately 3 hours. You can even request that you be dropped off at the Vienna International Airport. Return by train is also possible. 

Itinerary during May will follow a modified route to the Ice Hockey World Championship:

Day 1: Vienna - Arrival
Day 2: Vienna – Bad Deutsch Altenburg region, approx. 42 km
Day 3: Bad Deutsch Altenburg region – Bratislava – Bad Deutsch Altenburg region, approx. 52 km
Day 4: Bad Deutsch Altenburg region – Györ, approx. 60 km + train ride Mosonmagyarovar – Györ
Days 5-8: as written

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Tour Reviews

  • Claudia B. 4 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    My favorite portion was the path from Vienna to Bratislava (and both cities were awesome to visit). We were mostly on the Danube and there were interesting sites along the way. My one suggestion is to let people know that most of the ride through Hungary is not along the river but includes long flat stretches of farmland. The final day going into Budapest was great with 3 ferry rides and a boat trip into the city.

  • Alana B. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

    One of the most memorable parts of the trip were all of the absolutely gorgeous roses we saw growing everywhere! It was a fairly easy ride although wish more of the route had been along the Danube! In a couple of spots, the signage was poor or nonexistent so that was a little challenging but overall it was delightful!

  • Marisa C. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The trip was awesome. The bike trails were excellent and we were so much in contact with nature that we couldn't believe it. Everything was very well organized and the villages and cities we visited were great. No complaints except for the Flamenco Hotel in Budapest, which was not as expected. We had to have our breakfast in the lobby sitting on a sofa because there weren't enough tables for all the guests. They didn't refill the breakfast buffet and no one took care of the spills on the tables. Besides the rooms were old and smelly.
    But it was just a hotel and we will definitely do more of these trips in the near future because it was a great adventure and a memorable experience! I really recommend Tripsite.

  • Terence W. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Favorite Part: A short cycling day through quiet, autumnal countryside, took us to Bratislava leaving us with oodles of time to spend exploring colorful backstreets and the rise to the impressive castle.

  • Ron Zauski 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    A great adventure... We found the trail well marked throughout the journey; several times, at moments of confusion, we found discreet signs or stickers from a biking organization pointing the way. Budapest was exotic. Vienna was ultra-clean and organized. Bratislava had quaint, old-European, windy roads to explore. But my favorite parts of the trip were smaller towns and villages of Gyor, Bad Deutsch, the castle at Hainburg, the Hotel Bow Garden in Komarno, Slovakia (it is an old synagogue with a bowling lane at the reception desk!), and the jewels in the basilica in Esztergom. This is my third trip with Tripsite in 6 years; I am already seeking ideas for the fourth.

  • Michael Jenks 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    WOW!!!!
    Everything was outstanding. All my fears were for naught...
    Hotels knew to expect us, knew where to store our bikes, and knew our names!

    Bratislava, as someone mentioned, was under construction, but should be ok by summer 2016.

    18 thumbs up! Will do this exact trip again and again if I could!

    • Michael Jenks 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      2 years later, I'm back on this site dreaming of doing the trip again. We have a new baby, so it'll be another 2 years. This trip was amazing.

  • Mary Sandra Duggan 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We enjoyed the trip very much and are planning another. We enquired about the the free shirts for repeat customers but haven't gotten them. The website is not clear about ordering them.

  • Lee Ann Gee 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The bike route and description was really good except on 2 occasions. First, riding out of bratislava is confusing. There is trail construction and NO sign saying where to turn for detour. The second poor section was the last 5 ish miles riding into Budapest. Route poorly marked. We ended up just asking how to get to our hotel since we couldn't find any signs.

  • Nilton Araujo Alves 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Ja conheco Budapeste e Praga.Em Budapeste(cidade linda e agradavel)fiz um tour de bike e agora gostaria de conhecer tmbem Viena,entao,gostaria de informaco sobre preco completo saindo de salvador,porem me deixando livre quanto a aida e retorno

  • Diane Knight 7 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    What a great tour! Beautiful scenery, easy riding, wonderful accommodations

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