Guided tour

Budapest: Underground Cave Walking Tour

Budapest: 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
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People over 75 years

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Participants

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

  • 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
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 41 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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This tour was amazing! Our tour guide Peter was just the best- friendly, funny and enthusiastic with lots of knowledge about caves and caving. He had so many personal stories and life experiences to share with our small group of 6 which made us all more comfortable with each other and we got to know everyone a little more. Peter has such fun and creative ways of seeing things in the caves and really is a one of a kind guide! 5 stars all round and definitely would recommend this activity to anyone visiting Budapest! :-) love from the UK x

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February 2, 2023

This was a fun and interesting tour. I definitely recommend it for anyone looking to get a different view and history of Budapest. Peter is a great guide and mixes education and humor very nicely. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved. It’s also very damp in the caves so be prepared for that as well.

January 28, 2023

We had an amazing time partaking in this tour. Our guide (Peter) was not only really funny with his jokes and anecdotes, but was also very knowledgable about everything having to do with caves. His guidance made the tour that much more enjoyable! The tour consists of 2 parts, both stunning but slightly different in how they look. As the caves are 13 and 11 degrees celsius, it is strongly advised to put on long trousers and to bring a sweater, even if the temperature outside exceeds 30 celsius. Finally, Peter advised a lovely bakery at the end of the trip, which is truly delicious.

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August 3, 2022

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