Edina Juhász from Dívány magazine compiled a brief list containing the most important practical information one would need before going to Hungary’s biggest and most popular festival in Budapest: the Sziget festival.
Transport: how you get there and how to get home
The fastest way to get to the festival is with H5 (suburban railway). Visitors need to get off at Filatorigát station. H5 will operate more frequently and with more carriages during the festival.
H5 will operate throughout the night as well, so visitors can use it to get home, too. However, if you are not in a hurry, you can also use the boat service (departs from Jászai Mari square) or your bike to get to the festival.
Luckily, trams and tram replacement buses will operate more frequently during the festival during both day and at night.
You can find more information on the BKK’s website.
It is not recommended to approach Sziget by car, as there are usually no parking spaces available anywhere near the festival. Although, Sziget offers a guarded parking lot for HUF 6000 per day.
All about the tickets
Daily tickets are valid from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. the next day. You can also buy daily tickets from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next day, and these cost way less (half the price to be exact), and you can still have a great night. You can only use the camping and showers if you buy daily tickets for at least two consecutive days, but there is a combination 3-day-ticket which costs less than three separate single daily tickets. And do not forget, children under the age of 11 get in for free (under adult supervision, of course).
Cash has been banned from almost all major festivals for a few years now. Visitors can pay with PayPass or with a mobile app.
This year, visitors can also transfer money from their bank accounts directly to their wristbands (even before receiving the wristband itself) by using the Sziget app.
If you have more than HUF 300 on your wristband at the end of the festival, it will be transferred back to your account. Keep the PIN code you received with your wristband!
What you can/can not bring
You can bring in chips, sandwiches or any kind of food below the commercial quantities. You can also bring a 2.5-liter-drink which is non-alcoholic, and a maximum of 20 packages of cigarettes.
You cannot bring any glasses, umbrellas, alcoholic beverages, stabbing or cutting tools, or anything that is illegal or can potentially harm others.
Featured image: www.szigetfestival.com