Classical Music Concerts in Budapest

Ticket Purchase, Guide to the City’s Main Concert Halls

Budapest offers numerous classical music concerts all through the year.

a musical performance on stageYou can enjoy

  • a wonderful organ concert in the St. Stephen’s Basilica,
  • attend a spectacular concert with cimbalom show (traditional Hungarian folk instrument) inthe Danube Palace,
  • a chamber concert in the St. Michael Church, or
  • musical performances in one of the city’s modern concert halls.

Pick a concert that interest you and reserve your ticket in advance, because places are limited to these performances, even more so in the tourist season.

The Budapest Spring Festival and the Autumn Festival (today known as CAFE Budapest) have diverse programs each year including musical, dance, ballet, opera, and operetta performances.

Most classical music venues close for the summer (from end of May till beginning of September) but the 3-month Summer Festival on Margitsziget and in Városmajor Open-Air Theatre and the numerous other outdoor concerts offer plenty of entertainment in the summer months.

On warm summer evenings you can also enjoy open-air performances

  • in Vajdahunyad Castle during the Summer Festival in July
  • in the Dominican Court of the Hilton Hotel in the Buda Castle.

Organ concerts and choral recitals also have strong traditions in Budapest.

Note that Hungarians always dress up if they go to a classical concert or to the theatre. Men usually wear dark suit, women put on an evening dresses; so dress accordingly if you want to fit in the local audience.

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Concerts in 2017 – Various Venues

a symphony orchestra performing on stage in Danube Palace

Symphony Gala Concerts in Danube Palace/Pesti Vigadó

Treat yourself to a unique symphony concert accompanied by a cimbalom, a traditional Hungarian folk instrument, held in

  • either the neo-Baroque Duna PalotaDates in 2017: May: 06, 13, 20 June: 17., July: 01, Aug: 12, Sept: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30, Oct: 07, 14, 21, 28, Dec: 25, 27, 30. right next to the Gresham Palace in Budapest city centre
  • or in the elegant, renewed concert hall of the Pesti Vigadó on the Danube Promenade – Dates in 2017: June: 03, 10, 24, July: 08, 15, 29, Aug: 05, 19, 26.
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the basilica's interior

Organ Concerts in St. Stephen’s Basilica/Other Budapest Churches

The largest church of Budapest hosts wonderful organ concert series with solo recital.

The program of the concert was adapted for the pipe organ of the basilica by one one of Hungary’s most talented organ artists. A wonderful program in a magnificent venue!

The page includes concert recommendations in the city’s other churches too.

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an orchestra giving concert in St. Michael Church

Christmas/New Year Concerts in Budapest

Enjoy a festive holiday concert at Christmas, New Year, Easter or Whitsunday.

Classical concerts in churches and concert halls with ticket reservation.

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Hungary has rich musical heritage and endowed two composer geniuses to the world; Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.

two violas in the musicians handsThe city has some renowned classical music orchestras.

Look out for their concerts:

  • the Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  • Hungarian Telekom Symphony Orchestra
  • Hungarian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra
  • Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra
  • Hungarian Virtuosi Orchestra

Main Venues of Budapest Concerts (Classical Music) – Concert Halls

Quick Links: Liszt AcademyPalace of Arts/MüpaOpera HouseVigadó HallMillenáris Budapest Congress CenterBéla Bartók Memorial HouseOld Academy of Music/Liszt MuseumChurch Concerts

Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (Zeneakadémia)

front view of the music academy's facade
The Liszt Academy

Address: Liszt Ferenc tér 8., district VI., trams 4-6, Király utca stop, or M1 metro to Oktogon
Ticket office of the Music Academy:a Tel: (+36 1) 321 0690

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With its impressive architecture the recently refrurbished Academy of Music is a perfect venue for a classical concert.

The Grand Hall of the nearly 120-year building boasts to have the best acoustic in the world.

The Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy

It has a smaller concert hall: the Sir George Solti Chamber Hall that hosts chamber concerts and smaller opera performances.

The music academy has a rich program each year from classical, opera to jazz and folk-world music.

TIP: The exam concerts of the students of the music academy can be attended for free.

Make sure you buy your tickets well in advance, because the Music Academy is a popular concert venue with Hungarians too.

TIP: Did you know that you can explore the building of the Liszt Academy on guided tours? The 50-minute English-language tour starts at 13.30 every day. A detailed walk from the ground floor to the top, the Grand Hall, the Sir George Solti Chamber Hall with lots of historical details!

Tickets: full price: 3 500 HUF, discount (students/retirees): 1 750 HUF. No registration is required.

Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

a concert in the Bela Bartok concert hall
Bela Bartok National Concert Hall

A new, large concert hall equipped with latest techniques to provide outstanding acoustics for musical performances.

Besides the concert hall, The Palace of Arts/Művészetek Palotája-Müpa also has a theatre and a museum: the Ludwig Contemporary Arts Museum so it is an important and popular venue of cultural entertainment in Budapest.

Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX., getting there: tram 2 or H7 HÉV/suburban railway Közvágóhíd stop, tram 1 Rákóczi híd stop
Tel: (+36 1) 555 3000

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Hungarian National Opera House

street view of the building on a clear day
The Opera on Andrássy Av.

No visit to Budapest would be complete without seeing the grand Opera House.

Its ornate interior well worth a visit. It’s a perfect venue for opera and ballet fans.

Read more about the history, architecture and ticket information of the Budapest Opera House on this page.

Address: Andrássy út 22., district VI., M1 metro line Opera station
Tel: (+36 1) 331 2550

Matáv-Zeneház

The  Concerto Budapest, the Resident Orchestra of the Liszt Academy performs in this modern building in district IX.

Address: Páva utca 10-12.m district IX., trams 4-6, Corvin negyed stop, from there it’s 5 minutes walk

Ticket office opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10.00-16.00
Tel: (+36 1) 215 5770 website

Vigadó Hall

front view of the building
Pesti Vigadó

One of the oldest concert halls in Budapest stands on the Pest side of the Danube.

Music experts say that the Vigado Hall’s acoustic is not so good; but it’s still a significant venue for classical music performances.

Following years of reconstruction, the 19th-century building got renewed (inauguration was on 15. March 2014.) with better acoustic, new exhibtion rooms, and a lookout terrace on the 6th floor.

Address: Vigadó tér 2., district V., tram 2. Vigadó stop, M1, M2, M3 metro lines Vörösmarty tér station
Open: every day: 10.00 – 19.30

More information can be found on the Vigado’s official website.

Millenáris Park

Address: Kis Rókus utca 16-20. district II., tram 4-6 Széna tér, M2 metro line Széll Kálmán tér station
Tel: (+36 1) 336 4000

the lake in front of the building
Building “B” in Millenaris Park Buda

The modern building complex in Buda is a regular venue for exhibitions (the Invisible Exhibition in “B” building), theatrical performances in the Teátrum (“E” Building) fairs, festivals (e.g. the Gourmet Festival each May) and concerts.

It has a lovely park with a small lake,, as well as a playground so a perfect area for a walk before a performance.

Ticket Office: Kis Rókus utca 14., II. district
Tel: (+36 1) 438 5312

Budapest Congress Center (Budapesti Kongresszusi Központ)

A modern, faceless venue with a fairly large auditorium. Events include ballet, classical, and rock concerts. See website for more details.

Address: Jagelló út 1-3., district XII., M2 Déli pályaudvar, tram 61
Tel: (+36 1) 372 5400

ornate main aisle of the church
Church of St. Michael

Church Concerts in Budapest

Budapest has a great number of lovely churches that regularly house concerts.

St. Michael Church Concerts (Belvárosi Szent Mihály Templom)

Address: Vaci utca 47/B, Budapest 1056,
Getting there: M3 Ferenciek tere, or Kálvin tér station, M1, M2, M3 metro Vörösmarty tér station or tram 2 Március 15. tér stop

Concert dates: Wednesdays at 18.00, Saturdays at 19.00

This small, charming church – the city’s oldest in Baroque style – provides refuge from the hustle and bustle of touristy Váci utca.

It is even better to visit it on a Wednesday or Saturday evening when it has organ concerts with vocal and instrumental solo pieces.

Tickets (can be bought on the spot before the program): 4 500 HUF / 18 EUR,  students, pensioners: 4 000 HUF / 16 EUR. See program calendar.

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Address: Szent István tér 1., district V.,
Getting there: M3 (blue) metro Arany János utca station

The impressive church right in the city centre hosts organ concerts and other sacred music concerts all the year round.

Read more about Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Matthias Church

Location: Buda Castle, Szentháromság tér 2., Budapest District I.,
Getting there: Castle bus (Vár Busz): No. 16 and 16A-116 from Széll Kálmán tér (termini of trams 4,6, M2 metro also stops there)

The Church of Our Lady more commonly known as Matthias Church in the heart of the castle district is a premiere venue for organ concerts. The church has its own choir and orchestra founded in the 17. century.

The Hungarian Virtuosi Orchestra, one of the best-known chamber orchestra in Hungary, performs regularly in the church.

Hungarian Virtuosi Orchestra concert dates in 2017: January: 28, February: 25, March: 18, April: 22, May: 06, 20, June: 10, 24, July: 08, 29, August: 12, 26, September: 09, 30, October 14, November 11, 25, December 02, 16, 30.

Tickets: discount: 1 900 HUF, bronze: 3 900 HUF, silver: 4 900 HUF, golden: 7 900 HUF, platina: 9 900 HUF, VIP: 14 900 HUF

front view of the two-towered church on a summer day
St. Anne Church in Buda

Church of St. Anne, Budapest (Szent Anna Templom)

Address: Batthyány tér 7., Budapest 1011, district I.,
Getting there: M2 (red) metro Batthyány tér station

The Baroque church on Batthyány Square, Buda was built in the mid-18th century.

It is a frequent venue for concerts, choral recitals.

Smaller Budapest Concert Halls:

Béla Bartók Memorial House (Bartók Béla Emlékház)

The last residence in Hungary of the great composer sometimes stages concerts. The circular theatre in the garden houses open-air concerts.

Tickets are available during opening hours of the museum: Tue-Sun: 10.00-17.00 all the year round, and in major ticket offices in Budapest.

Address: Csalán utca 29., district II., bus 5 and 29.
Tel: (+36 1) 394 2100

Old Academy of Music (Liszt Ferenc Memorial Museum)

The museum is a reconstruction of Liszt’s last flat in Budapest. There are concerts on Saturday mornings at 11.00 that you can listen to with your museum entrance ticket.

Entrance fee: full price: 1 500 HUF, discount price (students, retirees-only EU nations): 750 HUF guided tour in English, German, French, Italian, Russian: 12 000 HUF (max. 30 people).

Concert tickets: full price: 1 500 HUF, discount price: 750 HUF

Address: Vörösmarty utca 35, district VI.,
Tel: (+36 1) 322 9804
Open: Mon-Fri: 10.00-18.00, Sat: 09.00-17.00, Closed on Sundays and national holidays.

Óbudai Társaskör

Houses classical music concerts, art exhibitions, various other musical performances. In summer, within the Music in the garden program, you can enjoy concerts and theatrical performances in the chestnut tree lined courtyard.

Address: Kiskorona utca 7. district III., M3 (blue) metro line, Árpád híd station, 6, 86 buses Kiscelli utca stop
Tel: (+36 1) 250 0288

Open-air Concerts in Budapest

Buda Castle Summer Nights Concerts

The historic Dominican Court of the Hilton Hotel in the Castle District is home to the Buda Castle Summer Nights Concerts series with from opera to jazz performances:

Tickets: 18 Euro, can be bought at VIP Arts Manager and Production Office at 13-15., Hajós utca, district VI.
Address: Hess András tér 1-3., Castle District in Buda

Budapest Summer Festival

During the 3-month Budapest Summer Festival go to the lovely Margaret Island to enjoy great classical concerts, opera and ballet performances and the summer breeze in the open-air theatre.

The Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park behind Heroes’ Square also houses summer concerts.

See concert program of the Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival.

Tickets for Budapest Concerts

Buy your ticket in advance for major, popular performances in one of the following ticket offices. If you buy your ticket on the day of the performance go straight to the box office.

Broadway Ticket Office

Address: Nagymező utca 19., district VI.
Tel: (+36 1) 302 3841
Open: Mon-Fri: 10.00-19.00

Ticket Express Offices

  • In Mammut Shopping Mall, Lövöház utca 2-6., district II.
    Tel: (+36 1) 345 8020
  • Andrássy út 18. Tel: (+36 1) 312 0000 Open: Mon-Fri: 9.30-18.30
  • Deák Ferenc utca 19., district V., Open: Mon-Fri: 10.00-19.00
  • József krt. 50. (on Grand Boulevard) Open: Mon-Fri: 9.30-18.30
    Tel: (+36 1) 334 0369

Rózsavölgyi Ticket Office

Address: Szervita tér 5., districtV.
Tel: (+36 1) 318 3500

Cultur-Comfort Ticket Office

Address: Paulay Ede utca 31., districtVI.
Tel: (+36 1) 322 0000, 322 0101

Kristóf Jegyiroda

Árkád Shopping Mall at Örs vezér tere 25., district X.
Tel: (+36 1) 434 8566

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Folk Performances in a Downtown Venue

Authentic Dances & Music by Award-Holder, Prestigious Hungarian Folk Ensembles – 2 x 45 minute show, a glimpse into Hungary’s cultural heritage.

Tickets in 3 seat categories + VIP category