The Budapest Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Dinner, Live Gypsy Music and Open Bar for only 90 Euro per person.
One of our VIP Danube river cruises every year is the much awaited Budapest Fireworks Cruise: this exquisite boat tour on the river Danube takes place on August 20, on the national holiday of Hungarians when spectacular fireworks show enlightens the beautiful sights in Budapest, reflected in the water of the river – thus having a double visual treat, enhanced by the great foods, drinks, and music we provide to have something really special and luxurious in romantic Budapest!
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The VIP river cruise consists of a 2 hour river cruise, all the drinks, buffet style dinner, live music and of course one of the best seats you could get for the Budapest Fireworks. You will feel that you are really part of something special and amazing, as are hoping the hundreds of thousands of Hungarians who travel to Budapest for this single day to see the Fireworks.
What does the Fireworks River Cruise with Gypsy Music ticket include?
Your ticket (90 Euros / approx. £81) to the Fireworks Boat Tour in Budapest includes the following:
- 120 minute night river cruise between 7 pm and 9 pm when all the sights are glowing in lights (the fireworks start at 9 pm, but no ships are allowed to cruise during the show)
- Budapest Fireworks show from 9 pm – enjoy the Fireworks from our boat tour on the river Danube!
- Dinner prepared by Attila Tanacs Hungarian star chef
- Live music by the award winning Hungarian Gypsy Rajko Band: the 3 members of the band will be playing salon music in the background
- Open bar: drink as much as you want – wines, beers, champagne, soft drinks, tea, coffee (see the list of the available drinks on the cruise below)
- E-Ticket via email (no printing needed)
When is the Fireworks River Cruise?
The Fireworks river cruise is one of the most special and most spectacular river boat tours in Budapest. The Danube cruise is basically a 120 minute river cruise from 7 pm to 9 pm. Then right after the cruising, the river cruise program continues with watching the Fireworks show in the city center of Budapest, right on the river Danube, on board of our boat from 9 pm! Please note that no boats are allowed to move about from 9 pm to 9:30pm on the city sections of the river Danube, which is a safety precaution of the Budapest local government. So during the fireworks show the boat will not be allowed to cruise – hence our ‘tour’, meaning literally cruising on the river is only possible before the fireworks show start. But as hundreds of thousands stand by the riverbanks, you will have a VIP seat the watch the Fireworks Show from (with fascinating program)
How much are the tickets for the Fireworks Cruise with Gypsy Music?
The tickets for the special holiday boat tour on August 20 are 90 Euros / £81. Booking is via our online booking form (see the left side of the page). Book now to get your VIP river cruise now.
How can I buy tickets for the Fireworks Boat Tour, Budapest?
You can buy tickets online in advance via our online cruise booking form:
Can I have the Fireworks Cruise without the Dinner?
Our experience is that on the one hand, our tickets quickly sell out (sorry), and on the other, as the streets are very crowded because of the biggest Hungarian spectacle of the year, the Fireworks Show, it is quite hard to get from one place to another on this day around the riverbank where the annual celebrations are.
So it is pretty awkward to arrange a good dinner, then get to the river in time for a good spot for the 9 pm Fireworks. We talk from experience, but it is your Budapest holiday and your preferences, so it is up to you.
Imagine hundreds of thousands of Hungarian locals, many expats and thousands of tourists gathering on the river banks, on both sides of the river Danube to be part of this happy celebration: all along the river Danube, from the southern bridges (Rakoczi Bridge, Petofi Bridge) through the innermost city bridges, like Liberty Bridge, Elisabeth Bridge, Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge) to the northern bridges like Arpad Bridge. The hills on the Buda side are full of hopeful and celebrating locals to enjoy the Fireworks. The streets right by the river and leading up to the river are also full. It is impossible to get through with a taxi, public transport comes to a still. The river is a VIP spot in itself – not just for its perfect position for the fireworks show, but also for its comfort from the crowds (peaceful crowds, but still lots and lots of people, easy access to a toilet if needed, etc.)
You can use our open bar throughout the whole Budapest river cruise followed by the Fireworks starting at 9 pm on August 20, 2017.
Dinner Menu at the Fireworks River Cruise, Budapest
The buffet style dinner menu made by the Hungarian star chef Attila Tanacs, includes various cold and hot meals as follows:
Starters / Appetizers
SOUPS on the Budapest Fireworks Cruise
- Goulash soup with noodles in Alföld style (i.e. the Great Plain style in Hungary, which is the best of the many varieties of goulash soups in Hungary)
- Tarragon vegetable soup with noodles
MAIN courses on the Budapest Fireworks Cruise
- Mini stuffed cabbage
- Meatballs in tomato sauce
- Turkey cutlets with vegetables in parsley sauce
- Csongrád style pork slices in garlic sauce
- Chicken Breast Paprika
SIDE DISHES on the Aug 20 Fireworks Cruise
- Boiled potatoes
- Potato lángos
- Steamed jasmine rice with corn
VEGETARIAN DISHES on the Budapest Fireworks Ship
- Grilled polenta terrine with feta cheese
- Grilled vegetables
- Tarragon soup
- Many salads, see below
SALADS on the Budapest Fireworks boat trip
- Corn salad in dill and yoghurt dressing
- Vinaigrette potato salad
- Cucumber salad with sour cream dressing
- Caesar salad
DESSERTS on the Budapest Fireworks Ship
- Somló style sponge cake pudding
- Mini Tiramisu cup
- Blueberry Fruit Cream with chocolate sponge cake
- Chocolate mousse
What can I drink at the Fireworks River Cruise?
The Open Bar on the Fireworks River Cruise contains the following beverages:
Wines – some of the best Hungarian wines from outstanding wine makers:
- Bárdosi Pinot Grigio 2014
- Szekszárdi Civilis Cuvée 2013
- Jandl Soproni Kékfrankos 2013
- Juhász Kékfrankos Rosé 2013/14
- Dreher Bak
- Dreher alcoholfree
- Dreher (draft beer)
- Pilsner Urquell (draft beer)
- Dry Champagne, Sweet Champagne
- Soda / Pops
- Juices (Toma and Rauch products)
- Bottled Mineral water (Szentkirályi)
- Coffee (Espresso) (Segafredo)
- Tea (Dilmah)
Where is the Fireworks River Cruise in Budapest?
We are meeting for the Fireworks River Cruise on the Buda side of the Danube. Please note that all seats on the cruise ship are pre-booked, no drop ins are accepted.
The Europa Ship Dock is a short, few minute walk south of Batthyany Square on Sztehlo Gabor Rakpart street. Coordinates: 47.503402, 19.040076.
- from Deak Square metro station (M1, M2, M3 metro lines): you can take a short metro ride by M2 red metro line from Deak Sq to Batthyany Square.
- Batthyany Square can also be reached by streetcar no. 19 and 47.
Miscellaneous Info about the Budapest Fireworks
Please note that the fireworks are by nature a noisy event, which is not recommended for toddlers and smaller children. If you have sensitive ears, and you are generally hurt by firework shows, we recommend using ear plugs during the event of the Budapest Fireworks.
After the Fireworks the roads and streets are full of crowds, so it will definitely take more time to get to your hotel in Budapest or to other Budapest bars to further celebrate the event.
The Hungarian Fireworks show is rich in its colours and rhythms. That said, the national symbols, like the colours of the national tricolor of the Hungarian flag get more weight in the colour scheme (the Hungarian flag is red-white-green stripes, sort of like the Italian flag, but ours is horizontally striped not vertically).
What do Hungarians celebrate on August 20?
August 20 is the Magyar national holiday, the fireworks and all the Budapest events on this day are a triple celebration: we are here to celebrate the birth of the Hungarian State (our Constitution). Secondly, this is also the day of the first Hungarian saint: the first Hungarian King, St Stephen (Szent Istvan), who turned the less civilised Magyar tribes wandering for many centuries into settled down Christians (with many bloody sacrifice, as you will see the Gellert Monument – Bishop Gellert was thrown from the Gellert Hill by the pagans…).
Thirdly, August 20 is also the day when we celebrate the birth of the new bread. Yes, and the new bread is consecrated with great promenades and festivities in the Buda Castle on the Castle Hill of Budapest (it is a must do to visit the Buda Castle for its special celebrations before your river Danube night cruise).
What does the VIP Fireworks Cruise include?
Our VIP Fireworks cruise with Dinner & Open Bar (drink as much as you wish) is 90 Euros / £81 (2 hour cruise, dinner, live music and drinks included, the price is for the 2016 Budapest Fireworks cruise). There are only very few people in Budapest who have a VIP seat to watch the most celebrated event in Hungary, Aug 20 Fireworks, and our river cruise is getting special permit on the national holiday to cruise on the river and to be positioned for great views for the fireworks.
You can book the river cruise via our online booking form. Secure your seat for the most special Hungarian river cruise in advance now. We are counting down the days till Aug 20, and are very excited!
Click on the image to enlarge Attila Magyar’s breathtakingly beautiful photo of the Budapest Fireworks: