Danube Cycle Path: Vienna to Budapest8 Days & 7 Nights 4.4 Read 31 reviews
- Cycle the Danube's trio of nations; Austria, Slovakia & Hungary
- Ride from the musical city of Vienna to the castles of Budapest
- Visit the impressive Hungarian Danube Bend
- Experience the sweet delights of a Viennese coffee house
- Explore the natural wonderland of Szigetköz
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Solo Travellers, Families, Multi-Generational, First Timers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
- Most Popular
Grade & Terrain
This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. The Danube Cycle Path is a paved, well-marked cycle route. However, you will be cycling on a mixture of cycle paths, country roads, and routes which will take you through villages, towns, and cities, so please be mindful of other road users at all times, especially on routes shared with traffic. You will be supplied with detailed maps, easy to follow route notes and an information pack for your trip. Should you require 24/7 telephone support is provided should you have any problems along the way.
Our Danube Cycle Path trip includes accommodation in standard en-suite double or twin rooms in quaint inns, hotels, and pensions that are of 3* standard. In Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest the hotels are of 4* standard. Occasionally if a hotel is not available in the location specified in the standard itinerary of this trip, you will be accommodated in a hotel of the same or better standard in the surrounding area. Each day's distance is approximate as the distance will depend on the location of your hotel.
Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists
If you're traveling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists and is perfect as being a popular route means there are plenty of people to chat with every day.
Breakfast is included each morning. Packed lunches are not included but are in most cases available at your accommodation (please order the night before!) or you can stop on the way for a traditional "wurst" or bowl of "goulash". Traveling through 3 countries means your tastebuds are also on an incredible journey! You will find suggestions of where to dine in your route notes. Your accommodation hosts are also happy to advise of the local places to eat.
- 7 x Overnights in 3* hotels, inns and pensions
- 7 x Breakfasts
- Daily luggage transportation
- Train journey from Mosonmagyarovar to Györ (including bike)
- Boat (or train) journey from Szentendre to Budapest
- Handlebar bag with route book, maps and an information pack
- Emergency phone support from our local partners and our office
- Dinners, Drinks, Snacks & Lunches
- Travel to Vienna & From Budapest
- Bike Rental
- Personal Equipment
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Bike Rental
- Return travel from Budapest to Vienna
When To Go
This trip is available on selected Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April through to October. May to September are the busiest months, and in July and August, the days are wonderfully long for exploring and making the most of the historic centers that you will visit. The summer months generally do not become unbearably hot and temperatures are often pleasantly warm, especially for cycling. Do keep in mind that some days will be hotter than others and it is important to make sure to always carry plenty of water, avoid cycling at noon and wear sunscreen while cycling even on cloudy days.
Please note that the following events are held in Budapest in 2020. This will not have a huge impact on your trip but the city will be busier as usual and a supplement will be applicable for any extra nights.
- The F1 Hungarian Grand Prix will be held in Budapest between 02 and 04 August 2020. The main race takes place on 04 August although qualifying runs will be held on the two previous days.
- Pope Francis will host the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest from 17 to 19 September 2020.
- The UEFA Football Championship matches are to be played in Budapest between 12 and 29 June 2020.
Getting to the Start
By Air: Vienna Airport has extensive airline connections across Europe and beyond. Vienna Airport train station has a direct service to central Vienna. Please see Trainline Europe for timetables, tickets & prices.
If you prefer to travel to and from Budapest, it is very easy to travel from Budapest Airport to Vienna. Budapest Airport shuttle bus is a short journey to Budapest Ferihegy Train Station. Change here for direct services to Vienna (approx 4 hours journey time). Please check Trainline Europe for tickets and prices.
Getting from the End
Included in the tour cost is a public bus ticket from Budapest to Vienna. Times and services are limited, please let us know at the time of booking if you require a ticket. This service can only be provided at the end of your journey.
You may prefer to fly out of Budapest Airport which has extensive airline connections across Europe and beyond, and is easily accessible via an airport shuttle bus service.
If you are making your own return travel arrangements to Vienna, the train service between Vienna and Budapest has regular services throughout the day and takes around 2hrs 30mins. Please visit Trainline Europe for times, prices and tickets.
Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).
7-speed bikes with coaster brake (backpedal) or 21-speed bikes (unisex) are available to rent, these are not included in the tour package but can be booked as an extra. Electric bikes (unisex), children’s bikes, and other specialized equipment may be available upon request.
All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except for the electric bikes). Helmets are not included as part of the rental package, but can be bought locally (€29). Please remember that your own helmet is likely to be a better fit.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride. If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.
It is a requirement of booking with this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
This trip is graded easy to moderate. The route is predominatley flat but there are some gentle hills in the last couple of rides. Daily distances are between 30 and 60km so you will need to have a basic level of fitness. Its a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. As each route heads through the villages and towns along the Danube River there are plenty opportunities to sample local foods, explore historic towns or kick back and relax in a pavement cafe with a local sweet treat.
There are direct flights to Vienna from London with EasyJet, British Airways, and Austrian Airlines. Ryanair fly to Bratislava from London, Birmingham & Edinburgh and from there it is only an hour by train or bus to Vienna. Linz (2hr) and Salzburg (3hr) are also possible as Austria has great train connections. The return bus to Vienna is included, however, you may prefer to fly out of Budapest, which has flights to London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol & Leeds
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during peak season from June to September.
You will need comfortable shoes and clothes for cycling and weather appropriate gear such as waterproof jacket and trousers, a cycling helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. You accommodation hosts will be happy to talk to you about local transport options.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Vienna
Arriva in Vienna, the "City of Music", which has extensive connections and can be easily reached.
Take a stroll through the city which was shaped by emperors, art, and residents such as Mozart, Sigmund Freud, and Beethoven. Known for its imperial palaces, including fascinating Schönbrunn, you shouldn't miss the State Opera House and the Cathedral of St Stephen. Leave enough time for a relaxing drink in a famous Viennese coffee bar or enjoy some of the local specialties such as sausage and "Wiener Schnitzel" in a typical Viennese tavern.
Set in central Vienna across from the United Nations Head Office and the Austria Center Vienna, this contemporary hotel is also near the city's largest recreational area. The peaceful accommodation is on the banks of the Danube River, providing a comfortable retreat for guests travelling for business or pleasure. This hotel in Vienna features 136 well-designed rooms and suites with Free Wireless High-speed Internet throughout. The on-site Lounge Bar, fitness room and two conference rooms further add to its appeal.
Today’s theme is peace and relaxation, although you will still be cycling for a few hours! Not far from Vienna you’ll discover an off-the-beaten-track landscape and a Nature Reserve boasting a stunning and diverse collection of flora and fauna. This is your chance to revel in the wonderful peace and tranquility of the region. At the town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg, the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum awaits, offering a fascinating journey back to ancient Roman times.
Situated in Petronell-Carnuntum, Hotel Marc Aurel is close to Archaeological Park Carnuntum and Archaologischer Park Carnuntum. Additional area attractions include Haydn Geburtshaus and Schloss Harrach.
Enjoy an easy-going cycle to the city of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and Europe’s youngest capital city. Located between the Danube plains, the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava enchants with its dreamy old quarter. This compact city is guaranteed to surprise you with its charming cobbled streets and laid-back atmosphere. The walled castle is even more beautiful at night when it's entirely illuminated against a dark evening sky.
Hotel Saffron is located in the centre of Bratislava, just a 15-minute walk from historic Old Town. The city centre, the Slovak National Bank, the Presidential Palac and the Government of the Slovak Republic are all within a short walking distance from the hotel.
The wild and untouched land and waterscape of the Szigetköz is an idyllic paradise for birds and fish. Cycling from Bratislava, you will relish the stunning scenery encompassing 500 tiny islands boasting numerous farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube creeks. After your cycle, you can relax on a train journey taking you to Györ, with its Baroque-style old town.
The Hotel Ibis Györ is located in the city centre of Györ. Its proximity to the baroque centre, the shopping mall, the stadium and the industrial park make the hotel an ideal place for a weekend or business travel.
Did you know that the National Stud of Babolna is world-famous for breeding truly magnificent Arabian horses? On a visit to the stud farm and museum, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the secrets of the Hungarian horse breeding techniques. Today’s cycling takes you through lush, rolling hills on mainly quiet country road into the village of Komarno, which was much favored by the renowned King Matthias.
The Hotel Bow Garden situated only 100 metres away from the historical centre of the city of Komarno. It was reconstructed from the Jewish synagogue and an old winery with 155 years of history. The area of the hotel with size of 5000 m2 is offering you a unique atmosphere for work and leisure. The high standard of lodging, catering, congress services and a varied offer of relaxing and sporting activities are a guarantee of an unforgettable visit.
The magical scenery and quaint villages accompany you on your cycle today, first along the banks of the Slovakian Danube and then on small, quiet roads. Pass the impressive Roman fort of Kelemantia on your way to Esztergom, known as Hungarian Rome. Another highlight is the magnificent Hungarian Danube Bend located just past Esztergom. Enjoy one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube, the river winds through the Visegrad mountains here and then makes an abrupt turn south between Esztergom and Szentendre. In the Basilica of Esztergom, you’ll find Hungary’s largest Catholic church and all kinds of attractions to explore.
The hotel is situated on the slope of the Castle Hill of Esztergom in a wonderful, silent garden. Ideal environment for recovering people, for business people, for conference guests, and pilgrims. All the religious and cultural facilities and museums of Esztergom are nearby. Esztergom has been an important city at Danube for about 1000 years. Crossing Maria Valeria bridge is easy to reach historical and cultural cities of Slovakia.
Amid the hilly landscape of Hungary, the River Danube divides into parts and gives form to the Szentendre Island. A short ferry trip* brings you to the island where you can cycle through traditional Hungarian villages and settlements. One of the highlights is Szentendre, famed for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open Air Museum of Skanzen. The final destination on your cycling tour in Budapest, where you’ll experience the atmosphere and attractions of this cosmopolitan capital. It’s a city where Eastern Europe meets Western.
*Depending on the time of year the ferry may not be operating and you will be provided with train tickets instead of ferry tickets.
The Danubius Hotel Flamenco in Budapest is a large, modern property set within a park that has a small lake. The city centre, bus station and well-known Buda Castle district are all 2 kilometres from the hotel. The nearest airport is Budapest Ferihegy Airport, 22 kilometres from the hotel. An airport bus links the city centre Erzsébet Square bus station with the airport every 30 minutes.
Depending on your onward travel plans, you may like to further explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Budapest. It may be worth it to spend an extra night or two relaxing in one of the spas, visiting one of the many castles of fortresses and sampling the local cuisine such as Hungarian Goulash.
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