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For those of you who have sailed from Amsterdam to Budapest: We are not doing a post cruise time in Budapest. When we dock in Budapest, how much time do we have for exploring? I gather we spend that night on the ship before disembarking, am I correct? Does our ship take us on a night cruise of the city or should we book one on our own? Thank you in advance for your responses.

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For those of you who have sailed from Amsterdam to Budapest: We are not doing a post cruise time in Budapest. When we dock in Budapest, how much time do we have for exploring? I gather we spend that night on the ship before disembarking, am I correct? Does our ship take us on a night cruise of the city or should we book one on our own? Thank you in advance for your responses.

 

We just returned from a Viking Romantic Danube cruise that ended in Budapest. We arrived in Budapest early to mid-morning and had the whole day and early evening to explore. Our ship took us on a night cruise of the city - spectacular! We disembarked early the next morning. Enjoy your trip!

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If your ship does not take you out, there are a number of companies along the river who will sell you an excursion.

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We were on a Viking cruise and we did a nighttime cruise - it was awesome.  It appeared to me that not all of the ships docked went out in the evening so perhaps some do not.  I would definitely book a 3rd party cruise if your ship does not.   Perhaps if you are interested in a dinner cruise or a real special night out book 3rd party whether your ship does a cruise or not. 

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1 hour ago, dogs4fun said:

Gate 1 did not provide a night cruise. We booked the Candlelight dinner cruise with Legenda & loved it!

https://legenda.hu/en

 

Our last cruise started in Vienna but we had a few days pre-cruise in Budapest. We did the Legenda dinner cruise as well  on our first night in Budapest and it was wonderful!

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A bit non-standard, but there are public ferry boats in Budapest that run up and down the Danube. If you have a public transport card (the same one that you use for the trams and Metro), then journeys on the ferry boats are included in that ticket.

 

You could look at their schedule and just hop on/off to cruise up and down the river for free (for no additional cost, that is). You could ride them both ways, or ride them one way and take a bus, tram, or Metro back. They are not fancy, but they are comfortable and have nice windows so the view would be decent. We rode one to our embarkation pier before our river cruise because it was the easiest way to get to the dock.

 

We did this same trick in Hamburg a few months ago when we got in too late to catch a nighttime harbor cruise. We just got ourselves a public transport ticket and rode the ferries around the harbor for an hour.

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21 hours ago, jpalbny said:

A bit non-standard, but there are public ferry boats in Budapest that run up and down the Danube. If you have a public transport card (the same one that you use for the trams and Metro), then journeys on the ferry boats are included in that ticket.

 

You could look at their schedule and just hop on/off to cruise up and down the river for free (for no additional cost, that is). You could ride them both ways, or ride them one way and take a bus, tram, or Metro back. They are not fancy, but they are comfortable and have nice windows so the view would be decent. We rode one to our embarkation pier before our river cruise because it was the easiest way to get to the dock.

 

We did this same trick in Hamburg a few months ago when we got in too late to catch a nighttime harbor cruise. We just got ourselves a public transport ticket and rode the ferries around the harbor for an hour.

Great idea! We may just do that this time around.

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