Based on the measures of Budapest Mayor István Tarlós, 2011 marks the first year in the history of the Sziget Festival when an agreement has been reached between the festival organisers and the City of Budapest concerning compensation to be paid by the festival for the use of public space for the venue as well as for the ordering of public transport services. BKK coordinated the series of agreements that have resulted in more frequent public transport services, special transport services as well as the CITYPASS which is valid for the festival, public transport and some other services in the city, for example the thermal baths. For more information, please visit szigetfestival.com/citypass.
During the time of the Sziget Festival, regional railway HÉV line H5 (going to Szentendre) has a more frequent service during the day and runs every 20 minutes all throughout the night. Trams 1 and 1A crossing Árpád Bridge as well as bus 91 have a more frequent service. Major tram line 6 has an all-night business-as-usual.
On the first days of the Sziget Festival, a special shuttle-bus service will provide transfers for Sziget-goers from Liszt Ferenc International Airport to the festival island. The CITYPASS wristbands are valid on the airport shuttle running between 6:45 a.m. and 0:15 a.m. every 20-30 minutes stopping at both terminals and at Keleti and Nyugati railway stations in town. The last departure from the airport is at 1:15 a.m.
On the days of moving out, connections to the railway stations and to the airport are provided on two separate routes. On Sunday, the 14th of August, from 11 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, every 5-15 minutes to Nyugati and then to Keleti railway stations; on Monday, the 15th of August from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m., every 10-20 minutes to both terminals of Liszt Ferenc International Airport.
A higher number of security guards will be at work on the H5 HÉV line between the Batthyány tér terminus and the Filatorigát stop as well as on the 4 and 6 trams. In addition to heightened security during the Sziget Festival, Budapest public transport company BKV’s ticket control agents and public space supervisors will inspect tickets and passes on the H5 line, trams 1 and 1A, as well as the 4 and 6 trams.
Also, based on the agreement of the Municipality of Budapest, BKK and Sziget, BKV is going to run two boat services during the event. “Belvárosi” (City Centre) Boat Service runs up until 2 a.m. on Monday, the 15th of August, every 30 minutes in the afternoons and at night as follows:
From 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following route and with these stops: Vigadó tér – Batthyány tér – Jászai Mari tér – Sziget – Vigadó tér. On the way back from the Sziget towards Vigadó tér, the boats stop only by request and only if thereby regular scheduled Budapest boat services are not affected.
From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the following route and with these stops: Sziget – Jászai Mari tér – Batthyány tér – Vigadó tér – Sziget. From Vigadó tér towards the Sziget, the boats stop only by request and only if thereby regular scheduled Budapest boat services are not affected.
There is no Boat Service between 2:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
On the 15th of August, from 2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m every 20-25 minutes on route Vigadó tér – Sziget – Jászai Mari tér – Batthyány tér – Vigadó tér, from the Vigadó tér stop towards Sziget, the boats stop only by request and only if thereby regular scheduled Budapest boat services are not affected.
The “Strand” Boat Service runs from 8 to 14 August every 90 minutes between 9:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. on the Sziget – Margitsziget, Szállodák – Sziget – Pünkösdfürdő – Sziget route, which makes it easy to reach the swimming pools and baths near the stops. Please consult the following timetable for the “Strand” Boat Service:
The dedicated buses can be used only with the Sziget-Budapest CITYPASS. Boat services can be used either with the wristband or tickets purchased on the boats. The CITYPASS wristband is also valid on trams, trolleybuses, the metro lines and cog-wheel railway line along the full length of the lines, on BKV city buses as well as on the HÉV regional railway within the Budapest city limits. The Sziget-Budapest CITYPASS is not valid on interurban Volán buses and Hungarian National Railways MÁV trains.
It has never been this easy to reach the Sziget using public transport thanks to the agreements reached between the festival organisers and the new city management along with BKK. We hope that festival-goers have comfortable journeys to and from Sziget. Have fun at the festival!
Thursday, 11 August 2011