Hungarian Parliament tickets & tours

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BudapestHungarian Parliament Building Tours

Why visit the Hungarian Parliament?

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Things to know before booking your Hungarian Parliament tickets

  • If you're up for some solo exploration, you can opt for the audio-guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament. It is available in 23 languages, so you won't miss a beat. Or, if you're feeling like diving deeper into the parliament's backstory, go on a guided tour to get the lowdown on its history and significance straight from a local pro.
  • Get ahead of the game by booking skip-the-line tickets for the Hungarian Parliament building. Instead of wasting precious time standing in endless queues, these tickets let you breeze past all that hassle and head straight to the entrance. Typically, they can save you a good 30 minutes to an hour, maybe even more.
  • The Budapest Parliament is lit by countless lights at night, giving it a magical glow. You should totally check it out after dark! Opt for a combo tour to explore the parliament from the inside and enjoy a charming Danube river cruise later, offering a one-of-a-kind view of the Hungarian Parliament under the stars.
  • If you want to relax after all the sightseeing, opt for combo packages that pamper you with visits to the rejuvenating Szechenyi or Gellert baths. Nothing beats soaking in healing thermal waters after a day of exploration.  
  • The Hungarian Parliament is accessible to all visitors, including wheelchair users. The building has elevators and ramps to ensure that everyone can access it.
  • All visitors undergo a mandatory security check before entering the Hungarian Parliament, so please factor this time into your visit. It also includes visitors with skip-the-line tickets.
  • Please note that in case of any unexpected parliamentary or state events, your Hungarian Parliament tour may be canceled at the last minute, just before you enter the building.
  • The Parliament can get extremely crowded during the summer months (June to August) and major holidays, such as Easter and Christmas. So, it's best to book your tickets as early as possible, ideally several weeks in advance, to avoid long queues and potential disappointment.
  • Kids are allowed at the Hungarian Parliament, and the tours typically have a duration that's suitable for youngsters, so they're less likely to get bored or restless. The experience is engaging and informative, offering a glimpse into Hungary's rich history and political heritage, which can be fascinating for curious young minds. 

Which Budapest Parliament ticket is best for you?

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If you want to at your own pace

Go for: A standard audio-guided tour ticket
Duration: 45 minutes 
Guide: Audio guide in 23 languages

  • Get this ticket if you want the flexibility to wander through the iconic chambers and corridors of the Hungarian Parliament building without feeling rushed.
  • Listen to an audio guide available in 23 languages, allowing you to explore the parliament and gain deep insights into its history in your preferred language.

Recommended ticket: Hungarian Parliament Audio Guided Tour

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If you want to explore more of Budapest

Go for: The Danube River cruise combo ticket
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Guide: Audio guide for Hungarian Parliament 

  • Get the best of both worlds with an audio-guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament followed by a scenic cruise along the Danube River.
  • It's a convenient and cost-effective bundle for sightseeing enthusiasts.
  • Witness breathtaking views of Budapest's landmarks from the water while enjoying informative commentary during the cruise.

Recommended ticket: Combo (Save 11%): Hungarian Parliament Guided Tour + Danube Sightseeing Cruise

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If you want to combine cultural exploration with relaxation

Go for: The Szechenyi Bath combo ticket
Duration: Full day
Guide: Expert tour guide

  • Get priority access to the Hungarian Parliament and explore this historic building in-depth on a guided tour, available in multiple languages.
  • The experience also includes access to the Szechenyi Bath to help you relax in the healing thermal waters and indulge in different wellness services. 

Recommended ticket: Hungarian Parliament Guided Tour + Full-Day Access to Szechenyi Spa

Hungarian Parliament highlights

Hungarian Parliament Golden Staircase

The City Side Staircase XVII

The Hungarian Parliament tour begins with the City Side Staircase XVII or the Golden Staircase, which leads to the main floor. It's quite the sight – think gold-plated accents, stunning stained glass windows, lively frescoes, grand statues, and paintings lining the walls. You'll also catch glimpses of the bustling Kossuth Square outside as you climb the staircase.

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The Grand Stairway

The Grand Stairway, with 96 steps covered in a gorgeous red carpet, connects the main entrance to the Dome Hall. Its ceiling is adorned with two large frescoes by renowned painter Károly Lotz, while the windows on both sides have ornate stained glass artwork by Miksa Róth. And don't forget the eight 4-ton granite columns! Fun fact: there are only 12 of these in the entire world.

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The Dome Hall

The Hungarian Parliament's striking dome, standing at 96 meters tall, commemorates Hungary's settlement in 896 AD. This hall has been home to the Hungarian Holy Crown and Coronation Insignia since 2000. It features a rib vaulted dome, vibrant stained glass windows, and statues of Hungarian monarchs showcased on golden pedestals.

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The Chamber of Peers

Back in the day, from 1867 to 1918 and again from 1927 to 1945, The Chamber of Peers, also known as the Old Upper House Chamber or House of Magnates, was the hotspot for Hungary's Upper House of the Diet, their governing body. It boasts horseshoe-shaped seating, lavish gold-plated decorations, and stunning paintings showcasing the coats of arms of Hungary's royal families. It's still in use for hosting conferences and meetings.

Statues & figurines

Statues & figurines

The facade and the interiors of the Hungarian Parliament building are adorned with around 250 statues and figurines. These commemorate pivotal people from Hungarian history, including rulers, political leaders, historical figures, cultural icons, and military figures. Created by various artists, these sculptures contribute to the building's ambiance, showcasing the nation's legacy and providing a tangible link to Hungary's past.

The Old Upper House Lounge

The Chamber of Peers Lounge

The Chamber of Peers Lounge is a large opulent room and, like most of the other significant areas inside Hungarian Parliament, is decorated with gold gilded ceilings and ornate paintings. The most distinctive feature of the room is the turquoise hand-knotted floor carpet. It is the largest hand-knotted carpet in Europe.

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Magnificent frescoes

The Hungarian Parliament building is adorned with several large frescoes painted by renowned artists like Károly Lotz and Mór Than. These artworks depict historical moments and allegorical scenes from Hungary's history, culture, and mythology, including King Saint Stephen's coronation, the arrival of the Magyars in Hungary, and the Battle of Mohács.

Stained glass artworks

Stained glass artworks

You will see windows with some of the most exquisite stained glass artworks and glass mosaics in the world. These were created by renowned Hungarian artist Miksa Roth in the late 19th and early 20th century. Roth's vibrant colors and intricate designs add an enduring vitality to the building's architecture while narrating stories of Hungary's cultural heritage.

Plan your visit to the Hungarian Parliament

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  • The Hungarian Parliament is wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators. 
  • Guide dogs are allowed inside the building. 
  • Audio guides
  • Ticket counter
  • Restrooms
  • Cloakroom
  • Souvenir shop
  • There is a no-photo policy in the Dome Hall of the Hungarian Parliament.
  • Large bags and items like pocket knives, gas spray, weapons, firearms, explosives, blasting agents, and pyrotechnic devices are not allowed inside the Hungarian Parliament building.
  • Eating, drinking, and smoking aren't permitted anywhere on the Parliament premises.
  • Visitors must not talk loudly or use noise-making devices like whistles and megaphones inside the parliament building.
  • Visitors are not allowed to enter the Hungarian Parliament premises while wearing any symbols of dictatorship. They are also not permitted to bring flags or items for protest into the building.
  • Visitors must not sit, kneel, or lie on the staircases, floors, or furniture.
  • Visitors cannot stay in the building premises after completing their Hungarian Parliament tour.
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  • Book your Hungarian Parliament tickets as early as possible because the tickets are usually limited and might sell out, becoming unavailable on your preferred day. Try to book them at least 2 to 3 weeks before your visit.
  • Book skip-the-line tickets to bypass long queues and directly reach the entrance of the Hungarian Parliament building. On average, with skip-the-line tickets, you can save anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more, allowing you to make the most of your time in Budapest without having to wait in lengthy lines.
  • Carry a valid ID document to enter the Budapest Parliament building.
  • Follow visitor etiquette during your Hungarian Parliament tour.
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  • Elysee Bistro & Kavehaz: Enjoy a combination of typical Hungarian and French bistro meals made with fresh ingredients at the Elysee Bistro & Kavehaz. Dine in an ambiance that blends old-fashioned cafes with modern eateries.
  • Szamos Café: Indulge in flavourful pies, exotic salads, delicious chocolates, fluffy croissants, and more at Szamos Café, located close to the Budapest Parliament.
  • Biarritz Restaurant and Cafe: Enjoy a balanced menu curated from top-quality local ingredients at Biarritz Restaurant and Cafe. This eatery is located near the parliament and has a lovely ambiance and a great view.
  • Da Mario Budapest: If you are looking for pizza, pasta, a variety of drinks, and desserts, head to Da Mario Budapest, a low-key Italian restaurant that also provides patio seating.

Discover Budapest gems beyond the Hungarian Parliament: Unmissable sights and experiences

Hungarian Parliament is nestled amidst a treasure trove of Budapest's iconic landmarks. Here are a few must-visit spots nearby:

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Danube River cruises
Szechenyi thermal baths
Gellert Baths
Light Art Museum Budapest

Frequently asked questions about Hungarian Parliament tickets

Are skip-the-line tickets available to the Hungarian Parliament?

Yes, you can opt for combo tickets to enjoy skip-the-line privileges, such as the Gellert Bath Tickets + Hungarian Parliament Audio Guided Tour or Hungarian Parliament Guided Tour + Full-Day Access to Széchenyi Spa.

What are the best things to see inside the Hungarian Parliament?

You can stroll through the Hungarian Parliament and see the Hungarian crown jewels in the Dome Hall, marvel at the ornamental staircases, admire the frescoes on the ceilings, and walk past the bust of the architect himself, Imre Steindl. The parliament building also features stained glass artworks and mosaics by Miksa Roth. 

Where is the Hungarian Parliament located?

The Hungarian Parliament lies in the capital city of Hungary, Budapest, on the eastern bank of the River Danube. The exact address is Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3, 1055 Budapest, Hungary.

What is the Hungarian Parliament used for?

The Hungarian Parliament is a functioning law-making body. It serves as a seat of the National Assembly, where regular parliamentary sessions and debates are conducted, including the ones attended by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. 

Which areas of the Hungarian Parliament are included in the tour?

The tour covers significant parts of the Budapest Parliament building, including the Main Staircase, the Dome Hall, the Chamber of Peers, the Grand Stairway, and more.

Is the Hungarian Parliament accessible to people with disabilities?

Yes, the Hungarian Parliament is accessible to people with disabilities. Visitors in wheelchairs are encouraged to inform staff of their arrival in advance via an email to for smooth access.

Can I take photographs inside the Parliament?

Yes. Photography is allowed in most areas of the Hungarian Parliament, except for the great Dome Hall containing the Holy Crown and regalia. The Holy Crown, along with the orb, scepter, and coronation sword, is constantly guarded by the soldiers.