Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest
8 Days / 7 Nights (6 Days Cycling)
Category A: 4* Hotels
Category B: 4* Hotels in Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest, 3* Hotels & Typical Inns in Other Locations
Distance: Approx 180 miles / 290 km
Level: Easy / Moderate
Luggage Transfers Included
Bikes, Electric Bikes, Kids Bikes & Trailers Available
Most Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, from 18 April to 10 October 2020
Bed & Breakfast from €549, with Discounts for Children
River Danube Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava
This cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest passes through three countries, each with their own unique attractions. There are overnight stays in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, and so much to see and do in the beautiful towns and villages along the way. Other highlights include the Danube Floodplain National Park, the Archaeological Park at Carnuntum, the “Little Alföld” Protected Area, the Arabian National Stud in Babolna, the Basilica in Esztergom, the Danube Bend and the open air museum at Skanzen.
On this classic cycling tour you will travel through three countries and visit the capital city of each, but you will also experience a diverse and delightfully scenic natural environment as you follow the River Danube on its meandering journey towards the east.
This tour is mostly flat, but with rolling hills that are sometimes quite steep. We grade it as Easy / Moderate.
We offer two grades of accommodation on this “Three Capitals” cycle tour. At Category A, all of the hotels are 4* or 3*. At Category B the hotels in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are 4* and the other nights along the route are spent at typical inns or 3* hotels. At all lodgings breakfasts are included and half-board is an option.
This cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest also includes daily baggage transfers, emergency support, a comprehensive information pack and a guide book. We can arrange the hire of good quality touring bikes for both adults and children, as well as electric bikes, trailer bikes, kids’ trailers and child seats.
Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest: Itinerary
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Given the variety of accommodation options and the different routes that may be selected between them, all daily distances are approximate.
Day 1: Arrive Vienna.
After checking into the hotel, collecting hire bikes and reviewing the route documentation, you should take time to have a look around Vienna.
This historic city is the capital of Austria and is by far the largest city in the country, with a population of more than 1.7 million. It is Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre, and consistently ranks towards the top of lists of the best places in the world to live.
As the former centre of the Habsburg Empire, the city still has the trappings of the great imperial capital that it once was. The historic centre of the city is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Day 2: Vienna - Area of Bad Deutsch Altenburg (Approx 42 km / 26 miles).
Your cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest starts with a lovely ride. Not far from Vienna you will enter an unspoilt natural landscape with stunning and diverse flora and fauna. You will be able to enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet, only interrupted by the twittering chirp of birds.
The ancient Romans left their mark on this area and a visit to the restored Roman Quarter at the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum, with its architectural masterpieces, romantic ruins and valuable treasures will bring their legacy to life.
At Bad Deutsch Altenburg you can visit the health resort with its iodine and sulphur springs, which are amongst the best in Central Europe.
Day 3: Area of Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava (Approx 26 km / 16 miles).
Today’s ride will give you the time to appreciate Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava.
The city and its surroundings form the second-most prosperous region in Central and Eastern Europe. Stroll the narrow pedestrian streets of the Old Town, with its pretty, pastel-coloured 18th-century buildings, and enjoy the street life and pavement cafés. Then take a look at the very different architecture of the communist-era buildings in the more modern parts of the city. A prime example is the Petrzalka housing estate, the biggest Communist-era concrete block housing complex in Central Europe.
Day 4: Bratislava - Györ, including Train Ride from Mosonmagyarovar (Approx 50 km / 31 miles).
On leaving Bratislava you will cycle through the marshy landscape of the Szigetköz, an island plain in Western Hungary that is a paradise for birds and fish. In the midst of these wild and untouched lowlands, which consist of more than 500 tiny islands, you will encounter quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of countless canals and creeks.
From Mosonmagyarovar, a short train ride will take you to Györ, the most important city in northwest Hungary. Györ is famous for its gorgeous Baroque-style old town squares, including a lovely cobbled pedestrian street in the heart of the city centre. The City Hall is a beautiful Neoclassical building with a square with paving stones of Italian marble and two identical baroque gardens. (Don´t miss visiting the City Hall at night, when everything is floodlit.)
Day 5: Györ - Area of Komárom/Komárno (Approx 57 km / 36 miles).
Today’s route leads you through lush, rolling hills on quiet country road to Babolna, home of the National Stud and Riding School, which is famous throughout the world for its Arabian horses.
From Babolna you will cycle through a landscape of gently rolling hills to the town of Tata (the “City of Lakes”) in the foothills of the Gerecse Mountain Range, and on to the “divided town” of Komárom (Hungary) / Komárno (Slovakia), the favourite village of King Matthias.
Day 6: Area of Komárom/Komárno - Danube Bend (Approx 52 km / 33 miles ).
Today you will cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on narrow and quiet roads through quaint villages. You will ride past the Roman fort of Kelemantia, the biggest known Roman castellum in present-day Slovakia, and on to Esztergom in Hungary – known as the “Town of Bishops and Kings” and the “Hungarian Rome”.
One thousand years ago, the small city of Esztergom played an important role in the establishment of the Hungarian state. It was the capital of Hungary from the 10th till the mid-13th century. Esztergom houses the Keresztény Múzeum, the largest ecclesiastical collection in Hungary, and its Basilica is the largest church in Hungary.
Leaving Esztergom, you will arrive at the magnificent Danube Bend, which is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube. The river here winds through the Visegrad mountains and then makes an abrupt turn south towards Budapest, creating a wonderful landscape that is a paradise for nature lovers and a favourite recreational destination of many Hungarians.
Day 7: Danube Bend - Cycle to Szentendre - Boat to Budapest (Approx 62 km / 39 miles).
Amidst the wooded hills of Pilis, Visegrád and Börzsöny, the river Danube divides, creating the island of Szentendre. On the island, you cycle through typical Hungarian villages, including the town of Szentendre, a favourite haunt of artists. Szentendre is famed for its museums (most notably the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum), art galleries and handicrafts.
From Szentendre, in order to avoid the heavy and dangerous traffic on the outskirts of the Budapest, you will board a boat for the final part of the journey into the city. (Depending on the shipping schedule, this part of the journey may be done by train.)
The day culminates with the arrival in Budapest, the final destination on your cycling tour. Budapest is a city where Eastern Europe meets the West and there is so much to see and do. Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest’s extensive World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway (the second-oldest metro line in the world). Budapest also has around 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, the second largest synagogue and the third largest Parliament building!
Day 8: Departure from Budapest.
There are direct flights from Budapest to many cities. Or, if you prefer, we can arrange your transport back to Vienna. (Options include bus and fast boat, as well as trains and taxis.)
It will not usually be possible to get back to Vienna before lunchtime, without a very early start. However, what’s the rush? Why not take time to explore Budapest before you leave? We can easily arrange an extension for as long as you like.
Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest: Dates & Prices
The “Three Capitals” cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest is available from 18 April to 10 October 2020, with departures as follows:
- Every Saturday from 18 to 26 April and 28 September to 10 October.
- Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 27 April to 27 September.
The price differs according to season and category of accommodation.
Prices, Discounts & Services.
28 September-10 October
|27 April-28 June|
31 August-27 September
|29 June-30 August|
(6 Dinners, breakfast only in Vienna)
|Kids Bike or Trailer|
|Return Delivery of Own Bike to Vienna (Saturdays Only)|
*A solo traveller can do this tour with no further supplement.
Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), or by transfer to our Spanish bank.
We do not charge a handling fee if you pay by credit card.
There are a number of great discounts available on this cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest:
- Early booking discount on holidays booked at least 60 days in advance: 5% off base price of tour.
- Adult or child aged 15 years or over sharing room with 2 other adults: 10%.
- Child up to 6 years sharing room with 2 adults: FREE.
- Child 7-11 years sharing room with 2 adults: 50%.
- Child 12-14 years sharing room with 2 adults: 25%.
- No luggage transfers – €40 pp.
The “Three Cities” cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in specially-selected hotels. Double, twin or family rooms with en-suite bath/shower rooms.
- 7 breakfasts. (Half-board available.)
- Daily luggage transfers – 2 items per person. Maximum weight per person 30 kg and maximum weight per item 20 kg. (Discount if not required).
- Train trip from Mosonmagyarovar to Györ, including bike.
- Boat trip from Szentendre to Budapest, including bike. (Depending on shipping schedule. May be train.)
- Information pack, including cycle map with detailed English tour description (1 per room).
- High-quality handlebar bag for transportation of travel documents (1 per room).
- Service hotline, 7 days a week.
The following services are not included in the price of this tour, but we would be delighted to help you to organise them:
- Travel to and from Vienna and Budapest, including flights and airport transfers.
- Dinners, lunches drinks and snacks (Half-board available).
- Bike helmet. (May be purchased locally for €29, by prior arrangment.)
- Travel insurance.
- Extra nights in Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest or at any point along the route.
Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest: Accommodation
There are 2 levels of accommodation available on the “Three Cities” cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest:
Category A: 4* hotels throughout the tour.
Category B: 4* hotels in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest, traditional 3* hotels & inns along the rest of the route.
All of the hotels and inns that we use are specially selected for their standards of service, warmth of welcome and character. Breakfast is included in the tour price and half-board is an option.
Your hotel reservations will normally be confirmed at least one month before the start of the tour.
Examples of Hotels
Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest: Travel
Getting to & from Vienna & Budapest
Flights & Trains
The “Three Cities” Cycling Tour starts in Vienna and finishes in Budapest. Both cities have direct flight connections with many European cities. Please visit www.skyscanner.net for cheap flights.
If you don’t need to return to Vienna to collect a car at the end of your tour, it is almost always better to arrange onward travel from Budapest.
In Vienna, parking is available for free in the streets near the hotel and at:
- The first hotel: Approx €154 for the week.
- Vienna Park & Ride underground/metro station Leopoldau (line U1): Approx. €18.50 for the week.
- Vienna Park & Ride underground/metro station Aderklaaer Straße (line U1): Approx. €30 for the week.
We would be very happy to arrange your travel to Vienna and from Budapest. Please ask for details.
Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest: Hire Bikes
Our most popular bike is the 21-speed hybrid, which is available in men’s and women’s models. We can also supply 7-speed unisex touring bikes with back-pedal “coaster” brakes. Electric bikes, children’s bikes, trailer bikes, baby / toddler trailers and child seats are available on request. Please see “Dates & Prices” for hire charges.
All adult rental bikes are equipped with a speedometer and a pannier bag. When bikes are hired, one bike per room is equipped with a handlebar bag for the carriage of documents, maps and other small items.
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In Austria, helmets are compulsory for children aged under 12 years-of-age and are recommended for everyone. They can be purchased locally.
In Slovakia all cyclists must wear a helmet when cycling outside of built-up areas.
In Hungary cyclists have to wear a safety vest at night and in poor visibility when cycling outside of built-up areas.
Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest: More Info
The “Three Cities” cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest is an easy / moderate tour that should be achievable by even novice cyclists with a good level of fitness. The route is generally smooth and with light traffic. However, there are some climbs and you must be able to cope with traffic in and around built-up areas.
In Austria, the route follows well-maintained cycle paths. In Hungary and Slovakia, you will often cycle on quiet country roads. Heavy traffic may sometimes be encountered in and around the built-up areas.
This is an unescorted cycle tour. The mileages given are approximate and are based on the suggested routes.
Daily luggage transfers are included in the price of this cycling tour from Vienna to Budapest. There is a strict limit of 2 pieces of luggage with a total weight of 30 kg per person. Individual bags must not weigh more than 20 kg. There is a discount if luggage transfers are not required.
The weather in Austria, Slovakia and Hungary between April and October can be very changeable. Please check the weather forecasts and be prepared.
It will almost always be necessary to carry a waterproof jacket. Waterproof trousers may also be required at times. A sun hat and sunscreen are also often essential.
All items carried on the bike should be wrapped in plastic to avoid soaking.
Cycling Tour from Vienna to Budapest: Gallery
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