Vienna to Budapest 5-nights (Active)

    3.7/5 (3)
    5 nights | 54 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 529
    Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours
    3.7/5 (3)

    5 nights | 54 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 529

    Rider Level: Active Electric bike tours

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    • Vienna to Budapest 5-nights

      5 night self guided bike tour in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia

      This 5-night tour from Vienna to Budapest is a "sporty" experience for travelers interested in covering longer cycling distances each day. The active option described here treats you an average of 54 miles each day. If you're looking for a more leisurely cycling option, check out the Vienna to Budapest (Classic) tour.

      On this bike path you will explore lowland forests, original villages and magical cities. Of course the 3 metropolises Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are the best-known.

      In Carnuntum and in the Roman castle Kelemantia you find Roman relics from the past. Discover the diversity of the flora and fauna in the lowland forests. The small villages, which you cycle through, still keep their original charm. You pass through the Rye Island that is a real natural paradise. Don't forget the numerous castles and palaces, which are proudly situated nearby the Danube. The small towns along the bike trail have a special flair and their charming historic centers invite visitors to discover and enjoy. Overall this bike tour will inspire everybody!

      Highlights

      • 3 metropolises Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
      • Rye Island, a real natural paradise
      • Numerous castles and palaces
      • Danube Bike Path
      • Lowland forests
      • Roman castle Kelemantia
      • Castles and palaces

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    • Traveler photos

      •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
      •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
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      •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
      •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
      •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
    • Daily program

      Day 1: Individual arrival to Vienna
      We recommended you arrive a day or two early to experience Vienna. This metropolis on the Danube has plenty to offer and it is worth to stay there for a longer time. Enjoy a cup of coffee and the typical Vienna cake "Sachertorte" in one of the numerous coffee houses or treat yourself to a roundtrip with the horse-drawn cab "Fiaker."

      Day 2: Vienna – Bratislava (44 mi/70 km)
      The first distance of your bike trip guides you through the national park Donau-Auen. There you will get to know the diversity of the flora and fauna as well as the manifold types of landscape.

      You pass the castle Orth and the village Eckertsau and reach Bad Deutsch Altenburg. There you can make an excursion on the Roman bike trail (Römerweg) to Carnuntum. The archaeological park is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria. After Hainburg you reach the border to Slovakia and its capital city Bratislava that is your next overnight stay.
      Overnight in Bratislava

      Day 3: Bratislava – Györ (50 mi/80 km)
      You cycle a short distance in Slovak territory before you pass the Hungarian border in Rajká. Within the first few kilometers of your cycle trip in Hungary you will discover charming villages. The complete section is influenced by agriculture.

      Your route guides you through the so-called Szigetköz (a small Rye Island). This is characterized by numberless side arms of the Danube. The beautiful town Mosonmagyaróvár is also called "City of 17 bridges" and ideally suited for a short break.

      Further on your way, you will pass Hédervár. The castle there is situated in the middle of a protected park. However, you should schedule a plenty of time for visiting Györ. The district capital offers many sights and a breathtaking historic center.
      Overnight in Györ

      Day 4: Györ – Esztergom (68 mi/110 km)
      Soon you reach the Hungarian Böny. From there a route version guides you to Bábolna, a well-cultivated town with a beautiful inner city. The local National Stud is known far beyond its borders. Racehorses are bred in the splendid inner courtyard. Afterwards, the route takes you back to the Danube where you soon reach the divided town Komárom/Komárno. The route runs near riverbanks in the flat Danube valley. In the course of this you pass different villages and while cycling you can view the vineyards in the background.

      The sporty bikers can choose a route over Tata but there are some hills. Those interested in history should plan time for the Roman castle Kelemantia which is on the way. However, the absolute highlight is your destination today: Esztergom - also known as "Hungarian Rome." Its basilica is the largest church of the country.
      Overnight in Esztergom

      Day 5: Esztergom – Budapest (53 mi/85 km)
      You cycle along the "Donauknie" which is probably one of the most attractive sections of the Danube bike trail. The Royal Palace and the castle of Visegrád will delight you and the open air museum, as well as the baroque old town of Szentendre, invites you to stay. The crowning highlight is Budapest. After arriving there you can review all impressions of this wonderful bike trip during a walk through the city.
      Overnight in Budapest

      Day 6: Individual departure, or extension
      In the Hungarian capital city there are many things to discover. If you are interested we would be pleased to book some extra nights for you.

      Surface and terrain

      You cycle on bike trails, along a dam and partly on relatively quiet side roads. Occasionally you will be on busy roads but only for a short while. You cycle off road only for 3 short distances otherwise you will be on asphalt. On the whole, the route is marked very well with a few exceptions in the Slovakian part.

      Altogether the cycling is relatively easy with occasional slight hills; however, considering the longer stages, one this variation of the Vienna-Budapest itinerary, you should have a higher level of cycling ability and comfort than the Classic version.


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

      The accommodations on this tour are 3- and 4-star hotels.

      Arcotel Kaiserwasser, Vienna
      www.arcotelhotels.com

      Hotel Devín, Bratislava
      www.hoteldevin.sk

      Barokk Hotel Promenád, Györ
      promenadhotelgyor.hu

      Portobello Wellness & Yacht Hotel, Esztergom
      www.portobello.hu

      NH Hotel Budapest City Center, Budapest
      www.nh-hotels.com

      Please note if visitors tax is due, it is not included in the tour cost.

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start
      Nearest airport and train station: Vienna (VIE), Austria

      Tour end
      Nearest airport: Budapest (BUD), Hungary
      Nearest train station: Keleti Pályaudvar, Hungary

      Tips for getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Saturdays: Apr 2-Apr 21, Sep 24-Oct 8, 2022; Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays: Apr 22-Jun 30, Sep 2-Sep 23, 2022; Daily: July 1-Sep, 2022

      Low season: Apr 02, 2022 - Apr 21, 2022, Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 08, 2022

      Shoulder season: Apr 22, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022, Sep 02, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

      High season: Jul 01, 2022 - Sep 01, 2022

      Prices

      Tour package

      Per person, double occupancy € 529
      Shoulder season surcharge € 70
      High season surcharge € 110
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 289
      Optional dinner package € 89

      Bike Rentals

      Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame € 89
      Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed men's frame € 89
      Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed, upgrade € 139
      Road bike € 199
      Electrically assisted bike € 199

      Extra Nights, Bratislava

      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 119
      Per person, double occupancy € 69

      Extra Nights, Budapest

      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 129
      Per person, double occupancy € 69

      Extra Nights, Vienna

      Single room (1 person/1 room) € 115
      Per person, double occupancy € 69

      Included services

      • 5 overnight stays in 3- and 4-star hotels
      • Breakfast (buffet style)
      • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
      • Detailed travel documents
      • 7-day Service Hotline in case of emergencies
      • Well-planned route guidance
      • Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting
      • Rental bike insurance
      • GPS Tracks available on request
      • If half board is booked : 3 x 3-course dinner (not possible in Vienna and Budapest)

      Please note if visitors tax is due, it is not included in the tour cost.


      Bike rentals

      Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

      • Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed, unisex
      • Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed, men's frames, crossbar
      • Hybrid touring bike, 27-speed, upgrade
      • Road bike
      • Electrically assisted bike, Pedelec, unisex*
      • Tandem bikes are available (upon request only)

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

      • Saddlebag (water-repellent), rear
      • Handlebar bag (water-repellent), with clear cover on top for easy map viewing
      • Tools
      • Repair kit (with extra bicycle tube)
      • Pump
      • Combination lock

      Pedals:
      The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. Toe cages are not available to rent.

      Seats:
      If you plan to bring your own seat, please make sure it will be compatible with a 27.2 to 31.4 mm seat post. If necessary, you may also need to bring your own adapter. The tour company will assist in switching the seat post for you.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are not included with the bike rentals. You can buy a helmet (not rent) from the tour company for €40. It will be a high quality, brand new helmet. You must let us know your helmet preference upon booking. If you do not buy a helmet through the tour company, we recommend you bring your own.

      Specifications on hybrid touring bikes

      • Modern, high-resistant aluminum frame
      • V-brakes
      • Aluminium-rims
      • Reliable tires, which ensure high duration
      • Shimano Alivio derailleur on 21-speed
      • Selle Royal Saddles

      *Posture for 21-speed hybrid bikes will be upright for comfort

      Upgraded components on 27-speed hybrid bikes

      • Hydraulic Magura HS 11 brakes
      • Shimano Deore XT derailleur on 27-speed
      • High-quality Suntour suspension fork

      *Posture for 27-speed upgraded hybrid bikes will be upright and forward


      Tour Company

    • Route Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

      • Terry Connolly 2 days ago

        Very Smooth Arrangements

        This worked pretty seamlessly. Bike rentals were in excellent shape, well equipped for storage and travel. Paper maps they gave us were good, but seems like should advise traveler to download Komoot or similar for detail of route map and GPS. All hotels were very nice. Bags got there ahead of us every day. Gyor to Esztergom is a long ride, on busy roads and non-paved surfaces. But overall a positive using BikeTours.

      • Cynthia Ord 3 weeks ago

        Loved everything about this tour (except the rental bikes)

        I recommend the Vienna to Budapest 5-night tour, especially as an inter-generational adventure. We were a group of two 30-somethings and a 72-year-old dad, and it was a great fit for all of us. This is really a premier section of the full Eurovelo 6 cross-Europe route. I was especially impressed with bikeways and great signage all along the route. We were impressed by the variety and quality of the hotels, and the destination town or city at the end of each day was well-chosen. It was such a treat to go exploring each evening after getting off the bikes!
        Squeezing it all into the four-day sporty/active itinerary, however, was challenging on heavy cruiser-style rental bikes, so I'd advise either slowing it down or bringing your own bike.

        What was the date of your tour?
        May 2022
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Somewhat harder
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
        •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
        •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
        •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
        •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
        •  (photo by Cynthia Ord)
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from kirsten August 22, 2022

          Hi Cynthia!
          Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this tour! We are happy to hear it was a great fit for your group. Your pictures are fantastic and really capture the joy of your adventure! Seeing those smiling faces is why we do what we do. Thank you again for choosing to travel with us!

        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 4/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • mb001 October 28, 2019

        Fun trip with lots of biking.

        My friend and I did this trip in early Oct. The first hotel in Vienne is Hotel Arcortel and not near any restaurants or pubs but close to the start of the trip. I would suggest booking a few days before in the city center if you plan on seeing Vienna. We stayed next in Hotel Devin in Bratislava. The hotel here and city were great. Everything walking distance. Next was Hotel Barrokk in Gyor. This was a very nice hotel and city that you could walk to a variety of restaurants and shopping. Then day 3 we biked 124km to Esztergom. There is an option to take a train for half of this trip. We did the biking and found it a very long day, but doable. We had electric bikes and it was a good thing! This day of biking was the most difficult not only because of the distance, but the terrain. You are in remote Hungarian countryside with no one around for hours. The bike trail or paths are poorly marked in some areas you find yourself on dirt farm land. Unfortunately we were lost a lot! The hotel in Esztergom was the Hotel Bellevue. This hotel is set on a busy street with no options to walk to any other restaurants or shopping. We were not aware that dinner must be booked ahead of time. After talking our way into a reservation, we found the buffet was average. If possible stay in the city and not this hotel. On the last day we left and needed to catch the ferry across the river. We were lucky as the week we were there was the last week of the season for the ferry. We rode to Budapest and again found some of the trails or paths poorly marked. We ran into a guided tour along the way and the guide told us about an app called mapy.cz and it has the entire map of the bike path we used and saved us several times. It was great to finish in Budapest as it is a very large exciting city with so much to do! The NH Hotel was easy to get to and situated close to many sites.

        What was the date of your tour?
        10/6-10/10/19
        How many tours have you completed?
        4
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Do you recommend this tour?
        No
        • BikeTours.com staff reply from Chloe October 30, 2019

          Thanks so much for this review - so many great details and suggestions! We're glad you had a fun trip and enjoyed many of the cities. We appreciate your details regarding the cycling terrain and navigation. This section of the Danube cycle path is less developed and more rustic than other sections, as you have noted. We hope future clients will be well informed by your review and perhaps even utilize the app you have mentioned. Thanks again.

        • 4/5 Value
        • 3/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 3/5 Hotels or boat
        • 4/5 Scenery
        • 3/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 4/5 Local tour company services
        • 3/5 Route selection