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Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Tour snapshot
See Budapest’s sights at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off tour 
Duration:
1h 40m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h 40m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
If your time in Budapest is short, or you just want a simple way to get between sights, this hop-on hop-off bus tour makes a great option. Don’t worry about figuring out the city’s multiple bus, metro, and tram systems—instead, simply hop on and off at multiple stops to view the landmarks. Choose a 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket to explore the city.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 40m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Arabic, German, Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Korean, English, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish
Highlights
  • Create your own sightseeing plan with stops near landmarks 
  • Single bus route simpler than making bus, metro, and tram connections 
  • See highlights such as Heroes’ Square, Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, and more 
  • Hear commentary about the sights along the way 
What to expect
Board a bus at any of the designated stops to start seeing the sights of Budapest. Your ticket is valid for one, two, or three days, depending on the option you booked. Settle onto the comfortable double-decker bus and enjoy panoramic views along the city-center route, listening to the informative audio commentary along the way. Stay aboard for the full loop to see everything in one go, or hop on and off at the many well-placed stops as you please. Stops include Heroes’ Square and the Parliament building, plus St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Chain Bridge, Castle Hill in Buda, and more.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 40m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Arabic, German, Russian, Swedish, Portuguese, Korean, English, Italian, French, Dutch, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Create your own sightseeing plan with stops near landmarks 
  • Single bus route simpler than making bus, metro, and tram connections 
  • See highlights such as Heroes’ Square, Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, and more 
  • Hear commentary about the sights along the way 
What to expect
Board a bus at any of the designated stops to start seeing the sights of Budapest. Your ticket is valid for one, two, or three days, depending on the option you booked. Settle onto the comfortable double-decker bus and enjoy panoramic views along the city-center route, listening to the informative audio commentary along the way. Stay aboard for the full loop to see everything in one go, or hop on and off at the many well-placed stops as you please. Stops include Heroes’ Square and the Parliament building, plus St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Chain Bridge, Castle Hill in Buda, and more.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6604BUDHOHO
Important information
Inclusions
  • Unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour for 24 - 72 hours
  • Recorded commentary in 16 languages
  • 11am Guided Walking Tour departing from Bazilika
  • 1 Hour Danube River Cruise
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Duration
1h 40m
Departure details
  • Location Name: • Red Route: Heroes’ Square stop • Blue Route: Castle/Funicular stop (Clark Adam Square) • Green Route: Castle/Funicular stop (Clark Adam Square) • You may board the bus and exchange your voucher at any of the stops. • Buses depart approximately every 20- 30 minutes. Directions: Printed vouchers must be redeemed at Dock 11, close to Red line stop 15 & stop 6.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Inclusions
  • Unlimited hop-on hop-off bus tour for 24 - 72 hours
  • Recorded commentary in 16 languages
  • 11am Guided Walking Tour departing from Bazilika
  • 1 Hour Danube River Cruise
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Location Name: • Red Route: Heroes’ Square stop • Blue Route: Castle/Funicular stop (Clark Adam Square) • Green Route: Castle/Funicular stop (Clark Adam Square) • You may board the bus and exchange your voucher at any of the stops. • Buses depart approximately every 20- 30 minutes. Directions: Printed vouchers must be redeemed at Dock 11, close to Red line stop 15 & stop 6.
Duration
1h 40m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Dec 3, 2021
A note from Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Customers are advised to download the Big Bus app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for real-time bus tracking information. Alternatively please visit the Big Bus website.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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1,262 reviews
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Maggie B
Wolverhampton28 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
After using hop on hop off tours in other cities thought this would be a good way of getting our bearings of Budapest, however we were quite disappointed. After reading mixed reviews I checked with online chat before booking that if we booked online, vouchers could be redeemed on the bus and was advised that wouldnt be a problem either with a member of staff or the driver. We were weighing up the option of using big bus or city sightseeing but again asking online chat with both companies we were advised big bus only ran every hour but were able to track when the next bus was due, whereas city sightseeing was every 30 mins but had no tracker or timetable, therefore we opted for big bus. We booked online and received the voucher which then advised we would have to redeem at the shop stop 1 at the Basilica (We were boarding over the other side of the city) Again i went online chat and was again advised we could redeem on the bus. We then went to catch the bus due at 10:14 getting there in plenty of time. At 10.14 the city sightseeing bus came and went, but we continued to wait for the big bus which eventually turned up at 10.44. We were told we couldn't redeem our tickets on the bus but could ride the bus to the Basilica, get off and redeem our voucher at the shop, this meant not only were we half an hour late catching the bus but also due to having to get off to redeem voucher then had to wait for the next bus. So lost at least an hour due to this which when you're on a tight schedule to get everything in isnt ideal. However, when we got on the big bus the interior was decked out as City Seeing and their uniforms were mismatched so when we redeemed our voucher we asked and were informed that the companies had merged so could catch either bus. It would have been helpful if we were told this on the 3 occasions i used the online chat. I feel the buses provided a use to get your bearings and were fairly useful however a lot of time was spent working out timings to get to various landmarks only to find on a few occassions that the bus had left our stop early so missed out on doing some things. We would like to go back to Budapest but now we know where everything is we would use public transport.
(I have left this review on both companies page due to them being one and the same)
Written February 20, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stocst
Reading, UK107 contributions
Apr 2022
A good way to see around the city and get your bearings. Even though we bought the Big Bus tickets from an on-line app we were given tickets for the City Sightseeing bus. When we queried this we were told that all tickets work on all the buses. if this is the case I would suggest that you use City Sightseeing tours instead as the tickets can be bought from booths around the city rather than having to go and pick up your tickets from the office. Also the walk from the bus route to the river cruise is quite a hike, the guide told us the best stop was near the Market Hall but it took us about 20 minutes to walk along to the dock, which is quite near the Chain Bridge. that being said the river cruise along the Danube was a nice break and allowed us to get some really good pictures of both the castle and the parliament building.
Written April 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hans3595
Minneapolis, MN127 contributions
Feb 2020
We did the Big Bus Tour to get a little more info about the things we were seeing/visiting/passing by. We like to travel by metro as well, but in a city this size, we felt the bus would be the best way to see as much as possible. It's the way we found out about the House of Terror (worth a visit) and where to locate thermal baths, etc. Unfortunately, they don't run very long hours and so we didn't feel we got our maximum monies worth. We opted for a free walking tour with a different company, but did use the night tour pass (which was a bit chaotic as the 1 tour leaves from 1 stop and it was very crowded). We did have to wait quite a while for a few busses, but we could also track them with the app which was great. We also used the castle shuttle (included in the 72 hour ticket). The headphones on Big Bus tours are more comfortable than other bus tours - the only ones that don't hurt my ears.
Written February 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Claire M
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is a long story but I will to stick to the key points. In lockdown we changed our big bus 2 day ticket due to our flights obviously being cancelled. I was delighted we could amend our tickets as long as we notified within 48 hours of arrival. After 2 years of trying to get to Budapest we were finally on our way. I emailed BB 3 months before the travel date and it was confirmed that the tickets would be available for our trip. As requested I emailed 48 hours before our arrival, however no response was received. This is when it all went wrong. Having had no email response I visited the BB shop in Budapest at 9:30am on the first day of our holiday to be told they are now a franchise and only the London office could provide our tickets (I just travelled from London). The BB gentleman was very helpful and took my booking number, email history etc. and offered to call BB London. At 5pm (he contacted me to say that all sorted and to attend the BB live chat for my ticket code. By this point we had already had 1 day of our 3 day mini break. I contacted live chat and after over an hours of back and forth I was told that my 2 day ticket will be email over shortly. Needless to say this never happened. After sending an email chasing my tickets I actually got an email response 5 days after returning to London. After complaining about the terrible service I was offered a 12 month extension to my 2 day ticket which is obviously no good as I had left Budapest. T Absolutely appalling service and having been a fan of BB before COVID I am disappointed at their lack of care and customer service. I will book with them ever again.
Written May 6, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Denzil-Dexter
Poole, UK13 contributions
Feb 2022
We took this tour when our walking guide failed to turn up due to illness. Having taken one of these in London a few years ago we hoped it would be the same.

We bought tickets online which was a mistake. We turned up at stop 1 (of 20) with our electronic tickets and were told we needed to exchange them for physical tickets at their office (near stop 1). The person there was exceptionally unhelpful and rude but we eventually got our physical tickets. I have no idea how this would work if you were on the other side of the city.

The bus we were on was an open top bus but with the plastic roof on. This meant our views through the clear plastic, dirty and scuffed windows was limited. The english audio guide was also extremely poor. The commentator had a strong eastern european accent making them difficult to understand but over and above that the actual content was weak. It felt to me like a list of squares and buildings on the left/right but with little historical content. I felt as though I'd learned nothing at the end of the tour. The ticket price also includes a boat ride up and down the Danube - this was better than the bus but still not great.

Half way through the trip it started raining. The poor people in front of us got soaked when water gushed in through the roof.

The tickets were around €25 each. I feel like I got a €1 bus ride and tour, €8 boat ride and paid €16 for some plastic headphones. Do yourself a favour and buy a 24 hour Metro ticket (around ~€4) and tour the city yourself as it's not difficult. The walking tours are also a great option and much better value than this company.
Written February 24, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lucas P
Barcelona, Spain5 contributions
They are the SAME company as City Sightseeing! The employee that sold us the tickets told us this. This was supposed to be an advantage, you could hop on any of them, but even being like this, you will wait more than they say. Imagine that they have the monopoly of tourists buses, so they are not concerned to give the best service!

Now about the bus, only worthy if you are disabled or if you have kids. I think your money will be better spent if you take normal bus/metro, rent a scooter or even walk. The city is not so big, so it’s easy to walk. And it’s so easy to take the metro with google maps.

The tour bus take too long to pass, they say is every 30 min but don’t fool yourself, 45 min minimum, and many stops on the map are misplaced, not like the other side of the road, but the other side of the block.

The boat trip was 3/10, unprepared staff, and the boat has many obstacles for you to see the view.

I would recommend to walk as most as you can, take normal bus when needed and buy a premium boat ticket (14 euros instead of 8 euro that this company asks for), so it’s not big difference in price but huge difference in experience.
Written February 21, 2022
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Howe2906
Colchester, UK37 contributions
Feb 2022
Probably the worst hop on/off bus tour taken ever.

The buses did not arrive to schedule, the staff were not helpful and we were only provided with one tour map but understood there was more than one route.

It seems that we arrived during the time the Big Bus Tour and the Hop On Hop Off service were merging and it impacted negatively on the service.

We walked to a marked bus stop to start our day only to find that the stop had been discontinued and we needed to walk to the next stop.
We were told we could get on any of the branded buses to use other routes but we were n ever able to find them in the two days we had booked tickets for.
Written May 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tom B
Wolverhampton, UK3 contributions
Currently enjoying a 4 day break in Budapest. At the start of the first day we booked the Hop on Hop off 3 day tickets.

With the weather being really sunny we were looking forward to a few days of open top sight seeing only to find that all the bus’s operates by the Big Bus company have the roofs closed and all the heaters turned on????

Lots of other parties on the buses were also confused and disappointed so I spoke to 2 drivers on 2 separate buses only to receive a very rude and abrupt “No!” When asking if the roof could be opened?

What’s the point of operating buses that can have the roofs open and show so on the website when you don’t actually do this? If we had known we would have chosen the other main operator. Very disappointing and prevents you from seeing the sights fully when you have a Red rubber roof above your head?
Written February 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bigbusdavid
Dear Tom B Thank you for your comment. If you could share with us more details to investigate further, it would be much appreciated. Exact date and time of your travel would be a great help so we can look into the reason of your experience. We are sorry to hear that your experience was disturbed by the roof. We value all comments received from our customers. During the winter we operate with both closed and open-top buses. Please contact us via infobudapest@bigbustours.com with further details. Looking forward to your feedback. Kind Regards. The Big Bus Team
Written February 16, 2020
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brigid12016
London, UK6 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Easily the worst experience we’ve had on Hop on Hop Off Tour buses and we’ve done one in every city we’ve visited throughout Europe. Staff were unfriendly and disinterested. The information via head phones was poor and the background music sometimes drowned out the speaker so impossible to hear. We’d only got to the first stop when were ordered off because the crew were stopping for lunch. We were told to get on bus which was parked in front but it was full. When I pointed that out to the guide she shrugged her shoulders and turned away. Boat trip was a little better but not much. Not an experience I would recommend!
Written February 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Aleksandra Sz.
Warsaw, Poland18 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Tour does a good route, however we found out that the company doesn’t share money with the tour guide on a “free 1 hour walking tour” which is a bit misleading. The experience is nice, especially for “lazy” tourists, but the price is bit high for what you get, especially taking into consideration that you should tip the tour guide and the quality of recordings on the bus is very a average. Boat tour was okay - the ship itself is super old, but we found it relaxing. It was also super difficult to find the dock no. 6 (where the boat tour starts) and overall, the event is bit disorganized.
Written September 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Abuc2020
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Best quickie tour
This bus tour is well worth the money. Would have rated a five but experience with one of the employees is reflecte
ScottishGal10
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Poor communication
We visited Budapest during the COVID pandemic. There was no communication from the bus company regarding cancellati
Hans3595
Hans3595
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Interesting way to see the city at night
A bit crowded, even in the off season, so I don't dare to imagine what it must be like in the peak of the high seas
Mark_Blunden
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Big Bus Budapest
We had a ball, travelling around on the Big Bus. The staff were very friendly. On the bus you were spoilt by person
RHtravels
RHtravels
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Disappointing
We did the full package with the hop on/off bus during the day, a Danube cruise, Buda Castle, and a night bus tour.
137ants
137ants
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Great value
Once accept the number of people trying to sell us sight seeing tours We found this service excellent value for mon
lizynl
lizynl
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Nice Bus Tour Recommended to Everyone
We didn’t plan much before our trip, so we just book a bus tour! It was better than what I expected. We bought a pa
RedShoesNottingham
RedShoesNottingham
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One of the better HOHO tours
I've tried many hop on hop off tours in many cities around the world. Some are not value for money, and some are e
andyg510
andyg510
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Over-subscribed and poorly organised
Bought the tickets on line and downloaded the ap (which is fantastic providing live updates of next bus and navigat
jaymeh133
jaymeh133
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We now choose them over city sight seeing
The real bottom line has been anyone big bus is there, their operation is just more squared away. With city sight
Dhukkster
Dhukkster
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Convenient
Very easy to see Budapest. Hop on hop off. Just keep your receipt, you'll need it get on each time. Plan to start
ianradams
ianradams
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Good. Value
December must be quiet as I bought a day ticket and was upgraded to two days. These tours are my go to in every cit
713russelw
713russelw
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Big bus night time cruise
This is a very pleasant way of seeing Budapest at night all lit up. Last just over an hour with basic commentary bu
Dream801775
Dream801775
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Great bus tour
Great tour around Budapest, hop off at anytime. Did buy a two day pass which was useful,. The boat ride was nice in
YoustinaNabil
YoustinaNabil
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Good but expensive
It is very good if you will visit budapest only for one day and you want to see most of attractions, but if you hav
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