Bratislava-Budapest One Way Sightseeing Tour

14 reviews

Turn the wasted travel day into the highlight of your trip with stops at the Baroque Old Town of Győr, Esztergom Basilica, Danube Bend and Szentendre on your journey from Bratislava to Budapest.


Starting time
09:00
Group Size
8 people
Duration
10h

This tour is also available from Budapest to Bratislava.
Most helpful review

Great way to see some beautiful areas!

Our tour went through Gyor, Visegrad, Esztergom, and Szentendre. All of these cities were great to visit and see, and were place we likely would never have seen otherwise - Szentendre was our favorite. Communication with the company was good, and the transport was nice and comfortable. The guide was great showing us around each city. Our only comment was that it would have been nice had the guide talked a bit more during the drives. She was very willing to answer questions, but we didn't know much about the areas of Slovakia and Hungary we drove through, so additional information on that part of the trip would have been great.

Bill, United States of America 21 Aug. 2019
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Trip Itinerary

  • Leave from Bratislava at 09:00

    The tour starts in front of Korzo Cafe & Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel (Hviezdoslavovo namestie 3, Bratislava). Check the "Meeting Point" section.

  • Stop 1: Györ

    We stroll around the fairytale-like Baroque Old Town of Győr and discover its narrow streets and beautiful views.

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    Györ

    What we'll do

    During the tour we walk around the Old Town of Györ. It’s famous for Baroque style houses and a fabulous Town Hall from 1900. Györ is known for many of its churches that remind us of the 1000-year Christian history of Hungary. We’ll wander around the narrow streets and learn about Hungarian history.


    About Györ
    Györ is one of the most important cities in Hungary. The city has a population of about 130 000 people. It’s located on the Danube River. The river has brought people, trade, and wealth to the region throughout history. In the 18th century the city prospered and that is when most of the beautiful Old Town was built. Despite heavy damage to the city in the Second World War Györ has been extensively renovated since the 1970s.

  • Stop 2: Esztergom Basilica

    We admire the imposing and beautiful Esztergom Basilica by the Danube River.

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    Esztergom Basilica

    What we'll do
    We stop by the Danube River to take in one of the most impressive churches not only in Hungary but probably the whole of Europe. Esztergom Basilica is a masterpiece of sacral architecture from the 19th century. We have a chance to admire the Classical style church from both banks of the Danube River. We also stop for lunch (not included) in the city of Esztergom.


    About Esztergom
    Esztergom Basilica is located on the Danube River in the city of Esztergom. This city was the most important city in Hungary in medieval times. It was a royal residence and the heart of the state before Buda’s rise in importance. The many invasions to this area, first by Mongols in the 13th century and later Turkish invasions in the 16th and 17th century destroyed the old Esztergom. The city has been rebuilt again and again, attesting to the resilience of the people who live here.

  • Stop 3: Danube Bend Viewpoint

    We take in the picturesque views to the Danube River near Visegrad, the area known as the Danube Bend.

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    Danube Bend Viewpoint

    What we'll do
    Danube Bend area is famous for its beautiful views . We’ll make a stop to admire the region for ourselves near Visegrad. Viewpoints here overlook the Danube Bend - a huge curve of the Danube River. We’ll see the famous river and beautiful banks with little villages surrounded by green forests.


    About the Danube River
    The Danube River is one of the most important rivers of Europe. This river passes through ten countries before reaching the Black Sea. Its origin is in Germany and the river passes directly through four capitals - Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and Belgrade. This massive waterway was once the border of the Roman Empire and has always connected people and cultures, from ancient to modern times.

  • Stop 4: Szentendre

    We’ll walk around the picturesque Old Town of Szentendre and explore the city’s narrow streets and cute little squares.

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    Szentendre

    What we'll do

    We’ll stop to admire the Old Town of Szentendre. The city center here is famous for cute little houses, narrow streets, and picturesque city views. We’ll walk around Szentendre and take in the fairytale-like Baroque style buildings . This town is very popular with visitors in Hungary.


    About Szentendre

    Szentendre is a city in Hungary with a population of about 25 000 people. The city’s name Szentendre comes from Saint Andrew. From the 17th century the town has a distinct Serbian influence, today noticeable mainly in the architecture of the Old Town. Szentendre was a fairly small place until about a hundred years ago. The town’s population has grown rapidly in the 20th and the 21st century.

  • Arrive at Budapest at ~19:00

    The open group tour ends at Erzsebet Square (Erzsébet tér, Budapest), opposite to the Hotel Ritz-Carlton.

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Want to personalize this trip?  Private group prices start at €450 per group.

Why travel with Sidetrip?
  • Transport & sightseeing combined

    We offer the chance to see popular tourist sights, as well as lesser-known places of cultural and historic significance, while you travel between two cities.

  • Small groups

    Most of our tours are limited to a maximum of 8 people which means you get the personal care and attention of your tour leader during your trip, as well as the chance to get to know your fellow passengers.

  • Local tour leaders

    Our tour leaders are selected due to their thorough knowledge of local history and culture, as well as their enthusiasm for travel. The stories they share will inspire you!

  • Top-rated on TripAdvisor

    Thousands of travellers have reviewed our tours with a 5-star rating in the Baltics and Central Europe.

  • Great value for your money

    Our tours run regularly so anyone can afford to join the open group tour making it a great travel option for solo and independent travellers.

Reviews
4.9 /5
Overall rating based on 14 reviews

Best way to transit between European cities

It was the perfect way to kickstart my trip to Budapest! Wish I had done this for other routes Tour guide: Andrea (HU) Andrea never ran out of interesting trivia and engaging stories from Hungary's history. In my next few days in Budapest, I went on a handful of other tours in the city, and I already knew most of what would be said in the intros to Budapest & Hungary! All thanks to what Andrea had taught us during our Sidetrip tour. The hidden gem in this tour is a small synagogue and memorial in Szentendre that I would never have found if I had just gone by what TripAdvisor or travel blogs said. I truly appreciate that Andrea devoted time to discuss the history of the Jewish in Hungary, and made the effort to ensure that we got our facts straight (e.g. the location of the "Shoes on the Danube" memorial isn't actually where the atrocities being referred to happened). Driver: Tomas (HU) Tomas so kindly brought us to a view point with stunning (and crowd-free) vistas of Esztergom [which we were told not all drivers on this tour do]. He notably did this despite some unexpected traffic on the road. I felt safe the whole time during the drives, plus we made it to Budapest on schedule. Vehicle: icing on the cake :P it's superb It was clean, looked fairly new and well maintained, spacious and comfortable inside, and had seat belts for everyone.

AC, United States of America 16 Oct. 2019

Great way to see some beautiful areas!

Our tour went through Gyor, Visegrad, Esztergom, and Szentendre. All of these cities were great to visit and see, and were place we likely would never have seen otherwise - Szentendre was our favorite. Communication with the company was good, and the transport was nice and comfortable. The guide was great showing us around each city. Our only comment was that it would have been nice had the guide talked a bit more during the drives. She was very willing to answer questions, but we didn't know much about the areas of Slovakia and Hungary we drove through, so additional information on that part of the trip would have been great.

Bill, United States of America 21 Aug. 2019

Perfect tour

The tour was perfect, the van was very comfortable and our guide Andrea was very kind. I definitely recommend to take this tour, the places we visited are amazing, is a good way to know a little more about Hungary.

Victor, Mexico 19 Aug. 2019

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What's included?
  • One-way transfer from Bratislava to Budapest with 4 sightseeing stops
  • Knowledgeable local tour leader
  • Transport in an air-conditioned minivan
  • Room for a reasonable amount of luggage
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (available only for private tours)
  • Lunch (a break is scheduled for this)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Good to know
  • Confirmation will be provided within 24 hours of booking.
  • All tours are subject to availability.
  • Minimum numbers for group size apply. There is a possibility of cancellation even after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative tour or a refund. The Sidetrip team will also be happy to help you arrange alternative transport to your destination city.
  • Paper free confirmation accepted, just bring an electronic voucher or ID.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, please wear flat shoes suitable for walking.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress according to the weather and wear proper shoes for walking (waterproof would be great in winter).
  • Infant seats are available on request during the booking.
  • All our public group tours are in ENGLISH. Private tours are available in different language
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Meeting point

The tour starts in front of Korzo Cafe & Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel (Hviezdoslavovo namestie 3, Bratislava). Look out for a minivan with Sidetrip logo. Our guide will meet you at the marked meeting point.

See the drop-off point in Budapest  

Drop-off point

The open group tour ends at Erzsebet Square (Erzsébet tér, Budapest), opposite to the Hotel Ritz-Carlton.

Questions & Answers
  • Is this a one-way tour?

    Yes, this is a one-way tour ending in Budapest. Please note that the tour does not take you back to Bratislava.

  • Do you offer hotel pick-up/drop-off?

    Hotel pick-up and drop-off are only available when booking this tour as a private tour for a single group. Open group tours have a fixed meeting point and drop-off location.

  • Can I take my luggage with me?

    Yes! We have plenty of space for luggage at the back of our minivans. One big suitcase and one smaller bag or suitcase per passenger is totally fine. There is no extra charge for luggage, as long as you don't plan to move to the other city with all of your belongings :)

  • Is lunch included in the tour price?

    Lunch is not included in the tour price but a lunch break is scheduled in Esztergom. Location of the lunch is subject to availability. Kindly let our tour leader know if you have any special dietary needs that we should take in account.

  • Is this tour suitable for senior citizens?

    Yes! With a maximum of 8 people in each group, our guide can make sure that the pace of the tour is suitable for everyone. Just note that the tour does include some walking at the stops.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    If you cancel more than 48 hours before the tour, your booking is fully refunded*. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the tour or in the case of a no-show, no refund is issued.

    *Please note, that the credit card processing fee (1.5-3%) charged by the third party payment provider will not be refunded.

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