This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Moscow, including self-guided tours and small group tours.
WHAT ARE FREE WALKING TOURS?
There is no upfront cost or booking fee for these tours, but the companies do ask that you pay what you felt the experience was worth at the end.
These pay-what-you-like walking tours are very popular due to their convenience and affordability. They'll fit into every budget and tourists can find them in almost every city. This means that your tour group will likely be large, however.
For travelers who want to have tours with smaller groups of people, we recommend paid small group tours.
TIP: If walking through Moscow isn't your thing, hop-on-hop-off bus tours are a popular option for many visitors.
WALKING TOURS IN MOSCOW
Moscow Free Walking Tour
Take a 2.5-hour pay-what-you-like walking tour in English or Spanish to learn about the city center, its history, and Russian literature.
Their free tours start every day of the week at 10:30 am.
If you're looking for a specifically-themed tour, such as a food or dedicated literature walk, they have paid tours as well.
Moscow Free Tours offers a daily, free walking tour of the city center in Moscow. Their guides are city locals who know about Moscow's past and present.
If you're looking for other interesting tours, their paid tours include a metro tour, a communist themed-tour, an underground soviet bunker tour, and other interesting walks.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
The Wildlife Diaries
The Wildlife Diaries offer a written walking tour guide, so if you want to explore on your own, this is the perfect mix of having an expert guide and complete independence.
The city guide is illustrated with photographs so you'll be able to easily follow along.
Frommer's Self-Guided Tour
This walking tour starts in the Red Square and will take you to Chistiye Prudy in 2.5 to 3 hours if you don't make too many stops.
You'll learn about Moscow's history and see a few interesting buildings and attractions that you might not have noticed without the guide.