New Years Eve in Budapest

Where to Party

New Years Eve in Budapest means party, party and party all around!. If you are welcoming the New Year 2017 in this beautiful city you will find plenty of places you might want to go.


Traditionally, Hungarians celebrate Szilveszter (New Year’s Eve in Hungarian) throwing big parties on the streets, resturants, hotels or their own homes, everything depends on taste and budget.

Free Entertainment in New Years Eve in Budapest

Street parties are popular among young and brave people who are not threaten by low temperatures. Don’t forget to wear very warm clothes, this night’s temperature is going to be below zero. After a while people who enjoy partying on the street end up joining one of the many bars or pubs open nearby.

New Years Eve street parties will be held at:

  • Vörösmarty Square, where local and international artists get the party started from December 30th until January 1st.On Monday 30th, the party starts at 5:00 pm. Besides local and international bands, there will be lights and laser shows. To get there, take the Yellow Metro Line 1 (M1)
  • Nyugati Square, where great pop-rock bands will perform the entire night. At midnight of December 31st there will be fireworks and the traditional new years eve concert and street ball. To get there, take Trams 4 or 6.
  • In Oktogon Party all night long with popular Hungarian DJ’s. To get there, take trams 4 or 6.

Additionally, attractive fireworks will be displayed from the Danube River bank (Duna Corzo) on the Pest side near the Chain bridge.

New Year’s Eve Party on a Danube Cruise

Are you looking for an unforgettable way to welcome the New Year 2014? In Budapest, locals and tourist alike love welcoming the new year cruising on a boat through the Danube at midnight.

230x150xNewYearEveCruisePartyBudapest.jpg.pagespeed.ic._5mbA9WQyQBudapest’s magnificent night scenes of the Buda Castle, Parliament, Chain Bridge, live music to dance and enjoy performed by the award-winning Hungária Orchestra and Ensemble and a fabulous traditional Hungarian New Year’s Eve dinner will make a memorable party.

If you happen to be in Budapest for New Year’s Eve and haven’t decided yet how to spend the night, a New Year’s Eve Party on a Danube Cruise can be a great choice you won’t regret.

Learn detailed information on the program and menu here.

Restaurants, Hotels, Clubs and Pubs

Most restaurants of all categories offer New Year’s Eve Special dinner programs that include music (live or dj), a traditional New Years Eve 3 meal course, a glass of champagne to toast and after midnight , korhely leves, a traditional Hungarian soup made of cabbage , saussages and sour cream is served to help you out deal with hangover.

Pubs and bars usually charge the entrance but offer great atmosphere , live music and Dj entertainment, traditional frankfurter saussage, lentils soup and several dishes made of pork.

The most popular clubs and pubs to spend New Years eve in Budapest are:

  • Aquarium. Night of Jazz and Funk.
  • A38. Electronic.
  • Kobuci Klub. Jazz, Pop,Latin. pop and HipHop with Maszkura.
  • Budapest Jazz Club. Jazz divas and celebrity pianist.
  • Corvintető.Up and coming and veteran indie acts.
  • Dürer kert. Local indie hiphop and electronic acts.

Most Luxury Budapest hotels offer fancy dinner programs for guests and people who are looking for a more exclusive New Year celebration.

Hungarian Traditions for Luck at New Years Eve

In Hungary, eating pork at New Years Eve brings you luck, and that’s because a pig digs up its luck looking for food, additionally porks are considered symbol of progress and prosperity.

Most Hungarians eat lentils on New Year’s Day since lentils symbolize wealth, so eating lentils on the first day of the new year will bring you fortune all year round.

Magyars avoid eating poultry or fish on New Years Eve because they believe that poultry scrabble away your luck and fish swim away with your luck!

If you want to find your half-orange in 2017, you might want to try to give the first hug of the year to a person from the opposite sex, it will bring you luck on the search!

Public Transport on New Years Eve in Budapest

On New Years Eve, public transport operates normally, including all night buses routes,with the exception of trams 4 and 6 which will operate until 1 am. On January 1st, metro lines will start operating at 4:30 am.

Stores – Opening Hours

Supermarkets, department stores, grocery stores and in general any kind of shop will stay open until 4:00 pm, some might close earlier, so think about what you need for New Year’s Eve and for January first and stock up.

On January 1st cinemas and restaurants are allowed to open to public, shops will remain close. Some Budapest attractions will be open as well:

-Széchenyi and Gellért Baths. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

-City Park Ice rink. 4:00 pm-8:00 pm.

-Westend Shopping Mall Ice rink terrace. 8:00 am – 10:00 pm.

-Museum of Fine Arts. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

-Matthias Church. At 1:00 pm and at 5:00 pm.

-Buda Castle Labyrinth. 12:00 – 7:30 pm.

-Budapest Zoo. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

On January 2nd, life comes back to normal and all businesses work on regular schedule.

Have a Great Time and a Happy New Year!!! BUÉK !!!!!
( Boldog Új Évet Kívánok ) !


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