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Buda Hills / Photo by Michael Hill

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

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