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What to Do in Budapest for FREE (Almost!) 💰

Budapest, known as the "Pearl of the Danube " is one of our favorite cities, thanks to its majestic monuments, its unforgettable thermal baths, and pubs in the ruins, an experience not to be missed! Today we offer you a list of free activities.

Whether it's for a weekend or longer, this summer or later, don't miss the opportunity to visit this wonderful city, which will surely amaze you (and if you can visit it on a budget, even better!)

Published by
Cipi·7/12/2023
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It doesn't matter if you're looking for a relaxing weekend, if you want to have fun or focus on the city's cultural offerings, fortunately in Budapest there are several attractions (and more!) that are free and accessible to anyone... what are you waiting for?

Here you will find valuable tips on how to save while booking your trip to Budapest and during your stay! 🙌

Top Free Things to Do in Budapest

  • Join one of the free tours to get to know the city; often these tours include the main points of interest and allow you to meet other people traveling. In addition, you can find more unusual tours, such as the one on Street Art, the one on Legends and mysteries of the city, etc Here you can find more information.

  • Discover the Central Market, unforgettable thanks to its lively atmosphere, bright colors, and vibrant local culture.

  • Climb Gellért Hill, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city. This little hill, on the Buda side, also houses the homonymous spas and caves, both of which can be visited. We recommend going there at sunset, to ensure an extra-romantic experience.

  • Take a moment to pause and reflect in front of the Danube Shoes Monument, a moving tribute to the Jewish victims of WWII. Just a stone's throw from the imposing Hungarian Parliament, this monument remembers all those who were forced to take off their shoes before being executed. We recommend taking a moment to commemorate and reflect on the historical significance of this place.

  • Stroll on the Chain Bridge, the iconic symbol of the city, as well as an important panoramic spot. Don't miss this walk in the evening, when the city's monuments are spectacularly illuminated.

  • Explore Margaret Island, an oasis of peace in the heart of the city. Relax, stop for a picnic, or explore the island's parks, gardens, and attractions. While some parts may cost extra, you can visit the Japanese Gardens, Rose Garden, and Franciscan Monastery for free.

  • Climb to the top of Castle Hill in Buda. Don't let the short walk scare you and get to the top for a breathtaking view of the Pest, then discover the area, where you can find some of Budapest's most famous (rightly!) attractions.

  • Visit Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion Open all day, you can visit the gardens or common areas for free. If, on the other hand, you prefer to visit museums as well, we advise you not to miss the Hungarian National Gallery.

  • Spend time at the Heroes' Memorial at night when it's spectacularly lit!

  • Discover the Basilica of San Stefano, famous for its refined and highly detailed architecture. If you decide to visit only the exterior, we recommend going there in the evening, when it's even more interesting thanks to the play of light.

  • Explore the Jewish Quarter, located in Pest, famous for its complex history and rich culture. Despite being one of the smallest neighborhoods in the city, it's an interesting mix of history and novelty, not to be missed!

  • Stop by the Ruins Bar (in the Jewish Quarter). This place, once made up of abandoned buildings and warehouses, has now become a group of eclectic bars, with lively and hipster decorations, where you can find different shows and house, techno, or even jazz music! Although the drinks are not free, a good pint still costs less than a $3 equivalence, so we add it to the must-see places!

Saving Tips

Here are some tips to save money in Budapest:

🚲 Take Advantage of the Good Weather to Get Around Budapest on Foot (or by Bike!)🚲

Despite being a capital, Budapest can be easily explored on foot, or even by bike, thanks to the presence of cycle paths. Consider renting one through the local transport company, BKK.

🏴‍☠️ Pirate tip: If you decide to use public transport, consider buying a 10-ticket booklet, for around $6.

🏨 Find Affordable Accommodations 🏨

Book your hotel in Budapest as early as possible to get the cheapest options.

🎡 Buy the Budapest Pass 🎡

Consider buying the Budapest Pass if you plan to visit many of the attractions included in the pass. You can choose the duration of the pass according to your needs.

💌 Sign up for Newsletters 💌

Sign up for email lists of restaurants or bars you want to visit, as many offer discounts or freebies to their subscribers. Additionally, you may receive discounts or rewards for using local apps.

🏴‍☠️ Pirate tip: If prompted, enter your date of birth to be eligible for a birthday gift 🎉

🎤 Take Advantage of Free Shows 🎤

If you're planning a night out, why not choose a venue that also offers entertainment? There are many bars and clubs offering cheap or free games, live music, and much more.