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London Free Walking TourThe trend of ‘free’ walking tours appears to have started in Berlin in 2004 and has now spread to over 40 cities around the world, including nearly every major tourist destination in Europe. Fad or not, free walking tours seem to be here to stay, so we thought it would be helpful to collect a list of them all in one place.

The fine people at Free Sofia Tour compiled this original list and with their permission I’m including it here as well so value-oriented travelers have more chances of finding these tours and even planning their trips around them.

The tour guides work on tips and participants are free to tip as much or little as they think is appropriate, so they are a great first activity and orientation in a city on literally any budget.

Free walking tours by city

If you know of additional free walking tours or find that any on this list no longers offers the tours, please let us know so we can keep this list up to date.



54 Responses to “List of free walking tours around the world”

The Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides give free walking tours around the Georgian City of Bath, England. Walks are around 2hours long, lots to take in – the architecture, Jane Austen associations, also site of Roman Baths and Medieval Abbey. Details here: http://www.bathguides.org.uk/index.html
And a taster in our Interactive Postcard from Bath: http://theonlinetraveljournal.com/bath/
with commentaries from Mayor’s Guide Kirsten Elliot and others.

(Thank you for this. It’s now been added to the main list. Unlike the others, this one takes quite a bit of reading to discover that the tours are not only free, but the guides don’t accept tips either. It might be worth making that more clear. -Roger)

 
Rachele says:

This is one of the most interesting lists I ever read online! Thanks for sharing. Too bad Milan, the city where I live, doesn’t offer free walking tours.

 
yonathan says:

http://www.fwtperu.com check this web site out!!

(Thanks for this update. Your Cusco free walking tour link has now been added to the main list. -Roger)

 
Boyko says:

The list is getting bigger and bigger, it’s awesome :)
http://freesofiatour.com/blog/free-walking-tours

 

we will be pleased to welcome you in İstanbul.

 
Jack says:

3 years in the running. best tour in Slovenia. Sr=trange it was excluded from the list.

(Jack, it was just an oversight. Your Ljubljana tour has now been added to the list, and I may add the city to the main site as well. Thanks. -Roger)

 
Mary says:

Great site for budget travelers especially. Great spread of cities but unable to open the free Moscow tour which was disappointing!

(Thanks for mentioning this, Mary. I just fixed the Moscow link now. -Roger)

 
Mary says:

Thanks Roger. Have now accessed the sight and will certainly make use of it when we travel to Russia later in the year.

 
Ivan says:

Free day and night walking tour by a hostel and tourist agency Envoy in Yerevan, Armenia. I am in no way associated with them, just giving you an info. The rest of the tours are paid for, but day and night walking tour are free. http://www.envoyhostel.com/tour/tour_rates.php

Thanks Ivan. It’s been added to the main list, and it wouldn’t matter if you were associated with them because this list is a resource that is trying to include any and all of them. -Roger

 
Pawel says:

A new walking tour in Cracow/Krakow, Poland! Please add this one to the list, it’s really great. We went for two of their tours during Easter time together with my American friends. One of the best walking tours I’ve ever been to. If you are planning to visit Cracow, don’t miss this one. Look at http://www.cracowfreewalkingtour.com.

Thanks for the heads-up. It’s been added to the main list. -Roger

 

Hey,

You are missing one very recent tour – Walk Around Porto in Porto, Portugal! Hope you update de list! :)

thanks

 
Russell says:

Hey, Lima tour no longer exists…. found that one out the hard way :)

(Thanks for the update, Russell. I’ve removed it now. I have a feeling quite a few others will be quitting the business in the next year or so, leaving one company in each larger city, and almost none in smaller ones. -Roger)

 

Thanks so much! The list must have taken a long time to compile.

 
Galin says:

You are missing one more guys – Free Varna Tour
http://www.facebook.com/FreeVarnaTour

 
Nuy says:

This is a tour in the Vatican museums in Rome It is not showing in the list. http://www.facebook.com/freetourrome

 

I’ve been running a free daily in tour in Buenos Aires for nearly two years: http://www.buenosaireslocaltours.com – would love to be on the list!

 
Nuy says:

still not in the list free tour in Rome and the Vatican

 

Nola Tour Guy offers free tours of New Orleans and would love to be added to the list.

(added – Roger)

 
Joyce says:

Nothing for Rio di Janeiro?

 
Igor says:

Please add our free walking tours to your list. http://www.feelfreetour.net/ – Free Walking tours in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

(added – Roger)

 
P. Lechowski says:

There are free walking tours as well in Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland, made by this same company that in Krakow. New tours still dont have seperate websites, but you can find information about them here:

http://freewalkingtour.com/art/pokaz/188

(updated -Roger)

 
Michal says:

Speaking of Warsaw: there’s a free tour there that has been on for over a year. Here’s the website: http://www.orangeumbrella.pl
Cheers!

(added – Roger)

 
Andrea says:

here’s a Budapest based free walking tour called Walk in the Wake of Famous Hungarians (http://jewish.hu/view.php?clabel=seta_hires_magyarok)
It outlines points of especially Jewish-Hungarian interest in Budapest and also Szeged based on famous people

(It doesn’t look free if you have to use a credit card to reserve. The whole page needs to be more clear if you want to run a free walking tour. -Roger)

 
Sheila says:

This is in São Paulo, Brazil.
http://www.spfreewalkingtour.com/

Have fun!

(added – Roger)

 
Miguel says:

Hola,
there is an amazing FREE WALKING TOUR in Zurich!
http://www.freewalkzurich.ch
Regards,
Miguel

(added – Roger)

 

Hi!

Montreal has now a new Free Walking Tour. Here is the website: http://freemontrealtours.com/

Thanks!

(updated the URL, thanks – Roger)

 
Peter says:

Tours4Tips is in Santiago and in Valparaiso. Both cities in Chile. Thanks!

(Both are now added. Thanks. -Roger)

 
Candy says:

http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info

Also, in the US don’t forget to check with the local tourist office. Many of them offer free tours and other amenities.

 

We, Free Tour San Fermin, offer free tours of Pamplona in Spain and would love to be added to the list.

Thanks!!

(Now added. Thanks -Roger)

 
Eugenia says:

Hi, there is a new free walking tour in the city of Porto, Portugal. Here is the website http://www.portofreewalkingtour.wix.com/portofreewalkingtour. Thanks

(It’s been added. Thanks -Roger)

 

There’s now one in La Paz Bolivia, called Red Cap walking tours. http://www.redcapwalkingtours.com They leave at 11am and 2pm daily for a 2 hour tour through the center of the city.

(It’s been added. Thanks -Roger)

 

Hello,

Please add the Rio de Janeiro – Brazil FREE WALKING TOUR
http://www.facebook.com/freewalkingtour.com.br

Thank you!

 
Diana says:

You can also add Constanta – Romania Free Tour – https://www.facebook.com/ConstantaFreeTour

 
diana says:

I’ve updated the list of free tours around the world – http://hai-hui-stangaci.blogspot.ro/2013/06/free-tours-around-world.html

 
Gosia says:

We also organize free tours in Warsaw, even three :): http://www.freetourwarsaw.com/

(Now added. Thanks. -Roger)

 

Hello everyone! Barcelona checking in! We run Free Walking Tours of the historic Gothic Quarter of this beautiful Mediterranean city and specialize in Small Groups. Check us out!

 
Fabiana Lima says:

Porto Alegre, Brazil: http://freewalkpoa.com/

 

Alow me to introduce a new ” Service ” in Coimbra – Portugal.

It’s called Zero Emissions Tours and it’s a FREE GUIDED TOUR SERVICE around Coimbra.

This tour can be a walking tour or a cycling tour!

As the name says, it’s a completely free service, you don’t need to pay for it and only you will tip the Tour Guide if you think he deserves it , as a reward for his job!

It will be a tour around the city, seeing the main places, monuments, stories and history!

The tours are completely flexible, never have the same route and can be scheduled sending me a sms, FB message or e-mail.

Contacts:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroTours

[email protected]

+351 913306924

Fell free to contact me when ever you want!

Best Regards

 
Javier says:

Hello !!!
We run a Free Walking Tour in Madrid everyday, please could you add our site http://www.ogotours.com??
You can check our FB page (www.facebook.com/ogotours) or tripadvisor (www.tripadvisor.com/ogotours)
Thank you very much!

(Now added. Thanks. -Roger)

 
nick says:

Hey guys… We operate free tours of Granada. Could you please add me to your list? Thanks

(Now added. Thanks. -Roger)

 
Joey says:

Tours4tips in the awesome city of valparaiso, chile! They also do Santiago.
http://tours4tips.com/index-3.html

(These have both been added. Thanks for the reminder. -Roger)

 

Hi!!
I am now running a Free Walking Tour in Montevideo, Uruguay. I would like to be in this list !

You can find us in facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/freewalkingtourmontevideo

Thanks !!

 
Susan Pike says:

We took a free walking tour in New York a few years ago – looks like they’re still doing their thing! Great way to see an otherwise intimidating city!
http://bigapplegreeter.org/

 
manish says:

Is there a walking tour in Seoul (Korea) and Hongkong?

 
yasser says:

Hello.
We are running a new walking tour in Brussels.
Is Viva Brussels- The Alternative Free Tour of Brussels.
Check our web http://www.vivabrusselstours.com

And please, add us to your list.

 
Brian says:

We are now offering a free walking tour in Freiburg, Germany (ranked #3 activity in Freiburg by TripAdvisor). We meet everyday at 11am in the Rathausplatz!

Brian
Freiburg Free Walking Tour
http://www.freiburgfreewalkingtour.com

 
Sandra says:

We are cruising (arriving in Rome on April 27 2014), to the Baltic, spending one day in each town, and wondered if there are any free walking tours for the following places:
Cartagena, Cadiz (Seville), Vigo (Spain), Gibraltar, Portland (UK) , Cherbourg (France), Zeebrugge (Belgium), Tallin (Estonia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Kiel and Warnemunde (Germany). If there are free walking tours available, could you please tell us, as soon as possible, on which days the tours take place, and give us some details of where to meet etc… Many thanks.

 

    Sandra,

    Sorry, but I’m not aware of any free walking tours other than the ones listed in the article above. Your best bet is to just Google “(city name) free walking tour” and if there is one, it will probably be the top result. Some of these new tours have already stopped operating, so look closely to make sure about any of them before you go to the meeting point. -Roger

     

Hey, I wrote last time at 10.01.2013 about tours in Warsaw and Wrocław. We have new website with all tours in 3 cities we operate in. It works for all 3 cities (as well Krakow). Old links that are here now do not work any more.

http://www.freewalkingtour.com

greetings!

 
Trevor says:

We are now offering an alternative walking tour of Athens,Greece to the one listed.

We meet every day at 09.45.Booking is essential.
http://www.athens-freetour.com

 
Stephanie says:

Salvador, Brazil has free walking tours on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons!

https://www.facebook.com/SalvadorFWT

:)

 

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