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Sziget Festival 2018 - Travel Tips

Sziget Festival 2018 - Travel Tips

Sziget Festival © rockstarphotographers

Sziget Festival is one of Europe’s biggest music festival taking place from 8 – 14 August on Óbudai Island in Budapest. Last year Sziget attracted 496,000 festival goers, including over 2,000 Irish.

If you plan on attending Sziget this year, we have some travel tips to help you enjoy the festival and stay safe.

Before you go …


Bring your European Health Insurance Card with you and if you don’t have one apply now . 

We also strongly recommend that you buy comprehensive travel insurance.


Make a copy of your passport and email it to yourself and a family member at home, in case it gets lost or stolen and you need replacement travel documents. A copy of another photo ID is also useful to have.

Apply for an Irish Passport Card. You can us this to travel within the EU and EEA and it fits in your wallet, meaning you can keep your passport safe!

You will need photo ID/passport to get into Sziget. Keep it in a secure and safe place and use the on-site lockers.  


Report it as missing to the on-site police, check with lost & found as passports are often handed in. Check with your airline as they may allow you to travel with another form of ID and a police report. If not, the Embassy can issue you with an Emergency Travel Certificate. You will need:

  • 4 photos
  • Police report
  • Proof of ID/Copy of lost passport/Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Return Travel Details
  • 22,000 HUF in cash

You can also visit E4U Consular Assistance in Csónakház at the festival.


Irish Passport © Phil Behan / DFAT 

When you get there…


Familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs. Avoid unnecessary risks – steer clear of trouble, drink responsibly, and behave respectfully when dealing with local authorities, including police and Sziget festival security.

Check the festival website for info on what you can bring in, and what you should leave at home.

Be vigilant and stick with friends or a group where possible.


Thanks to the EU, you can “Roam like at Home” so no excuses not to keep in contact with family and friends!

Call, text or post on social media, and ensure your loved ones have information about your itinerary and travel plans. Check with your provider about limits on data usage.


Sziget Festival © rockstarphotographers


Budapest is very hot in August. Use sun cream, wear a hat, drink plenty of water, and seek out shade where possible.


For an emergency in Hungary dial 112. For consular assistance from the Irish Embassy in Budapest, you can contact us on +36 1 301 4960

You can also send an email query through the Embassy’s website


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Sziget Festival © rockstarphotographers

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