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Free Budapest Walking Tours 

It’s often said that the best things in life are free.
Well, just as in most other capital cities, there isn’t very much that you can get for free in Budapest – except........

The Free Budapest Walking Tours

Operating all year round and offering a variety of interesting and entertaining tours, Free Budapest Walking Tour guides show you the most important, not-to-be-missed sights and places of interest, while at the same time providing you with the benefits of their local knowledge with valuable local information, such as; what’s on in Budapest, what’s free or almost free, where to go in the city and perhaps more importantly - where not to go.

They’ll also give you hints and tips on where to get the best value for money in the city, such as which Budapest tourist traps to avoid, recommendations for where to eat and places to drink where you’ll get a combination of good food, good service and great value.

All tours are free of charge and the Free Budapest Walking Tour guides work for tips only. Tipping is not obligatory and at the end of the tour you’re free to give as much or as little as your want to show your appreciation to the guide.

There are several different free walking tours to choose from listed below – do just one, or do them all, after all - they're free!
Just to give you a taste of what to expect, watch the video and TripAdvisor slide show.

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TripAdvisor Popularity Index:
#1 of 141 attractions in Budapest

Original Free Budapest Walking Tour:

An entertaining and insightful walk where you will see many of the interesting parts of both the Buda and Pest sides of the city, and visit some of the city’s architectural gems, bridges and statues, while at the same time learning some of the history and hearing about society in both past and present day Hungary. Covering some of the best sights Buda and Pest has to offer, this walking tour lets you discover and experience Budapest through the eyes of locals and bring to life the places that you’ve only heard about.

Morning Tour Start Time: 10:30 daily
Starting Point: Vörösmarty square (tér). Meeting point is at the lion fountain. (last stop of M1 yellow line).

Afternoon Tour Start Time: 14:30 daily
Starting Point: St. Stephen's Cathedral (Basilica) area. Meeting point is outside California Coffee Company. (closest metro stop "Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út" on M1 yellow line or Arany Janos utca on M3 blue line)

Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours

Free Communist Walking Tour:

Following the Russian liberation at the end of World War II, Hungary became a part of the Soviet bloc, and remained as such for more than 43 years. On the free communist walking tour you will learn about many of the key events, names and dates and hear about some little known, ’undercover’ facts and events, that took place in Budapest during the years of the communist regime.

You’ll get an oversight of daily life during this period including social conditions, human rights, the brainwashing processes, and some insider information about secret agents and the cult of the party bosses. On this tour you’ll visit some of the main 1956 uprising areas, the bronze 'bullet' memorial, the eternal flame, the secret entrance of a military bunker, the last Communist memorial in the inner city and other symbols of "Soviet friendship". You’ll also see some of the most important Communist relics that you would never find in any flea markets.
This tour is highly recommended for those interested in recent Hungarian history and conditions of daily life in Budapest under communist rule.

Tour Start Time: 15:30 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Free Communist Walking Tours and Free Jewish Walking Tours start one hour earlier (14.30 instead of 15.30) from November 1st until February 29th.
Starting Point: Vörösmarty square (tér). Meeting point is at the lion fountain. (last stop of M1 yellow line).

Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours

Free Jewish Quarter Walking Tour:

The Free Jewish Quarter tour will take you through Budapest’s Jewish quarter, the Budapest Ghetto during World War II, and now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. This tour covers not only places of interest but also gives you a valuable insight into the religious traditions, cultural and scientific background and some history concerning the evolution of the Jewish population in Hungarian society.
Among others, you will see the Budapest Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and second largest worldwide, the Budapest Ghetto cemetery and memorial garden, other places of Jewish worship and the hidden Jewish symbols in the neighborhood.

This tour also includes a visit to some authentic local pubs and main meeting points for party people in the area.

Tour Start Time: Tue, Thu, Sun. at 3.30 PM 
Free Communist Walking Tours and Free Jewish Walking Tours start one hour earlier (14.30 instead of 15.30) from November 1st until February 29th.
Starting Point: Vörösmarty square (tér). Meeting point is at the lion fountain. (last stop of M1 yellow line)

Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours

Free Budapest Walking Tours are recommended on TripAdvisor.
Here are a few recent reviews:

"These free walking tours are amazing. The tours are simple and easy to understand. The guides are very enthusiastic, friendly and helpful. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what you need to know in Budapest. You learn much things from these tours as I have found. The guides make it very interesting - they put their own personal experiences and they make it funny (therefore when learning the history of Budapest, it is not boring; instead it’s really fun and interesting). So I would recommend these tours to anyone who are going to Budapest."
"Agnes and her assistant were great guides and were absolutely attentive to everyone's needs. Agnes was enthusiastic, gave a lot of information on the various attractions and also provided us with very useful tips on how to enjoy our trip. (e.g. what to bring to a Hungarian bathhouse, practical tips to avoid getting ripped by restaurants, what to eat and what to drink). After the tour, she also brought us to a cheap eatery, where we had authentic Hungarian meals for as low as 800HUF. Great way to start your holiday in Budapest!"
"Through this free tour I could get lots of useful information, practicable and economical tips to enjoy Budapest! Although my first language is not English, I could understand what the friendly guides explained and recommended!! The tour has two guides so that both of them are highly helpful, listen carefully and pay attention to all of tourists!
It's free but the quality is the best I've ever attended!!"
"Fantastic tours. Do NOT miss the Communist tour. It was incredible. Gabor was our tour guide. He is a young man that grew up as a communist- he really gave us personnel and realistic insight to what life in Budapest was like under the communist. The walking tour of the Jewish quarter was very good too. And if you only have a short time in Budapest, go on the walking tour. it will give you great value in a short time. The guides all spoke English and they were easy to understand."
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If you don't feel quite up to walking or the weather's not ideal for a walking tour, then how about having the best of both worlds? See the main sights of Budapest from the streets aboard a comfortable bus - and then from the river - on the same bus! 
River Rideis a very unique sightseeing tour where you can see the sights of Budapest, first from along its streets, and then - from one second to the next - you'll find yourself admiring the views of the city from the river, and all from the comfortable seat of a luxury amphibious bus. See full details and video clip here.