Getting to the Budapest Palace of Arts, or MUPA for short is pretty simple. The bridges over the Danube provide a very helpful navigational tool. Now, the Palace of Arts is between Petofi Bridge and Rakoczi Bridge (just by the latter in fact), on the river Danube Embankment. So first of all, spot the river in the middle of Budapest and try to see the bridge in the south, that’s where MUPA should be on the right side (on the Pest side).
How to get to the Budapest Palace of Arts?
We recommend taking the trams, but you can also walk a lot in Budapest without getting too bored.
Tram 2 – along the river Danube
The most scenic and fastest way to get to the MUPA is by taking tram / streetcar number 2, which runs along the Pest side of the river Danube with fantastics views over the river, and the city of Budapest with some of its best attractions. Tram number 2 leaves from the Margaret Bridge (Jaszai Mari square), and has several stops, including all the bridges on its way towards the south, the Chain Bridge, the Elisabeth Bridge, the Liberty Bridge and the Petofi Bridge. After the Petofi Bridge the second tram stop will be the Millennial Cultural Complex (Milleniumi Kuturalis Kozpont) tram stop, where you need to get off. This stop is just before the modern Rakoczi Bridge (former Lagymanyosi Bridge).
The tram is quite frequent, it comes every 5-6 min on weekday evenings and about 1o min at the weekends.
You can also take Tram number 2A, which is a bit further away from the Palace of Arts as its terminal is the Petofi Bridge and it is about an 8-12 min walk along the river Danube to the Palace of Arts. A nice walk, if you don’t mind moving your legs a bit before the night performances.
Tram 4, 6 – on the Grand Boulevard
If you are on the Grand Boulevard, where tram number 4 or 6 is running, you can take the tram until Petofi Bridge (Boraros square), and then take a scenic nice walk (8-12 min) from the bridge to the Palace of Arts, MUPA Budapest. The tram is quite frequent, it comes every 2-4 min on weekday evenings and about 5-6 min at the weekends.
Walk along the river
You can also walk along the river as the sights are really nice with lots of Budapest attractions to see on both sides of the Danube.
Alternatively, you can walk through Raday street (a pedestrian only restaurant and cafe zone in Budapest), which ends at Petofi Bridge and then walk in the modern green parks and residential buldings leading up to the Palace of Arts (approx. half an hour walk starting from Kalvin square M3 blue metro station).