The world’s best athletes from more than 200 countries will compete for gold at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest from 19 to 27 August!

The biggest event in Hungary’s sporting history, the World Athletics Championships, will be held from 19 to 27 August 2023 in Budapest. This sporting event is the third largest in the world after the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games.

More than 2,000 athletes in Hungary will compete during the 9 days of competition in the brand new, specially built National Athletics Centre with its capacity of 35,000 spectators.

The world event will start on 19 August 2023 with the men’s 20km race walk. Other events on this first day in the evening will be the final of the men’s 4x400m relay and the final of the women’s 10,000m !

Programme of the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest

Among the many events, here are some dates and times of the most anticipated events (subject to change):

Saturday 19 August 2023 at 08:50: start of the 20 Km Walk (men)
19 August 2023 at 20:55: 10,000m finish (women)
19 August 2023 at 21:47: 4x400m relay (Men)
Sunday 20 August 2023 at 16:55: Long Jump Final (Women)
20 August 2023 at 18:25: 10,000m final (Men)
20 August 2023 at 19:10: 100m final (Men)
Monday 21 August 2023 at 21:40: 110m hurdles (men)
21 August 2023 at 9.50pm: 100m (women)
Wednesday 23 August 2023 at 21:15: 1500m (men)
August 23, 2023 at 9:30pm: 400m (women)
Saturday 26 August 2023 at 7.00am: Marathon start (women)
26 August 2023 at 21:40: 4×100m relay (men)
26 August 2023 at 21:50: 4×100m relay (women)
Sunday 27 August 2023 at 7:00 am: Marathon start (men)
27 August 2023 at 20:05: High Jump Final (women)
27 August 2023 at 20:20: Javelin Throw Final (Men)
27 August 2023 at 21:37: 4×400m Relay Final (Men)
27 August 2023 at 21:47: 4×400m Relay Final (Women)

You can find the detailed programme of events by day on this link.

Marathon and Race Walk

The marathoners and walkers of the 2023 Budapest World Championships in Athletics will compete in the heart of Budapest!

The marathoners will run the classic distance on a 10 km course, crossing the most beautiful districts of Budapest, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The start and finish area will be on Heroes’ Square, as will the 20 and 35 km walk races. All six races will be free and open to all spectators.

On the closing weekend of the World Championships, the world’s best female marathon runners will take to the streets of Budapest on Saturday 26 August, followed a day later on Sunday 27 August by the men’s marathon race.

Discover the course of the 2023 World Athletics Championships marathon in the heart of Budapest with this video:

The new National Athletics Centre in Budapest

The new stadium, which began construction at the end of 2020, will offer more than 35,000 seats to sports fans during the World Championships, and will then be reduced to 15,000 seats. This project will not be limited to the nine days of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. In addition to becoming the first competition venue and training centre for Hungarian athletics, the project will also create Budapest’s newest green sports and recreation centre, providing leisure and recreation opportunities not only for athletes, but also for the general public. The park surrounding the stadium will cover an area of approximately 50,000 m2, with hundreds of trees and almost 18,000 shrubs.

Finally, discover a video of the new National Athletics Centre in Budapest:

Address: National Athletics Centre Budapest, Hajóállomás u. 1, 9th district – Pest – map

How to get to the National Athletics Centre in Budapest

Located in the 9th district of the Hungarian capital, on the Pest side, the stadium is built on the eastern bank of the Danube, south of the city. It will be accessible by various public transport services:

  • Tram line 2: ‘Közvagohid’ arrival station then 8 min walk (about 600m).
  • Tram line 24: ‘Közvágóhid’ station, 10 min walk.
  • City train line 7 (‘HÉV’ in Hungarian): stop ‘Lágymányosi híd’ then 15 min walk. This short line 7 is mainly for those who will be close to the Boráros Tér station, which is the only one that connects to the Lágymányosi híd station.
  • By bus with lines 55, 223E, 224 to the ‘Közvágóhid’-stops

Find all information about Budapest’s public transport (tickets, prices, maps, packages, journey planner tool…) in our dedicated article on this link.

You can also reach the National Athletics Centre by taxi. All the information on Budapest taxis (prices, Uber? , mobile applications, tips,…) on this link.

Tickets for the 2023 World Championships in Athletics in Budapest

Ticket prices vary from approximately 7 Euro to 57 Euro depending on the session and the seat location chosen. Special offers and discounts are available for families and group bookings. There are also package deals for those who do not want to miss a moment of the competition.

Summary table in HUF (Hungarian Forint, the Hungarian currency):
World Athletics Championships 2023

Information and purchase of tickets on this official link of the organisers:

Also take advantage of your stay in Budapest to discover the must-see sights of Budapest on this link, our Top 10 things to do in Budapest in summer on this link as well as the numerous events in Budapest in August 2023 on this link!