Saint Stephen’s basilica: Opening times & ALL you need to know before you go

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica is the biggest church in Budapest. And with its height of 314 feet it’s also the highest building in Budapest (next to the Hungarian Parliament Building). And lucky you: you can climb the basilica and enjoy a gorgeous view. Which is one of the reasons to pay a visit to this church.

On this page you will find all information you need to visit the St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Opening times St. Stephen’s Basilica

You can visit the basilica at the following hours:

Monday – Friday: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Saturday: 9.00 AM – 1.00 PM
Sunday: 1.00 PM – 5.00 PM

Be aware: if there are any religious ceremonies the opening times can be changed.

Opening times tower & viewpoint

The opening hours of the tower of Saint Stephen’s Basilica are a bit different than the opening times of the church itself:

November – March: every day from 10.00 AM till 4.30 PM
April, May & October: every day from 10.00 AM till 5.30 PM
June – September: every day from 10.00 AM till 6.30 PM

To visit the viewpoint of the church you need to climb quite some stairs. But the view is worth it. If you can’t walk the stairs, don’t worry. There is also an elevator to the top.

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Entrance fees St. Stephen’s Basilica and viewpoint

To enter the St. Stephen’s Basilica you don’t need to pay anything. But..it’s appreciated a lot if you make a small contribution. A normal amount to pay would be 200 HUF, which is around 0,5 pound. If you would like to take a tour through the church, you will pay 2000 HUF (5.5 pounds).

For entering the dome with the viewpoint you do need to pay a small amount:

An adult needs to pay 600 HUF (1.6 pounds)
A student needs to pay 400 HUF (1.1 pounds)

What’s there to see in the church

The church is named after Saint Stephen. The first king of Hungary. In the church you can find an important relic of Saint Stephen: his right hand. Apart from that there is a lot of nice paintings and artwork in the church. There is a beautifully painted dome.

How to get there?

Address: Szent István tér 1
Tram:
Take line 50 and get off at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út.
Metro: Take M1 (yellow line) and get off at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út.
Bus:
Takes one of the following lines: 171, 151, 236, 236A. And get off at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út.

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