15 Best Budapest Tours & Experiences 2019 - Local Guides

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Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour of Budapest
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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30 EUR

Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour of Budapest

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Zigzag with me across the city and learn how the Hungarian secret police (ÁVO) tried to honeytrap, blackmail, and compromise Western diplomats and their Hungarian contacts during the dark days of communism. Feel the history that’s still with us behind the renovated façades and trendy shop windows.
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30 EUR
Private Grand Tour of Jewish Budapest
Tour ∙ 4.5 hrs
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60 EUR

Private Grand Tour of Jewish Budapest

(5)
A comprehensive tour designed for anyone who wants to explore Budapest’s Jewish heritage with a local and hear personal stories about Hungary's Jewish history and culture.
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60 EUR
Budapest Great Market Hall Culinary Tour
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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26 EUR

Budapest Great Market Hall Culinary Tour

Enjoy hearty tastings of homemade local goods and meet the people who produced them on a mouth-watering tour of Budapest’s iconic food market!
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26 EUR
Danube Cocktail Cruise in Budapest
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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26 EUR

Danube Cocktail Cruise in Budapest

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Booked by 64 people!
There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Budapest than cruising on the river Danube while enjoying a refreshing cocktail!
Booked by 64 people!
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26 EUR
Danube Wine Cruise in Budapest
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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33 EUR

Danube Wine Cruise in Budapest

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Booked by 76 people!
Spend an amazing evening on the Danube River sampling a selection of Hungary’s most famous wines. Hungarian wine culture and hospitality are well known all around the world – join us and we’ll show you why!
Booked by 76 people!
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33 EUR
Hungarian Folk Dance Show & Dinner Cruise in Budapest
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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75 EUR

Hungarian Folk Dance Show & Dinner Cruise in Budapest

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Join us for an exciting Hungarian folk dance performance followed by an atmospheric dinner cruise on the river Danube. You’ll be treated to a delicious buffet meal of traditional Hungarian fare and wonderful views of illuminated Budapest.
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75 EUR
Danube Craft Beer Cruise in Budapest
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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29 EUR

Danube Craft Beer Cruise in Budapest

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Booked by 32 people!
Sample a carefully curated selection of local artisan beers while cruising along the Danube River. A perfect introduction to the emerging Hungarian craft beer scene!
Booked by 32 people!
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29 EUR
Ruins & Bars: Budapest Ruin Bar Tour
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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60 EUR

Ruins & Bars: Budapest Ruin Bar Tour

(3)
A classy pub crawl that will take you to Budapest’s quirkiest ruin bars and best street food joints. Your safest bet if you want to hang out with the locals. Ruins, bars, and an unforgettable night out in District 7.
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60 EUR
Danube Lunch Cruise in Budapest
Tour ∙ 1.5 hrs
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40 EUR

Danube Lunch Cruise in Budapest

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The Danube runs majestically through the centre of Budapest, creating one of the finest panoramas on the continent. See how the UNESCO World Heritage-listed riverbanks treasure the old and embrace the new on a romantic lunch cruise.
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40 EUR
Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
Tour ∙ 6 hrs
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106 EUR

Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest

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Sample the gastronomic delights of Hungary during a 2-hour market and food tour with a local guide at Budapest’s largest and oldest indoor market. After the tour head to our lovely apartment on the Buda side for your private hands-on cooking class.
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106 EUR
Born Under the Red Star: Tour of Communist Budapest
Tour ∙ 3 hrs
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55 EUR

Born Under the Red Star: Tour of Communist Budapest

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This is a tour entirely dedicated to Hungary’s red past, with stories based on vivid memories instead of dusty history books. Hammer, sickle, ’56, and the Trabant-filled days of communism – join us to hear all about it.
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55 EUR
Budapest to Vienna One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour
Tour ∙ 10 hrs
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65 EUR

Budapest to Vienna One-Way Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Visit Eszterházy Palace, Tata Castle and the towns of Sopron and Győr on your way from Budapest to Vienna. This small-group bus tour gives you the chance to see more than you could imagine in one day!
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65 EUR
Budapest Bike Tour with a Goulash Meal
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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28 EUR

Budapest Bike Tour with a Goulash Meal

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The best way to discover Budapest is by bike! See the city’s most spectacular sights and sample some tasty goulash on our entertaining bike tour.
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28 EUR
Organ Concert at St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest
Tour ∙ 2 hrs
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31 EUR

Organ Concert at St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest

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Come and enjoy an enchanting organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica! Besides being one of the most beautiful neoclassical buildings in Budapest, it’s the most important church in Hungary.
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31 EUR
Ideal City Tour of Budapest
Tour ∙ 4 hrs
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32 EUR

Ideal City Tour of Budapest

(1)
Would you like to see the sights of Budapest in more detail? Do you prefer small groups? Choose our Ideal City Tour to see the sights not included in the usual 2-3-hour city tours. We offer guided tours exclusively in your language!
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32 EUR

Customer feedback about Tours in Budapest

Rating 4.8 based on 134 reviews

5 star plus food adventure
Our trip to Budapest was an extended weekend spa hotel visit to the Hotel Gellert, not our first visit to this exciting city and on a previous visit we had seen that there was a Hungarian cookery class course, with a visit to the food market
Our spec from from Agnes was that we should meet up at the market at 09:00, where Andrew would meet us and guide us through the market while we bought all the ingredients for our pre-chosen courses, the cookery glass offers a large selection of traditional Hungarian dishes, all which are possible to make on the day course
We know the markert well, but shopping together with Andrew was a whole new market experience, learning about the traditional Hungarian ingredients, buying local and not foreign vegtables, what cuts of meat to get for the dishes that we had chosen, tastings with the stall holders, local cheeses and good advice on where to buy Hungarien salami and sausage, which evolved into a salami hunt through the market until we found Andrew’s recommended salami choice
After our market breakfast (don’t eat any breakfast before you go, the stallholders are very generous) we headed for the kitchen
After a short taxi trip we arrived across town where we would spend the rest of the day preparing our meals, the prepping started with a plum palinka...a good start...
We enjoy cooking and it was hands on from the start, with professional guidance from Andrew on how to prep, how much paprika to add to get the correct flavour and loads of good tips passed on from his grandfathers ‘tried and tested’ recipes
Our choice was, Goulash, chicken paprika, and cottage cheese pancakes, we prepped all the veg and meat and slowly started to prepare the courses, helped along with a glass or two of wine, lots of interesting chat and insider info on Budapest and Hungary
Andrew had check on everything and in no time the first two courses were ready, soft silky Goulash soup, with just the right bite, suculent chicken paprika in a rich sauce, we retired to the table to enjoy the results. For our pancake finish, we cooked crepes, with local cottage cheese, lemon and double cream
Old style cooking with old style flavour, which you can only learn from a professional cooking from the heart
We had an awesome day and returned to our hotel, together with our present of a Speatzie noodle maker, which we will have great use for after our fantastic day learning how to make the real thing, an absolute must for all foodies

Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
A great Hungarian experience!
Agnes was an exceptional guide. We started the day at the Central Market where we explored local foods and treats and then visited many of the stalls to learn about Hungarian crafts and products. We then returned to the first floor to gather ingredients for our cooking class as well as sampling some additional treats - from cherry bon-bons, to cottage cheese candy bars to savory strudels. Agnes also explained about the mushroom examiner at the market which was truly fascinating. We then returned to the flat where Agnes provided us with a wonderful atmosphere to cook. Agnes adjusted the menu to accommodate my sister's vegetarian requirements and still created a tasty and traditional menu. Throughout the afternoon, Agnes provided us with insights into Hungarian traditions from explaining the local liqueurs to names days. It was a fabulous way to spend a day in Budapest! I would highly recommend this tour and would do it again when I return to Hungary.
Market Tour & Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest
A tour of the real Budapest
Our guide Atilla was really friendly and well informed about his home city, and made our trip to Budapest all the better. We spent about three hours together and walked the historic Jewish quarter of the city and discussed the history of the this area of the city and looked at some of the street art murals which are dotted around the area. We even had time to stop and have a beer inside one of the ruin bars in the area (much needed as it was freezing outside!).
Atilla also gave us some really good recommendations on where to find the best food in the neighbourhood in order to avoid the tourist trap restaurants.
Could not recommend this tour enough.
Ruin Pubs & Alternative Spots of Budapest Tour
Wish I had done this tour sooner!
This was such a great introductory tour! Attila knows so much about Budapest's amazing culture, history and local hot spots. I took this tour half way through my 5 day trip and I really wish I had taken it on my first day. I spent the rest of my time revisiting all the places he took me to. He gives you great local recommendations for food, shopping and drinking. Basically all the information you need to really experience Budapest. I had a fantastic time and was so impressed by everything I learned in 3 hours. Highly, highly recommend this tour!
Ruin Pubs & Alternative Spots of Budapest Tour
Great Time
This is a great tour! Our tour guide was Hungarian and knew so much about the city. It was a great mix of sightseeing, history, and fun facts! There was always time to stop for pictures and ask questions. The tour felt perfectly paced and I don't think that there is a better, more interactive way to see so much of Budapest in a few hours. *Be warned though, it isn't really a food-centric tour as the name might suggest. There's just a stop for goulash in the middle. :)
Budapest Bike Tour with a Goulash Meal
Super interesting tour - not just for tourists!
I grew up in Hungary and have lived in Budapest for almost 10 years now, however, I could learn a lot of interesting facts about architecture and gastronomy. The two ladies who held the tour were absolutely prepared and chose very good stops for tasting where not the most popular bites could be tasted (e.g. sausage) but unique specialties of Hungary. If you would like to get know, what they are, join the tour, I'm pretty sure you won't mind it! ;)
Great Market hall walking tour with tasting
Super interesting walking tour!
We had such a great time on this tour! It really did feel like we were learning about the city's history in a much more dinamic and fun way, kind of like talking to a friend that you're visiting and just happens to know a lot about the communist past of Budapest.
Definitely recommend 100%!! If you book this you won't regret it!
Born Under the Red Star: Tour of Communist Budapest
A brilliant and hugely informative tour
Ferenc is a charismatic and eloquent and hugely knowledgeable guide. He is great at answering specific questions and offers rich personal insights into Hungarian life. The retro cafe was a highlight! I did the trip as a research project but I would recommend it warmly to anyone who really wants to get to know Budapest.
Born Under the Red Star: Tour of Communist Budapest
Lovely night Danube cruise with wine tasting
Completely lived to all our expectations. Had some amazing two hours cruising along Danube river after the sunset. City looks absolutely stunning from the boat. Wine was good and staff was really friendly. Also you can ask musicians to play a song of your choice.
Worth the money!
Danube Wine Cruise in Budapest
Different side of Budapest
Atilla was a great host showing us a different side of Budapest than the normal tourist sites. Visited the ruin pubs, bookshops, art stores and community gardens that are not in your average tour. Very interesting to see how Budapest is growing.
Ruin Pubs & Alternative Spots of Budapest Tour
Such an amazing time!
The home cooking class was so much fun. It was the highlight of my trip to Europe. I learned so much more than Hungarian cooking. I learned about the culture as well. I will be taking another class when I am back in Hungary.
Hungarian Home Cooking Class in Budapest
Knowledgeable and friendly guide
Great way to learn about Hungarian food and taste authentic local specialities. We used the knowledge we gained during the rest of our trip to avoid touristy food elsewhere.
2 hour Market & Food Tour - Central Market Hall Budapest
Great tour!
The tour was very interesting and thorough! One of the best tours I have ever been on. I felt very welcomed and would recommed this tour to anybody!
Spies & Masters: Cold War Tour of Budapest
Super fun out of the box tour
This tour was so much fun! We are not experienced cyclers at all but we thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour! The goulash was also very good!!
Budapest Bike Tour with a Goulash Meal
Very informative, checking out some cool spots
Ruin Pubs & Alternative Spots of Budapest Tour
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Great all round!
We booked 3 walking tours with Budapest Urban Walks.

Our 3 guides (Reka, Ferenc & Raymond) were excellent and had their individual strengths which suited each tour.

The Street Food tour was some fun with a wide variety of dishes from different nationalities. Ferenc knew his local food haunts and he took us to some of his favourite places, which included trying some Hungarian favourite dishes.

Raymond (Budapest Urban Walk) was young, enthusiastic and knew his history well, and told us some interesting information and stories about various historical characters.

Reka (on the Fools & Kings tour) took us around the castle area of Buda. We enjoyed her company and found her to be very friendly and personable. She asked us what sort of things we are interested in (history, architecture, culture etc) and aimed our tour at our interests. Reka is a delight.

Most of my correspondence was with Reka and she could not have been any more helpful, offering their help with anything during our stay. I felt like they “had our back” while we were in Budapest.

Reka also made an anniversary dinner reservation for us, as well as providing a welcomed list of other suggestions.

What I really appreciated was that they accepted our bookings on the small group tours, and only charged these prices even though we ended up having private tours (as no one else had booked the same tours on the same days). Not all companies do this!

I recommend this company for their excellent customer service and great local knowledge.
Budapest Street Food Tour
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I was in Budapest recently and was definitely wanting to take a Danube cruise. Seeing a city from the river that runs through it is always such an awesome site.

Of course there are plenty of companies offering river cruises in Budapest and of course also night time party cruises. I'm not much of a party person or atleast not like in my younger years, but aquaintances who've been to the Hungarian capital said that the nightlife especially in the summer is not something to be left out.

So I let my friend talk me into taking the Party on the Danube cruise. It's a little pricey and the ticket only includes a welcome drink (however, I must note that additional drinks come at very reasonable prices), but the nightime view of Budapest from the Danube is totally worth it. It was great to kick back with an ice cold beer after a long day of sightseeing and just enjoy the gorgeaous view of the city.

After the cruise they take you to a club, where we actually ended up staying for most of the night. The ship docks at Margaret Island where the club is, which isn't a cheesy pop disco, more like an artsy, alternative bar. Also it was very easy to get a cab back to the hotel from there. I'd definitely go back to that club if ever visiting Budapest again in the summer and I'd also recommend the Party on the Danube cruise as a great way to unwind with a breathtaking view.
Danube Party Cruise in Budapest
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A unique Team!
I had the privilege of doing 3 private tours with 'Budapest Urban Walks'. I contacted them even before starting the trip stating my preferences and Réka prepared me a set of tours fully adjusted to what I wanted and my availability.
During the exchange of emails I realized at once that 'Budapest Urban Walks' was different, and it really is.
I did The Bright Lights of Budapest (with Christmas Markets) in the company of Gabriela; Then, next day morning, with Anita, Fools and Kings and, in the third morning, Ferenc took me to visit The Jewish Quarter (including Ruin Bars and Urban Art).
All tours far exceeded my best expectations. Budapest is a unique city and 'Budapest Urban Walks' is unique too! . It would be impossible to discover by myself so many hidden gems as impossible would also be to learn, just by reading, as much as each and every one of them taught me. This wonderful team has an immense knowledge about Budapest and deeply love their city. I started each tour with a guide who in the end was already a friend.
I have not yet mentioned it, but I think it's important - they always came to pick me up at my hotel and it was at the hotel that the tour ended.
Thank you very much for everything, Réka, Gabi, Anita and Ferenc. I hope to welcome you in Lisbon as you promised me.
Judapest: Budapest’s Jewish Quarter Then & Now
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Great introduction to Budapest! 'Ruins and Bars' and 'Budapest Urban Walk'
My husband, and me booked two tours with Urban walks -Ruins and Bars, and Budapest Urban Walk. By coincidence we were the only ones taking the group tours on that day so it was like a private tour! We really appreciate that Urban Walks did not charge us extra and still gave us a great time. The pick ups, the drop off, schedules, etc went so smoothly.These walks were definitely the highlight of our trip!
Reka was our guide for the Budapest Urban Walk. She is so passionate about her city. She gave us a wonderful insight into the history of Budapest, also told us a lot of fun titbits. We had an amazing coffee and pastry stop in between the tour We went back there twice!). Before we knew it 4 hours were up! We were sad to see her go! Also Reka gave us recommendations to superb restaurants, cafes, even baths (we did gellert) and cruises (legenda evening cruise). It's like she had our back throughout the trip.
Our guide for the Ruins and Bars tour was Andrew. He was so much fun and easy to be with. He took us to unique bars that only a local would know. We had amazing crafted beers, liquors, food (must try Langos) and conversation! Egeszegedre!
If anyone is looking for these kind of activities in Budapest just go with Urban Walks blindly, they are simply the best!
Budapest Urban Walk: Sightseeing Tour
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Get stuffed!!!
We arrived in Budapest a couple of days before our river cruise ship would pick us up and so we had some time to book a walking food tour of Budapest. Daniel of Budapest Urban Walks arranged to have Andrew give us a couple hours introducing us to Hungarian wines and foods. Andrew gave an excellent tour and he was clearly knowledgeable about the local food scene. I'm not much of a wine drinker but I did appreciate the wine tasting we had at a local restaurant; we tasted three Hungarian wines (I really like the Tokaj wine). As an additional treat (although time was limited), this particular restaurant had a nice little museum in the basement! We tried the street food "langos" which we saw many folks eating as they were walking about. Finally, we had a sampler lunch at a restaurant which had excellent food; my favorite was this cold fruit soup which was absolutely delicious! By the end of this experience, we were stuffed! So make sure to properly time this tour (keep this in mind if you have already planned for a big lunch or dinner). Overall, I would highly recommend Budapest Urban Walks. Their tour guides are so friendly, caring and helpful. They are quite knowledgeable about their city and its history and they are clearly proud to be part of it!

Budapest Street Food Tour

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