Easter Opening Hours in Budapest 2024

Curious about Easter opening hours in Budapest? No need to worry, most attractions, museums, shops, cafes, restaurants and the baths welcome visitors during the holiday weekend. Find out also information about public transportation.

This year Easter falls on

  • March 31: Easter Sunday and April 01: Easter Monday, with the main religious ceremonies starting on
  • March 29, Good Friday, which is also a public holiday in Hungary, and March 30, Holy Saturday.

🛒 Shops, Markets, Services

Shops, markets will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday.

But don’t worry on 

  • Maundy Thursday (March 28) and
  • Holy Saturday (March 30) larger food stores and supermarkets like Tesco, Auchan, Lidl, Aldi and Spar will be open till 20.00/22.00.

The Central Market Hall on Fővám Square is

  • Open: Tuesday – Thursday: 06.00 – 18.00,
  • Closed on Good Friday,
  • Open on Holy Saturday: 06.00 – 15.00

Banks, post offices and other services remain closed on on all four days of the holiday (from Good Friday till next Tuesday).

TIP: Visit also our main post about popular Easter programs and activities in Budapest!

Shopping Malls

Thermal Bath Opening Hours During The Easter Weekend

Plan to have a dip in one of the handful of the city’s famous hot pools? No worries! Most baths, especially the well-known historic places like the

March 29 – April 01, 2024 – Opening Hours Of The Baths

On Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday/Monday Baths are open according to Sunday opening hours and pricing.

  • Gellért Bath: 09.00 – 19.00, outdoor pools are open, wave function is not operating yet (will be available from 29. April). Ticket with locker: 13 000 HUF/cc. 33.50 EUR.
  • Széchenyi Bath: swimming pools, steam department, thermal pools 08.00 – 20.00: 06.00 – 22.00. Ticket with locker: 13 000 HUF/cc. 33.50 EUR, skip-the-line ticket: 14 000 HUF/cc. 36 EUR
  • Rudas Spa: Turkish pools, wellness and sauna: 06.00 – 20.00. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday the thermal department of Rudas Bath is open for visitors of both sexes. Ticket: 13 200 HUF/cc. 34 EUR
  • Pools and pool areas must be left 20 minutes before closing time.
  • Cashiers in all the baths close 1 hour before the bath’s closing time.
  • The drinking fountains are closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Easter Opening Hours In Budapest: Museums, Art Galleries

Museums in Budapest are open from Tuesday to Sunday usually between 10.00 – 18.00 (last entry is usually at 17.30 or 17.00).

On National and Public Holidays some museums are open even if it’s Monday (they are closed the next day, Tuesday though).

TIP: Van Gogh Budapest – The Immersive Experience

The world-famous Van Gogh Exhibition using modern technology to showcase the artist’s work is currently in Budapest.

It’s a perfect program for art lovers and anyone seeking a unique cultural experience. Don’t miss your chance to see Van Gogh’s art in a whole new light.

The exhibition is open every day including the Easter holiday.

Address:

  • BOK Sports Hall – , Dózsa György út 1, Budapest 1146
  • The entrance is accessible from Ifjúság útja 1-3! P2 parking lot
one of the multimedia installations in Van Gogh The Immersive Experience exhibit: featuring the Starry Night painting

Opening Hours:

  • Mon – Thurs: 10:00 – 19:00
  • Friday: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday: 09:00 – 20:00
  • Sunday: 09:00 – 19:00

Tickets:

  • Ticket prices differ on weekdays and weekends and whether you go between 10.00 – 14.00 or 14.00 and 19.00. Prices are in the range of 6 000 – 7 500 HUF. See detailed price breakdown here.

Address: Szent György tér 2., district I. inside the Royal Palace

Tickets:

  • permanent exhibits: full price: 1 800 HUF, students, seniors: 900 HUF, free with Budapest Card
  • temporary exhibits: from around 2 600 HUF

The Hungarian National Gallery will be

  • open on 10 – 12. April, from 10.00 – 18.00 (cashier is open till 17.00)
  • closed: on 13. April, Tuesday

Besides temporary exhibits you can view the following permanent displays:

  • Gothic Art in the Hungarian Kingdom, 1300 – 1500
  • Late Gothic Winged Altarpieces
  • Nude Sculptures from the Turn of the Century
  • Art in the 19th Century
  • Mihály Munkácsy and the Realism of the Fin-de-siècle
  • Modern Times – Hungarian Art Between 1896 and World War II
  • ​Shifts – Hungarian Art After 1945
  • Highlights from the Collection of International Art after 1800

TIP: The museum offers guided tours in English for free. See dates and time here.

Budapest History Museum/Castle Museum

Address: Szent György tér 2., “E” Building of the Royal Palace

Tickets:

  • free with Budapest Card,
  • full price: 2 000 HUF,
  • student (ages 6 – 16): 1 000 HUF,
  • senior (ages 65 – 70): 1 000 HUF

The History Museum will be closed on Easter Monday/02. April.

It is open on Easter Sunday – and the other days of  the holiday – between 10.00 – 18.00.

The museum is a great place to learn about the city’s history from the earliest times till current days. It is in Buda Castle in the Royal Palace, one of the top attractions of Budapest.

Note: Buda Castle is more of a district than a single building and it doesn’t have opening hours. It welcomes visitors all year round. The handful of museums/smaller attractions do have opening hours though.

TIP: Set aside at least 2 hours for visiting the museum. The exhibitions are quite large and encompass several historical periods.

Hungarian National Museum

Address: Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.

The National Museum will be:

  • Open on Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday between 10.00 – 18.00
  • Closed on April 01/Easter Monday.

Admission fees (permanent exhibits):

  • Full price: 3 500 HUF,
  • Student and senior: 1 750 HUF

See also  the museum’s official website.

Visitors can get in-depth information on the history of Hungary and Hungarians. King St. Stephen’s – the nation’s 1st king – coronation mantle is the highlight of the museum.

House of Terror

Address: Andrássy út 60., district VI.

Getting there:

  • Millenium Underground, get off at Vörösmarty utca or
  • Trams 4, 6, Oktogon stop, a short walk from there

General opening hours:

  • Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 18.00, cashier closes at 17.30,
  • the msueum is open on Easter Sunday, march 31, but closed on Easter Monday April 01

Tickets:

  • Full price: 4 000 HUF,
  • Students (aged 6 26), seniors (aged 65 – 70): 2 000 HUF

Exhibitions and rooms furnished according to original historical details relate the history of the fascist and communist terror in Hungary during and after World War II.

You can find out more on the museum’s website.

Vajdahunyad Castle – Museum of Agriculture

Address: Vajdahunyadvár, Városliget Budapest, district XIV.

General Opening Hours:

  • Tues – Sun: 10.00 – 17.00,

Easter period: Open on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday & Monday (10.00 – 17.00)

Admission:

(also valid for all permanent and temp. exhibits):

  • Adults: 1 750 HUF
  • Children (ages: 3 -14), retirees (62+): 1 550 HUF,
  • Family (2 + 29: 5 950 HUF

Recommended ages: 4 – 99

the portcullis entrance of Vajdahunyad Castle on a sunny day
Vajdahunyad Castle – City Park

The Agriculture Museum regularly has exciting themed exhibits/adventure games for children in spring.

This year the Magical Space Interactive Exhibition invites everyone to a galactic adventure and imaginary space travel on 1 000 sqm.

During the adventure visitors will learn about the laws and nature of space. Besides a colourful notebook upon entry, everyone receives a reward at the end of the journey.

It’s a fun and educational program for the whole family!

Jewish Museum & Archives

Address: Dohány utca 2., Bp. 1077, district VII.

General opening hours:

  • March 05 – April 29.: Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 18.00, Friday: 10.00 – 16.00
  • April 30 – September 30.: Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 20.00, Friday: 10.00 – 16.00

Easter Opening Hours: same as the synagogue’s below

The museum is a tribute to Hungarian Jewish culture and heritage.

You can view historical collections, religious relics, photos as well as thematic temporary exhibitions.

Dohány Street Synagogue

Address: Dohány utca 2., Bp. 1074, district VII.

General Opening Hours:

  • CLOSED on Saturdays,

Spring & Autumn (01. March – 30. April and 01. October – 31. October)

  • Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 18.00
  • Fridays: 10.00 – 16.00

Summer (01. May – 30. September)

  • Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 – 20.00
  • Fridays: 10.00 – 16.00
front view of the twin-tower Dohany Street Synagogue at the golden hour on n autumn day - both Jewish Budapest Tours include visiting it
The Great Synagogue In Dohány Str.

At Easter the Great Synagogue is open on

  • March 29. – Good Friday between: 10.00 – 16.00
  • March 31: Easter Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
  • April 01. – Easter Monday: 10.00 – 18.00

TIP: You can visit the Dohány Street Great Synagogue and other Jewish sights in Budapest on a guided tour, at 10.00 except Saturdays and religious holidays

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Address: Szt. István tér 1, Bp., 1051

General Opening Hours For Tourists:

  • Mon – Fri: 09.00 – 17.00,
  • Sat: 09.00- 13.00,
  • Sun: 13.00 – 17.00 – religious rituals/ceremonies might change the general opening hours.

Note: The Basilica on Szent István Square will have religious ceremonies relating to the holiday and may not be open to visitors as usual.

Easter Opening Hours:

  • March 28 – Maudy Thursday:: The Basilica is CLOSED to toruists.
  • March 29 – Good Friday: The church is open to tourists free of charge between 10:00 and 17:00 . In consideration of the holiday, we kindly ask you to refrain from using loud tour guides. The Treasury and the Panorama Terrace can be visited with a ticket from 09:00 to 17:00. The ticket office is open until 16:30.
  • March 30 – Holy Saturday: The church is open for tourists to visit free of charge between 09:00 and 17:00 . The Treasury and the Panorama Terrace can be visited with a ticket from 09:00 to 17:00. The ticket office is open until 16:30.
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Maundy Thursday, March 28

  • 10:00 – Chrism Mass
  • 18:00 – Mass in Commemoration of the Last Supper

The Basilica will be closed for tourists.

Good Friday, March 29: Commemorating the Suffering of the Lord

  • 09.00 am – Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis)
  • 18.00 –  Good Friday ceremonies: unveiling the cross, Passion According to St. John the Evangelist sung by the Basilica’s Choir.
  • The Basilica is open for tourists between 10.00 – 17.00

Holy Saturday, March 30 – Easter Vigil Ceremony

  • 18.00 – Fire, the consecration of Easter candle, the joy of Easter, Baptism, Resurrection procession.
  • Holy Mass Presented by Dr. Peter Erdő Cardinal Primate, Archbishop
  • The Basilica is open for tourists between 09.00 – 17.00

Easter Sunday, March 31 & Easter Monday, April 01 – Celebration of Christ’s Resurrection

Masses:

  • 08.30  – Food Blessing
  • 10.00 – Festive Mass
  • 12.00 – Festive Mass
  • 16. 00 – English-language Mass
  • 18.00 – Festive Mass
  • The Basilica is open for tourists between 13.45 – 17.45 on both days.

Matthias Church (Buda Castle)

Address: Szentháromság tér 2., Bp. 1014., district I.

Easter opening hours for tourists:

  • Maundy Thursday, 09. April: 09.00 – 17.00
  • Good Friday, 10. Apr: 09.00 – 14.00, Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) ceremony starts at 15.00
  • Holy Saturday: the church is closed for visitors, only open for worshippers.

Easter Sunday:

  • 08.30 Mass with organ
  • 10.00 Ceremonious high mass
  • 12.00 Mass with organ (music)
  • 17.30 Litany
  • 18.00 Mass with guitar
  • Tourists can visit the church: 13.00 – 17.00

Parliament & Visitor Center

Address: Kossuth tér 1-3., Bp. 1055, district V. (tram 2 or M2 metro)

The imposing building of the Parliament on Kossuth tér will be open to visitors each day of the holiday.

Guided Parliament Tour

See the historic building on a 1-hour guided tour then enjoy a nice boat tour with buffet meal starting at 14.00.

Guided tours in English, German, Italian and other languages are also available and can be booked here.

You can also view the free exhibitions

  • on the Hungarian legislation,
  • In memoriam 1956 and
  • the Lapidarium.

Guided Sightseeing Tours During Easter

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Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

Address: Állatkerti krt. 6-12., Városliget, district XIV.

Getting there:

  • M1 (yellow) metro line, get off at Széchenyi fürdő stop or
  • trolley bus 72 (Állatkert stop), or 75, 79 ( Állatkerti út stop)
  • buses 20E, 30, 30A and 105: Hősök tere stop

The Zoo in the City park will be open throughout Easter according to regular opening hours:

  • March: Mon – Thurs: 09.00 – 17.00, animal houses: 10.00 – 16.30, Fri -Sun: 09.00 – 17.30, animal houses: 10.00 – 17.00
  • April: Mon – Thurs: 09.00 – 17.30, animal houses: 10.00 – 17.00, Fri -Sun: 09.00 – 18.00, animal houses: 10.00 – 17.30

TIP: The Zoo usually hosts special programs over the Easter weekend such as bunny petting, show feedings, and animal shows as well as programs in the Magic Hill/Varázshegy.

Sightseeing Tours, Danube Cruises

Most tours – walk tours, (see the Parliament tour above), Segway tour, hop on hop off bus tours are available on each day of the holiday.

Boat tours on the Danube will also run every day, including:

60 minutes sightseeing cruise

60 Minutes Sightseeing Cruise with Auido App

Departures: 17:00, 18:20, 19:40, 21:00

Duration: 60 min.

Price: From €9.9

half a dozen young people possibly on a boat party in Budapest, the illuminated Parliament building in the background

Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Departures: 17:00, 19:00, 21:00

Duration: 85 min.

Price: From €32

Unlimited Prosecco Cruise

Unlimited Prosecco & Wine Cruise

Departures: 17:00, 19:00, 21:00

Duration: 85 min.

Price:  From €32

TIP: The gigantic Ferris Wheel on Erzsébet Square will also operate at Easter if you want to enjoy a nice panoramic view of the city.

Public Transport In Budapest At Easter

Public transport services – metro, trams, buses, suburban trains – will run slightly less frequently, but nothing major change that will affect your holiday in Budapest.

  • March 28/Thursday – according to Friday schedule in school holiday
  • March 29/Good Friday (Public Holiday) – Sunday/public holiday schedule
  • March 30/Holy Saturday (Public Holiday) – normal Saturday schedule
  • March 31/Easter Sunday & April 01/Easter Monday (both days are Public Holiday) – Sunday/public holiday schedule

See more details on the Public Transportation Company’s (BKK) website.

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