Travelling by Boat
MAHART Passnave Passenger Shipping Ltd is the biggest and oldest shipping company in Hungary. Water passenger transport in Hungary has traditionally been focused primarily on the Danube, an international waterway, the Lake Balaton and the River Tisza during its more than 100 years of history. Range of services consists of river passenger transport, organizing events on boats, the operation of the Admirál restaurant on Belgrád Quay and numerous ports on the Danube and the Tisza, and the activities of the MAHART Tours Travel Agency. The fleet of 20 boats and 9 hydrofoils carries nearly 1 million passengers and guests on their decks each year. In addition to the scheduled excursion liners starting from Budapest to Esztergom, Visegrád, Szentendre and Százhalombatta and to regional boat service from Esztergom to the capital, Mahart Passnave also offers recreation opportunities and entertainment programs on its boats for children and adults alike. Danube Corso sightseeing cruise boat and our ferry service to the Margaret island are also very popular with visitors to Hungary. International and domestic scheduled hyrdrofoil service in the Danube Bend area, which MAHART launched in 1963 between Wien and Budapest, is one of the main activities.
The company has 8 specially designed ships. They are able to host a variety of gatherings on board from small groups to events entertaining 100-120 guests. Whether it is a short sightseeing tour by boat, a full evening family event or company reception you will find a suitable vessel among the fleet of ships each equipped with different functions and extras.
The shipyard of the company contains two event boats and a smaller nostalgia boat. All boats have two levels with a separated area for catering services. The company offers various services, e.g. Luxury dinners, conferences, Sightseeing tours, round-trips along the Danube to Szentendre, Visegrád, Esztergom, etc.
Organizing Sightseeing tours and boat-trips on demand in Budapest and to the famous towns of the Danube bend. They also make weddings, press conferences, business meetings memorable on their ships. On request live music, folklore programmes, operetta shows, live instrumental background music, etc. are also available.
Harbours on the Danube: Budapest, Hajógyári-sziget, Szentendre, Szödliget. Harbors on the Tisza: Tokaj, Abádszalók, Tiszaroff, Csongrád.
The company is the largest sailing company in this region and its most well-known service is passenger sailing. Most of the passenger sailing traffic is done by 26 motor passenger ships. The ferry service between Szántórév and Tihanyrév done by 4 ferries can be seen as a bridge linking the northern shore and the southern shore of the lake. The company also has 22 ports around the Lake Balaton. Besides the regular ship services guests can choose pleasure-boot service and ship-charter service, too. The ships for special programs where customers can find catering services of the highest standard meet the most demanding requirements.