Vienna to Budapest Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £629 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle from Vienna to Budapest along the Danube Cycle Path
• Explore Europe’s youngest capital – Bratislava
• Stroll and cycle around some of Europe’s nicest cities
• Leave the urban environments behind to ride through amazing countryside
Cycle Route: Mainly flat
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.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival to Vienna
It is recommended to arrive early. 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 (approx. 68 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 it´s capital city Bratislava that is your next overnight stay.
Day 3: Bratislava – Mosonmagyaróvár (approx. 44 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. Today´s destination is Mosonmagyaróvár which is also called „City of 17 bridges“.
Day 4: Mosonmagyaróvár – Györ (approx. 41 km)
Also today you cycle through the nature paradise of the small Rye Island. On your way you pass Hédervár, which is perfectly suitable for lunch break. The castle is situated in the middle of a protected park. You should schedule a plenty of time for visiting Györ. The district capital offers many sights and a breathtaking historic center.
Day 5: Györ – Komárom (approx. 55 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. The last part of the route takes you back to the Danube. Then you reach the divided town Komárom/Komárno. At night you can relax in the local spa.
Day 6: Komárom – Visegrád (approx. 56 km + trip by boat)
Today´s 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 increases.
This requires a basic level of fitness. Those interested in history should plan time for the Roman castle Kelemantia which is on the way. However, an absolute highlight today is Esztergom (also known as „Hungarian Rome“): It´s basilica is the largest church of the country.
Take time for a comprehensive visit, before you will board a riverboat, which takes you to your destination Visegrád. Amazing views into the beautiful landscape of the so-called “Donauknie” will impress you. (Please note: The boat does not run in April, September, and October, and any Monday; we will include a train ticket instead during that period.)
Day 7: Visegrád – Budapest (approx. 56 km)
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 first part of today will guide you again through the “Donauknie”, probably the most attractive section of the Danube bike trail at all. Soon you will arrive in Budapest, where you can review all impressions of this wonderful bike trip during a walk through the city.
Day 8: Individual departure, transfer to Vienna or extension
In the Hungarian capital city there are many things to discover. If you are interested in 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).
This tour starts in Vienna. The route is flat most of the time, sometimes a little bit hilly. You cycle on asphalted bike paths in Austria, in Hungary you cycle on country roads and farm roads. When entering or leaving a city you may have to deal with more traffic.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Vienna to Budapest tour stays in Guesthouses, 3* hotels or 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
| The hotel list below is subject to change and should be used as a guide.
We will confirm the exact hotels prior to arrival.
|Vienna to Budapest||Sample Hotel List (Category A)||Sample Hotel List (Category B)|
|Vienna||Arcotel Kaiserwasser||Hotel Arcotel Kaiserwasser|
|Bratislava||Hotel Devin||Hotel Apollo Bratislava|
|Mosonmagyarovar||Hotel Lajta Park||Thermal Hotel Mosonmagyarovar|
|Gyor||Hotel Capitulum||Hotel Klastrom Karmel KFT|
|Komarno||Hotel Peklo||Hotel Corner|
|Visegrad||Hotel Visegrad||Patak Park Hotel|
|Budapest||Three Corners Lifestyle Hotel||Hotel City Hotel Matyas|
- Overnight stays in chosen category
– Breakfast (buffet style)
– If half board: 5× 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)
– Rental bike insurance
– GPS Tracks on request available
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
About the Rental Bikes
This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.
You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.
Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)
Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)
Electric Bike (Colour may vary)
Rental Bike PLUS
For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.
If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.
All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.
You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.
7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).
When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.
We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!
Bike Hire Insurance
This cycle tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price. Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.
Electric Bike Hire
Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?
Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.
E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 5819.
Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava
8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Half board is not included in Vienna or Budapest. B&B only is available
2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1 (Saturday): 04.04 – 23.04. | 26.09 – 10.10.2020
Season 2 (Friday/Sat/Sun): 24.04 – 25.06 | 04.09 – 25.09.2020
Season 3 (Daily): 26.06 – 03.09.2020
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £709 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £779 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £829 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £309
Half Board Upgrade: £109
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £629 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £689 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £749 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £209
Half Board Upgrade: £89
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Extra Nights (Price Per Person)
Location | Price (DBL/BB) | Single (SGL/BB)
Vienna (Cat A): £69, £95
Vienna (Cat B): £59, £85
Bratislava (Cat A): £69, £105
Bratislava (Cat B): £49, £75
Budapest (Cat A): £69, £105
Budapest (Cat B): £59, £85
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: Accommodation in well selected hotels ****
Category B: Accommodation in chosen guest houses, hotels, and inns ***
Extra nights are available to book on this tour!
Prices are per person per night and based on two sharing. Single supplements apply.
For extra nights, you will stay in the same hotel. Please let us know if you wish to book extra nights at the start or at the end of the tour when completing your ‘Booking Request’.
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: £629
Single Supplement: £209