Bus Tours in Budapest

One way to discover a new city is to get a good overview via a tour. Here are some of the best bus tours as recommended by tourist on travel sites (the best rated and reviewed bus tours in Budapest, Hungary).

Budapest Bus Tours

Hop on Hop off Bus Tours

Budapest hop on hop off bus tour

Budapest HOHO bus tour

The traditional Hop on Hop off Bus Tours are very popular in Budapest, and get regularly good reviews as the price of the bus tour also includes a free boat tour, which makes it a really good value tour. Not only the prices are quite reasonable, but the quality of the audio guides is quite good, although some tourists remarked that there could have been more info and less music.

The HOHO bus tour tickets also offer more discounts and flexibility (e.g. you can have a free tour next day (24 hour ticket), or you can have a boat tour included in the price of the bus tour). You can buy your tickets on the spot, or if you are squeezed by time, and do not wish to stand in queues, you can also order your Hop on Hop off bus tickets online:

Hop on Hop off Bus tours booking

Hop on Hop off Budapest Bus Tour Prices

Hop on Hop off Budapest Bus Tour Prices 2012

The great thing about hop on – hop off bus tours is that you can enjoy the sights from your bus seat (open decks in good weather for taking better photos), but if you see a sight that makes you curious, you can hop off and start to explore a nice Budapest attraction in more details if you want to. Then, after your detour, you can literally hop on the bus again (they go very frequently and on the major bus routes). No hassle.

Alternatively, you can try to work out your own routes (or take a free walking tour in Budapest), and download a cheap audioguide for Budapest. Anyway, the hop on hop off bus tours get generally good reviews, with the recurring problems that the commentary feels slightly sparse, and for some too much music is inserted in the guide.

The other problem is that buses run less frequently in low season, so they may quickly sell out at the weekends. Make sure to check the current hop on hop off bus tour timetables before you pay for the trip. But keep in mind that you will also get a Danube boat ride included in the price of the bus tour. This is a no fancy boat tour, unlike the more elegant and romantic Budapest river cruises.

You will get an earphone (may be a used headphone, which may or may not work, but you can ask for another one of course).

Lastly, “Unfortunately the bus stopped at about 10 to 15 minutes at every stop which made the tour boring.” (Budapest Hop on Hop off Bus tour review on TripAdvisor travel site). If you get bored easily, either take an exciting Budapest guide book with you, or opt for another Budapest tour.

Budapest Sightseeing Tours with Bus

Some of the more popular tours in Budapest include a more in depth and thorough sightseeing tours with a bus / coach.

Amphibian Bus tours – Floating & Rolling

If you want to have a bus tour with an interesting twist, you can try a floating bus, i.e. an amphibian bus, which can easily float on the river Danube, and roll on wheels too: River Ride offers a two hour ‘on the river and in the street’ tours 4 times a day from April to October (1o am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm) and 3 times (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) a day in low season (Nov-March).

Budapest Bus Tours - River Ride Amphibian

Budapest Bus Tours – River Ride Amphibian

The unusual amphibian bus tours leave from Szechenyi Istvan square, at the Chain Bridge in Budapest (formerly known as Roosevelt Square). See the route of this imaginative bus tour offered by River Ride in a map below. The special bus tour includes the following top Budapest attractions:

Mind you, while the idea of travelling in a sea and land based bus sounds cool and exciting, in practice kids can get bored during the long and slow floating in the river if no parental challenges, mind games are tricked up. If you have a raucous toddler, it might be best not to take the River Ride tour.

The only criticism we have found so far was about the price of the bus tour – not cheap, but fun. Note: the vehicle may sway a little in land mode on the streets, but is balanced in the water. If you suffer from motion sickness it might not be your best bus tour choice. The bus tour route is only on the Pest side and in the river.

Budapest River Ride route

Budapest River Ride route (part of the bus tour route)

 

Related Budapest tours info

Budapest Hop on Hop off tours

Last updated: January, 2013

 
Comments
Richard Anderson

I will be in Budapest from June 13th till the 16th. I’m wondering what tours will be available

Hello Richard, as you can see above, we have beefed up the Budapest bus tours page with more information. You are visiting Budapest in June, which is the high season with lots of tourists and lots of tours available. The hop on hop off Budapest bus tour schedule for June is leaving every half an hour, while the amphibian River Ride bus tour goes 4 times a day as written above. If you had further Budapest tours in mind (http://topbudapest.org/tours) you can be sure that all tour companies will work hard to provide the most to Budapest tourists with as many good tours launched as possible (including the Budapest free walking tours or the high end private guided tours too).
If you were thinking of something else, could you please be more specific?

“The best way to visit tourist spots”

The Hop on op off bus is comfortable and some with open roof top double decker bus. Ticket valid for two days. The schedule is also good so we can visit all Budapest tourist spots in two days.

Visited July 2012

“GREAT!”

GREAT way to explore the city! very cheap as well… comes with a free voucher for a day cruise and another for a night cruise in the Danube … I totally recommend this to everyone visiting BP!

Visited August 2012

( Hop on Hop off – Tripadvisor travel site)

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