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Taking a hop-on hop-off tour in Budapest is the easiest way to get to know the twin cities of Buda and Pest! Glide through the streets on a comfortable bus and, with commentary from an expert guide or an audio guide, you’ll arrive at your destination full of fun new facts about Budapest. You can also use your valid ticket to hop on and off whenever you see an attraction you’d like to visit.
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Big Bus

Big Bus has two hop-on hop-off routes running in Budapest, plus a panoramic night tour. Their Classic, Premium, and Deluxe tickets can also be combined with a Silverline cruise or access to the castle shuttle. Their tours are accompanied by commentary in 23 languages!
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City Sightseeing

One of the biggest hop-on hop-off bus providers around the world, City Sightseeing know how to run a tour! With up to three bus routes included in the basic ticket, you’ll get to explore both Buda and Pest in style, and with commentary available in 16 languages.
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Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Providers in Budapest

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Official Giraffe Hop on Hop Off

The Official Giraffe Hop on Hop Off tour is a home-grown company that offers two daytime routes, a night route, a boat route, and a walking tour, with 46 stops to explore in total. Their tours are available in an impressive 22 languages so, wherever you’re from, you’re likely to be catered for. Base tickets are available for 24, 48, and 72 hours, with the boat tour, night tour, and Green route as optional add-ons.

Red Line

This historical tour covers large parts of Pest and the river banks of Buda as well, with 19 stops including the opera house, Heroes’ Square, Margaret Island, and the Great Market Hall. The first bus leaves at 8.30 am and the final bus reaches Kálvin tér just after 8 pm. Please note that some stops are only available on weekdays. The full loop takes two hours and 40 minutes.

Green Line

This line takes you up the hill to Buda Castle and back down again. There’s not much else to it, but it’ll save you a long walk, and the view from the top of the hill is phenomenal. The full loop takes about 25 minutes and has five stops in total.

Night Bus Line

This route operates from 8.30 pm to 10 pm, and only hits each of the five stops once. It takes you on a tour of Pest, then up to Buda Castle before returning you to Városháza tér. The full loop takes an hour and a half.

Boat Route

This route runs once an hour from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, and it only has two stops: the Blue River Dock 8a (on the Pest side of the Danube) and Margaret Island, which is the ideal spot for leisure activities and swimming in summer. The loop takes 55 minutes. In the evenings the boat route runs at 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm, and 9.30 pm, but these trips are only panoramic trips, there’s no stop at Margaret Island. Unlike the bus tours, the boat route is only narrated in English and German.

Walking Tours

Official Giraffe offers ticket-holders a free walking tour which leaves the Opera daily at 10 am. The tour takes between two and two and a half hours, and customers are reminded that it’s still recommended to tip the guide.
Big Bus Budapest | Flickr: megabus13601 CC BY-SA 2.0

Big Bus

Big Bus is an established company running hop-on hop-off tours around the world. Their tickets come in three basic packages: Classic, which includes 24-hour access to the hop-on hop-off routes and a walking tour, Premium, which includes 48 hours of hop-on hop-off access plus a river cruise, and Deluxe, which includes three days of hop-on hop-off access, the river cruise, and the night tour.

Red Route

This 20-stop tour will take you around the most important parts of Pest and parts of Buda as well, from Heroes’ Square to the Castle’s funicular railway, past the Hungarian Parliament and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Buses arrive every 15 to 20 minutes from 9 am and the whole loop takes about an hour and 40 minutes.

Blue Route

This route is a short shuttle that takes visitors up to the top of the hill in Buda so that they can see the castle and the Matthias Church. There are three stops: the castle’s funicular at the bottom of the hill, the citadel at the top of the hill, and the castle garden. The full loop takes 30 minutes and buses depart every 30 minutes from 9.30 am to 6.27 pm.

Night Tour/Purple Route

This tour is a panoramic bus tour of the city after dark, so you can’t hop on or off. On it you’ll see Heroes’ Square, Buda Castle, and you’ll get an amazing view of the Hungarian Parliament building from the opposite river bank. The bus departs daily at 8 pm from the stop near St. Stephen’s Basilica and the entire route takes about 60 to 70 minutes depending on traffic. The night tour is included free of charge with the Deluxe ticket.

Walking Tour

All tickets include access to a free walking tour of Pest. These tours start daily at 11 am, departing from stop 19 of the Red Route. The tour takes an hour and 30 minutes.
City Sightseeing Budapest | Flickr: Antonio Vera CC BY-SA 2.0

City Sightseeing

There are several different tickets available from City Sightseeing. The basic ticket is called Extra and includes 48-hour access to the Green and Yellow routes, a walking tour, and two rides on the River Route. The Full Extra ticket is also valid on the Night Route. The Special ticket offers 72-hour access to hop-on hop-off routes, a walking tour, two rides on the River Route, and access to the Night Route. The Castle Combo ticket is valid for 48 hours and includes all of the elements mentioned plus the use of the Castle Shuttle.

Green/Red Route

This 28-stop route covers all of the most important sights in both Buda and Pest, from St. Stephen’s Basilica, past the Dohány Street Synagogue, Heroes’ Square, Buda Castle, Gellért Baths, the Great Market Hall and many more! Buses depart every 15 to 25 minutes from 9 am until 5 pm, and the full loop takes about two hours and 20 minutes.

Yellow Route

This route covers the essential areas of Pest, passing the Chain Bridge, the Great Market Hall at Fővám tér, and the Hungarian State Opera House. Buses depart every 30 minutes and the whole loop takes an hour and 20 minutes to complete.

River Route

This boat ride is usually panoramic, with visitors boarding at Petőfi Square, Dock Nr 10 and returning to the dock an hour later. From May to September, some tours also include a stop at the Margaret Island so you can disembark and explore. Boats depart every hour from 10 am to 6 pm, and you can enjoy English or German commentary as you enjoy your cruise up and down the Danube.

Night Route

The purple or night route is an hour and 50 minutes long and takes you on a trip around the areas of Budapest which are beautifully lit up after dark. The tour departs from the stop at St. Stephen’s Basilica nightly at 7 pm, finishing back there at 8.50 pm. The tour is panoramic, so there’s no hopping on or off, but it does stop for a 10-minute photography break at Heroes’ Square.

Walking Tours

Tickets include two free walking tours! The first, the red umbrella tour, explores Pest in an hour-long tour that departs from the St. Stephen’s Basilica bus stop at 5.40 pm every day. The yellow umbrella tour starts at Clark Ádám tér and ends at the Fishermen’s bastion an hour and a half later. It covers Buda and the castle district, and guests should be aware that they’ll have to do at least 8 minutes of steep uphill walking. Yellow umbrella tours leave at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm daily.
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