Although the artificial ice rink in Városliget opens this November despite the energy crisis, ice skaters will have to pay double the ticket price than last year. If the increased prices scare away skaters, Hungary’s most popular ice rink might even close.
According to the plans, the Artificial Ice Rink of Városliget will open this year on 17 November, writes budapestkornyeke.hu. The operator announced the opening and current ticket prices on its website. If everyhing goes according to plan, the ice rink is open to visitors from 17 November until 31 December. However, the management of the capital indicated that, despite the fact that the facility will open again this year, it is not at all certain that they will be able to maintain its operation.
Entrance tickets will increase by an average of 100 percent, which means that the prices have doubled, reports travelo.hu. For school groups and families, discounted tickets will still be available, but the price of these has also gone up considerably. The student and pensioner ticket will be HUF 2,000 (EUR 4,86) instead of HUF 1,000 (EUR 2,43) in the normal period, from Monday to Friday morning, and HUF 2,500 (EUR 6,07) instead of HUF 1,500 (EUR 3,64) from Friday evening and throughout the weekend.
Due to the increased overhead costs, the capital might not be able to operate the ice rink, writes vg.hu. As long as the Artificial Ice Rink of Városliget is able to recover its operating costs, it can stay open. However, the Budapest management has indicated that they will not keep the rink open at all costs. If they cannot cover the expenses, they will have to close. If guests are willing to pay the higher prices, there is a chance that it will be open for the rest of the winter, but according to Deputy Mayor Ambrus Kiss, it is questionable whether the number of visitors will be as high this year as in previous years.
Source: budapetskornyeke.hu, vg.hu, travelo.hu