The Budapest Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Dinner, Live Gypsy Music and Open Bar for only 99 Euro per person is one of the most popular choices of the summer evening cruises in Hungary, among locals and tourists alike.
One of the most well known 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!
Book your Cruise now as spaces are limited – every year the programme is sold out in advance.
The fascinating river cruise consists of the 1.5 hour river cruise, the unlimited drink package, buffet style / all you can eat 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 (€99) to the Fireworks Boat Tour in Budapest includes the following:
- 155 minute program between 7 pm and 9.35 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 Peter Molnarka 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, sparkling wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee (see the list of the available drinks on the cruise below). Note: no spirits included.
- No guide is included – kindly note that there is no commentary about the river sights on this dinner cruise
- 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 90 minute river cruise from 7 pm to 8.30 pm (the program finishes at 9.35pm). 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 the 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 99 Euros. 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, the 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 the open bar throughout the whole Budapest river cruise followed by the Fireworks starting at 9 pm on August 20.
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 Alfold 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
- Csongrad 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
- Somlo 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 winemakers:
- Bardosi Pinot Grigio 2014
- Szekszárdi Civilis Cuvée 2013
- Jandl Soproni Kékfrankos 2013
- Juhász Kékfrankos Rosé 2013/14
- Dreher Bak
- Dreher alcohol-free
- Dreher (draft beer)
- Pilsner Urquell (draft beer)
Hungarian Sparkling Wine
- Dry Hungarian Sparkling Wine, Sweet Hungarian Sparkling Wine
- Soda / Pops
- Juices (Toma and Rauch products)
- Bottled Mineral water (Szentkiralyi)
- Coffee (Espresso) (Segafredo)
- Tea (Dilmah)
Where is the Fireworks River Cruise in Budapest?
The meeting point of the Fireworks Cruise can be on the Buda or the Pest side, depending on the ticket type you purchase. Please read your confirmation email carefully to see the actual ship and meeting point.
Please note that all seats on the cruise ship are pre-booked, no drop-ins are accepted.
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 earplugs 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 tricolour 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 does the Fireworks Cruise include?
The popular Fireworks cruise with Dinner & Open Bar (drink as much as you wish) is 99 Euros / approx £96 (90 minute cruise, dinner, live music and drinks included. Kindly note that the price is for the 2021 Budapest Fireworks cruise (each year the price is subject to change). There are only very few people in Budapest who have an up front 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 to welcome you aboard.