New Year in Budapest

New Year in Budapest 2022 | Top 12 Things to Do, Events, Parties & More!

The Hungarian capital of Budapest is best known as ‘the Spa Capital of the World’ for its many relaxing thermal baths, spas, and pools. It is also known to be the common man’s party capital, where you can party hard, get drunk, and enjoy a great time, well within a budget. The New Year scene in Budapest is quite happening with festive fairs, cultural events, bath parties, boat parties, DJ music, dances, pub crawls, and more! Keep reading to know the best things to do, the parties to attend, and all the other information you need to spend this New Year in Budapest.

Weather in Budapest during New Year’s Eve

New Year in Budapest - Weather

Average Temp: 1 °C

  • Highest Temp: 2 °C
  • Lowest Temp: -1 °C

Chances of Rain: Light showers and moderate snowfall are expected throughout the day.

What to Wear: It is recommended to wear thick waterproof jackets or hoodies, neck scarves, gloves, and thick socks to stay comfortable. Snow boots or comfortable walking shoes with a good grip are also recommended to be worn in Budapest for New Year.

What to look out for: As rain and snowfall are expected in Budapest around New Year, it is best you carry an umbrella or a poncho with you when stepping out.

Top 12 Things to do on New Year in Budapest

New Year in Budapest - Fireworks

1. Marvel At The Fireworks & Light Displays

Stroll across the lit and decorated streets of Budapest and watch the brilliant fireworks at the main city squares at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Why Visit?

New Year in Budapest - Festive Fairs

2. Have Fun At Festive Fairs

Head to a festive fair in Budapest this holiday and enjoy the Christmas markets, carnival rides, ice skating rinks, spectacular light shows, local food trucks, festive lighting, live entertainment shows, and more!

Why Visit?

  • The Szent István Square in front of the Budapest Basilica is hosting an Advent Festival until New Year, which is known to be one of the best festive fairs in Europe.
  • Budapest’s City Park, Varosliget, turns into a winter wonderland during the holidays, with an ice rink surrounded by festive décor, wooden stalls, concert stages, and more.
New Year in Budapest - Danube River Cruise
New Year in Budapest - Square Party

4. Celebrate At A Square Party

The main squares of Budapest host some of the best New Year parties where the celebrations include Christmas fairs, lighting displays, fireworks, DJ parties, and more.

Why visit?

  • Visit over 100 stalls at the Christmas Fair, and watch live music performances and fireworks on New Year’s Eve at Vörösmarty Square.
  • Join the crowds at Oktogon Square or Eiffel Square as they dance the Czarda to Hungarian live music wearing flashy clothes, wigs, masks, and hats on New Year’s Eve.
New Year in Budapest - Danube Palace

5. Celebrate At The Danube Palace

Every New Year’s Eve, the Danube Palace hosts a grand celebration featuring classical music concerts, live dance shows, traditional folk performances, a fancy dinner, drinks, and a late-night ballroom party.

Why Visit?

  • Watch the Budapest Gala Orchestra, the Budapest Operetta Theatre, and gypsy bands perform live throughout the night.
  • Feast on a 5-course festive dinner with selected wines and enjoy a midnight DJ party with an open bar.
New Year in Budapest - Bath party
New Year in Budapest - Aquaworld
New Year in Budapest - Tango Marathon
New Year in Budapest - Classic Concert
New Year in Budapest - Swing Party New Year
New Year in Budapest - Pub Crawlers

11.  Join The Pub Crawlers

Spend the last night of the year with a bunch of like-minded party boozers on a pub crawl in Budapest! Party all night with music, games, and of course, drinks, hopping from one pub to another.

Why Visit?

  • The New Year’s Eve Ruin Pub Crawl Budapest takes you to 3 of Budapest’s best Ruin Bars and their NYE parties, happening till 5 in the morning.
  • The Original Budapest New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl is returning this year with 5 pubs, DJ parties, drinking games, an hour of unlimited drinks, and free champagne at midnight.
New Year in Budapest - Ice Skate

12.  Skate On Ice

Skate away on New Year’s Eve or Day at any of the city’s ice skating rinks, winter wonderlands, or outdoor skate parks.

Why Visit?

  • Varosliget - the biggest park in Budapest – welcomes ice skaters to its winter wonderland on the morning of New Year’s Eve and the evening of New Year’s Day.
  • The lake at Budapest Park gets converted into an ice rink in the winter, which is open till 5 P.M. on New Year’s Eve and all afternoon on New Year’s Day.

Parties & Events on New Year’s Eve in Budapest

New Year in Budapest - Secret Location Rave

New Year’s Rave at a Secret Location

Attend the most exclusive New Year’s Eve party in Budapest at a secret location. The Szilveszteri Techno Fesztivál, hosted by Supernova Techno features David Temessi, Gaga, Victoria Franches, Centure, Schiere, Mzperx, Rot, Gabros, DFFI, Janett, DSB96, Technokool, Kamafaka, Barbad, Oblivion, and more.

Location: Secret location shared only to attendees.

New Year in Budapest - Video Disco Party
New Year in Budapest - Yacht  Party

Yacht Party on New Year’s Eve

Party all night on the eve of New Year on the double-decker party boats Millennium 1, Millennium 2, Attila, or Halászbástya. Enjoy a welcome drink, buffet dinner, midnight champagne and snacks, an international Retro DJ party, and a view of the fireworks from the Danube!

Location: Port #1, Bp. XIII. ker. Jászai M. tér (150 m from Margaret Bridge, Jászai Mari tér 3, 1137 Hungary) | Find on map

New Year in Budapest - Biggest NYE Party
New Year in Budapest - Erik Sumo Concert
New Year in Budapest - Pre-NYE Party at Akvarium
New Year in Budapest - Be Massive New year’s party

Plan Your New Year in Budapest

Getting Around
Where to Eat
Where to Stay
New Year in Budapest - getting around

Most night transport services operate at higher frequencies or for longer hours on New Year’s Eve.

All daytime public transport services will follow the holiday/Sunday timetable on the 31st of December and the 1st of January.

The only exceptions are:

Bus: Buses numbered 38, 92, 138, 140B, 162, 204, 218, and 238 will not be serving the stops at the big shopping centers, as they remain closed on New Year’s Day.

Tram: Trams 4 and 6 run every 3 – 4 minutes till 2 A.M. and then every 5 minutes till 5 A.M. on New Year’s Day.

Metro: Metro lines M2, M3, and M4 operate till 1 A.M. on New Year’s Day and then start again at 4:30 A.M.

Tips for Celebrating New Year in Budapest

  • Alcohol is cheaper in Budapest as compared to most other European cities.
  • Most hotels in Budapest apply a minimum booking restriction during this time of the year. So you may have to book the same place for at least 2 or 3 days.
  • Food and accommodation may be comparatively more expensive around New Year.
  • You can use your credit or debit cards to pay in most places including taxis as Budapest is an almost cashless city.
  • Although the official currency of Budapest is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), some stores and services accept Euros, US Dollars, and Pound Sterling, but with a comparatively higher exchange rate.
  • It is advised to convert money before traveling to get the best conversion rates.
  • Don’t be surprised if you hear the Hungarian crowds at a square party recite their national anthem at the stroke of midnight. It is just their tradition.
  • Do book your New Year party and event tickets well in advance as they sell out soon.

Top Experiences in Budapest

Frequently Asked Questions About Celebrating New Year in Budapest

What are the best things to do in Budapest on New Year?

Some of the best things to do in Budapest on New Year are to watch the fireworks, go on a boat cruise, attend cultural events, go ice skating, dance, get drunk, and party.

What are the most popular things to do in Budapest on New Year’s Eve?

The most popular things to do in Budapest on New Year’s Eve include visiting festive fairs, watching the fireworks and light displays, cruising over the Danube, joining the celebrations at the main squares, enjoying boat parties, and pub crawling.

What are a few off-beat things to do on New Year’s Eve in Budapest?

Visiting the Danube Palace, participating in a Tango Marathon, swing dancing, attending a cultural event like the ballet, opera, or a music concert, and partying at thermal baths are some of the off-beat things to do on New Year’s Eve in Budapest.

What are a few kid-friendly things to do on New Year’s Eve in Budapest?

You can have a great time with kids at Aquaworld’s Aqua Party on New Year’s Eve. Kids would also enjoy visiting the festive fairs, watching the fireworks and light displays, and skating on ice on New Year’s Eve in Budapest.

Is it crowded on New Year in Budapest?

Budapest being a party capital gets very crowded during New Year.

Is Budapest safe during New Year?

Budapest is safe during New Year, especially in the main squares. Although, beware of pickpockets in crowded areas.

What are the best parties on New Year’s Eve in Budapest?

New Year celebrations start in Budapest a day before New Year’s Eve with the Grand Budapest Bath Party at the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and the PLASTIC Pre-NYE Party at Akvarium Klub.
On New Year’s Eve, the biggest and most popular party in Budapest happens at Instant-Fogas, while the New Year’s Rave Party at a secret location is the most exclusive NYE party in the city. The VVHS Video Disco party at High Five Budapest and the Be Massive party at Várkert Bazaar are the other popular New Year’s Eve parties in Budapest.

What are the best boat parties on New Year’s in Budapest?

The Millennium 1, Millennium 2, Attila, and Halászbástya host some of the best boat parties on New Year’s Eve in Budapest. The New Year’s Eve party boat and the Danube cruise on New Year’s Day are the fancier options.

Which is the best place to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Budapest?

The main fireworks on New Year’s Eve can be seen from pretty much any spot on the banks of the Danube River. However, the best locations to watch them are the Buda Castle and the Fisherman's Bastion. You can also watch the fireworks happening at Vörösmarty Square, Nyugati Square, Oktogon, Duna Korzó, and the party district of Budapest.

What is the weather like on New Year in Budapest?

It is winter in Budapest in December with the average temperature ranging from-1 °C to 2 °C, with light showers and moderate snowfall expected around New Year.

Is public transport available on New Year in Budapest?

Yes, all means of public transport are available as usual in Budapest on New Year’s Day, following the Sunday/holiday timetable, with extended services on the night of New Year’s Eve. However, buses numbered 38, 92, 138, 140B, 162, 204, 218, and 238 will not be serving the stops at the big shopping centers, as they remain closed on New Year’s Day.

What to eat on New Year in Budapest?

While in Budapest for New Year, you must try their traditional festive food such as Lángos, Kürtőskalács (Chimney Cake), beigli (poppy seed roll), flódni (traditional Jewish layered pastry), fried sausage, Almás Rétes (Apple Strudel), Tócsi (Potato Pancakes), Töltött Káposzta (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls), grilled meats, chestnuts, and gingerbread cookies.

What are the best places to stay for New Year in Budapest?

Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest by Hyatt, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, and Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection are some of the fanciest places to stay for New Year’s in Budapest. The more affordable options include MEININGER Budapest Great Market Hall, ibis Styles Budapest Citywest, Novotel Budapest Centrum, Hilton Garden Inn Budapest City Centre, Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, and InterContinental Budapest.

What are the best restaurants to visit for New Year’s in Budapest?

SOLID Wine Restaurant, Brunch Bistro Budapest, KIOSK Budapest, Salt Restaurant, St. Andrea Wine & Skybar, Essência Restaurant, Prime Steak & Wine, Araz, 21 - Magyar Vendéglő, and DNB Budapest are some of the best places to dine at on New Year in Budapest.

What are the best clubs and pubs to visit for New Year in Budapest?

Akvarium Klub, A38, Garden Kobuci, Budapest Jazz Club, Dürer Kert, Peaches and Cream Club, Doboz, and Blue Bird Karaoke are some of the best clubs and pubs to visit for New Year in Budapest.

What should I wear on New Year in Budapest?

New Year’s in Budapest can be very chilly with some snowfall expected. It is recommended you wear thick waterproof jackets, hoodies or beanie caps, neck scarves, gloves, thick socks, and comfortable walking shoes with a good grip or snow boots.

Is everything in Budapest open on New Year?

Although shops are allowed to stay open until 4 P.M. on New Year’s Eve, most of them close by 2 P.M. Most shops, cafes, and museums remain closed on New Year’s Day. Cinemas, restaurants, thermal baths, ice skating rinks, and the Budapest Zoo would remain open on New Year’s Day.