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Budapest: Underground Caving Adventure Tour

Product ID: 65806
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Climb and crawl through Budapest’s longest cave system on a 3.5-hour caving experience in the Danube-Ipoly National Park. Discover the source of Budapest’s hot springs, and marvel at the limestone rock formations left behind by geological activity.

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About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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English
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Experience

Highlights
  • Crawl through the Pál-völgyi-Mátyás-hegyi cave system under Budapest
  • Experience the longest natural cave beneath the streets of Budapest
  • Learn the geological history of the caves, formed by thermal springs
  • Discover the biodiversity of the Danube-Ipoly National Park
  • Scramble over rocks and through narrow passageways
Full description
Experience the natural splendors and biodiversity of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, and climb and crawl your way through the city’s longest cave system on a half-day caving expedition.

Famous for its hot springs, Budapest is visited by many people who want to experience the thermal baths. But only a few know that the hot water rushing up from deep underground created something even more extraordinary.

In the limestone mountains under Budapest, the heated water formed a huge cave system that is thought to be more than 100 kilometers long. The longest cave of Budapest is the 20.1-kilometer long Pál-völgyi-Mátyás-hegyi cave system in the Duna-Ipoly National Park (Danube-Ipoly National Park). It’s a multi-level labyrinth system where most of the chambers lie under the residential districts of Budapest.

The scheduled cave tours are guided by qualified caving guides. During the adventure, you will climb on walls and crawl through narrow passages. Marvel at the natural parts of the cave under the supervision of a professional caving guide (all guides are qualified members of the Hungarian Caving Association).
Includes
  • Cave entry fee
  • Caving guide
  • Helmet and lamp
  • Protective overalls
What’s Not Included
  • Transfers
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with claustrophobia

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Meeting point

Pal-volgyi Caves - 1025 Budapest, Szépvölgyi str 162. Directions from the city center by public transport: catch bus numberr. 9 towards 'Óbuda, Bogdáni út'. You then need to get off the bus at Kolosy Square. From Kolosy Square you should catch bus number 65 or 65A. Get off at 'Pál-völgyi cseppkőbarlang', 5 stops from Kolosy Square. Please note that buses only stop if someone gets off the vehicle: you can ask the bus driver to remind you when you reach your destination. The travel time from the center to the caves is about 45 minutes by public transport.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes
Not allowed
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
• For insurance reasons this tour is not suitable for guests under the age of 14 and over the age of 55
• Guests must sign a waiver form to participate on this tour
• The tour operator is not responsible for accidents on the tour
• Tour guides are qualified members of the Hungarian caving association
• You must be physically fit enough to climb and crawl for 2 hours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 199 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
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This was one of the coolest excursions I have ever done! I found the caving adventures in Budapest while randomly googling things to do and chose the more adventurous one instead of the walking one. It was incredible and an adrenaline rush; we were truly climbing through the cave and squeezing ourselves through tight spaces. Our guide (Salid I believe? I don't know how to correctly spell his name) was the best. He was helpful and very friendly and told fun stories along the way. This is definitely not for the claustrophobic or faint of heart, but other than that, it felt safe yet exhilarating and I HIGHLY recommend this adventure while in Budapest.

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March 10, 2020

This was INCREDIBLE! Quite possibly the best experience my husband and I have ever had. First up - this is a LEGIT caving experience. In other words, there is no smooth "trail" or cute lanterns lining the way or a train to take you around. You will be smushing your body into teeny tiny spaces with no clue what's on the other end. This is not for the faint of heart or claustrophobic. That said, we had a phenomenal time. It was on our last day in Budapest and we were able to take public transit to the cave. That was a bit difficult to figure out but manageable. We were able to store our backpacks in large lockers during the tour. The caving lasted about 3 hours and we were with another couple for a total of 5 people including the guide. You are given a jumpsuit to protect your clothing - you don't need much though bc it gets warm. This was the perfect rainy day excursion and I cannot recommend it enough! This will be the highlight of your trip (more than the baths ha!).

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January 3, 2020

The meeting point was on the second floor of the main building. The stairs are to the left and behind the building. There is a shop below with snacks, beverages, and a WC. There is also a friendly cat. Just wore a T-shirt and pants. Only brought camera. Everything else was left in lockers. Be sure to Use the toilet before! It was a short enough trip that water and snacks were not needed. Very different way to see a country. Crawling, squirming, climbing. We would get through a space, then stop and learn a bit from the guide, then repeat. Cool to see fossilized shells, sea urchins, and coral. Enjoyed creative ways of moving through tight spaces. Also enjoyed turning off all lights and experiencing total darkness for a few moments. It was a bit shorter than expected. Only about 800 meters through the caves. A lot of time was getting ready, and talking about caves, but that was also interesting. I suppose 3 hours straight of just crawling and climbing would have been exhausting.

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November 8, 2019

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Product ID: 65806