Get the party started! Your Sziget guide for 2019
From how to get to the festival site to paying for your drinks, here are some useful tips for this year’s Sziget Festival.
First of all, after purchasing your ticket online, you need to take your voucher – whether it’s just a day pass or a weekly – and valid ID or passport to the festival gates and exchange it for a wristband. As Ed Sheeran headlines on the first day, Wednesday 7 August, this will be one of the busiest to get in, so make sure you arrive in good time.
The Sziget Festival takes place on Óbuda island, north of Margaret Island. As ever, the entrance is the iconic K Bridge enhanced with welcoming banners – where you can snap your first festival pictures. If you opt for public transport from the city centre, the easiest way to get there is to jump on the HÉV (suburban train) on the Buda side of Margaret Bridge (Margit-híd) or at Batthyány tér – just across the river from the Parliament – and take it to Filatorigát, a journey of ten minutes. From there, follow the crowd along the fenced-off path. During Sziget, suburban trains run more frequently, so you never have to wait more than 15 minutes.
Those with a CITY PASS wristband have free public transport during the festival. Everyone else has to buy a ticket – make sure to validate yours in the little red punch machine on the HÉV train. During the festival, extra inspectors patrol the entire network.
If you’re coming straight from the airport, on the first (7 August) and last days (13 August), a special shuttle will be running to/from the festival site, free with the CITY PASS. On all other days, you will first you need to get to central Budapest. To do that, check out this article. (The CITY PASS is not valid for the 100E into town.) Otherwise another option is to use Sziget’s official shuttle service, MiniBUD.
If you’re arriving by train, here’s how to get to Sziget from major stations:
Nyugati pályaudvar: Take the tram/replacement bus for line 4-6 from outside the station towards Széll Kálmán tér. Get off at the third stop, Margit Híd-Budai Hídfő (on the Buda side of Margaret Bridge). Take the stairs down to the regional HÉV train station and head towards Szentendre/Békásmegyer. Disembark at Filatorigát and follow the crowds to Sziget.
Keleti pályaudvar: Find the metro, marked with a big M sign, and take red line 2 towards Déli pályaudvar. Alight at Batthyány tér, and take the HÉV train to Filatorigát, then follow the crowds to Sziget.
Déli pályaudvar: Find the metro and take red line 2 towards Örs vezér tere. Alight at Batthyány tér, and take the HÉV train to Filatorigát, then follow the crowds to Sziget.
If you’re coming from elsewhere in Budapest, this BKK route planner will help.
If you use a taxi, we recommend calling an official company – for instance City Taxi, the official partner of Sziget (+36 1 211 1111) or Budapest Taxi (+36 1 777 7777 )– or using the Taxify app. Be careful jumping into a free cab outside train stations and major hotels as drivers might attempt to overcharge foreigners.
During the festival, a special boat runs between Jászai Mari tér on the Pest side of Margaret Bridge and Óbuda island, free for CITYPASS holders. Tickets are also available for purchase at the dock. See the schedule here.
Meanwhile, the Sziget Cruisin party boat allows Szitizens to take a mini break to explore Budapest’s riverfront sights during the festival without having to leave the party entirely. Revellers can board the boat directly at the festival. For more details click here.
Sziget is a cashless festival, so don’t bother with coins, notes, euros or forints. On the festival site, you can pay by contactless Mastercards or with your wristband. You can top up your wristband via your bank through the Sziget app, or at points around the festival site. If you ever need your money back from your wristband, you can get it in cash at top-up points.
If you wish to see more of Budapest than just the festival grounds, you may want to consider purchasing a CITYPASS online. This offers full use of the city’s public-transport system (trams, buses, metros and HÉV suburban trains) within the city limits, free use of the Sziget shuttle bus between Budapest Airport and the festival, and complimentary rides aboard the Sziget transport boat that runs every 15 minutes during the festival. In addition, CITYPASS holders enjoy free or discounted entry to many of Budapest’s spas and pool complexes, and reduced ticket prices at several museums. You can buy the Sziget-Budapest CITYPASS at several sales points around town, including the tourist information office at Keleti station, the Sziget ticket point at the Akvárium Klub, terminals A and B of Liszt Ferenc Airport and Sziget ticket booths at the festival entrance.
- Lockers: You can find lockers (some with charging ports) at the festival grounds. More details
- Cigs: A tobacco shop operates right by the entrance of the festival.
- Wi-Fi: There are Wi-Fi spots around – download the Sziget app to find them.
- Laundry: At the Info Point, you can pay to get your stuff washed.
- First Aid: First Aid patrols of the Helperek Association are constantly patrolling the island. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to approach them. In addition, look for the First Aid base where you can also find a non-stop pharmacy. If you have any medication that needs storage, please also visit the First Aid base.
For more information about the festival, visit the official website.