Who are these guys?
The idea of “TRIPTOBUDAPEST – Free Budapest Walking Tours” was created in 2007. All tour guides are local Hungarians. They are fully licensed and professionals. They also complete our in-house training program. Tour company name: Walking Tours Ltd. Registration number: 01-09-940190
Where can I pick up a leaflet/flyer?
How the tours are free?
Tours have no fixed prices based on name-your-own -price system. You have the possibility of paying any price you wish, even nothing, for our tours. The choice to remunerate the tour guide is 100% voluntary. We are confident in the quality of our walking tours and confident that you will be sufficiently satisfied with your experience and you will feel you want to tip your tour guide.
How do I find the meeting point?
What are the walking tours about?
In few words: Basic overview with practical orientation.
General Sightseeing Walk: It is more an orientation than an actual historical tour of Budapest. If you do not know anything about Hungary is great way to get started. If you are a history buff and want something more in depth please join our private sightseeing walks instead.
(You can choose from our customized private tours where you can make sure you spend 1 on 1 time with the tour guide and the tour is based only on your interest, need and pace.)
We also give useful orientation with well balanced and not sponsored tips about where to go and what to do in Budapest and there is plenty of time to ask questions. Both tours (10.30am and 2.30pm) cover the same sights!
Communism Walk: This tour is not the type of tour where you go and look at fancy buildings, although you do look at buildings. Rather, it’s about the history and daily life of Communism in Hungary and about the Hungarian people. We provide an interesting first hand info of life in Hungary, in the pre and post Iron Curtain era and help to understand the local way of living and not just seeing the city from a touristic viewpoint.
Jewish Quarter Walking Tours give an excellent introduction to the Jewish religious traditions, cultural art and the mutuality with the Hungarian history with the last Jewish Ghetto in Europe that is abundant in hidden Jewish symbols. This tour doesn’t include entering to sites where payment is required.
Do Free Budapest Walking Tours enter a few historic buildings?
General Sightseeing Walks: We tend to remain outside of the historic buildings throughout the walking tours.
Communism Walking Tours: We enter a Communist building.
Jewish Quarter Walking Tours: We used to enter the Holocaust Memorial Park to see the Tree of Life. Not anymore as payment is required now.
How many historical sites do you visit during General Sightseeing Walks?
Tours will lead you through at least twenty significant historical, architectural or cultural sites of Budapest. Major sites include: Municipal Concert Hall, Gresham Palace (now Four Season’s Htl), Academy of Hungarian Sciences, Elisabeth Square, St.Stephen’s Basilica, Chain Bridge and the Castle District area (Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Fisherman Bastion).
Is it necessary to make reservation?
Groups of 8 or more MUST contact us before reserving. From experience we know that larger groups have the tendency to involuntarily interrupt the tour. We want all our tour guests to enjoy the tour, therefore, we cannot allow groups of 8 or larger to participate in our public tours. Sorry for the inconveniences. You are welcome to book a private tour for your groups of 8 or larger. Thank your for your understanding.
BEFORE PARTICIPATING ON ANY OF OUR WALKS, ALL PARTICPANTS MUST READ AND SIGN OUR DISCLAIMER. By signing this document all participants understand that WALKING TOURS LTD. may for whatever reason and in its absolute discretion, refuse their participation on the tour.
How will I recognise the guide?
To join our walking tours meet your guide and your fellow travelers at the indicated meeting points at the indicated time. Your guide will be holding up the FREE BUDAPEST WALKING TOURS maps and leaflets and will be in uniform blue T-shirt.
What if I am late?
Each tour starts on time so please try to be punctual. The tour leaves the meeting point in about 10-12 minutes after the start time out of respect for those who did arrive on time. Our logistic assistant however is waiting for the late comers for another 5-8 minutes after he tour has started. If you are running late or missed the meeting point location, please contact us +36209605295
Is it difficult to hear the guide?
How long does a walk last?
How far do we walk?
General sightseeing walks cover about two and a half miles (i.e.about 3.5 kilometers if you think metrically) It is an easy walking except for the 8 minutes uphill walk to the Castle District. The tour goes at a moderate pace for the average walker. There is a possibility to use the public bus instead of the uphill walk. Please bring a single ticket or a day card if you plan to use the public bus.
Communist Walking Tours cover about one and a half mile. ( i.e. about 2,5 kilometers if you’re thinking metrically.). Flat only. We go at a gentle pace.
Do we end up where we started off?
No – if you join our public free walks. Yes – if you book a private walk.
General sightseeing walks end at the Matthias Church and the Fisherman Bastion area, on the Buda side of the Danube river. It is a 20 min. walk from the starting point. Communist Walking Tours end 15 min. walk from the starting point. Jewish Quarter Walking Tours end 10 min. walk from the starting point in a ruin pub.
How to get to the meeting point from your ho(s)tel?
Ask your ho(s)tel staff or send us an e-mail: [email protected]
Is there a toilet / refreshment break?
Yes, we have a scheduled toilet break during our 10.30AM & 2.30PM walking tours. We would recommend bringing a bottle of cold drink in the summer, that you can refill at the public drinking fountains while walking.
Can I take my children on the walks? Is there an age limit?
Children of any age are welcome. You know your own children better than we do:-). Bring some snacks and/or refreshment. There is a possibility to use the public bus instead of the Castle District uphill walk and rejoin the group at the view spot. (NB.Younger children may find these tours too tiring. We think our tours are suitable for children over the age of 12.)
What if I am the only person who shows up?
What if it is raining?
Can I join the walk with wheel chair?
General sightseeing walks: There is a possibility to use funicular instead of the 8 minute Castle District uphill walk. Castle hill has about 200 m long cobble path that is a bit rough, but the rest of the road is smooth and easy. Communism Walking Tours: NO obstacles, no problem for wheel chair user. Jewish Quarter Walking Tours: NO obstacles, no problem for wheel chair users
Can I bring my pets?
Can I take a video on the tours?
In protection of the intellectual copyright that goes into the tours, any forms of video and audio recording are not allowed on the tours. The interesting stories that we share with you are the result of painstaking research over many years, so do show your appreciation by listening with attentive ears, open hearts and obedient hands! Photography is allowed. Thank you for your cooperation.
What should I wear / bring for the walking tour?
Wear comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. Also bring a camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities. During the summer bring also a plastic bottle as you can refill it with water at several places. Please dress warmly in the winter! Snow is cold and wet.
Is it possible to book a guide for a private walk?
All walking tours are available for fully customized premium private bookings with pick-up and drop-off anywhere. See and enjoy only what you want. We have already organized private walks for International school groups, Multinational companies etc. For more information, or to schedule a private walk, please call or email us. References are available upon request.
How much money should I leave?
Tours have no fixed prices, based on contributions only. Supporting us is not compulsory and participants are free to give as much or as little as they feel the tour is worth, and is therefore available for everybody and anybody interested in Hungary. You could literally pay nothing and walk away at the end, and some people do this on nearly every tour, but most people find the tours to be extremely informative, entertaining and engaging, so they appreciate their tour guides (all tour guides work exclusively for gratuities) and with their contribution keep the project alive for the future. This is an independent project without financial support from any third parties (there is NO business or governmental involvement on any level). A suggested contribution is 5-10€/pp. The reason we suggest a number is for those who are unsure of what is helpful for us to keep running our tours free. 100% of our funding comes from your contribution. Again, nothing is compulsory , everything is welcome.
Do they pay taxes at all?
Where is the best place to exchange money in Budapest?
There are money changing shops located in the city center. The best deal will be at the ATM machines which dispense Forints (HUF), and do not charge commission when withdrawing from your home bank account. Before you depart, make sure that your bank has authorized your debit card for international withdrawals.
Is Budapest safe?
Yes, it is, however like most metropolises pickpockets are an existing threat! Our tour guides always remind all travelers to pay attention to their belongings!
Do you do free tours in any other languages apart from English & Spanish?
The regular free tours are in English and Spanish only. We can arrange a private tour for you in Italian, French, Russian and Bulgarian, however that would not be tip based. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
Do you do free tours over Winter Holidays?
Tours go on a daily basis, – with the exception of 24th afternoon, 25th all day and January 1st. During these block out days private tours are available.
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Budapesti városnézésünk és tematikus túráink forgatókönyve a néhány napra hazánkba érkező turisták érdeklődése alapján készült. Mondanivalónk összeállításánál az ő igényeiket és érdeklődésüket vettük figyelembe.
A hazai közönség részére sokkal összetettebb és bővebb történelmi ismeretekre épített forgatókönyvet írtunk. A magyar nyelvű túrákon való részvétel előzetes regisztrációhoz kötött. Az angol nyelvű túráinkon való részvétellel kapcsolatosan munkatársunk tájékozatatja Önöket arról, hogy van -e lehetőség csatlakozni a választott sétához.
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