Vienna to Budapest cycle ride, self guided

“A week of self guided cycling, following the Danube through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Staying at 4 star hotels. Luggage transferred for you. Just wonderful. ”


Vienna | Petronell-Carnuntum | Bratislava | Mosonmagyarovar | Hedervar castle | Gyor | Komarom | National Stud | Esztergom | Visegrád | Budapest | Luggage transfers

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

As this is a cycling trip, the carbon footprint and effect on the environment generated by our activity is minimal. Although this trip is self-guided, leaving clients with ultimate flexibility over what they do or don’t do on the trip, we encourage people to engage with local culture as much as possible, to spend at small businesses and to operate with a ‘leave no trace’ policy. Already arranged is local bike hire, which is paid on booking, and luggage transfers using local services. So we can ensure that this trip is providing some benefit to local businesses and employment levels.

We recommend that instead of repeatedly purchasing bottles of mineral water, that cyclists re-fill a singular container. This is more environmentally friendly, reducing the chances of plastic waste. Along the Danube Cycle Path between Passau and Vienna there are several water-bottle-fill-up opportunities (local drinking fountains). Drinkable water is also available nearly everywhere at restaurants, cafes and your accommodation.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
You will spend 7 nights in a mixture of simple inns and comfortable hotels. Along the more rural parts of the trip the accommodation varies from charming inns to family run hotels. The vast majority of staff will be locally employed, which is a boost to local economy. All breakfasts are included and will be taken in a continental style. Ingredients will be locally sourced wherever possible and should include some specialities like regional hams and cheeses. Lunches and dinners are an opportunity to explore cuisine along the Danube and to support businesses in the area. We’d recommend traditional Apple strudel and Kaiserschmarrn in Austria, Vienna’s Naschmarkt for fresh fruit and veg, Goulash in Hungary, and locally produced wines in the ‘Danube Bend’ region.

Local Craft and Culture:
This itinerary is designed to pass by several cultural and historical sites, which encourages clients to stop by, enjoy and support these churches, castles, small towns and villages. Highlights that you may consider include visits to the grand Schonbrunn Palace, Sigmund Freud Museum and a tour in the Vienna State Opera House, the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum, Bratislava’s quaint city center, cathedrals and palaces of Gyor, Babolna for its famous horses and stud museum, the Basilica of Esztergom and museums and galleries in Budapest.


1 Reviews of Vienna to Budapest cycle ride, self guided

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The lovely town of Gyor and the family hotel we stayed in there. The beautiful architecture in Budapest.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Read the instructions through before you start - in some cases the extension detour miles are written after you’ve reached your destination.
Ferries are easy to use, but plan your cycling to arrive in good time - they mainly operate hourly.
Learn a few words in the language - they really appreciate the effort .
Cafes are few and far between ..... pack yourself a snack and drink and stop where you like the view.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

To some extent with family run hotels - apart from the start where we were put in to a big chain hotel!
The route is quite remote for a lot of the day without cafes - so hard to help the local economy, other than at the start or finish of your day. If you find a coffee on route it’s often served in a takeaway cup - so not ideal. We only used bike and local transport for getting around during our vacation - but we did fly there!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

A good introduction to self guided vacations. Route descriptions were thorough and accurate. Lots of bikers on the route - of all levels. Mostly on designated cycling paths. For us, we usually prefer something a bit more off the beaten track . Although this is following the Danube, the route is quite often on the dam wall which often doesn’t have a view of the Danube!

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