free parking budapestAre 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).

 

19 thoughts on “Free parking in Budapest”

    1. Hello,
      as far as we know, that should be possible, meaning that you can park in Arena Plaza, also at night.
      Update: It can not be left there during the night, only during the opening hours of the plaza itself!

    2. It is only possible to park in Arena Plaza during the opening times for the mall itself. Most stores close at 20.00, but the cinema is open until approximately 24.00 every day. In other words, you can not park in the mall at night.

  1. Is it possible that the parking at 56-osok tere is not free any longer? Parked there 2 days ago for 1 night (round about 20 hours) and got fined for 20000 HUF (65 Euro). Every car had at least one fine (some even up to 7 fines), but when i parked my car the night before not one single car had one. Kind of mysterious. What do you think?
    Is it possible that that`s a fake?

    Thanks for your Response!

    1. Hello, as far as I know, you know need to pay for your parking at the 56-osok tere (360 HUF per hour), so it might be a real fine you got. I must say that the fine was extremely high (compared to the parking fines you get elsewhere in the city), but maybe it is some special system for such fines in that area.

    1. I just searched for both Bikas park and Arena Plaza in Google Maps, and could easily find them both! Make sure to write Budapest as well after either Bikas Park or Arena Plaza!

    1. Hello,
      you can not park your car in the plaza when the mall is closed. It is only possible to park there during the opening times of the plaza (which is from approximately 6.00 in the morning until midnight)… The Tesco store inside is the first to open in the morning, and the cinema is the last to close in the evening.

  2. So let me check if I got this write. If you park in Arena Plaza, first 3 hours are free and if you stay more would it be one or five hours you will pay 300 Huf ?

  3. 5h of course if you stay 5h. Because you pick up the ticket at 10:00 and if you stay untill 15:00 you will pay whole time spent.

  4. I want to make sure if it’s free to park in this street Városligeti fasor? Or in Budapest Park parkoló?
    Thanks

    1. Varosligeti fasor is not free for parking on weekdays… The Budapest Park parking lot (which is far from the city center) is far outside the center, so not ideal… when it comes to price, I am not sure.

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