This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Budapest, Hungary, the beautiful city once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
We also include free walks with bus tour tickets, self-guided tours, and small group tours.
We are a group of local walking tour guides who lead daily walking tours throughout Budapest.
And, in the video below, Zsuzsi from Budapest Personal Guide takes you on a virtual walk of the streets of Pest, one-half of Budapest.
These walking tours are called 'free tours' but are commonly understood to run on a name-your-own-price model or what's called a 'tips-only-basis'.
There are no fixed prices to take a tour.
Below is a calendar of some of the great free walking tours available in Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube.
Click on the entry below to expand the listing for more details.
The tours listed below are run through us.
More tours are available in the Google calendar below.
Many people are drawn to these Budapest free tours because they are convenient, affordable, and entertaining. Their popularity, however, also means that group sizes can get quite large.
How Much Do You Tip for a Free Walking Tour Budapest?
After taking the tour, you get to decide how much you thought it was worth or what you could afford, even nothing.
Technically speaking, these aren't tips to the guide. You are simply paying for the tour what you wish.
According to reviews on Google and TripAdvisor, past participants seem to leave between €5 - €20 per adult.
And while free walking tours are generally limited to a city centre, in Budapest there are free themed tours, such as those focused on communism or the city's Jewish Quarter.
If you want to ensure a smaller group setting to give you more time to interact with your tour guide, we suggest checking out paid small-group tours.
Alternatively, you could try one of the available self-guided tours, which are completely free.
CITY CENTRE WALKING TOURS IN BUDAPEST
There are a few companies offering tours of the city center of Budapest that operate on the name-your-own-price system.
Luna Tours is a professional tour guide outfit in Budapest, known for its passion, enthusiasm, and expert knowledge of the city, that offers two free tours in Budapest.
Their main outing covers Downtown Pest, including landmarks like the Parliament, the Basilica, and riverbank views, where you will see Budapest Castle, Chain Bridge, and more.
This guided walking tour is available daily at 11am and it lasts 2 hours.
Meeting point of the tour is St. Stephen's Basilica.
View the calendar above. Reservations are required.
BUDA CASTLE WALKING TOURS
In addition to tours of the city centre, there are also companies offering free or pay-what-you-wish walking tours around Buda Castle.
If you want to learn more about the castle, these are great and affordable opportunities you won't want to miss.
In addition to her city centre tour, Klaudia also offers a daily tour of the Buda Castle district which includes stops at the Royal Palace and Fisherman's Bastion.
This tour starts daily at 3:00pm and lasts for 2 hours.
Meeting point of the tour is St. Matthias Church.
View the calendar above. Reservations are required.
WW2 HISTORY TOURS
If you're hoping to learn more about what happened in Budapest during WW2, these tours provide a lot of useful details and point out important historical locations that you might otherwise miss.
Visitors can expect to see and learn about the following sites and subjects:
- Rumbach Synagogue
- Heroes' Courtyard
- Budapest Angel
- Jewish Quarter
- Tree of Life
- And more!
If these attractions and historical details are of interest, consider taking one of the pay-what-you-want walking tours listed below.
This company currently offers one of the best WW2 tours in Budapest, covering a variety of subjects and sites including the Rumbach Synagogue and the Heroes' Courtyard.
You can take this pay-what-you-wish walking tour daily at 11 am and on Sundays at 15:00 (3 pm).
Tour runs for around 2 hours 30 minutes and it starts from Budapest Madch Imre tr 2 1075 Hungary.
Your guide will be standing next to the Sisi statue with a YELLOW UMBRELLA.
STREET ART TOURS
Budapest has a vibrant street art scene with beautiful murals painted alongside walls and buildings throughout the city.
These tours focus on both the subject of this artwork and the neighborhoods where you are most likely to find it.
While on a street art tour, you can expect to visit some of the following locations:
- District 7
- Jewish Quarter
- Szimpla Kert Bar
- Famous Abandoned Buildings
- And more!
If you're interested in taking a look at some of the lesser-known areas of Budapest, consider taking one of the pay-what-you-wish walking tours listed below.
This street art tour will take you off the beaten path to see some of the oft-forgotten sites of Budapest, where modern artists have chosen to express themselves on walls and buildings from the past.
The tour availability is variable and you should check the availability calendar before heading for the tour.
Tour starts at 11 am and runs for around 2 hours.
Meeting point of the tour is Budapest, Szent István Bazilika, Szent István tér 1, 1051 Hungary.
You will find you guide by the Entrance of the building with LIGHT BLUE UMBRELLA.
It’s easy to customize your own experience and be in charge of your explorations through Budapest with a self-guided or audio tour.
Start when you want, and take as much or little time as you can - it’s up to you.
Budapest by Locals
This blog offers multiple tips on what to see and do in Budapest, including this walking tour itinerary.
The walking tour comes with an interactive map on their site and has several route options, including downtown, Buda Castle, and other specific neighborhoods.
Art and History Audio Guide
This free audio guide takes you through the streets of Budapest to find street art, memorials, sculptures, and landmarks that are important to today’s culture.
If you’re interested in listening to a guide - but have the ability to pause and investigate some stops further - this audio tour is a good way to go.
Self-Guided Haunted City Game
This is an interesting alternative to the traditional walking tour, as it allows you to explore the city in search of clues to solve a puzzle while you learn about the haunted history of Budapest.
Although it's not technically a tour and it isn't free to take, this self-guided city exploration game is only €8, which is about what most people would tip their guide for a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.
The game lasts for 2 hours and meeting point is Budapest, City Park, 1146 Hungary
FREE TOURS WITH BUDAPEST TOURIST PASSES
Likewise, if you are considering purchasing the Budapest Card, then note that it too includes free walking tours (no pay-what-you-wish).
The Budapest Card
This tourist pass includes access to two free walking tours every day offered by CITYRAMA.
The first tour starts at 10 am, and it covers some of the most notable areas in Pest. The second tour starts at 2 pm, and it's all about Buda.
The Budapest Card also includes discounts on bike rentals, bike tours, sightseeing cruises, hop-on hop-off bus tours, and tuk-tuk tours.
Read more about this service in our post covering Budapest tourist passes.
Explore Budapest Pass
This company also includes free tours of Budapest with their tourist pass.
The main outing they offer is the Budapest Absolute All-in-One Walking Tour.
This tour attempts to cover as many bases as possible including both the city centre and Buda Castle.
There is also a free tour of Budapest Coffee Houses, which is a perfect option for any coffee lovers visiting this city.
Alternatively, you can also take the Budapest Dark History tour for free and learn about some of the more disturbing things that have happened in this city.
This pass also includes alternative Budapest tours, pub crawls, a tour of the Royal Palace of Sisi, and more.
Check our post about Budapest tourist passes for more details.
Big Bus Tours
The Premium and Deluxe tickets offered by this hop-on hop-off bus tour company include free walking tours of the Pest area in the city.
Each of these tickets also includes a free cruise as well. For the price of one ticket, you can see Budapest by foot, by bus, and by boat!
This hop-on hop-off bus tour company also offers tickets that include admission to a free walking tour of Budapest.
Unlike Big Bus, they include not only a free cruise but also a free bike tour as well. In this case, you can see Budapest on foot, by bike, by bus, and by boat -- all with one ticket!