Free Walking Tours of Lisbon

Lisbon has a fascinating and unique history spanning more than 3,000 years. Visitors and locals are drawn to the culinary scene, beautiful vistas, and architectural gems.

Plus, the seven hills, narrow streets, and colorful houses make it the perfect city to discover on foot.


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There are several free walking tours (including our GPS-led audio tour) that offer informative, entertaining experiences to help you discover this wonderful city.

Check out the schedule or read below about the different companies.


What is commonly referred to as “free tours” are really tours that operate on a pay-what-you-wish or tips-based model.

There is no cost to take a tour and you are not obligated to pay your tour guide anything, though most people do. 

The free tours in Lisbon tend to be welcome or orientation tours and focus on the historic city centre and adjacent neighborhoods and cover architecture and history.

Some tours focus on just one neighborhood/area and may touch upon other areas while other tours combine several areas. 

The neighborhoods that free tours tend to cover:

You can read more details about each neighborhood by clicking the links above.

Tours operate in English as well as German, Spanish, and sometimes French.



TIP: We offer a completely free, GPS-led audio tour of Bairro Alto/Chiado/Baixa researched, written, and recorded by one of our own tour guides.

Here’s a sample.


Download our free walking tour app on (iTunes) or (Android) or wherever you get your podcasts (just search for Atlantis Audio Tours).

Lisbon Chill Out Tours

This company offers one 3-hour long free tour. We refer to it as the Grand 4 Neighborhood Tour, as it visits 4 main neighborhoods, Bairro Alto/Chiado/Baixa/Alfama.


Lisbon Chill Out Tours


This tour is very efficient when it comes to discovering the city and a great choice if you are short on time. Other tours listed below have narrower focuses and spend more time in particular areas.

You can book their tours here.

They average 5 out of 5 stars on both Google and TripAdvisor.

Live History – Live Lisbon

A local tour company offering 3 different free walking tours.

Essentially, they split up the route followed by Lisbon Chill Out Tours into 2 separate tours, which means a longer exploration of each area.

They also offer a tour that covers Fado music, with free performances and tastings on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 15:30 (3:30 pm).

You can book their tours by clicking the links above.

They average 5 out of 5 stars on both Google and TripAdvisor.

Tours of My Life

Local guides who love their city will help you get to know the historical neighborhoods of Bairro Alto, Chiado, Baixa (Downtown) and Alfama.

Like Lisbon Chill Out Tours, this company offers a tour that focuses a bit more on breadth than depth and may appeal to people looking to get a large overview city tour.

A daily 3-hour tour at 09:30 am, 10:30 am and 14:30 (2:30 pm) focuses on the fun facts about the Portuguese people, their culture, and their history.

You can get more details by clicking the links above.

Take Lisboa Free Tours

Take Lisboa is a small local Lisbon free tour company that is focused on creating experiences that move away from mass tourism.


Take Lisboa Bairro Alto Baixa Tour Meeting Point 2


In addition to a city centre tour, they also offer tours that focus on just 1 or 2 neighborhoods.

What sets them apart is that they also offer a few free tours that other companies do not, including:

New Europe Tours

This company provides English and Spanish tourists with the best pay-what-you-wish tours in Lisbon.

A daily 2.5-hour tour with small groups explores Portuguese history, discovering the past of Carmo Convent and listening to the dramatic stories of the first voyage of Indian spice to Europe.

The tour covers the Chiado and Baixa and is similar to the city center tours offered by other companies and includes a stop at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint.

They offer several tours each day, 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, and 16:00. You can learn more or book the tour here.

The company also offers paid tours to specific attractions on a weekly basis.

Discover Walks

This company provides free, custom, and private tours on a daily basis. You’ll get an information-packed 90-minute tour of the city center with a native-to-Lisbon guide.

The paid tours start from €24 and are based on a theme such as food, art, or architecture.

Hi Lisbon Walking Tours

Hi Lisbon was founded to provide tours for small groups with a more intimate and authentic experience of Lisbon.

A team of very knowledgeable and well-informed local guides works to entertain and get to know their small tour groups.

Along with the daily, free 2.5-hour tours at 16:00 (4:00 pm), the company offers paid tours such as boat tours, food tours, and private tours.

Enjoy free walking tours in other cities around the world with Free Tours by Foot and our recommended companies.



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Vania Silva
Vania has lived in Portugal for 15 years, where she is a local photographer, writer, and mom to a beautiful daughter. She is a published author on many well-respected travel & hospitality websites including Restaurant Insider, Level Up, SevenRooms, and more.