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Free Tours in Budapest
Free walking tours in Budapest are getting very popular due to appreciative tourist reviews and high rates on travel sites.
The free walking tours are indeed free, you do not have to pay a dime, nevertheless, if you are satisfied with the tour, you can tip your guide. Further, free tours are drop-in tours, so you don’t need to register for the free walking tours in advance. Tourists report that Budapest free tours have no hidden agenda, and the guides have very good command of English. Tourists seem to have been absolutely satisfied with the following free walking tours in Budapest:
Trip To Budapest runs (walks) free walking tours with the greatest success: 3 tours per day, all week, all year. They have 3 major themes: General sightseeing tours (daily 10:30 & 14:30), themed tours: Communist Budapest walking tours (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 15:30), and Jewish Budapest walking tours (Tue, Thu, Sun 15:30). Most of the tours start on Vorosmarty square at the lion fountain, in the city centre (yellow metro station), with the exception of the tours leaving at 2:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Cathedral (St Stephen’s Basilica) at California Cafe Company. You can book the tour, but in fact, no reservation is needed: just turn up at the given time at the meeting point.
Free Budapest Tours is another popular free touring service in Budapest. Free Budapest Tours has tours on both sides of Budapest, one on the flat Pest side (say: Pesht), the Basic Pest Walking Tour (Faith-Terror-Communism) at 10:30 am, and one on the hilly Buda side called the Basic Buda Walking Tour starting at 2 pm.
Free Tours to the Parliament in Budapest
Another free tour that is worth mentioning is the guided in the Hungarian Parliament: the tour is absolutely free for EU citizens (you need to show your passport to prove your citizenship). As the Parliament is one of the top Budapest attractions, plus most of the tourists are from the EU who are happy to get inside for free, you can imagine how long queues build up in front of the ticket office. Go there early if you can (about 8 am) to book your tour. If you cannot get any tickets, there is still a chance to get in via independent organized tours (they are not free).