As the popular Great Market Hall is one of the busiest tourist attractions in Budapest, you may wish to know how you can avoid the most crowded hours of the market. Here are some tips.
Best Time to Visit the Great Market Hall
You may wonder when it is the best time to visit the Great Market Hall. We often get this question, and the answer is, it depends.
Definitely not on a Sunday, as, in contrast to shopping malls in Budapest, the modern markets of consumerism, Budapest market halls are not open on Sundays. The market is open from Monday to Saturday, so schedule your market tour by taking into consideration the current opening hours.
If you want to avoid the crowds, do not get up early to get to the market. Housewives, and market goer locals in general do their early morning shopping until about 8-9am from Monday to Friday. It is especially true of Saturday mornings when many buyers have a bit more time to browse the markets on their free days. Moreover, Budapest weekend getaways are quite popular among tourists (local and foreign tourists alike), so Saturdays in general are busier.
Unless you want to take photos of the busy market, you had better come late morning or early afternoon during the weekdays. Lunch time is the midday peak hours as many locals and tourists pop in for a quick, cheap lunch between 12 pm and 2 pm.
We advise tourists to visit the Budapest Market Hall between 10 am and 12 pm or 2 pm and 4 pm as the best time to get the most out of your visit.