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Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

1. Budapest Card: Public Transport, 30+ Top Attractions & Tours

Simply pick up your card at one of the Budapestinfo tourist information centers and start exploring and using free public transportation. Some of the most popular museums that can be visited free of charge with the Budapest Card: • Hungarian National Gallery • Hungarian National Museum • Museum of Fine Arts • Budapest History Museum – Castle Museum • Memento Park – Statue Park Museum • Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center • House of Hungarian Photographers – Mai Manó House • Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art • Budapest History Museum – Aquincum Museum • Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts • Vasarely Museum • Budapest History Museum – Kiscell Museum • Bartók Memorial House • Budapest History Museum – Budapest Gallery • Museum of Military History • Hungarian Museum of Trade and Catering • Museum of Óbuda • Goldberger Textile Industry Collection Some of the attractions that can be visited free of charge or with a discount: • Free visit of the Budatower • Pálvölgyi Cave • 50% discount at the Liszt Ferenc Academy, if you take a guided tour • 40% discount at the Duna Corso Sightseeing Boat through Budapest • 20% discount for a hop-on hop-off tour of Program Centrum • Free access to St. Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 20% discount at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath, St. Gellért Thermal Bath, Aquaworld or the Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool • 1 free ride on Zugliget Chairlift

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Budapest: Hungarian Wine Tasting Experience

2. Budapest: Hungarian Wine Tasting Experience

Meet your local wine expert at a central wine bar in Budapest. During the 2 hour activity, taste 7 different wines from larger and lesser-known producers. On the wine tasting list, find the "Unpronounceable Grape" called Cserszegi Fűszeres, Hárslevelű, or probably the best-known grape of Hungary, Furmint. Taste red varieties such as Kékfrankos, Kadarka and a wine known as "Bull's Blood". Enjoy some tapas plates of olives, ham, sausages, tomatoes, and cheeses from farms outside the city. 

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Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

3. Budapest: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

See the most important sights of Budapest during this 4-hour-long tour. The program is recommended for those who only have a short time, or want to explore the city alone and just require an orientation. During such a city tour, you can decide what you want to see more thoroughly, where you want to go back to or you can simply measure the distances.   Highlights in the tour include Andrássy Avenue, the State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, Liberty Square, the House of Parliament, the Chain Bridge, and the Central Market Hall.

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Budapest: 3-Hour Walking Tour About Communism (Small Group)

4. Budapest: 3-Hour Walking Tour About Communism (Small Group)

After meeting on the main square of Pest, Deák tér, the walk starts through one of the most pleasant areas of the city which is dotted with remnants of Communism. Other than bullet holes, the area is full of stories - from WW2 through to the 1956 revolution and then up to 1989/the early 90s. The aim of the tour is to understand the Communist ideology - its arrival, rule, and legacy in Hungary. Besides an expert commentary from a historian guide, personal family stories will be shared to provide a deeper understanding of the hardships and comic moments from the past system. The tour includes a ride on the red subway (M2) and a drink over a chat in a bar that has changed very little since the 1970s.

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Budapest: Half-Day Hiking Tour in the Buda Hills

5. Budapest: Half-Day Hiking Tour in the Buda Hills

Get off the beaten path and relax in nature on a hiking tour of the Buda Hills. Meet your guide in front of Széll Kálmán tér metro station. After taking public transport from the meeting point, the hike starts on the slopes of Normafa, where you’ll get the first amazing views of Budapest from above.  Follow trails through the woods and ascend gradually through the hills to the famous viewpoint, the Elizabeth Lookout Tower. Admire the splendid views, then continue to a small cave that is safe to explore. After passing an abandoned limestone quarry, you’ll reach the extraordinary Tündér-szikla (fairy cliff). Descend the hills and take a bus back to the city, where your tour will end.

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Budapest: Life Under Communism Private Tour

6. Budapest: Life Under Communism Private Tour

Take this tour and transport yourself back to the previous century for an amazing, interactive presentation of everyday life in the 1960s and through to the late 1980s. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for history buffs, this educational tour will provide an overview of how the system worked and will give a first-hand picture of life back then contrasted with the changes of the past fifty years. Apart from entering this retro world, your skilled guides will highlight how decades of communism have impacted Hungary and the remnants of those bygone years that remain today. The program is conducted by Annamaria and Miklos and starts at Bambi Eszpresszó, a symbolic meeting place of the 1980s.

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Budapest: Public Transport Private Tour

7. Budapest: Public Transport Private Tour

Meet locals, save on taxi costs and use public transport! Budapest features a remarkably comprehensive and efficient public transportation system. To truly experience Hungary’s capital the way that locals do, there is no better way than getting around the city by tram, bus, metro and even ferryboat. Budapest has an excellent public transport system including eleven means of transport, and some of them, like the cogwheel railway or the boat, are quite exotic. During this 2.5-hour tour you cannot only try five different means of transport but also get a guided tour of the city in a special way. This tour offers a real-life experience - get to know Budapest and its dwellers as they live their everyday life.

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Budapest: Private Insider Tour of Grand Ecseri Flea Market

8. Budapest: Private Insider Tour of Grand Ecseri Flea Market

Get the Ecseri feeling on this 4-hour guided tour of Budapest’s best flea markets for buyers and sellers alike. Meet maverick characters and discover a fascinating array of objects from the past, including uniforms, badges, and Communist reliquaries. Meet your guide at the Jolly Presszó for the short bus ride to Grand Ecseri. Learn bargaining phrases in Hungarian and the ritual of bargaining en route. Get a brief history of Ecseri (called Tango by locals), a vast market of ancient telephones, curious gadgets and secondhand books. Going to the flea market is a journey back in time. You will see a huge variety of old objects as your guide reveals the secrets that they hide. Break for snacks of Hungarian fast food, including fresh lángos, fried meats and strudel. And take home mementos of the Communist past.

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Art Nouveau in Budapest: 3-Hour Private Tour

9. Art Nouveau in Budapest: 3-Hour Private Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour tour of Budapest that explores the Art Nouveau movement and how it affected the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Whether you are interested in architecture, a history buff, or just looking to learn about Budapest in a unique way, this tour has a little bit of something for everyone. On this tour, learn why the facade of most late 19th-century buildings are so decorative and find out why there are no skyscrapers in Budapest. Discover why Art Nouveau is called Secession (szecesszió) in Hungarian, and how Hungarian folk motifs were built into the Art Nouveau designs. Hear about the ways in which Art Nouveau revolutionized architecture, what beehives symbolize on Budapest's public buildings, and hear fascinating tales about the architects behind these buildings.

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Budapest: 1956 Revolution Memorial Private Tour

10. Budapest: 1956 Revolution Memorial Private Tour

Discover one of the most significant periods in Hungarian history by learning about the Revolution of 1956. With your guide, explore sites of historical significance and learn about the communist era of Hungary. Historians still argue what to call the events that were triggered by a peaceful solidarity rally of Hungarian students with the Polish people on October 23rd, 1956. It has been described as a rebellion, revolt, uprising, popular uprising, revolution, counter-revolution, or War of Independence. Visit the site of Bloody Thursday in Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest. Little is known about the exact numbers of revolutionaries who were killed, but it ranges between 22 and 1000 or so people. See the former party headquarters of the Hungarian communist government. Make a stop at the statue of Imre Nagy the Prime Minister of Hungary, and leader of the Revolution, who was executed for treason in 1958 by Soviet forces. Visit Bem Square where 200,000 Hungarian students protested against Soviet rule in 1956 followed by a coffee in the iconic Bambi café. Go to the statue of revolutionary Sándor Petöfi a focal point where political gatherings took place in 1956, and still do to this day. See the building of the Hungarian Radio, one of the epicentres of fighting in 1956 - it was from here revolutionaries begged for help from the world.

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What people are saying about Budapest

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based on 141 reviews

Down to earth, educational and fun! I’m Hungarian but been living abroad for over a decade. I’ve taken my British boyfriend, Germany based sister and Hungarian friend and all of us had great fun and learned a lot about Hungarian wine and winemaking. The wine were excellent, the tapas great - honestly I highly recommend it!

Very knowledgeable and learned a lot about wines. Super nice guy and loved all the wines he bought, will defiantly be returning and getting in contact to do again! 100% worth the money and could not recommended enough

Miklos has an encyclopedic knowledge of the players and events of Hungarian communism. He's a teacher, complete with a handout at the end. This tour is more than a Cliffs Notes version and we learned a lot.

Daniel gave a super tour bringing alive life in Budapest under communism. He was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. I can't say enough good things about him.

Tasty and highly entertaining. You'll learn a lot about Hungarian vines while not being bothered a dime.