Danube river cruises to Vienna

Visit the cities along the Danube by ship

Journeys on cabin vessels are a very popular way of travel within Europe. One of the most popular routes is the inland river cruise along the Danube. This river is one of the longest in Europe and runs through altogether ten countries. A Danube cruise combines large metropolises and historical sites, and there are even many cultural and natural highlights to admire between the stops.

Danube river cruises

Cruises along the Danube normally begin (embark) in Passau (Germany) – Melk – Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest – Black Sea (Tulcea in Romania) or vice versa. Depending on the operator, there are also trips that go into the Black Sea (Sulina) and back again. If you want to marvel at the close historical and architectural relationships between the cities of Vienna and Budapest, we recommend booking a cruise that allows you plenty of time to visit both cities.

cruise ship on danube with st. francis of assisi church on mexikoplatz
Cruise ship through Vienna © josefkubes /

Due to the central location of the ports, you can even get close to the city centres by ship. For your first offboard break, you can then walk along the banks of the Danube and afterwards, take the tram into the centre. When in the inner city, there are many sights to behold. Therefore we also recommend taking a ride on the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus. With longer stays, operators also offer their own bus tours from/to the ship.

Ports along the Danube

The majority of passengers disembark at the Vienna Schifffahrtszentrum port beneath the Reichsbrücke. There is a fast connection to the city centre by way of the nearby underground (U-Bahn) stations. Another option is the Nußdorf port. From here, there are tram, underground and S-Bahn connections to the inner city.