5 Vienna to Budapest Tours For Budget Conscious Travelers

Traveling on a budget is still very possible these days even if you’re heading to and going around Europe. With a little research and planning, anybody can enjoy a memorable vacation to their favorite European destination without having to spend a fortune.

The Vienna to Budapest tour is one option available to budget travelers today. Situated in Central Europe, these two cities are close to each other, only a few hours away and are well connected. This means that tourists have a great opportunity to visit two cities in one trip at a very affordable rate.

Whether you’re traveling from within Europe or outside the continent, you should be able to find the best deals that will take you to these two amazing destinations. You can travel by land (bus or train), by boat and by air depending on your personal preference. Travel time from Vienna to Budapest is two and a half to three hours. The bus is cheaper though with fares ranging from 12 to 24 Euros while the train fare varies between 46 and 50 Euros.

Tour Through History

budapestOne of the best ways to enjoy Vienna and Budapest is by taking a trip through historical sites. It’s a very enriching experience as you get to personally see the structures built in the past and maintained or restored to their full glory as well as learn about their background.

Vienna alone already offers amazing architecture from the Gothic and medieval to Baroque and Renaissance periods. Some of them have been declared as UNESCO world heritage sites such as the Schonbrunn Palace and were built by renowned architects and artists.

In Budapest, popular attractions there rich in history are the Parliament House, the Royal Castle, Margaret Bridge and the Andrassy area.

The cities of Vienna and Budapest together with Prague make up the so-called Golden Triangle. They share a common history under the reign of the Habsburg Emperors and you can compare their similarities and differences in terms of architecture, music, cakes and people.

Day Trip

A day trip can also be experienced by bus from Vienna. On board a tour bus, this will take you through the plains of western Hungary to the city of Budapest which is beautifully situated on the banks of the Danube River. It is guaranteed to be a scenic ride that will bring a feeling of great relief and inner happiness.

Day trips vary but there’s an opportunity to choose the sites you want to explore and the routes you want to take. In fact, you can also include other neighboring areas in your trip in addition to Budapest such as Salzburg, Bratislava and Prague. These destinations can be reached by car, train or by boat.

Round Trip


Another option available for tourists who want to visit Budapest for an entire day only can book a round trip from Vienna. With this trip which can be done on board an air-conditioned bus, you can enjoy a comfortable tour without having to book separately for your trip back to Vienna. A guided tour would be best to take but if you want to explore on your own, you need to be very organized to make the most of your few hours in the city.

At Hungary’s capital, visitors will get to see the Parliament building, the largest in the city as well as the historical Heroes’ Square and Buda Castle and the Matthias Church, considered the most beautiful religious structure in Budapest.

Sightseeing Tour

For those who have the extra budget, the best way to enjoy both Vienna and Budapest is to take a few days sightseeing tour. From the time you arrive in the Austrian capital, you will be billeted to your local hotel to relax and then go on a guided tour the following day covering the city’s historical sights. In Vienna, you will surely marvel at the various grand structures that are rich in history and preserved to their former glory. ¬†

To visit Budapest on the following days, it’s either you take the train or the bus. The train departs every hour and takes about two and a half hours to reach the Hungarian capital. This enchanting city known as The Pearl of the Danube boasts of several world heritage sites such as the Andrassy Avenue, Buda Castle and Heroes’ Square.

From Budapest, you will be brought back to Vienna and then to the airport for your trip back home. This tour normally includes free breakfasts, airport transfer and guided tours.

Small Group Tour

While it’s definitely fine to take a private tour if you want to explore sights peacefully, being in a group tour is also a great option.

This is recommended for tourists who want to meet new friends while enjoying their short holiday in Europe without having to think about where to go to next. A guided tour will let you learn about the historical background of popular spots and savor the company of people from varied cultures.

With these five options available, travelers to Vienna can choose the best one that suits their budget and preferred itinerary. And they can do this any time of the year.


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