If you are not familiar with the city or you have just a limited time to spend, it is worth taking part in a sightseeing tour. Nowadays there are plenty of options that take into consideration that travellers are different and have diverse expectations when going on Budapest sightseeing tour.
Classical guided tours
with live comment or with headphones: usually take 3-4 hours and follow the same route. The tour covers the major attractions such as: Castle District with Matthias Church, Gellért Hill, Andrássy Avenue, Opera House, Heroes’Square, Millenium Memorial, Margaret Bridge, Parliament. The comments are either by a guide in English and German or headphones are provided and you can choose from many languages. The different companies try to distinguish themselves with various buses, therefore depending on weather you can choose from open-air, double decker and trendy pink ones. You can find here Budapest sightseeing tour offers.
Hop-on & hop-off tours
offer more flexibility. You can hop on and hop off as much as you like at any of the bus stops on the route. See all the best sights and attractions on your own that the city has to offer. The ticket is valid for 24/48 hours.
allow a closer look and a more detailed approach to a certain part of the city or topic. You can take part on a tour that uncovers the Jewish heritage sites of the city or for architecture fans there are art-nouveau tours. It is possible and worth visiting the Opera House or the Parliament from inside.
Since walking is more time consuming, these types of tours usually concentrate on a certain part of the city. You are in direct contact with your guide, there is more interactivity. Thanks to the latest technical developments it is possible to rent an audio guide that basically works as a talking guidebook. You can continue or cut off your tour wherever you like. This means that you choose the order of the sights visited and listen to the explanations again and again. This way you can have a tailor made sightseeing tour according your taste and time. Of course you can do the walking tour absolutely by yourself with a good guidebook. If you prefer to discover the city individually you may consider hiring a cosy apartment in the city centre. This way you do your own private sightseeing tour any time you want.