Vienna to Budapest

Self-guided tour of Austria cycling from $843 NZD
(5/5) from 1 review

Vienna to Budapest Cycling Tour

This tour through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, cycling along the Danube is one of Europe’s most popular cycle paths. See its great capital cities: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.

Follow the trails of kings and emperors in the old Austro-Hungarian empire. Regal sights are everywhere in this historically important landscape.

Spend time in Vienna, the City of Music; Slovakia’s ‘Coronation City’ Bratislava; and the ‘Paris of the East’, Hungary’s Budapest. Other highlights: the Donauauen National Park, the Roman ruins of Carnuntum, the Basilica in Esztergom, and the Danube Bend.

7 Days
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  • Best time to travel: May - June / September
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Reviews for Vienna to Budapest - Tour

Vienna to Budapest Cycling Holiday

My special experience of this tour was the wonderful countryside in Eastern Europe and the friendly helpful people even when language was a difficulty.

September 20, 2015

Vienna to Budapest

Vienna International Airport
  • Lifestyle
  • Grade
  • SELF GUIDED TOUR / Min of 1 person
  • Departs Sat, Sun (May-Sept) / Sat only in low season
  • EUR170 single room surcharge
  • EUR96 to include dinners (except Vienna)
  • EUR75 touring bike hire
  • EUR169 e-bike hire
  • Helmet purchase EUR29
  • This tour is invoiced in EURO
Ride at your own pace on this self-guided tour, with daily distances 45 km to 68 km. You'll be given maps and route guides for a great cycling experience. Most of the riding is on the flat. There are some unsealed sections along stop-banks and through a small forest. We've selected great accommodation, with breakfasts provided, and luggage transferred for you each day.

Full Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrival Day: Vienna

No cycling

Welcome to Vienna, 'the City of Music', which consistently ranks as one of the world's most liveable cities. It was once home to classical greats including Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Take time to see sights including Vienna's top attraction, the Schönbrunn Palace, the elegant Ringstrasse boulevard circling the inner city, and the Prater amusement park. Tonight, why not visit a uniquely Viennese 'Heurigen' tavern, which sells only Viennese wine, and food.

Meals: None

DAY 2

Vienna to Bratislava

Cycling: approx. 68 km

Your first cycling day takes you from urban to rural landscapes, full of diverse flora and fauna. On your way is the Archaeological Park Carnuntum, with its 1st century ruins of a Roman army camp and surrounds, covering 10 sq km. Then on to Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, set on both sides of the Danube. Bratislava is steeped in the histories of cultures including Czech, Slovak, Austrian, Hungarian and German and Jewish. Many Hungarian kings and queens were crowned at St Martin's Cathedral. See the main square and its baroque and renaissance architecture, and also enjoy its striking modern skyline.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3

Bratislava to Mosonmagyaróvár

Cycling: approx. 45 km

Leaving Bratislava, you'll soon arrive in Hungary's marshy Szigetkšz area — a paradise for birds, fish... and cyclists! This wild and untouched lowland has more than 500 tiny islands, quaint villages and a labyrinth of Danube canals and creeks. Next it's Mosonmagyaróvár, the 'City of 17 Bridges' with its beautiful old town. Due to the length of its name, foreigners often refer to it as Moson, while locals call it Ovár. (It was once two cities — Moson and Magyaróvár).

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4

Mosonmagyaróvár to Komarno

Cycling: approx. 45 km, plus train

Cycle through the unique and delightful landscape of the protected area 'Szigetköz' and on to Györ. Its one of the most important cities in the Hungarian lowlands, with an alluring historic centre featuring narrow lanes, churches and baroque buildings. Hungary's medieval King Matthias called Györ his favourite city. Next, travel by train to Komárom on the Danube, and cycle to your nearby accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5

Komarno to Danube bend region

Cycling: approx. 57 km

Today, cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on quiet roads through charming villages, and the Roman fort of Kelemantia. Your destination: glamorous Esztergom, a.k.a the 'Town of Bishops and Kings', 'The Hungarian Rome' and the 'Royal City'. Esztergom Basilica is the largest Catholic Church in Hungary. The city is rated as a major tour highlight by most travellers.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6

Danube bend region to Budapest

Cycling: approx. 62 km, plus boat or train

Cycle amidst rolling hills to a spot where the Danube divides itself, creating Szentendre Island. After a short ferry ride (not included), cycle along small country roads through several villages. Back on the mainland, the Open Air Museum of Skanzen is highly recommended. Or you may like to shop at the numerous handicraft boutiques for wonderful Hungarian souvenirs. Then travel to Hungary's capital, Budapest, by boat or train (in low season when the boat is not operating) with fantastic views of the city as you approach.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7

Departure Day: Budapest

No cycling

After breakfast, your unforgettable cycle tour of this most beautiful stretch of the Danube comes to an end. Hungary's great capital spans both banks of the river and is easily explored on foot, so if time permits we suggest you spend several extra days in Budapest to wander around this fantastic city.

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 3 nights in 4* hotels and 3 nights in standard hotels or inns
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily luggage transfer between hotels
  • 1 x train: Gyor-Komarom
  • 1 x ship (or train) Szentendre-Budapest
  • Service-hotline
  • Handlebar bag with travel book, maps and regional information

Tour Excludes:

  • International flights and/or Travel visas (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike hire (touring bike or e-bike)
  • Meals (except daily breakfast)
  • Small boat ferries to cross the Danube
  • Drinks & personal expenses
  • Return bus (Budapest-Vienna)