Travel Guide: Sziget Festival

Sziget Festival

Sziget Festival styled often as The Island of Freedom, is quite honestly just that. An island where you break free of the shackles of everyday, mundane life and truly immerse yourself in art and celebration.

Sziget takes place in the beautiful city of Budapest and is a unique and wonderful festival. That’s the great part, what becomes quite a worry for people is how to get to the venue. Fret not, we have solutions. Here is a brief travel guide for Sziget:

1. Public Transportation 

Sziget Festival

In case you are staying somewhere in the city and plan to get to Sziget by public transportation, plan your exact route with the help of the route planner of the Budapest transportation network.

The nearest public transportation station to Sziget is by the HÉV line (suburban railway – H5), called Filatorigát. The train runs every 10 minutes during the day to Sziget and also during the night in every 15-20 minutes.

 

2. Train 

Sziget Festival

  • Budapest has three major train stations: Nyugati Pályaudvar, Keleti Pályaudvar, Déli Pályaudvar.
  • From any of these train stations, you can get to Sziget very easily by public transportation. Plan the best route to the festival via the BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport) route planner site.
  • From Nyugati Pályaudvar (20-25 minutes):
    1. Take Tram 4-6 (right in front of the station) towards Széll Kálmán Tér. Get off the tram at the third stop called Margit Híd-Budai Hídfő. You will cross the Danube on the beautiful Margharet Bridge. On one side you can see the Margharet Island and on the other side you can see the Parliament and also the Castle.
    2. At Margit Híd-Budai Hídfő take the stairs and get on the HÉV towards Szentende / Békásmegyer. The Sziget stop is called Filatorigát (4th stop). Get off here and follow the crowd until the entrance.

    From Keleti Pályaudvar (40-45 minutes):

    1. Look for the metro sign at the station! You should get on Metro 2 – Red Line towards Déli Pályaudvar. Travel on this air-conditioned, comfy vehicle until Batthyányi Tér (5th stop).
    2. At the Batthyányi Tér station look for the HÉV lines and get on this train-like wagon chain and ride until Filatorigát (5th stop). Get off here and follow the crowd until the entrance.

    From Déli Pályaudvar (25-30 minutes):

    1. Look for the metro sign at the station! You should get on Metro 2 – Red Line towards Örs Vezér Tér. Travel on this air-conditioned, comfy vehicle until Batthyányi Tér (2nd stop).
    2. At the Batthyányi Tér station look for the HÉV lines and get on this train-like wagon chain and ride until Filatorigát (5th stop). Get off here and follow the crowd until the entrance.

3. By Plane

Sziget Festival

  • Planes to Budapest arrive to Liszt Ferenc Airport (BUD). From the airport you can easily get to Sziget with a direct shuttle that you can use for free with your Sziget-Budapest Citypass.
  • These shuttle buses will run between Liszt Ferenc Airport (Terminal 2) and Sziget (H-Bridge entrance). Details of the shuttle will arrive in May.
  • You can also get in the city by public transportation by taking the 200E bus that takes you to the M3 metro station.