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Getting There

The Buda Castle is located on top of the Castle Hill on the Buda side of the river Danube. Despite the elevated location, it is very easily accessible on foot, or by public transport.

How can I get to Buda Castle Budapest?

Walking up to Buda Castle

There are several ways to reach the Buda Castle on foot. Below, we show you two different routes to choose from:

Gentle Hill Walk

Gentle Hill Walk

This is a comfortable, 10-15 minutes walk from Szell Kalman Square, passing by the Vienna Gate (Becsi Kapu), the National Archives, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and the Presidential Palace.

Steep Hill Walk

Steep Hill Walk

This route starts from the Chain Bridge, at Clark Adam Square, via the stairs leading up next to the Funicular.

If you prefer to discover the Castle District on foot, why not try one of the Buda Castle Walking Tours?

For even easier access, there are some elevators around the Buda Castle Hill.

Click here to see the locations of the elevators with GPS coordinates

Click here to see the locations of the elevators with GPS coordinates

Murat Pasha Bastion: GPS 47.503715, 19.033587
School Stairs (Iskola Lepcso): GPS 47.503715, 19.033587
Granit Stairs (Granit Lepcso): GPS 47.500522, 19.032373

Bus Route up to Buda Castle

You can also access the Buda Castle by public transportation. Please find the bus services below:

From Pest Side (City Center)

From Pest Side (City Center)

Bus no. 16 from Deak Ferenc Square

From Buda Side

From Buda Side

Bus no. 16 or 116 from Szell Kalman Square

Fun ways of getting up to the Castle Hill

Funicular / Cable Car
You can reach the top of the Hill and get directly to the Royal Palace, using the Funicular. It starts from next to the Tunnel at Clark Adam Square. Please note that usually there are queues built up for the Funicular, with possible waiting time of 30 minutes.

Funicular Buda Castle Budapest
Funicular Buda Castle Budapest

Segway Tour
You can also use a Segway to discover the Buda Castle area.

Guided Castle Segway Tours are also available daily.

Buda Castle Segway Tour, Budapest
Buda Castle Segway Tour, Budapest




  1. Hello,
    We are two journalists from Poland. From Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July we will be in Budapest. We would like to describe the most interesting places of Budapest, and at least part of them because there are so many. Whether they would be possible to free entrance for two people these days to your interiors?
    Please reply to email feedback.
    Artur Rakowski

    • Dear Artur,
      thank you for your inquiry.
      Unfortunately we cannot offer free entries for media representatives.
      In case you wish to visit more places and attractions in Budapest, please let me recommend you to buy a Budapest Card, which entitles you to have several discounts, and also it provides free entry to the National Gallery and to the History Museum. Buying Budapest Card: http://budapestcards.com/

  2. Hi, I am planning to visit Budapest. I want to do Castle Tour & Funicular & Cruise but the only problem is that I can not pay in euros as my bank account is in sterling pounds. Is there any other way of booking this guided tour with you?

    • Hello Sibgha,
      this is not a problem at all, as payments are made via Paypal, and Paypal will convert the amount.

  3. Hi team, I am trying for they Buda Castle & Matthias Church Tour on 11-sep. We are 2 aduly and i child. There is no option to book in that combination. Could you suggest how can i book for 2 adult and i child

  4. Hello , how much it costs to enter the buda castle. i will be in budapest october 9 till october 15. and please tell me if i can buy ticket on the spot.thank you

    • Hello Elie,
      Currently the Royal Palace (aka the Buda Castle) is the home of the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum, therefore, the entry fee of the buildings of the Buda Castle is identical with the entry fees of the Gallery and the Museum. Yes, you can buy the tickets on the spot.
      National Gallery:
      Full price: HUF 1,800 per Adult
      Discount price: HUF 900 per Student / Senior Citizen
      Or FREE entry with Budapest Card (http://budapestcards.com/)

      History Museum:
      ow / High Season prices
      Adults: 1800 / 2000 HUF
      Visitors aged 6-26: 900/ 1000 HUF
      Visitors aged 62-70: 900/ 1000 HUF
      Or FREE entry with Budapest Card (http://budapestcards.com/)

  5. Hello there. I would like to know does Budapest Castle and its museums accept the ICOM card please?

    thank you

    • Dear Kenneth,
      I would like to confirm that the entry is free for ICOM card holders in the National Gallery and the History Museum as well.

  6. Hi I was trying to book adult and child tickets for Castle tour, Funicular and Cruise for 10th september and it was not allowing me too. Is there anywhere else I can buy tickets from

    • Dear Pankaj,
      Unfortunately advance booking is required to be able to participate in the tour. The tour can be booked min. 3 days in advance. Thank you for your understanding.

  7. Hi, i will go in budapest in christmas time.
    I would like know if castle is open from 25-26 december.
    Thank you

    • Dear Tatiana,
      The courts, courtyards of the Buda Castle are open day and night, 24/7.
      The Christmas Opening hours of the 2 institutes inside the Royal Palace are the following:
      National Gallery:
      Dec 25: closed
      Dec 26: 10am – 6pm

      Budapest History Museum:
      Dec 25: 10am – 6pm
      Dec 26: closed

  8. Interested in the short white wine tasting on December 5, 2016. Can we do any later than 2:00pm? Would preferably want something around 4 or 6:00pm. Would like confirmation before booking. Thanks very much.

    • Dear Alexandria,
      unfortunately online booked wine tastings have a fix starting time at 2 pm. Thank you for your understanding.

  9. Dear Buda castle tours,

    I wanted to know if the budget buda castle tour includes a visit in the gallery and museum inside the castle.

    Thank you beforehand,


    • Hello Natali, the budget tour does not include a visit inside the Gallery or the Museum, however, the cheapest way to get inside the Buda Castle is to buy a ticket on the spot after the tour. Alternatively, you can save on the entrance fees, if you buy a 24h Budapest Card, which includes the Budget Tour, and both entries for €17 (this price is until 2017 spring).
      Hope this helps to save on the tour / entry fees.

  10. Hi,

    We (2 pax) will be in Budapest for a day tomorrow (19/12/2016) and departing early on 20/12/2016.

    We would like to check if we can make it in time for the Buda Castle Wine Tasting at such short notice on 19/12/2016 afternoon.

    Sincerely hope to make it for the tour and appreciate your fast response.


    • Hello Jeremy,
      we are terribly sorry that we could not respond you in a timely manner. Please note though that the Faust Wine Cellar is fully booked on most days (currently there are only some available tables left for Dec 27 and 28 only). Table reservation is required min. 3 days in advance. Thank you for your kind understanding.

  11. Hi,

    We are a group of 15 persons arriving on April 23d 2017. We would like to know if the danube cruise is included on the price or just the guide and we would have to pay apart for the entry?


  12. Hello
    Can you please tell us what is the opening hours of the buda-castle?
    We couldn’t find any information about that – we are not looking for a tour, just enter the castle and walk-around.

    Thank you

    • Hello,
      There are 2 places that can be visited inside the Castle Building: the National Gallery and the History Museum.
      Please find their opening hours below:
      Budapest History Museum
      Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
      (From 1 March -31 Oct)
      Tue – Sun 10 am – 4 pm
      (From 1 Nov – 29 Feb)

      National Gallery:
      Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm (entry until 5 pm only)
      Mondays: Closed

  13. Do you Buda Castle and Museum open on May 1, 2017? I notice that it falls on both Monday and National holiday. We are tourist planning for our visit.

  14. Hello,

    I’m Non EU citizen and have a plan to visit National Gallery and History Museum on 15 March 2017, the National Day.

    Do I have to pay for entrance fee on that day?

  15. Hi,
    I have seen that you have prices for high and low seasons. Can you please tell me what are the dates of the seasons’ start and finish?
    Thank you so much!

  16. Hello,

    Seeking to book 3 adults on Thursday, 4 May at 11.30, however, the online booking does not allow bookings beyond 31 March.

    Pease advise.

    Thank you.


  17. Dates for the 2017 festival?
    Want to plan my summer ;)

  18. Dear Sir

    We would like to check the entrance fee for “Buda Castle , Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church”

    How much for entrance fee? It’s should to be use the local guide or not?

    Thank you very much

    Best Regards,

    • Hello Nok,

      thank you for your comment.

      Book our Buda Castle District 2.5 h walking tour in all weather conditions and get a Guided Tour on Buda Castle courts, visit inside Matthias Church, visit at Fisherman’s Bastion and visit of Historical Squares with Coffee & Dessert at end, therefore you could avoid the long queues waiting to get tickets.

      Tickets for this tour are starting from EUR34.

      Booking is on:

      Looking forward to yoyr reservation.

  19. Hi,

    I booked a tour for two on the 30th. I paid through paypal and it redirected me to a site that doesn’t exist. So, I haven’t had any booking confirmation and the money has come out of my account. I wanted to get some sort of ticket or booking details if that’s okay?

    • Dear Lewis,
      thank you, we have received your booking, and the confirmation email has been sent to your given email address. If you can’t find it, please check your spam/junk mail folder as well. Should you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at info [at] budacastlebudapest [dot] com

  20. Sir/madam
    I will arrive in Budapest tomorrow and proberly I may visit Buda Castle on Sunday. The plan is about going to liberty statue first and next to Buda Castle, how can I get there? Which bus should I take or is it possible to go from there? Thank you

    Best regards,

    • Dear Kelsey,
      the Liberty Statue stands on top of the Gellert Hill, which is next to the Castle Hill, but still it is not very easy to reach on foot. The easiest way is to travel by streetcar no. 19 or 41 from Gellert Square until Clark Adam Square, and from there you can reach the top of the Buda Castle by bus no. 16. Please find a map with the recommended route: https://goo.gl/maps/SzvW24TAoPU2

  21. Hi I am interested in the 3 in one tour (the castle tour with Funnicular ride and rive cruise, and it states a price of 34 euros however when i go into the booking site it states over 100 euros per person, please tell me the correct price of the tour and can i book on the day

    • Hello Vanessa,

      thank you for your inquiry.

      The price of the morning Tour Morning Tour (10.30 am – 3 pm) between Apr 1 and Oct 31:
      €120 per person for 1 guest
      €70 per person for 2 guests
      €60 per person for 3 guests
      €45 per person for 4 guests
      €40 per person for groups of 5 or more

      Afternoon Tour (4-7.30pm) Apr 1 – Oct 31
      €130 per person for 1 guest
      €80 per person for 2 guests
      €67 per person for 3 guests
      €50 per person for 4 guests
      €45 per person for groups of 5 or more

      Booking is on: http://budacastlebudapest.com/buda-castle-tour-funicular-ride-river-cruise/

      I hope I could be of assistance.

  22. Hello,

    I was wondering about your bus tour in Buda Hills. The entry tickets are not covered but can we go inside on our own during the tour just to take a look or would we not have time to go inside the attractions listed below.

    •Entry to the National Gallery inside the Buda Castle

    •Entry to Matthias Church

    Tabasum Amir

    • Hello Tabasum,

      thank you for your comment.

      I have already sent you an email to your email address.

      Thank you for your patience.

  23. Good day,

    Could we have a private tour on Saturday, 29.07.2017, in the morning with guide , who says Russian?

    • Hello Irina,

      we are happy to send you a private offer.

      Could you please let us know about the number of the group and the exact time of the program on 29 July?

      Waiting for your reply.

  24. Hello,

    I am reaching Budapest on 10th August. I wish to do a tour of the Buda Castle-seeing the Mathias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and the buildings of Buda Castle. However, not able to pick up the right tour.
    Can you please help? I would need you to consider the following :-

    a. We will prefer a tram/ bus to climb up atleast. My mom will not be able to walk upto the castle (Understand that it is an upward climb; being hills)
    b. We will want the visit to start around 3:30 PM.

    Can you suggest the best tour with :-
    a. What will be the starting point where we meet the guide?
    b. Once we meet the guide, what is the sequence at which he takes us through various places?
    c. Is there any separate Entry fee that is needed apart from the tour fee? If yes, can you list them out with the fee?
    d. Where does the tour end?
    e. Does the tour allow climbing up & Down bothways using tram (Furnicular) or bus; without missing places of attractions?
    f. How can I book it?
    g. Can I carry a print of the ticket?

    • Hi Buda Castle, Have not seen a response to my question.

      Can you please help here?

    • Dear Arpita,

      thank you for your comment.

      I would suggest the Castle District Guided Tour.

      It includes:
      * 2.5h walk in Castle District, starting at 2.30pm
      * Guided Tour on Buda Castle courts
      * Visit inside Matthias Church
      * Visit at Fisherman’s Bastion
      * Visit of Historical Squares
      * Coffee & Dessert at end

      Meeting point for this tour is at Statue on Holy Trinity Square (Szentharomsag Ter) by Matthias Church in the Buda Castle District, zip code H-1014.
      The Tour finishes at Matthias Church, Buda Castle

      More info and booking is on:

      I hope I could be of help.

      You can use the buses number 16 or 105 to get to Buda Castle, and in this case your mother does not need to climb at all.

  25. Dear Concern,

    Please suggest the cost for Buda Castle visit + (Return) Funicular Ride for my group. as per below mentioned details.

    Date :- 22nd Aug 2017
    Time :- 14:30H
    Pax :- 61 Adults + 5 Children (4,8,9,10,11) + 2 TL

    Ankur Patel
    TEL: +44 1708 300 210

    • Dear Ankur,
      thank you for your group inquiry.
      We will soon send you our offer via email. Thank you for your patience.

  26. Dear Buda Castle,

    My wife & I plan to visit Budapest in October and hope to attend the Palinka & Kolbasz festival. I have seen different information on other sites about the dates for this festival and would be very grateful if you could confirm when and where the festival is due to take place this year.

    Many thanks,


    • Dear Davey,
      thank you for your inquiry.
      This year’s Palinka festival will be held in September (from Sep 21 to 24). The venue has also been changed, it unfortunately won’t take place in the Buda Castle in 2017. The new venue is the Millenaris Park. Thank you for your kind understanding.

  27. Who can i contact concerning group prices for the Buda Castle Night Tour??

    • Hello Lea,

      thank you for your comment.
      We have already received your inquiry which was sent to our email address too.
      We will soon send you the detailed quote with prices and inclusions.
      Thank you for your patience.

  28. Hi

    We visited the gallery yesterday and were v impressed.

    We are still discussing the paintings. My wife liked the painting of the surgeon, the man with the sore foot and the owl. I did not see it. Who was the artist and what is the name of the painter.

    The explanations in English were helpful describing the works in general but I would have liked an explanation of every painting. I know that no art gallery ever does this.

    I was surprised that you had so many works of art after the terrible difficulties of the last hundred years

    • Dear Alan,

      thank you for your email.

      I am afraid, we only selling Buda Castle tours as a third party.

      Please contact the National Gallery directly on: info@mng.hu

      I am sorry I could not eb of more help this time.



    • Hello Marianna,

      thank you for your comment.

      We have sent you an email to your email address.

      Waiting for your kind reply.

  30. Hi,

    We are a couple, planning to visit Buda Castle, Castle Hill, Matthias church & Fisherman’s Bastion on May 19th/ 20th.

    Tried looking if these places will be open for public. We are not interested in a guided tour, but would like to visit these places on our own.

    Pls do let me know whether there is any closing time for these places.


  31. Hello!

    I’m Lucas, from Brazil.

    I would like to know if it will be possible to visit de castle in the days 24, 25 and 26 of December 2018.

    I’m looking forward to know the castle!

    Best regards,

    • Dear Lucas,
      thank you for your inquiry.
      The Castle District and the courts of the Buda Castle Palace are open 24/7 for visit. Please note though, that the museums inside the Castle building (National Gallery and Budapest History Museum) and further attractions might be closed during these day.
      Although the opening hours for the upcoming Christmas season have not been confirmed yet, they most probably will be similar to last year’s opening hours, which can be checked on the following page: http://budacastlebudapest.com/christmas-buda-castle-budapest/

  32. Raffaella Cappelli

    Good morning,
    I am a teacher of an Italian high school. On March 14th at 9.30, according to our tour program, we should visit Buda Castle and eventually the national gallery. We already have the guide. I wanted to know if it’s better to book for 35 people or not.
    Thanks for the reply
    Raffaella Cappelli

  33. Hello, we are 3 Adults and I am Planning to Book the Buda Castle Tour with Funicular Ride and River Cruise. For the 2 h walking Buda castle Tour , is it a private tour or group tour? As we prefer a group tour

  34. Hello
    We will come there in april and do you have free enterence day or hour?Thanks for answerin:)

    • Dear Nil,
      The courts and open areas of the Castle District are open 24/7 and can be visited free of charge.

  35. Pyotr Smirnitsky

    Kedves adminisztráció a Budapest Castle !

    Mi egy népszerű webes kiadvány today.kiev.ua Kijevből, Ukrajnából, és szeretnénk elmondani a következőket.
    Újságíróink 2018 április 06. és április 09. között tervezik meglátogatni Budapestet a magyarországi idegenforgalmi anyagok későbbi megjelenéséért.
    Ezért arra kérjük Önt, hogy tájékoztasson minket az összes sajtónyilvántartásról, a szabad belépésről vagy más különleges ajánlatokról az újságíróknak, akik szeretnének meglátogatni az intézményét.

    Szeretnénk megkérni, hogy szervezzen kirándulást az Budapest Castle körül.

    Köszönjük a figyelmét, és kérjük, hogy e-mailben: todaykyiv@gmail.com

    A legjobb vágyakkal,

    Pyotr Smirnitsky,



    • Dear Pyotr,
      with Media Inquiries please contact the Buda Castle Municipality, District I. Customer Service directly: ugyfelszolgalat[at]budavar.hu

  36. Good morning.
    Museums and buildings will be open the 1st of May?
    What about tours as well?

  37. Hi I want to know if we can take the Funicular just for Buda Castle and not take the cruise with it. Can you tell me the price for the same?

    • Hello Sonal,

      thank you for your email.

      Yes, of course.

      A single ticket is HUF 1,200, while a return ticket is HUF 1,800. The Funicular is free for children under the age of 3.

      I hope I could be of help.

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