Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink in the City Park

The huge open air Ice Rink of Budapest is on the top 10 list of Lonely Planet as one of the best places in Europe in winter time, paired with a warm bath in the Budapest baths, and a visit to the cool and hip ruin bars, some of the best bars in Budapest.

Ice Rink Budapest City Park

Ice Rink Budapest City Park – Gabor Szendrei Photography

There are many fun winter things to do in Budapest, but one of the best ones is surely the popular Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink in the City Park, aka Varosligeti Mujegpalya.

True, several Budapest Christmas Markets feature a smaller artificial skating rink, like the St Stephen’s Basilica Christmas Market in Budapest city centre (200 sq metre), or the Obuda Christmas Market in Obuda district (Buda side).

But if you want to feel the space in a breathtaking place, the Ice Rink Palace in the City Park with its enormous open air Skating Rink is a must see, must do.

While the gigantic ice rink in the Varosliget park of Budapest is an innocent lake boat in the summer time, in winter time it turns into a popular venue for skating, skiing, learning to skate, parties and more.

In the photo below, you can see the Vajdahunyad Castle in the background (in December one of the Budapest Christmas Markets opens at the Vajdahunyad Var, see Vajdahunyad Castle Christmas Market)

Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink in Varosliget

Budapest Outdoor Ice Rink in Varosliget (Vajdahunyad Castle in the background)

The palace of the enormous Outdoor Ice Rink is a heated place where you can get changed, rent skates, drink some hot drinks, etc.

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Address: Varosliget Budapest, near Heroes Square (Hosok tere)

Varosligeti Mujegpalya

Varosligeti Mujegpalya – Eduardo Balogh Photography

Opening Hours Varosligeti Mujegpalya

The opening hours of the Budapest Ice Rink can change day by day in the winter season, so the following hours are an average general guide for the opening times.
Monday – Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, break, then reopens from 5 pm to 9 pm
Saturday  from 10 am to 2 pm, break, then reopens from 4 pm to 9 pm
Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, break, then reopens from 4 pm to 8 pm

Christmas Opening Hours

  • December 24: Closed
  • December 25: Open as usual (10 am – 2pm, 4pm – 8pm i.e. with a break between 2 pm and 4 pm)
  • December 26: Open as usual (10 am – 2pm, 4pm – 9pm i.e. with a break between 2 pm and 4 pm)

New Year Opening Hours

  • December 31: open from 10 am to 2 pm, closed in the afternoon
  • January 1: open from 4 pm to 8 pm, closed in the morning

In the Christmas holiday otherwise open every day as usual.

The ice rink in Budapest is open in rainy and snowy weather too.

Tickets / Prices at Budapest Skating Rink in the City Park

  • Full Day Ticket on Weekdays: HUF 1000 – 1500 (including the price of the Cloakroom storage and the Insurance)
  • Full Day Ticket on Weekends, from Fri afternoon to Sun evening: HUF 1500 – 2000 (including the price of the Cloakroom storage and the Insurance).
  • Student Tickets available with discount (please bring your valid Student Photo ID / ISIC Card)
  • Senior Tickets available with discount
  • Children under 6 free of charge
  • Skating classes for children and adults available
  • Family Tickets available (2 Adults and 1 or 2 or 3 children)

Rental of Skates at Budapest Ice Rink

Skate rental prices for the Ice Rink (in HUF or Ft, short for Hungarian Forint, the currency in Budapest, Hungary)
Skate Rental Fee: HUF 2,500

Deposit for Skate Rental Fee HUF 2,000
Deposit: 10 000 Ft / skates (or you need to have a photo ID document, like your passport as the deposit)

Budapest Slide Park in Varosliget

Budapest Slide Park in Varosliget

Have you heard about Budapest Cards?

Budapest Cards offer a great deal of fantastic deals and benefits, such as free travels on public transport, free entries to a thermal baths, free walking tours, free museum entries and many discounts.

There is one Budapest Card Office at Budapest Ice Rink Palace, where you can buy your Budapest Card.

Terms & Conditions of Budapest Card

Ice rink building, opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.



Budapest Christmas season

Dec 23: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dec 24: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dec 25: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Dec 26: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Dec 27: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dec 28: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dec 29: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Budapest New Year season

Dec 30: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dec 31: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Jan 1: 12:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Jan 2: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please check the current opening hours on the official website.

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Last updated info about Budapest Skate Rink in the City Park:

December, 2019

Ardjette Boixaderas

Merry Christmas! We were there a couple weeks ago! (nov 1st), but the ice skating was not there yet. It is sooooo lovely to go there! Enjoy your time!

Dear all,

My name is Mohammed and I will be visiting Budapest from 11 to 18 November. When the Christamas markets will be opening this year? And when the ice rinks will open ?

Budapest Christmas

Hello Mohammed,

thank you for contacting us.
The Vorosmarty square Christmas Fair is expected to open from 11 November in 2019, while the Christmas Fair at St Stephen’s Basilica is opening on 25 November, 2019.
The City Park Ice Rink usually opens in the middle of November, weather dependent, but Nov is a cold month so if no weird warm spells arrive, it should work in November.
Have a great time in winter Budapest.

Hi. I’m wanting to book on the ice skating on the 24th December, can you please advise how to do so. Thanks Claire

Hello! I am a student in Budapest and was wondering how much are the tickets for student to go ice skating during the weekend?
Thank you.


Budapest Christmas

Hello Nouhaila,
thank you for contacting us regarding tickets to ice rinks in Hungary.
Please visit to see student prices.
Hope we could help.
Have a great time on the ice rinks of Budapest!

Hi for the ice skating do you have to pay for the entry ticket price and the skate rental?


Budapest Christmas

Hello Chenelle, Yes the City Park Ice Skating Rink is a fee paying professional rink maintained and well kept, with a beautiful palace for skate rental and more. Although it is not free, it is quite reasonably priced compared to any similar scenic ice rinks in Europe (we believe it is the best in Europe though!)

Enjoy your Christmas holiday in Budapest. If you are staying over for the New Year, please visit our twin website:

Hello ~ I will be coming to Budapest from the 17th of February 2020, will the ice skating rink still be open by then?


Hi, I will be travelling to Budapest on January 20th. Will the ice rink still be open then? When does it close for the year?


I will be coming to Budapest February 20-22nd. I am wondering if the ice skating rink will still be open?

Thank you.

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