Are there any free parking spots in Budapest?
Thank you for the question! This is a good question, and at times a hard question. The local government has removed more and more of the free parking spots in Budapest, but there are still some. Here we will just write about some of those free parking spots.
First of all, in large parts of the city it is free parking on Saturdays and Sundays and after 18.00 in the evening. However, this is in general, so make sure to check it out as you park your car, just to know if this is valid for where you would like to park your card as well.
A general advice is though never to leave values in your car, because as in all other cities, there are people in Budapest as well who like to steal valuables from cars, so if you have lots of valuable stuff in your car, you better go to a secure parking lot instead with guards, just to make sure that you, your car and your values stay safe!
Free parking in Budapest
There are some parking spots which are for free all the time, and these are some of them.
1) Arena Plaza parking lot
The parking lot belonging to the Arena Plaza shopping mall can be used for free. It is not super central, but by walking a bit you can reach the Keleti Palyaudvar, and there you will find two metro lines, making it easy to get on from there in town.
November 2018 update. You can now only park for free for 3 hours in Arena Plaza. After this, all following hours will cost 300 HUF (appx. 1 Euro). The parking lot is possible to use during the opening times of the Plaza itself.
2) Bikas Park / Kelenfoldi Palyaudvar
This is not very central, but these two locations are very close to one another, and at both places, there are free parking lots available. Both locations are connected to the metro line 4 in Budapest, which will take you to the shopping street Vaci utca and other central locations in less than 10 minutes. Ideal for parking and to travel on with public transportation. Be aware of the fact that it is a local market at Bikas Park every Saturday, so all cars have to be removed from the spot before the market starts (should move it on Friday evening).