I am looking into a trip down the Danube and found out through the LP guide to Europe that there is a hydrofoil that goes from Vienna to Budapest. I am quite interested in doing this as it seems like something both enjoyable and different to the usual train/plane/bus scenario. Has anyone done this? Are there any better alternatives to make our way through these countries?
I've done sections in the past, but not the whole trip. Your right, it's certainly different. It's not the quickest and from hazy memory wasn't desperately cheap either, but if you have the time it's a good trip. It's something i'd like to do properly, possibly trying to work my way virtually end to end (which especially if combined with the Rhine) which to me would be a great trip. If you can't do the boat, the Train is cheap, effective and faily frequent between the 2 cities as well, and if you want to take a couple of days or go a less direct route in particular, can still be very enjoyable
Let us know how you get on if you do it.
Thanks Gelli, I wasn't surprised to see that you had been on this one
Looks like we will be travelling back and forth to Hungary from Vienna now - so at least one direction I think we will try the hydrofoil.. the only reference to price that I've seen is 19 EUR as mentioned in the Lonely Planet 'Europe on a shoestring'. I'm sure it could get cheaper, but that price doesn't bother me much. I'll let you know how we get on although it's still a few months away.