About The Big Bus Budapest Tour:
Discover Budapest by night and day, land and water, with this renowned sightseeing tour. Listen to insightful audio commentary in a choice of 23 languages while travelling aboard an open-top double-decker bus.
This is delivered via a set of complimentary earphones that you can take with you when you hop-off the bus. Enjoy your flexible access to the Hungarian capital and be sure to check out highlights such as the Parliament, Grand Synagogue and State Opera House.
- All Year Round, Daily.
- Digital Audio: English, Hungarian, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Danish, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, Portuguese, Czech, Romanian, Croatian, Dutch and Norwegian.
Tour Times / Frequency:
- Red & Blue Route: 09:00 to 18:00, every 20-30 minutes.
- Night Tour: Departs daily at 19:30.
- Red & Blue Route: Various, see Map Download.
- Night Tour: Károly körút (Stop 9 - Blue Route).
- Red Route: 1 Hour.
- Blue Route: 1 Hour 15 Minutes.
- Night Tour: 1 Hour.
- Wheelchair Accessible Buses.
- Free On-Board Wi-Fi.
- Complimentary Guide Map.
- Free Mobile App (Downloadable On Bus).
The Big Bus Budapest tour features two hop-on hop-off sightseeing routes. Come and go as often as you please between key city landmarks such as Heroes Square, the Citadel on Gellert Hill and Margaret Island.
Each location on the itinerary list flips to another chapter in Budapest's cultural and political history, whether it's in the form of a grand memorial to the city's Magyar heritage or testaments to its 19th century renaissance. The latter is visible in architectural icons such as the Hungarian State Opera House (stop 12 - red route) and William Clark's Chain Bridge (stop 7 - blue route) connecting the formerly separate territories of Buda & Pest.
A few particularly fascinating Budapest landmarks to look out for include the Széchenyi Thermal Baths (also close to the Art & Gold Museums), Fisherman's Bastion in the Castle District, and Dohány Street Synagogue. New York is the only place in the world where you'll find a synagogue larger than the one at stop 10 (blue route) on the Big Bus Budapest tour.
Budapest's top museums also appear along the red sightseeing route. Disembark at stop 9 for the Hungarian National Museum, stop 13 for the Terror Museum and one dedicated to composer Franz Liszt, then stop 7 for the Hungarian National Gallery.
Budapest Night Bus Tour:
As part of the Premium and Deluxe packages you'll be invited to partake in an evening journey around the heart of Budapest. Hop aboard the open-top buses at Károly Körút (stop 9) and kick back as you're driven along the glowing banks of the Danube River past radiant landmarks such as the Hungarian Parliament Building and Buda Castle.
The night bus tour lasts 1 hour and departs at 19:30. It's a fully guided tour and has no hop-on hop-off stops.
Danube River Sightseeing Cruise:
The buses aren't the only vehicles that provide transport during daytime. Go to stop 8 (Petofi Square - blue route) and take a short walk along to Dock 11, where you'll be able to join a sightseeing cruise of the Danube River.
There's 8 full departures every day, each one lasting approximately 2 hours. See the map download for details, and the list below for daily cruise times:
- 11:00* to 12:20.
- 12:30* to 14:20.
- 14:00* to 16:20.
- 15:30* to 18:20.
- 17:00* to 20:20.
- 18:30* to 20:50.
- 20:00 to 22:20.
- 21:30 to 22:45.
*These cruises include hop-on hop-off stops at Margaret Island and Batthyány Square.
Pest & Castle District Walking Tours:
Get a more intimate look into Budapest's dynamic cityscape by taking part in a guided walking tour of either Pest or the Castle District. These tours are lead by professional English-speaking Big Bus guides and run on alternating odd-even days. Ask a member of staff on your day of travel which one is operating. Departure times and locations are as follows:
- Pest Tour: Big Bus Customer Service Centre, Stop 11 (11:00). Duration: 1.5 Hours.
- Castle District Tour: Szentharomsag Square in front of Matthias Church (14:30). Duration: 1.5 Hours.