Budapest Entertainment

Budapest has a lively entertainment scene. Following is a list of the city’s most popular opera and ballet theatres, drama theatres, concert halls, and cinemas.

Ticket Offices

Matáv Jegyiroda
VI., Nagymező u. 19. phone: 302-3841
open: Mo-Fri: 10– 7 pm
Saturdays: 09–2 pm
Publika Jegyiroda
VII., Károly krt. 9. phone.: 322-2010
open: Mo-Sa: 10–5 pm
Music Mix Ticket Office
II., Lövőház u. 2–6. (Mammut shopping mall)
open: 09–9 pm
Broadway Ticket Offices
XIII. Hollán Ernő u. 10.
open: Mo-Fri: 11-6 pm
Saturdays: 10-5 pm
Tickets can also be ordered online at Ticket information

Opera and Ballet Theatres

Hungarian State Opera House
VI. Andrássy út 22.
Tel: (+36-1) 353-0170
Budapest is proud of possessing one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The opening performance of the Opera House was held in the neo-Renaissance building, the jewel of the avenue, in 1884 after nine years of construction. The staircase and the auditorium of the palace, designed by one of the best architects of those days Miklós Ybl, are decorated with frescos of eminent Hungarian painters such as Bertalan Székely, Mór Thán and Károly Lotz. The first director was Ferenc Erkel, Gustav Mahler held this post for several years, and Puccini directed the premiere of two of his operas here. Renowned guest conductors include Otto Klemperer, Sergio Failoni and Lamberto Gardelli. It is still one of the best opera houses in Europe. Well worth a visit, even for those who do not especially like operas.

Budapest Operetta Theatre
VI. Nagymező u. 19
Tel: (+36-1) 353-2172
An Orpheum operated in the building up to the First World War. With the outbreak of war the “palace of entertainment” was closed, the golden age of the Orpheum came to an end and with it the whole nostalgic period which later came to be called the “happy times of peace”. In 1923 the Budapest Municipal Council decided that operetta should have a home of its own in the city. With the opening of the Municipal Operetta Theatre the period of “Silver Operetta” began in Budapest too and after the People’s Theatre and the Király Theatre, operetta had found a new and permanent home. Throughout its history the theatre’s main consideration has always been to cultivate the traditions of classical operetta and enrich them with modern artistic solutions. Together with Vienna, Budapest is the capital of operetta and visitors can see for themselves the high standard of operetta performance. From the mid-sixties the theatre’s versatile company regularly presented highly successful productions of such musicals as My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, The Sound of Music, Somewhere in Europe, and Elisabeth.
Today’s Operetta Theatre was built to a design by the famous Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer in 1894. The giant stage of the auditorium faced two levels of intimate boxes arranged in a semi-circle, and a dance floor provided a sufficiently large space for the waltz, polka, mazurka and the galop. The splendid winter garden housed an excellent French restaurant and a concert coffee-house opened on the long street front. Alterations were made to the building in 1966, considerably changing the interior architecture and spaces.
Full reconstruction was carried out between 1999 and 2001. The most advanced European stage machinery was installed, the beautiful original ornamentation was restored and the earlier row of boxes in the circle were also rebuilt. Today the theatre has 917 seats and the auditorium is air-conditioned. The original objects left in the building – lamp statues, the columns supporting the circle – harmonise with the new coloured glass windows, mirrors, the period-style furnishings of the auditorium snack bar, the marble and parquetry floors. The hundred-year-old chandelier sparkles above the auditorium. The row of boxes, the gilded stucco ornamentations and the allegorical statues at the entrance all contribute to making an evening in the theatre a special event.

Drama Theatres

National Theatre
IX. Bajor Gizi park 1.
Tel: (+36-1) 476-6868
The construction of the National Theatre, on the basis of plans by architect Mária Siklós, began on 14 September 2000, and, after a construction process of record-breaking speed, was completed in a little over 15 months. The artists were able to take possession of the building on 2 January 2002, when rehearsals began for the inaugural performance on 15 March. In functional terms, the theatre is divided into three parts. The central part comprises the auditorium, with an almost circular ground-plan, and the studio theatre. This part is surrounded by the areas for audience members, and the U-shaped technical wing bordering the main stage. The theatre is surrounded by areas for parking. Together with the open-air stage, the area of the theatre is 20,844 square metres.

Madách Theatre
VII. Erzsébet krt. 29-33.
Tel: (+36-1) 478-2041
Since its reconstruction in 1999 the Madách Theatre has three different stages. There are 804 places in the “Great House”, which is technically very well equipped and air-conditioned, so that it can also be conveniently used in the summer. Since the launch of its new program there is a different world-class musical performed for every season. Their premieres become a highly spectacular theatre event by means of the originality and quality of the pieces’ performance.

Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre of Budapest)
XIII. Szent István krt. 14.
Tel: (+36-1) 329-2340

Erkel Theatre
VIII. Köztársaság tér 30.
Tel: (+36-1) 333-0540

Millenáris Park
II. Lövőház u. 39.
Tel: (+36-1) 438-5312

Duna Palota
V. Zrínyi u. 5.
Tel: (+36-1) 235-5500

Thália Theatre
VI. Nagymező u. 222-24.
Tel: (+36-1) 312-4230

Merlin Theatre
V. Gerlóczy u.4.
Tel: (+36-1) 317-9338

Buda Vigadó
I. Corvin tér 8.
Tel: (+36-1) 201-3766

X. Népliget-Planetárium
Tel.: (+36-1) 263-0871

Concert Halls

Music Academy
VI. Liszt Ferenc tér 8. Tel: (+36-1) 342-0179
The Academy of Music is located next to Andrássy út and Oktogon. Officially called the Ferenc Liszt College of Music Art, it was founded in 1875 and first presided over by the new institution’s co-founder and eponym; its first managing director was the world famous composer Ferenc Erkel. The Academy today not only trains musicians to the highest standard, but it also functions as the centre of concert life in Budapest. The Art Nouveau edifice seen today was completed in 1907 featuring the richest interior decoration ever built in this style in the capital. Its large hall offers excellent acoustics for an audience of 1200; there is also a smaller concert hall with 400 seats. Even if you are not a big fan of classical music, it is worth buying a concert ticket just to admire the beautiful interior of these concert halls.

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (also a theatre and art gallery)
IX. Liliom u. 41. Tel: (+36-1) 215-1600
There is a tradition reaching back decades in Western Europe of settling artistic centers and artistic institutions in empty industrial buildings. The Trafó House of Contemporary Arts opened in 1998 as the first of this kind in Hungary.
Trafó is an institution, a building, a place, a medium, vibrating, an intellectual adventure, risk, possibility. A house which belongs to the contemporary arts. A place, where life speaks about dance, theater, visual arts, literature, music. A theater, which has no company, and where the viewer is co-equal with the created-an opportunity, as well as the necessity to relate in a creative way. A place where emotion is allowed more space than the usual alongside abstraction. A place, through which we can look out into the world.
The Trafó building, once the electrical transformer station for south Pest, was built in 1909 as a work in the industrial turn-of-the-century style. It was put to cultural use by a French anarchist artistic group at the beginning of the 90’s, who discovered the building, abandoned for more than forty years. Performances and concerts followed one another for a summer, and for a time it functioned as a dedicated building. The Budapest City Council bought the building with leftover funds from the unrealized World Expo, so that the legal successor to the legendary Young Artists’ Club (FMK), formerly on Andrassy út, could convert it into n suitable, multifunctional, well equipped contemporary arts center appropriate to the current day. The Trafó House of Contemporary Arts opened its gates during the 1998 Budapest Spring Festival with a piece by Yvette Bozsik.
Trafo’s programs pay particular attention to variety of genres, the demands of quality, and internationality. The location for performance art programs is the Performing Hall.
The branch least established in tradition is contemporary dance. In this area our most important tasks are to show esthetic variety, and the differing dance languages. Besides this we turn special attention, from the perspective of the most recent dance history, to inviting significant works, companies, and performances as well. In selection of Hungarian and international programs, other than technical limitations, the only criterion is quality.
Budapest is a city with a great theatrical tradition, with some 20, the majority repertory theaters, and a number of small studio theaters. The Trafó theater programs are developed with this in mind. In arranging programs, the emphasis is in the first place on going beyond the language of classical theater, to renew it, to use the theater space and assets in a refreshing way, to present performances with visuality in the foreground.
Music is also represented in our programs on a monthly basis; apart from 1-2 monthly concerts we arrange two fixed festivals each year, not including the regular music programs of the Trafó Bar Tango, which take place after programs in the Performing Hall. Our two music festivals are the contemporary music program called Making New Waves and the From East of Eden, bringing together the representatives of renewal in electronic dance music and other modern music. These represent two main musical directions under Trafo’s initiative. At Trafó we often bring into the program unspecified genres, and interdisciplinary programs, besides staging literary-inspired programs, and film or multimedia events.
Current trends and phenomena in progressive contemporary arts are shown in the Trafó Gallery.

Palace of Arts National Concert Hall
IX. Komor Marcell sétány 1
Budapest Congress Centre
XII. Jagelló út 1-3 Tel: (+36-1) 372-5700


II. kerület 1024, Margit körút 55
Tel: 212 5398,
Metro: M2 Batthyány tér
Bem Mozi
II. Margit krt. 5/b
Tel: 316 8708,
Tram 4, 6 to Margit utca
VII. Károly krt 3,
Tel: 322 0230,
Tram 47, 49, Metro: M2 Astoria
Arthouses, mainstream
Campona (UCI Palace Cinema)
XXII. Campona Bevásárlóközpont, Nagytétényi út 37-45, Tickets: 424 3333,
Websites: and
Bus 3 to Nagytétény
Cinema City Csepel Plaza
XXI. Rákóczi F. út 154-170, Csepel Plaza,
Tel: 425 8111,
HÉV to Szent Imre tér
Cinema City Új Udvar
Új Udvar Bevásárló és Szérakoztató Központ. III.
Bécsi út 38-44,
Tel: 437 8383,
Tram 17 to Kolosy tér
Corvin Budapest Filmpalota
VIII. Corvin-köz 1,
Tickets: 459 5050, Film info: 459 5059,
Website:, Tram 4, 6 to Ferenc krt,
Metro: M3 Ferenc körút
Duna Plaza (Hollywood Multiplex)
XIII. Váci út 178,
Tickets: 467 4267,
Metro: M3 Gyöngyösi utca
Hunnia Cinema
VII. Erzsebet krt. 26,
Tel: 322 3741,
Tram 4, 6 to Wesselényi utca
Mainstream (re-runs)
Kossuth 4 Mozi
XIII. Váci út 14,
Tel: 349 3771,
Metro: M3 Nyugati pu.
Arthouse, mainstream
IX. Kinizsi u. 28.
Tel: 476 0116, 215-3388,
Metro: M3 Ferenc körút
Mammut Budai Moziközpont
II. Lövőház u 2-6,
Tel: 345 8140, 345 8160,
Tram 4, 6 to Széna tér
MOM Park
XII, Alkotás út 53,
Tickets: 487 5670,
Websites: and,
Tram 59, 61, Bus 8, 139
VI. Teréz krt 30,
Tel: 332 6726,
Tram 4, 6 to Király utca, Metro: M3 Nyugati pu.
Pólus Center (Hollywood Multiplex)
XV. Szentmihályi út 131,
Tel: 467 4627,
Websites: and,
Tram 69, Bus 173 to final stop
V. Kossuth L. utca 18,
Tel: 429 6080,
Metro: M2 Astoria
Arthouse, mainstream
Szinbad Cinema
XIII. Szent Istvan krt. 16,
Tel: 349 2773,
Metro: M3 Nyugati pu
Tabán Cinema
I. Krisztina krt. 87-89,
Tel: 356-8162,
Tram 18 to Krisztina tér
Toldi Studio Cinema
V. Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut 36-38,
Tel: 311 2809,
Metro: M3 Arany János u.
VIII. Rákóczi út 21,
Tickets: 486 3400,
Bus 7, 7A, Metro: M2 Astoria
Vörösmarty Cinema
VIII. Üllői út 4,
Tel: 311 4542,
Metro: M3 to Kálvin tér