Things to do FOR FREE in Budapest
Planning to go on a ship cruise on the wonderful river of Danube, but you are running short on money?
No worries! Budapest public transportation has a great offer for you: the cheapest boat cruise of your life! Tickets cost 300 Fts per person (Around 1 Euro), or use your 24 or 72-hour ticket to get on board for free!
Opening hours: Boat cruises start from the 15th of march. Cruises start 8:30 until 20:30 every day. Ports can be found all along the Danube.
Just like in the case of the boat cruise, all you need, is a single ticket to hop on the tram, which rolls along the river and the most beautiful sights of the Capital. Cold winter nights, or hot summer days, the nostalgic feeling of Budapest will always be with you on the rails!
How to go there: Stops are found all along the Pest side of the river.
Opening hours: Every day from 4:30 until 23:30.
For the schedule, visit www.bkv.hu.
Take your free welcome drink voucher
and check out our Wombar, we also offer you happy hours and cheap drink specials in our hostel bar! Egészségedre!
Wombats FREE Walking tours:
Wombats proudly present to offer FREE walking Tours for our guests. Meeting point/ departure times: depending on the season, ask at the reception and check information in the hostel! We are looking forward to show you beautiful Budapest by walking around!
Castle Hill (Várnegyed)
The Castle hill of Budapest is truly an exceptional sight of the capital, not only for the beauty up there, but for the amazing view it provides of Pest during the day and the night. The royal palace, Mary Magdalene tower, Vienna Gate, MatthiasChurch, Fisherman’s Bastion, sculpture of a Turul bird, and the National Gallery are all must see sights of Budapest! Give it a go!
How to go there: Bus number 16 from Deák Ferenc Square. Walking or Funicular on the western bridgehead of the Chain Bridge (Ft 1000, 7.30–22) or the Metro to Moszkva tér (recently renamed to Széll Kálmán tér – some signs might still have the old name).Opening hours:Always available.
Kossuth Lajos tér 1–3. Designed by Imre Steindl, it was built in a neogothic style, very similar to the Parliament in London. It is currently Hungary´s largest building. Open Mon–Sat 8–16, Sun 8–2, If you are a EU citizen you can visit the Parliament for Free -just present your passport on arrival,
otherwise Ft 3500 (adult), Ft 1750 (student). Daily 10, 12, 14 pm – free english guided tours – worth to book in advance personally because they are very popular, or go there at least at 9-10am, there is always a long queue. Make sure you arrive there before 10:00am because the free tickets are limited!
Andrássy utca and Heroes Square (Hösök tere)
Anrássy utca is the Hungarian version of the Champs-Élysées; it was built for the millennium celebrations in 1896. Right at the beginning of Andrássy utca, the Heroes Square is surrounded by Museums and the CityPark (Városliget).
Chain Bridge (Lánchíd)
The Chain Bridge was the first
permanent bridge in Budapest, opened in 1849, and only the second permanent crossing on the whole length of the river Danube. It is one of the symbolic buildings of Budapest, the most widely known bridge of the Hungarian capital.
Great Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok)
Vámház körút 1–3. The three-level Central Market Hall is one of the largest market halls in Europe. More than 180 stalls display a huge variety of vegetables, fruit, meat and cheese, Hungarian specialities and souvenirs under a gleaming roof of brightly-colored Zsolnay tiles. Open Mon–Fri 6–17, Sat 6–14, Sun closed.
Budapest´s most popular park, right between Buda and Pest. Cars are forbidden so enjoy a breath of fresh air right in the City! Though urban life is fun, at one point, we all long to be back to the arms of mother nature. In great cities it is extremely difficult to find green areas, but fortunately, the Hungarian capital has its own wonderful emerald isle! Planning to go on a long run? Would like to meditate, take a short walk,or just a chill at a peaceful place? Then MargaretIsland, with its lovely paths, blooming flowers and verdant trees is the place what you need!
Interested in art or history? Then Budapest is your city! Here, you will find several Museum, with wonderful exhibitions and interior. They have discounts for students and on fixed public holidays the entry is free.
How to go there: Ask for directions at the reception or check out www.museum.hu
Elizabeth Square (Erzsébet tér)
The square next to Deák Ferenc tér. In summertime, it’s kind of the heart of city-life … it’s a common meeting point, always teeming with people hanging out there after work/school, or before party. Pretty close to the Wombats, so you will inevitably bump into that place : )
Ecseri Flea Market (Ecseri bolhapiac)
156 Nagykorosi utca. Mon–Fri 8–16, Sat 6–15, Sun 9–13. Best visited on weekends when there are more vendors. Great flea market with lots of communist memorabilia and all sorts of random stuff. Not much English spoken there, it´s a good idea to bring paper and pencil or a pocket calculator for haggling! A little out of town, ask reception for directions. There is also a flea market in the CityPark (Sat and Sun 8–14), next to Petőfi Hall.
in Budapest is a very nice recreation area on Buda side richt at Lágymányosi híd.
The park on Kopaszi Gát is wonderful to take a walk, you have a beach to lay on, a track to go for running, restaurants and bars, green areas to lay on and so much more. It is really worth to spend here a sunny sunday afternoon, eat some good dinner and have a chilled beer in the sun.
“Fűre lépni szabad!” that is what you find on every green part of the island and means “Allowed to step on the grass” which is a little provocation to other parks and recreation areas in Budapest where it says “Fűre lépni tilos” so that it is forbidden. That makes Kopaszi Gát in Budapest a really sympatic place to be. Also wonderful is that people who go there really care about enviroment by not throwing their trash in the grass or in the bushes but in the litter bins which is rare in Budapest. So in total you can say that Kopaszi Gát in Budapest is a really friendly place also for families with children.
Anyways if you search for a place to walk, run, relax, eat or drink I can highly recommend Kopaszi Gát.
How to go there: take the M3 (blue line) from Deák Ferenc tér until Népliget,from there take tram number 1 until Közvágóhíd (4 stops), walk across the bridge, go down and you are there.
For further informations please ask at the reception!