Finding your Way  Around Budapest.

 Arrival in foreign city can be quite daunting for a tourist when there is a lot one wants to see and only limited time to do so.

Suggest one  prepurchase, online, vouchers for -

  1. a Hop on Hop off Bus tour  (HOHO)  for the first 2 (48hrs ) or 3 days (72 hrs) of one's stay; and
  2. a Budapest Pass (BP)  for the 2nd, 3rd and perhaps 4th day. (48 or 72  hrs)

Convert your HOHO voucher to a ticket on a HOHO  bus. If you do it at a pickup point it is immediately activated, so you lose time at the end of the 48/72 hours. Use your first  trip on the  Hop On Hop Off bus to complete a full circuit and get a "feel"  for where everthing is, the 'lay of the land", what sights you have an interest in and  distances from Bus route to sights to be seen. Then take your time with the ensuing bus trips. At the same time become familiar with the availability of and routes taken by public transport, in particular trams which have a set path to travel.

if you have children, they may or may not be interested in many trips around the Bus route. so you may wish to buy vouchers for less days/hours

Once familiar with the sights to be seen, activate your Budapest Card  2 or 3 days into your stay. The Budapest Card offers a number of extras such as free entry to some museums, free bus/tram/train travel and water cruise. Many sights of interest may not be on the tourist beaten path, so the trams can be a cheap solution to getting to these sights..



Budapest offers an abundant number of tours and trips to better acquaint visitors with the city and country.  Some of the better known companies doing tours are:

Sightseeing Tour Companies

Free Travel for Over 65s Before splashing out on the open top Hop On Hop Off buses please be aware, if you are over 65 and an EU Citizen you are entitled to free transport on all Buses, Trams and the Metro. You need to carry your Passport or ID Card to be able to prove you're age when asked and that is it.   

Absolute Walking Tours - Daily walking tours through Budapest major sights. Also other themed tours available from Night Stroll and boat cruise to food and wine tour.  Also cater to all groups and provide private guides and tours to the countryside. 

Big Boy Travel has a wonderful series of do-it-yourself walking tours for Budapest complete with printable Google satellite maps to get you going.  Their Budapest Tours range from the Castle Hill, City Park, the Jewish Quarter, Pest Monuments and Gellért Hill

And Bicycle Tours Budapest

  • Alternative and classical sightseeing tours by bicycle with a professional tourguide, in the city and around.
  • The bicycles are vintage Puch brands. 
  • Maximum 6 people per group - minimum 1 person.

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Bikebase Budapest - Rent a Bike & Guided Tours Many different bicycles for rent (mtb, city, cross, touring bikes). Personalized guided tours. Transportation of bikes to address provided. Open every day. Best prices in Budapest.

Budapest Backpacker: Free Budapest Tours - Ghost Tour + Private Tours - Free walking tours every day with enthusiastic local guides. They also offer a spine-chilling Ghost Tour in English and a private tour guide service in various languages. 

Budapest Bike Breeze Bike and Kick scooter tours - Daily Bike and Kick scooter tours in Budapest. Wheels & Meals Bike Tour is a Budapest sightseeing with a Hungarian meal included.  Bike Sightseeing Tours, but also daily tour to Lake Velence or Szentendre, starting next to Basilica, center of Pest! 

Budapest Card Free Walking tour - Guaranteed English speaking tours every day. Tours start at 10:00 in Pest and at 14:00 in Buda - more information:

Budapest Segway Tours- Budapest Segway tours with daily and private tours all year round. Great tours for individuals and incentive trips. See Budapest the most exciting way, on a Segway!  

Budapest Sightseeing Tour - Hop-on Hop-off tour buses - Bright orange open topped buses with free boat tour on the Danube and 2 free walking tours included in ticket price.  All major tourist attractions included.

Budapest Tourist Angel - Enthusiastic and professional local tour guides in many languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish etc.
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Budapest Underguide Be global – go local. Tailor made travel organizer. Walking tours with a private guide and sightseeing programs. Travel just like visiting a friend! - - Do as Budapesters do, but in your lifestyle, rhythm and mood. 

Budapest Wine Tasting - Take a guided stroll visiting the most unique part of the 30 km long underground wine cellar labyrinth in the historical wine district of Budapest. Taste a selection of quality wines from all over Hungary

BudapestScooter Tours - the easiest way to discover Budapest for your own! Rent a scooter from BudapestScooter and feel the absolute freedom, using brand new scooters, low prices.

Customized Budapest tours -
Extraordinary, personalized sightseeing tours in Budapest. In case you want to take home lifetime memories...:)

City Segway Tours -Budapest - Offers daily segway tours. Those funny two wheel self-balancing scooters you see gliding around in major cities all over the world 

Cityrama Travel Agency -  - wide choice of sightseeing tours in Budapest as well as to the countryside, transfers, private tours. Live guided tours in English, German, Spanish, French and Italian. Two decade long experience, offices in Budapest, Vienna and Prague.

Discover Budapest - Discover Budapest Tour Center offers travellers a wide selection of tours, programs, tickets, transport passes, info, internet (free WIFI), cafe, secondhand English bookstore and free maps and WC. 

Free Budapest Walking Tours: A great series of free walking tours complete with very informative guides.  Entertaining tours run daily and range from General, to Communist, to Jewish themed walking tours.

Free Pub Crawling tour - Tour starts every day at 19:00, from  Váci utca ( shopping street) 77,  Rézangyal Cosmo Bistro and Pálinka house. Your English speaking guide will take you to the best pubs in the city center. At the last "station" a secret surprise is waiting for you! 

Giraffe Hop-on Hop-off tour buses - Sightseeing tour bus travelling around both Buda and Pest taking in all major tourist attractions

Hi-Bike - rental and tours - Rent a Bike in the middle of the city, a new bike place, with new duch bikes. Organize guided tours, have audio tour and even 1 hour renting option. Repair station at same place. Pretty design store with friendly stuff. Close to Deak Sqr. metro station, Recommended!! 

Hungaria Koncert Day Tours   - they offer not only classical music concerts and folk-dance performances, but they would also like to show the guests the most beautiful sights of the capital's: their guides acquaint them with the Jewish District and boat cruise programmes provide an opportunity for guests to take delight in the unique panorama of Budapest (options with dinner or drinks)  

Jewish Heritage Walking Tours- Budapest has the biggest Jewish community in Middle Europe, with an active religious, artistic and historical heritage. They have 2 different types of tours with well-trained English and German speaking guides. 

Yellow Zebra Segway and Bike tours - Daily Budapest Segway and bike tours has year round bike rentals with over 200 bikes available for all types of rentals in two locations in the downtown.  Also specialize on family and children rentals.

Budapest Zigzag - Discover Budapest any time of the year! Personalized service for the organization of your stay in Budapest (let it be a city tour, corporate event or reservation of accommodation). For individuals, school groups and enterprises.

Private Walking Tour guides in Budapest - Andrea Makkay is an experienced and knowledgeable private guide who will help you make the most of your time in Budapest.  If you are traveling with a group of friends, Andrea will arrange transportation (public or private car, van, minibus) for a very reasonable fee.  An ideal itinerary is two 4-hour tours over two days. 

Angelico Tours Italian/English

Budapest Multilingual Guide - quality private Budapest tours for families, small groups. - Private tours and excursions in Budapest/Hungary. Transfer services to/from major cities around Hungary. - Private tours in Budapest, Hungary

UrbanFabrik Budapest - Avoid the usual tourist traps and discover Budapest like a sophisticated local.  From the established to the up-and-coming, look forward to showing you Budapest's best.  Specialise in thematic walking tours for the design-minded Budapest visitor, also offer driver guided private city tours: classic Budapest sightseeing tours tailored to your needs.

Luxus Riksa / Budapest Rickshaw - What is rickshaw? Rickshaw is a self taxi on three wheels with a lot of fantasy above it. Let's call  for an unforgettable tour! Do your own sightseeing tour! For family, business, friends.

Free Walking Tours Budapest by HostelCulture: Very oriented to backpackers and hostel guests in general but welcoming everyone.  These are tours provided by passionate local guides. 

Budapest Pub Crawl - The Original Backpacker Pubcrawl in Budapest starts every day from Akvarium Klub in Erzebet Ter.