The famous Chain Bridge and Buda Castle in Budapest., Hungary. Photo via fotopedia:paul_mannix

Candy from Budapest's popular shopping street Vaci. Photo via Flickr:tinoubao
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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 and Hungary are varied.

    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
    • Arabian National Stud in Babolna (2018)

    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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  • 2017Category ACategory B
    Season 1 £ 644 $ 1,002 665 NOK 6761 kr 6241 $ 811 £ 547 $ 851 565 NOK 5744 kr 5302 $ 689
    Season 2 £ 731 $ 1,137 755 NOK 7676 kr 7085 $ 921 £ 615 $ 956 635 NOK 6456 kr 5959 $ 775
    Single supp. £ 194 $ 301 200 NOK 2033 kr 1877 $ 244 £ 165 $ 256 170 NOK 1728 kr 1595 $ 207
    Dinners incl. £ 140 $ 218 145 NOK 1474 kr 1361 $ 177 £ 106 $ 164 109 NOK 1108 kr 1023 $ 133

     

    2018 
    Season 1 £ 531 $ 825 548 NOK 5571 kr 5143 $ 669
    Season 2 £ 589 $ 916 608 NOK 6181 kr 5706 $ 742
    Season 3 £ 608 $ 946 628 NOK 6385 kr 5894 $ 766
    Single supp. £ 145 $ 226 150 NOK 1525 kr 1408 $ 183
    Dinners incl. £ 87 $ 136 90 NOK 915 kr 845 $ 110

    extra options

    Extra nights:
    Vienna (4 star hotel), Category A or B:
    Double/twin:  £ 64 $ 99 66 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81 Single: £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116 Budapest (4 star hotel), Category A: 
    Double/twin: £ 52 $ 81 54 NOK 549 kr 507 $ 66 Single: £ 85 $ 133 88 NOK 895 kr 826 $ 107 Budapest (4 star hotel), Category B:
    Double/twin: £ 45 $ 69 46 NOK 468 kr 432 $ 56 Single: £ 74 $ 114 76 NOK 773 kr 713 $ 93 Electric bicycle rental: £ 77 $ 120 80 NOK 813 kr 751 $ 98 ​Helmet rental (reservation needed, payable locally: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 ) Bus transfer back to Vienna: £ 28 $ 44 29 NOK 295 kr 272 $ 35 Excursions:
    Vienna City Tour by bike: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 Historical Vienna City Tour with Schönbrunn Palace: £ 43 $ 66 44 NOK 447 kr 413 $ 54 Waltz and Operetta Concert:
    Category A: £ 63 $ 98 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79 Category B: £ 53 $ 83 55 NOK 559 kr 516 $ 67 Category C: £ 41 $ 63 42 NOK 427 kr 394 $ 51 Vienna Hop on Hop off bus tour, from: £ 27 $ 42 28 NOK 285 kr 263 $ 34 Budapest City Tour by bike: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 Budapest Hop on Hoff off bus tour: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31

     

    2018

    Extra nights:
    Vienna:
    Double/twin:  £ 64 $ 99 66 NOK 671 kr 619 $ 81 Single: £ 92 $ 143 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116 Budapest:
    Double/twin: £ 45 $ 69 46 NOK 468 kr 432 $ 56 Single: £ 74 $ 114 76 NOK 773 kr 713 $ 93 Electric bicycle rental: £ 83 $ 130 86 NOK 874 kr 807 $ 105 ​Helmet rental (reservation needed, payable locally: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 254 kr 235 $ 31 ) Bus transfer back to Vienna: £ 31 $ 48 32 NOK 325 kr 300 $ 39

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Vienna.

    Local Travel

    Taxi or train to first hotel.

    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.


Tour Dates

2017

8-Day Tour

Season 1 (arrivals on Saturdays only): October 2 to October 14, 2017
Season 2 (arrivals on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): September 1  to October 1, 2017

2018

7-Day Tour

Season 1 (arrivals on Saturdays only): April 21 to April 27 and October 6 to October 13, 2018
Season 2 (arrivals on Saturday, or Sunday): April 28 to June 29 and September 1  to October 5, 2018
Season 3 (arrivals on Saturday, or Sunday): June 30 to August 31, 2018

Where You’ll Stay

2017

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

2018

In Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest 4* hotels, other areas standard inns, hotels and pensions.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights - (2018: 6nights)
  • Breakfasts
  • 7 or 21 gear unisex tour bike with handlebar bag, pannier, and odometer
  • Luggage transfer
  • Tour information packet - one per room
  • Route descriptions & maps - one per room
  • 1 x train trip Mosonmagyarovar - Györ (incl. bike)
  • 1 x ship transfer Szentendre - Budapest (cat B), April 29 - October 1
  • 1 x ship transfer Eszergom - Visegrad (cat A), April 29 - October 1 (2017 only)
  • Service hotline
  • *Train transfers are provided on dates that ship transfer is not possible.

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Salzburg & Vienna possible.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From565 Rates
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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)  -  (2018: Vienna-Bratislva, 68km)
Day 3: Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava, 16 mi. (26 km)  -  (2018: Bratislava-Mosonmagyarovar, 45km)
Day 4: Bratislava - Györ, 31 mi. (50 km) + train ride Mosonmagyarovar - Györ  -  (2018: Mosonmagyarovar-Komarno, +train ride Györ-Komarom)
Day 5: Györ - Komarno/ surroundings, 28 - 46 mi. (45 - 73 km)  -  (2018: Komarno-Danube Bend, 75km)
Day 6: Komarno/surroundings - Danube Bend, 22 to 31 mi. (35 - 52 km) + boat ride (Cat. A)  -  (2018: Danube Bend-Budapest, 62km + ship ride Szentendre-Budapest)
Day 7: Danube Bend - Budapest, 39 mi. (62 km) + ship (Cat. B) or bus  -  (2018: Budapest - End of tour)
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.

(2018: 7-Day Tour)

DAY 1: Vienna
Individual arrival to the capital of Austria and an 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 centre 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 centre of the town

DAY 5: Györ - Komarno/surroundings, 28 - 46 mi. (45 - 73 km)
The route leads through the outskirts of  Györ through the suburbs and continues on  through the lowlands of the hill country of Transdanubien. In Babolna, you will want to visit the world famous stud farm, known for its Arabian horse breeding. Afterwards, through lush rolling hills of the village of Komarom, you reach the final destination of the day.

DAY 6: Komarno - Danube Bend, 22 - 31 mi. (35 - 52 km) + boat ride (cat. A)
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 (or bus)  (cat. B)
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.  (only operates until August 31st.  After that date, transfer will be by bus)

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

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. Departure by daily scheduled buses at 3:30 pm with arrival in Vienna at approximately 6:30 pm.  You can also request an earlier departure at 11:30 am. The transfer is not included in the tour price and a reservation is required in advance.

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Customer Feedback

  • Ron Zauski 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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!

  • Mary Sandra Duggan 2 years ago

    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 2 years ago

    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 2 years ago

    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 5 years ago

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

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