Guided tour

Budapest: 2.5-Hour Underground Cave Walking Tour

Budapest: 2.5-Hour Underground Cave Walking Tour

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Avoid the crowds with one of Budapest's must-do attractions and let yourself get lost in the underground petrified world. Join a private small group guided walk to two underground caves and learn about their unique mineral water source.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the natural cave system of Budapest
  • Visit two caves, both paved and equipped with artificial lighting
  • Follow a unique and extensive underground caving route
  • Learn about the geological history of the region
  • Climb the more than 400 stairs and 7-meter long ladder
Full description

Venture away from the city’s beaten path to the Szemlő-hegyi and Pál-völgyi caves. Follow guides from the Hungarian Caving Association and get access to some parts of the caves that most tourists can’t enter. 

Go 500 meters into the two caves, which feature an unusual up-welling of warm, mineral-rich water. Learn why the Szemlő-hegyi Cave is referred to as the underground flower garden of Budapest and see its unique rock formations. Explore the interactive exhibition and educational trail. 

Continue to the Pál-völgyi Cave and marvel at Hungary's longest cave system, around 32 kilometers. Find stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations, and glittering calcite crystals. 

Experience the famous Theater Hall, renowned as an echo chamber with impressive acoustics. Finish your tour with a peek at the quarry from one of the caves' many hidden exits.

Includes
  • Entry fee to 2 caves
  • English-speaking expert caving guide
  • Food and beverages available for purchase
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Date

Meeting point

Szemlő-hegyi Cave (Barlang), 1025 Budapest, Pusztaszeri út 35. Travel time from the center is roughly 45 minutes by public transport. From Pest downtown, catch bus 9 towards Óbuda, Bogdáni út and disembark at Kolosy Square. Walk down on to Lajos Street until you reach Szepvolgyi Street and then turn to the right. Walk 100 meters until you reach the bus terminal. From Kolosy Square, you should catch bus 29 and get off at Szemlő-hegyi Barlang, 5 stops from Kolosy Square.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Pets
  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  • Please wear warm, casual clothes suitable in 10 °C
  • Closed-toe or hiking shoes are required, participants cannot attend the tour in flip-flops and high-heel shoes
  • Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be rejected from the tour, without refund
  • Please note that this is a small group guided tour
  • Participants must be able to walk up and down several flights of steep stairs without difficulty and, unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate those with limited mobility
  • Children under 5 years of age cannot attend due to safety reasons
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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The walk was good and well organised barring a small incident , after the first walk I had gone for a quick toilet break and unfortunately the group left for the second walk without checking if all members were there and I lost my way chasing after them. However the organisers were quite responsive and helpful, I was allowed to join another group for the second cave . even though it was in Hungarian the guide did try to explain bits in English, though it was not the same I enjoyed the time in caves. Overall I was happy with the tour. Note - only reason I have given lesser points for guide is because I felt the guide should have checked if all were there before going to next cave , ours was not a big group so it was doable - at the same time it was partly my mistake too because I should not have informed the guide I was going to the toilet. The guide was definitely knowledgeable and obviously enjoyed his work.

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October 12, 2019

Good experience, not 3 hours long

The tour started a bit slow and boring got but got better and better. It was exactly 2 hours, not 3 hours, and for about 20 minutes of that we were walking from 1 cave to another cave. I think the price is too high for the experience, $25 would be a better price, however it was still a fun time. Knowledgeable, funny guide.

October 6, 2019

Overall a good experience

A little hard to find and get there, so remember to spend some extra time you are not familiar with the transport systems down there. Otherwise, super friendly and exciting tour of our guide. The 3-hour cave tour may sound like a lot, but our guide made sure to bring in a lot of humor so we never got bored. Remember, however, the caves are considerably colder than outside in the summer, so remember to take long pants and possibly. a jacket or long sleeve with;)

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July 23, 2019

Product ID: 157410