Vienna to Budapest

On this bike route you will explore lowland forests, original villages and magical cities. Of course the cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest are the best-known on the tour. 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.  Rye Island, which you will pass through, is a real natural paradise.

Don’t forget the numerous castles and palaces, which are proudly situated nearby the Danube. Overall, this bike tour will inspire and delight everybody!

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Leisurely

From £995.00 P/P

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We recommend that you arrive into Vienna early. This wonderful city on the Danube has so much offer, and it is well worth staying for a longer time. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a traditional Viennese cake (Sachertorte) in one of the numerous coffee houses. Alternatively, you can enjoy a roundtrip in a horse-drawn cab (Fiaker).

The first ride on the tour will guide you through the national park Donau-Auen. There you will be able to discover a great diversity of flora and fauna as well as the beautiful and varied landscape. You will pass the castle Orth and the village of Eckertsau before you reach Bad Deutsch Altenburg. There you can make an excursion on the Roman bike trail (Römerweg) to Carnuntum. This archaeological park is widely considered one of Austria’s most significant archaeological sites. After Hainburg you reach the border to Slovakia and it’s capital city, Bratislava which is your destination for the day, and where you will spend your overnight stay.

After cycling just a short distance in Slovak territory, you will pass the Hungarian border in Rajká. Beofre long, you will discover charming Hungarian villages. This area of the country is heavily influenced by agriculture. Your route then guides you through the area known as Szigetköz (a small Rye Island), which is characterized by numberless side arms of the Danube. Today´s destination is Mosonmagyaróvár which is also commonly known as the “City of 17 Bridges“.

Today you will ride through the unique and delightful landscape of the “Szigetköz” protected area and then on to Györ, one of the most important cities in the Hungarian lowlands and will charm you with its alluring historical city centre. You can enjoy a pleasant walk through the narrow lanes, past the churches and the palaces of the Baroque city centre. King Matthiashimself referred this it as his favorite city! You will finish the day by travelling to Komarom by train.

Today you cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on small roads with very little traffic. You will pass through several quaint and traditional villages. On your way to the “Town of Bishops and Kings”, Esztergom, you will pass the impressive Roman fort of Kelemantia. The largest Catholic Church in Hungary, the Esztergom Basilica, is sure to take your breath away and is well worth a visit! The rest of the distinctive village of Esztergom also proves to be a highlight and glamorous part of the overall tour.

As it winds through the rolling hills, the Danube divides itself, creating the Szentendre Island. Here, you will cycle down the small country roads and through quaint and welcoming villages. Discover the Open-air Museum Skanzen. If you are a fan of shopping, you are sure to enjoy the numerous handicraft boutiques, which also provide the opportunity to buy wonderful Hungarian souvenirs in Szentendre city-center. During the boat- or train ride to Budapest, you will have a fantastic view of some of the most famous sights of Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

Enjoy a day in the buzzing metropolis of Budapest. If you want you can go back to Vienna by bus, and further explore ‘the city of the Waltz’. There are departures by bus scheduled every 2 hours, on a daily basis. The bus has to be booked prior to arrival. Duration of trip approx. 3 hours. On request the bus ialso stops at Vienna International Airport.

In the Hungarian capital city there is so much to entice and entertain. If you are interested in prolonging your tour, we would be pleased to book some extra nights for you. Our transfer from Budapest to Vienna is very comfortable (this can be arranged at additional charge).

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Route overview

You cycle on bike trails, ways alongside a dam and partly on relatively quiet side roads. Busy roads are of short-term duration. You cycle on unmade paths only for 3 short distances otherwise you will find asphalted roads. On the whole the route is signed very well with a few exceptions in the Slovakian part. Altogether the tour is relatively easy with slightly increases in some sections.

Total distance cycled: 320 km

Route Map (For guidance only)

Routes maybe subject to change or alteration. All route notes, maps and day-by-day information will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX Files are available for most our the cycling holidays we offer. Please ask us for details.

What’s included

The Vienna to Budapest cycling holiday includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and local support if required.

Subject to confirmation

  • Overnight stays in chosen category
  • Standard Bike Hire
  • Breakfast (buffet style)
  • If half board: 5x 3-course dinner (in Vienna and Budapest only B&B)
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • 7-day Service Hotline
  • Well-planned route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents
  • Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting
  • Boat ticket from Esztergom to Visegrád incl. transfer of bikes (not possible in April, September, and October; boat does not run on Mondays, too – a train ticket is included instead)
  • GPS Tracks on request available

Not included

  • Flights to/from the start and finish
  • Evening meals (unless stated)
  • Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
  • Helmets
  • Water Bottles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike Insurance (unless stated)
  • Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
  • Transfers (unless included)
  • E Rental Bike Hire and Insurance
Whats included

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We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.


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We are excited to announce that we are offering a 20% discount on all European Cycling Tours!


Terms and Conditions: The discount is valid for bookings made before July 31, 2023. The discount must be used for travel before November 30, 2023. The discount cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.