Free Budapest Walking Tours

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This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Budapest, including free walks with bus tours, self-guided tours, and small group tours.


WHAT ARE FREE WALKING TOURS? 

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 is no cost to take a tour, and sometimes no booking is even required.

After taking the tour, you get to decide how much you thought it was worth or what you could afford, even nothing.

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.


BUDAPEST CALENDAR

Below is a calendar of some of the great free walking tours available in Budapest.

Click on the entry below to expand the listing for more details.

Tours listed below are run through us.

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More tour are available in the Google calendar below.

Many people are drawn to these tours because they are convenient, affordable, and entertaining. Their popularity, however, also means that group sizes can get quite large.

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 pay-what-you-wish tours in the city centre of Budapest.

We list them in the order that we find their online ratings to score.


Luna Tours

Luna Tours is a professional tour guide outfit in Budapest offering two tours in Budapest.

Theri main outing covers Downtown Pest, including landmarks like the Parliament, the Basilica, and riverbank views.

This tour is available daily at 11 am and it lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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.


Luna Tours

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 lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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.

Man standing by a memorial at a Budapest Synagogue. Image source: Pixabay user Francesco Pinto.

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.


Budapest Tours

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).

Book this WW2 tour or learn more.


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.

One of the many murals in Budapest. Image source: Pixabay user HalasAnni.

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.


Zsanett Tours

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.

Currently, this tour is only available on weekdays at 11 am. Sometimes they will also offer outings on Saturday, but this is a rare occurrence.

Book this street art tour or learn more.


SELF-GUIDED TOURS

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 €10, which is about what most people would tip their guide for a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.

Learn more or download this game.


FREE TOURS WITH BUDAPEST TOURIST PASSES

If you are considering purchasing a hop-on-hop-off ticket while in Budapest, do note that both Big Bus as well as CitySightseeing both offer free walking tours with each ticket (no pay-what-you-wish).

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 on 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!

Read more about this combo package.


City Sightseeing

This hop-on hop-off bus tour company also offers tickets which 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 by foot, by bike, by bus, and by boat -- all with one ticket!

Find out more about this combo package.

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