5 Things to do for Free in Budapest


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Budapest is one of the most affordable capital cities in Europe. However, as its popularity grows so do the local prices every little bit year after year. For that reason I thought it would be useful to share with you 5 things you can do for free in the city. That way if you’re travelling in Budapest on a shoe string budget you can save yourself some money!

Climb Castle Hill

Number 1 on your list of things to do in Budapest should be ascending Castle Hill in my opinion. It’s the iconic view of Budapest in the way that the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.

It is possible to take a small tram up to the top of the hill but unless you have mobility issues I would personally recommend the walk up to the top as it’s A) free and B) a really beautiful walk. You’ll get stunning views from the top of the Danube River flowing below as well as views out to both the Buda and Pest areas of Budapest.

Free walking tours…

Budapest is a city with a long and fascinating history. One of the best ways to get acquainted with that and your bearings of the city is to take one of the many free walking tours on offer. Free Budapest Tours currently offer 2 separate free tours of the city. You have the Free Orientation Tour which departs at 10.30am every day, taking you from Buda through to Pest and lasting 2.5 hours. There is also the Essential Pest Tour which focuses more on teaching you about Budapest’s history, and in particular its Communist past. The Essential Pest Tour lasts for 1.5 hours and both tours depart from Deák tér. As with pretty much any free tour the guides earn their money on tips alone. Of course you don’t need to leave a tip, but it may be worth bearing in mind before you go if it is something you want to budget for.

Explore Margaret Island…

If you’re looking for a quick escape from the city Margaret Island is perfect for just that. On weekends and during public holidays it can become quite crowded here but otherwise it’s a nice walk and the perfect place to take a picnic or spend a summer’s day. The island is situated in the middle of the Danube River between the Buda and Pest sides of the city so it’s by far the closest park and island to Budapest city centre.

Visit the Cave Church

One of the more unique free things to do in Budapest is to visit the Cave Church overlooking Liberty Bridge. Carved into stone, this unique little church was blocked up during the Communist years. It is now looked after by an order of monks and is completely free and open to the public.

The natural acoustics in the church are truly incredible, and even if you’re not religious it’s still a cool place to visit that won’t cost you any money.

Wander through the Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter in Budapest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right. It’s here that you’ll find Europe’s largest Synagogue as well as many little tea houses and boutique pubs which are literally hidden away almost out of sight. It cost nothing to just meander through this part of the city and take in a completely different part of Budapest unlike anything else you will see in the city. It’s the ideal place for taking your camera if you’re someone who likes to take photographs on your travels or admire beautiful architecture.

These are 5 things to do for free in Budapest that I enjoyed doing. However, if you have any more tips of your own you’d like to share in the comments section of this article please do! I’m sure everyone could benefit from additional tips! 🙂

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10 Responses to “5 Things to do for Free in Budapest”

  1. Clare says:

    Love this, Jane. Really want to go to Budapest so I like hoovering up helpful info on the city! Had intended to go this year, but my plans often change according to flight prices and Lisbon won for the dates I was after! Might be an option for just before Christmas though. Hmm….

    Lovely to meet you at TBU by the way. Hope to cross paths again!

  2. Claire S says:

    Thanks for this!! I am going to Budapest next week so this will be really helpful!!

  3. Roni Faida says:

    Thanks for these tips, I’m going to Budapest soon so these tips will be helpful. Thanks!

  4. Great tips! I love it when there’s plenty of free things to keep you from spending a fortune when you visit a city.

  5. Mark says:

    Thanks Jane! This is all what I need on my way to Budapest 🙂

  6. Sharan Farmer says:

    We visited the Cave Church on June 25, 2013, and we had to pay an admission fee. Quaint, yes, but not for a fee.

  7. Vernice says:

    Truly enjoy reading your tips and recommendations. I am considering a trip to Eastern Europe and your site certainly is highly informative. Keep up the good work, Jane.

  8. Great tips! It’s often overwhelming when you travel somewhere new and realize that everything you want to do is very expensive– so thank you for this list! I have never been to Budapest, but if I ever go, I definitely need to look into a free walking tour. In my experience, simply walking around a city is often the best way to fully experience it, so Free Budapest Tours definitely sounds like a great option!


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