Budapest-Vienna One Way Sightseeing Tour

36 reviews

Turn the wasted travel day into the highlight of your trip with stops at Tata Castle, the Baroque Old Town of Győr, Eszterházy Palace and Sopron on your journey from Budapest to Vienna.


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

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

Highlight of vacation

Guide - Andi Driver - Tamas I can't offer enough praise for this experience. This was a great day. I learned, laughed and never once felt bored. Hungary is a country I knew very little about and after this drive, I was left wanting more. Thank you so much for a wonderful day!

Cody, United States of America Dec. 02, 2019
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Trip Itinerary

  • Leave from Budapest at 09:00 AM

    The open group tour starts at Erzsebet Square (Erzsébet tér, Budapest), opposite to the Hotel Ritz-Carlton. Check the "Meeting Point" section.

  • Stop 1: Tata Castle

    We’ll take a stroll around the Gothic-style Tata Castle on the picturesque lakeside.

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    Tata Castle

    What we'll do

    We stop at the Tata Castle during the tour. This beautiful medieval castle is located on the Lake Öreg and surrounded by romantic gardens that we’ll walk around in. This is one of the castles that belonged to the famous Hungarian noble family Esterházy. We’ll enjoy beautiful views over the lake and to the castle from the park as we walk around it.


    About the Tata Castle

    The castle is built on the Lake Öreg shores in the 14th century. Throughout the Hungarian history the castle has been conquered and rebuilt several times. Despite all the rebuilding the castle has maintained its historic look. Eventually it was owned by the Esterházy family who were the biggest landowners in the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Today the castle is a museum managed by the Hungarian state.

  • Stop 2: 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 3: Eszterházy Palace, Fertöd

    We visit the Eszterháza Palace known as the Hungarian Versailles – the luxurious Rococo masterpiece belonging to the Eszterházy family with its manicured gardens.

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    Eszterházy Palace, Fertöd

    What we'll do

    We stop at the famous Eszterháza Palace that is called the Hungarian Versailles . This magnificent Rococo style palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens that we’ll walk around in. Entrance to the palace is for an additional fee, but can be arranged upon request. Eszterháza Palace is where Joseph Haydn composed and in the opera house of the palace many of his works were also performed.


    About the Eszterháza Palace

    Eszterháza Palace was built in the 18th century by the Hungarian noble family Esterházy. This family was astoundingly wealthy and they were very influential in the Austria-Hungarian Empire. This building of the palace was a pet-project of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy and became a center of art, culture, and extravagant living in the Habsburg Empire. Franz Joseph Haydn, the prince's court composer for nearly 30 years invented the modern symphony here.

  • Stop 4: Sopron

    We admire the red-roofed beautiful Old Town of Sopron as we take a walk its narrow streets.

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    Sopron

    What we'll do

    We will visit the romantic town of Sopron in the West of Hungary. This city close to the Austrian border has a rich cultural heritage that you will learn about during the tour. The Old Town is an eclectic mix of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. It’s as if you have stepped back in time when you wander around Sopron.


    About Sopron

    There was city here already under the Roman Empire but very little of it remains. The Sopron of today has grown out of a medieval period settlement. The city’s population has grown after the Second World War and is now about 60 000 people. It’s near Sopron that the famous Pan-European Picnic happened on August 19, 1989. During this event thousands of people fled from the Soviet Union controlled Eastern Europe across the Iron Curtain to the West.

  • Arrive at Vienna at ~07:00 PM

    The open group tour ends in front of Cafe Mozart (Albertinaplatz 2, Vienna), next to the Tourist Information Center.

Route illustration

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
4.8 /5
Overall rating based on 36 reviews

Amazing experience

We só enjoyed our Budapest-Vienna sightseeing tour! We were only four people, plus the tourguide and busdriver, but that actually helped in creating a fun, intimate atmosphere. Our transport was a luxury Mercedes van. Throughout the trip the tourguide would give us information about the places we were headed to, background information on Europe in general, and all sorts of interesting tid-bits here and there. It was all very fascinating. At the stops itself she was very attentive to our needs, always consulting with us how we'd like to approach different situations etc. Overall we had a fantastic experience and I'm so glad I found this trip! We would recommend this to anyone who's looking for more than just a transfer between cities.

Annelize, Namibia Jan. 30, 2020

Who has the better strudel?

Budapest was our only Hungarian destination so the Sidetrip tour offered a small window to see other parts of this beautiful country. Our guide, Andrea, is very knowledgeable making the tour all the more enjoyable. We highly recommend it.

Graeme, Australia Jan. 20, 2020

Sister trip

I highly suggest this side trip . Our tour guide and driver was wonderful. Andera and Tomis were great . I travel a lot and I cannot say I ever enjoy a tour more.

Doreen Dennis, United States of America Jan. 06, 2020

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What's included?
  • One-way transfer from Budapest to Vienna 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 open group tour starts at Erzsebet Square (Erzsébet tér, Budapest), opposite to the Hotel Ritz-Carlton, a few meters from the stop of bus no 16. Look out for a minivan with Sidetrip logo. Our guide will meet you at the marked meeting point.

See the drop-off point in Vienna  

Drop-off point

The open group tour ends in front of Cafe Mozart (Albertinaplatz 2, Vienna), next to the Tourist Information Center.

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

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

  • 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 Györ or in Fertöd. 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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