Residents of some of the most popular cities in the world are happy to share their city with you. But they want it represented correctly of course! So locals really are giving you their all in introducing their city to its visitors.
While regular tour-guides get paid regardless of their performance, so they might not deliver a top quality tour, these free walking tours are purely based on the local’s love for his/her city and the interest in sharing knowledge with visitors.
We’ve found the following free tours in “our” cities in and around Europe:
Belgrade, Serbia: Belgrade Walking Tours
Bratislava, Slovakia: Be Free Tours
Bucharest, Romania: Walkabout Free Tours
Dublin, Ireland: New Dublin Tours
Edinburgh, Scotland: New Edinburgh Tours
Florence, Italy: Florence Free Tour
Helsinki, Finland: Free Walking Tour
Kiev, Ukraine: Free Tours
Krakow, Poland: Free Walking Tour
Lisbon, Portugal: Lisbon Free Tour
Madrid, Spain: New Madrid Tours
Milan, Italy: Milan Free Tour
Moscow, Russia: Moscow Free Tour
Munich, Germany: New Munich Free Tour
Oslo, Norway: Oslo Free Tour
Porto, Portugal: Porto Free Tour
Riga, Latvia: Yellow Free Tours
Rotterdam, Netherlands: Ani & Haakien Hostel
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint Petersburg Free Tour
Skopje, Macedonia: Free Tours Network
Sofia, Bulgaria: Free Sofia Tour
Stockholm, Sweden: Free Tour Stockholm
Tallinn, Estonia: Yellow Free Tours
Tel Aviv, Israel: New Tel Aviv Tour
Thessaloniki, Greece: Free Walking Tours
Venice, Italy: Venice Free Walking Tours
Vienna, Austria: Big Boy Travel
Vilnius, Lithuania: Yellow Free Tours
Zurich, Switzerland: Free Walk Zurich
Free walking tours are an awesome way to get to know a new city through locals (usually residents volunteer to be guides) if you’re traveling on a budget, but remember that, even though the tours are technically free, most of them are tip-based. If you attend one of these tours, you donate depending on your satisfaction and resources.
A quote from United Europe Free Tours: “Guides do not get paid for their work and are very much aware of the fact that if they do not provide an exceptionally good tour, they get no tips. As a result, free tours promise to be interesting, entertaining, professional and fun. Its a win-win situation for all.”
These tours go extremely well with the idea behind our guides. They both come down to local people sharing their city and their perspectives with you so that your experience would be as authentic as possible. If you use the tours to get an idea of the layout of the city, our “spots” that you’d like to visit will be much easier to find! Also, you might meet some travel companions during these tours that you could take to some of our “spots” and enjoy local recommendations together!
We update this list once a year. Run or know a 100% free tour by locals in a major European city from our list? Let us know in the comments so we can add yours to it!