Public transport will get you to the festivities in Budapest on 19-20 August 2013

Public transport service and traffic changes on roads and Danube bridges on the eve and the day of the St. Stephen’s Day (Monday, 19 August and Tuesday, 20 August 2013).

Already on 19 August 2013, traffic restrictions will be in place at several locations in the city due to preparations for the celebrations, therefore some public transport lines will run on modified routes. To get to events near Batthyány tér we recommend metro line M2, to reach Buda Castle we suggest passengers take dedicated bus line 216 from Deák Ferenc tér metro station. During the festivities on 20 August, we will be providing higher service frequencies on the metro, suburban railway and major surface transport lines. On account of road closures, we recommend taking public transport to the venues instead of cars as accessing the city centre and parking will be almost impossible. On the night of 20 August, metro lines M1, M2 and M3 will be in service longer with the last trains departing Deák Ferenc tér metro station at 1:15 AM. Several surface lines will operate longer and night buses will run more frequently. Major lines whose last service normally is not adjusted to the last metro departures, will also operate longer.

Tips and recommended routes to reach venues based on events and locations

In honour of the St. Stephen’s Day, several events will be held on 19 and 20 August 2013. Please find more information on the Hungarian Government’s official page at

Please see below the events and information on how to reach their locations:

Festival of Folk Arts in Buda Castle (17-20 August)

To access Buda Castle we recommend the following public transport services:

  • from Széll Kálmán tér metro station take bus 16A, which runs every 1-2 minutes
  • from Deák Ferenc tér metro station take dedicated bus line 216
  • from Clark Ádám tér take the Buda Castle Funicular (special fares apply)

Erkel’s opera István, a király (King Stephen) on the Margitsziget Open-Air Stage (19 August)

Ferenc Erkel’s opera István a király will be performed on Monday, 19 August at 19:00 on Margitsziget Open-Air Stage with live broadcast onto screens located near the main entrance of the theatre. To reach the venue, please take bus 26 and 226 (in service only until 18:30) to the Szabadtéri Színpad stop or trams 4 and 6 to the Margitsziget stop, from where a 15-20 minute walk is needed. After the event, in addition to bus 26, we provide extra buses to both Árpád híd metro station and Nyugati pályaudvar metro station to speed up passengers’ leaving.

Gastro Promenade on the Danube embankment in Buda (19-20 August)

A Gastro Promenade, games and folk arts programmes will take place on the embankment in Buda on the section between Bem József tér and Bem rakpart, a section of Csalogány utca, Batthyány tér, Lánchíd (the Chain Bridge), the tunnel, Clark Ádám tér and its surroundings and a section of Fő utca will be closed. Service changes will be in place on bus lines 11, 39, 105, 160, 260 as well as trams 19 and 41. To reach the embankment from the direction of North Buda, please take suburban railway line H5, from the-the city centre take metro line M2 to Batthyány tér and from South Buda take trams 19 or 41.

Programmes for families and the Ecumenical Bread-Blessing Ceremony at Clark Ádám tér (20 August)

Children’s and folk programmes, “cake inauguration” and the ecumenical blessing of the bread will take place from 10:00 until the evening on Tuesday, 20 August at Clark Ádám tér. To reach the venue, please take trams 19 and 41. In the event that tram services would be restricted, please walk to Clark Ádám tér from Széchenyi István tér across the Lánchíd or from Döbrentei tér (after getting off bus 7 or the tram, which will run to Döbrentei tér, the Buda side of Erzsébet bridge).

Military ceremony at Hősök tere (20 August)

The inauguration of military officers of the Hungarian Army will take place at Hősök tere (Heroes’ square). The rehearsal of the event is held in the morning on 19 August, while the main event is held in the morning on 20 August. Due to road closures, the services of buses 20E, 30, 30A, 105 and 230 and also of trolleybus 75 will be restricted. To reach Hősök tere, please take metro line M1.

Parliament Open Day – cancelled

The traditional 20 August Open Day at the Parliament Building, home of the Hungarian National Assembly, will not take place this year due to the ongoing reconstruction of Kossuth Lajos tér.

Holy Mass and Religious Procession at the Basilica and its surrounding area (20 August)

The Holy Mass starts at 17:00 on 20 August in Saint Stephen’s Basilica followed by the traditional Procession of the Holy Right Hand of Saint Stephen around the church via József Attila utca – Széchenyi István tér – Akadémia utca – Arany János utca – Szent István Bazilika. The route of the procession will be closed during the event. To reach the venue, please take metro line M1 to Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út metro station or line M3 to Arany János utca metro station or walk from the Deák Ferenc tér hub of all three metro lines.

Festive Fireworks Display on the Banks of the Danube (20 August)

The fireworks last from 21:00 until 21:30; as the inner city areas near the river on both sides of the city will be closed to road traffic a few hours before and after the display – including the Lánchíd and Erzsébet híd – we recommend taking the metro lines to the city centre and walking. We provide higher frequencies and longer times of operation on several services. Please check route diversions before you start your journey. Kossuth Lajos tér and Ferenciek tere are not recommended for watching the fireworks due to ongoing reconstruction at both locations. Please prepare for crowded streets shortly before and after the event.

Ákos Concert at Dózsa György tér (20 August)

The free concert of Hungarian pop star Ákos starts after the fireworks at 22:00 at Dózsa György tér close to the Buda side of Erzsébet híd. To reach the venue from the city centre (Pest side), we recommend walking across Erzsébet híd or Lánchíd and through the tunnel as Attila út and Krisztina körút will be closed between Alagút utca and Döbrentei tér from 18:00. To return home after the concert please take bus 7 (longer service hours), trams and metro lines M1, M2 and M3 (last departures from Deák Ferenc tér metro station at 1:15) and the night buses.

Events at Lake Balaton (20 August)

For the first time this year, the Government is organising a wide range of events in the area of the lake. Motorists returning from Balaton after the four-day weekend on highway M7 are advised to take the M0 highway-bridge or Rákóczi híd to the Pest side of the city.

As the police may decide on additional road closures and diversions, the information on diverted public transport routes is subject to change. Please check for eventual updates.

The following opening hours will apply at BKK’s ticket offices:

  • Monday, 19 August: Saturday schedule
  • Tuesday, 20 August: Sunday schedule
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