Danube River Cruise Hours

You can choose a Danube river cruise from Budapest that begins as early as 10 am or lasts until late at night.

While the most popular Danube River cruise opening hours start in the evening at around 7 pm, you will find a cruise nearby any time of the day.  

Find below some popular cruises with their available timings, categorized under evening and morning.

The Danube River cruise weekend hours are usually from 6 pm to 10 pm, and these cruises last for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Evening cruise

From early evening to late night, take your pick at a scenic Danube river cruise along major sites in Budapest. 

The popular one-hour sightseeing cruise along the Danube River, passing by monuments like the Buda Castle and the Vigado Concert Hall, starts in the evening.   

Book this cruise and can choose from three different cruise timings: 6 pm, 7.20 pm, and 8.40 pm. 

The Danube River cruise closing hours are usually around 9 pm and 10 pm.

Evening cruise along the Danube river with an open terrace, unlimited Prosecco, and audio guide for various Budapest landmarks leaves three times in the evening.

Depending on your plans for the day, you can book this cruise at 5 pm, 7 pm, or 9 pm.  

A Danube river cruise from Budapest offering Hungarian dinner and live music offers a two-hour tour at 7 pm and a 1.5-hour journey at 10 pm.

Another night time Budapest city cruise offers three evening timings of 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm.  

A two-hour boat party on the Daube River, available on Friday and Saturday evenings with different drink packages and DJ, begins at 8.30 pm.

Alternatively, enjoy a three-hour dinner at 7.30 pm on this Budapest cruise with a unique piano battle show.

Morning cruise

Morning or afternoon sightseeing river cruises are also available for those who prefer a daytime tour of the city.

The Budapest 70-minute sightseeing tour of various popular attractions provides a morning 11 pm cruise and two afternoon cruises at 1 pm and 3 pm. 

A one-hour afternoon cruise along the river with an audio guide and multiple start timings starts from the Mahart Terminal.

Book this tour at 12 pm, 1.30 pm, 3 pm, 4.30 pm, 5 pm or 6 pm.

Another daytime sightseeing tour over the Danube River with an audio guide in multiple languages is available at 11 am, 12.30 pm, 2 pm, and 3..30 pm. 

On this sightseeing tour, you can savor some pizza and unlimited beer or soft drinks running throughout the afternoon and later into the evening.

Select one of the following times for the cruise: 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, or 9 pm.

A tour of Szentendre, also known as the ‘Artists Village,’ on a half-day cruise from Budapest leaves at 10 am.

A private sightseeing yacht tour over the Danube River with a personal guide at 9 am or 5 pm is another option if money is not a constraint. 


Where do Danube River cruises start and end?

The meeting and end point vary from cruise to cruise. 

Most tours start from a dock on the Pest side of the city—usually, the docking stations are near the Elizabeth Bridge, Chain Bridge, and Margaret Bridge.

For example, the popular one-hour sightseeing cruise with a welcome drink typically departs from Dock 42.

Is the Danube open to cruise ships?

Yes, the Danube is open to cruise ships for sightseeing cruises all year round.
The majestic river offers a scenic route for sightseeing in popular cities like Budapest, allowing you to enjoy the stunning landscapes.

Can you walk along the Danube in Budapest?

You can enjoy a scenic walk along the Danube in Budapest. 

The city offers a picturesque riverside promenade stretching along the Buda and Pest sides. The bridges connecting the two parts of the city are also walkable. 

So you can admire the stunning views of the river and iconic landmarks like the Parliament Building and the Chain Bridge.

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