Vienna to Budapest Danube Bike Tour
Seven nights; six days of easy cycling along the banks of the Danube River. You will experience a region rich in art and architecture influenced by the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
“ At times I wasn’t sure whether I was on a bike tour with good food or a food tour with great biking.” - Steve O.
Start: Vienna, Austria, Hotel Austria, 17:00 day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location. Self guided guests will meet their driver at 09:30 on day two for briefing and bike rental familiarization.
Finish: Budapest, Hungary, approximately 09:00 day eight.
Meet in Vienna, the cultural, economic and political centre of Austria. Introductions, bike and route familiarization will precede dinner. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Hotel Austria, Vienna
Vienna to Bad Deutsch-Altenburg 55km
Begin cycling along the beautiful Danube River Valley. Pass the ruins of the Roman city of Carnuntum, as you approach the town of Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, also known as “German Old Castle”. BLD
Hotel Marc Aurel, Petronell-Carnuntum; or
Hotel Altes Kloster, Haingurg an der Donau
Bad Deutsch-Altenburg to Mosonmagyarovar 60km
Today’s ride takes you briefly through Slovakia via the capital Bratislava, with a visit to its historical old town centre; then on to Hungary, where the day’s ride finishes in Mosonmagyarovar, located on the meanders of a small tributary of the Danube. BLD
Hotel Panorama, Mosonmagyarovar
Mosonmagyarovar to Gyor 45km
The ride between Mosonmagyarovar and Gyor winds its way through beautiful pastures and small farming towns on its way to the city of Gyor. Originally a Hungarian stronghold from A.D.900, it boasts a superb 12th century cathedral. B
Hotel Klastrom, Gyor
Gyor to Tata 60km
Today’s cycling is not far from the Danube's flow, through natural landscapes and farmland. You will finish in the town of Tata, on Lake Tata. It is known as the Town of Waters, in an area home to more than 100 springs. BLD
Hotel Kiss, Tata
Tata to Esztergom 55km
Ride through forested landscapes and enjoy a few small climbs and descents before a flat ride into Esztergom. This town has an immense cathedral, the largest in Hungary. Dating from 1822, it incorporates an earlier, renaissance church from the 16th century. BD
Pension Basilika, Esztergom
Esztergom to Budapest 65km
Ride through Visegrad on the way to Szentendre, with its many churches and galleries with the opportunity to visit the river island of the same name. This is a highlight of the adventure and the last stop before Budapest. The magnificent city of Budapest, once at the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, boasts some of the most incredible architecture in Europe. After helping arrange your transportation for tomorrow morning, your guides will leave this evening. BL
Hotel Parlament, Budapest
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Farewell! B
Note about the route:
A downstream, predominantly downhill ride, on level riverside terrain, following paved bike paths and quiet roads. There is a 5km stretch of busy highway on day 5. On the final 2.5 days, you will encounter some hills as you begin your approach to Budapest. Total distance is 368km.
This easy route, a continuation of the cycling trail from Passau to Vienna, winds its way along the Danube between the two important European cities of Vienna and Budapest. They hold the legacies of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the form of exquisite and impressive architecture. The route goes through the capital city of Slovakia – Bratislava, and the historically significant towns of Gyor and Esztergom where you can marvel at the largest cathedral in Hungary. The fascinating town of Szentendre is a highlight. Full of churches, galleries, and museums, such as the renowned Hungarian Open Air Museum, you can enjoy this town’s charm and situation on the banks of the Danube below the Pilis Mountains. This bicycle tour gives you relaxed and easy cycling all the way to Budapest on quiet roads and bike pathways, through a nice balance of vibrant centers and rustic, traditional landscapes of fields, vineyards and forests.
Note: This adventure is easily preceded with the Austrian ride from Passau to Vienna, for a two week downstream experience. Please ask if you are interested.
Maps & Elevations
Vienna offers plenty to distract you for days; make sure to allow time for at least one of the Musicians Walks.
"In Budapest, we did a lot of walking... The House of Terror was excellent, and we did spend a few hours at the Szechenyi Baths. We especially enjoyed the wine tasting at DiVino, just off St. Stephen's Square. Try Budapest Bisztro near Hotel Parliament." R&D Barnes.
Plan some extra time to experience the castle district or thermal baths of Budapest
Consider adding eight days of more challenging cycling between Budapest and Krakow.
Vienna, Austria, Hotel Austria, 17:00 day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location.
Self guided guests will meet their driver at 09:30 on day two for briefing and bike rental familiarization.
Budapest, Hungary, approximately 09:00 day eight.
*GPS units may be shared.
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.