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! EgĂ©szsĂ©gedre!
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 (VĂˇrnegyed)Â
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 DeĂˇk Â Ferenc Square. Walking or Funicular on the western bridgehead of the Chain Bridge (Ft 1000, 7.30â€“22) or the Metro to Moszkva tĂ©r (recently renamed to SzĂ©ll KĂˇlmĂˇn tĂ©r â€“ some signs might still have the old name).Opening hours:Always available.
Kossuth Lajos tĂ©r 1â€“3. DesignedÂ by Imre Steindl, it was built in a neogothic style, very similar to the Parliament in London. It is currently HungaryÂ´s largest building. Open Monâ€“Sat 8â€“16, Sun 8â€“2, Â If you are a EU citizen you can visit the Parliament for Free -just present your passport on arrival,
otherwise Ft 3500Â (adult), Ft 1750Â (student). Daily 10, 12, 14 pm â€“ free english guided tours â€“ 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!
AndrĂˇssy utca and Heroes Square (HĂ¶sĂ¶k tere)
AnrĂˇssy utca is the Hungarian version of the Champs-Ă‰lysĂ©es; it was built for the millennium celebrations in 1896. Right at the beginning of AndrĂˇssy utca, the Heroes Square is surrounded by Museums and the CityPark (VĂˇrosliget).
Chain Bridge (LĂˇnchĂd)Â
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 VĂˇsĂˇrcsarnok)Â
VĂˇmhĂˇz kĂ¶rĂşt 1â€“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 Monâ€“Fri 6â€“17, Sat 6â€“14, Sun closed.
BudapestÂ´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 Â the entry is free.
How to go there: Ask for directions at the reception or check out www.museum.hu
Elizabeth Square (ErzsĂ©bet tĂ©r)Â
The square next to DeĂˇk Ferenc tĂ©r. In summertime, itâ€™s kind of the heart of city-life â€¦ itâ€™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 : )
Â Ecseri Flea Market (Ecseri bolhapiac)Â
156 Nagykorosi utca. Monâ€“Fri 8â€“16, Sat 6â€“15, Sun 9â€“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, itÂ´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 8â€“14), next to PetĹ‘fi Hall.
in Budapest is a very nice recreation area on Buda side richt at LĂˇgymĂˇnyosi hĂd.
The park on Kopaszi GĂˇt 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.
â€śFĹ±re lĂ©pni szabad!â€ť that is what you find on every green part of the island and means â€śAllowed to step on the grassâ€ť which is a little provocation to other parks and recreation areas in Budapest where it says â€śFĹ±re lĂ©pni tilosâ€ť so that it is forbidden. That makes Kopaszi GĂˇt 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 GĂˇt 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 GĂˇt.
How to go there: take the M3 (blue line) from DeĂˇk Ferenc tĂ©r until NĂ©pliget,from there take tram number 1 until KĂ¶zvĂˇgĂłhĂd (4 stops), walk across the bridge, go down and you are there.
For further informations please ask at the reception!