New York Tours | Pay-What-You-Wish

Welcome to Free Tours by Foot, offering pay-what-you-wish New York walking tours, including food, but also bike and (sometimes) bus tours. We provide a platform for licensed, local, freelance tour guides to lead tours at no upfront costs. You determine what a tour was worth, if anything, after the tour, thus ensuring that your tour guide must strive to give his or her best on every tour.  It’s the best money-back guarantee available. 




This is a city of neighborhoods and we focus on tours designed to show you what the Big Apple is made of. Walking tours are our specialty, and we offer a number of daily and weekly, guided, pay-what-you-like walking tours of NYC.  

You could browse the tours that we have by clicking the links below, by scrolling our public tours calendar or just go to our booking page to see what we have available. There’s no cost to book our walking tours, so there’s no risk for you.

Free New York Tours

Some tours focus on single neighborhoods and some combine parts of several.  Food tours and night tours are detailed in their own respective sections, but you can find them on the calendar below.  We also offer dozens of self-guided tours as well as GPS-enabled audio tours.

We have over 6000 reviews with a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.  We are so well-reviewed, that TripAdvisor seems to hide us from you (probably because they can’t sell our tours).  Read the reviews for yourself.  

New York Tours | Free Tours by Foot


Daily (and Almost Daily) Scheduled Tours

NOTE: For the holiday season (through Jan 7th) we are running special daily tours

Weekly Tours (Tours that run 1 – 3 times a week)

Food Tours

Our New York tours are also a great way to meet fellow travelers and make new friends.  Our guests come from all over the world, and this means that many different perspectives are reflected in the questions asked of our tour guides and contributes to more enriching experiences for our guests. We offer over 30 different NYC tours



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Be sure to consider one of our pay-what-you-wish New York City food tours.  With our competitors charging anywhere from $45-$65 for their food tours, a food tour experience is often out of reach for most travelers.  There is so much good food at affordable prices, there’s no need to be forced to pay so much money.  



Our two most popular and regularly scheduled guided tour options are:

We also offer weekly food tours of the East VillageManhattan’s Chinatown, and Williamsburg Brooklyn as well free self-guided food tours, so that you can experience the flavors of the city at your own pace.  Since we do not offer any of our food tours on a daily basis, we have also included the food tour schedules of other companies that we trust. 

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Can’t fit in any of our tours to your schedule, then check out our anytime audio tours, where you will find several of our most popular tour narrated by Free Tours by Foot tour guides.  These audio tours go deeper than our self-guided maps and allow you to enjoy our guided tours whenever they fit your schedule.  We are constantly adding new audio tours to our collection.   Listen to a sample of our Lower Manhattan Tour (an archaeological site of old New Amsterdam)


Available Tours:

  • Central Park
  • Lower Manhattan
  • 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center
  • Greenwich Village
  • Food Tour of Greenwich Village
  • SoHo
  • The Brooklyn Bridge (in both English and Spanish versions)
  • The High Line
  • Midtown Manhattan
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Harlem

Available Without Audio (full text): 

  • Times Square


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New York doesn’t have to be an expensive trip if you know how to avoid paying too much money.  Obviously, we at Free Tours by Foot know a thing a two about saving money, from our pay-what-you-like guided walking tours, audio tours, and free self-guided tours.  

But, there are many ways to save.  If you are even considering visiting two of NYC’s top attractions, say the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, then you have to read our post reviewing the top tourist attraction passes

Below are some of the most popular articles:

Check out our post titled “Travel Guide for NYC on a Budget” for all of our helpful articles.


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The same goes for sightseeing in New York on a bike.  Some hotels offer complimentary bikes.  Some guests have their own bikes or rent them through a tourist pass.  We offer an affordable option for all visitors to New York City.  You can rent a bike through us for less than it will cost through a bike shop.  We offer two bike tours, one of Central Park and one of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.  Check out our New York tours by bike.


Private New York Tours

We also offer our guiding services for private groups where we can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go in the city. Whatever your tour guiding needs are; we can hook you up. Need a bus? We will get you one. Want a multi-day tour with a full itinerary? No problem. Call us or email us and we will get back to you with a timely quote. Come and discover New York with us!

We also focus our content on helping you understand all of the things to do in NYC, to help you decide which tourist attractions and sightseeing opportunities are best for you and your time in the Big Apple.  Whether you are here for a week visit or just a weekend trip, our blog posts will demonstrate how to see the best places to visit in New York City and which places to avoid.

Be sure to check out our tours in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, Charleston, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and in Europe: London, Berlin, and Barcelona