Budapest Keleti station...  Click for map of Budapest showing station

  Ticket offices

  Left luggage & ATMs

  First class lounge

  How to collect mavcsoport tickets

  A meal, coffee or beer before your train  

  Taxis, metro

 

On other pages....

  Trains from Budapest to other European cities

  Trains from other European cities to Budapest

  General information for European train travel

  How to buy European train tickets online

Location & overview...

Most international trains arrive and depart from Budapest's historic Keleti Pályaudvar, built between 1881 & 1884, one of Europe's classic railway stations.  Keleti Pályaudvar simply means east station.  It's a fascinating place to people watch and perfectly safe at all times of day or evening too, merely needing the same common sense you'd use in any busy public place.  The station is a terminus, with easy level access to all platforms.

The Man in Seat 61 says, "...I have a real soft spot for Budapest's bustling Keleti station with its graceful architecture and trains arriving & departing from places like Berlin, Bucharest, Zurich & Belgrade.  The first class lounge on platform 9 is a haven of peace, the Baross restaurant in the corner by platform 6 the place for a quick beer or meal before your train with a great atmosphere.  The station has a British connection too, the facade sports statues of James Watt and George Stephenson.  For a short history of the station see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest_Keleti_railway_station.  Arriving or departing at Keleti station is an experience in itself..."

Inside the station...

Budapest Keleti station main facade   Inside Budapest Keleti station

A classic facade...  The Danube and all the city sights are a 30 minute walk down the road in front of the station, or use the metro.

 

Platforms 6-9 at Budapest Keleti.  1-5 are a short walk away down platform 6 (on the left), platform 10 upwards is a walk along platform 9 (on the right of this photo).  The Baross restaurant is directly behind the camera.

Budapest Keleti station platforms 7 & 8

Platforms 7 & 8, looking towards the buffer stops.  On the left, the sleeper from Prague & Berlin has just arrived...

Domestic & international ticket offices...

The international ticket office is in a passageway a little way along platform 6, just follow the signs.  A numbered queuing system operates, so take a numbered ticket from the machine in the corner and await your turn.  You'll usually find staff who speak good English, and credit cards and euros are accepted.  Off-season it doesn't usually take long to get served, perhaps a couple of minutes, but in busy July & August there can be quite a wait, perhaps even 30-40 minutes, so it can save time to book online and collect your tickets from the self-service machines!

The domestic ticket office is downstairs off the end of platforms 6-9, although there's also a small office upstairs on platform 9. 

Seniors over 65:  Anyone who is an EU citizen over 65 years old can travel FREE within Hungary, anywhere on the Hungarian Railways domestic network.  You still need to go to the ticket office and get a free ticket to your chosen destination, and you must still pay any fast train supplement.  Or you can book online at www.mavcsoport.hu looking for the 'Reduction' drop-down menu and selecting 'Person over 65' under 'Free'.  If you want 1st class you must pay the difference between 1st and 2nd class fares before boarding.  Trams and buses are also free if you're over 65.  Only applies to EU citizens.

How to collect tickets bought online at www.mavcsoport.hu...

Tickets bought online at www.mavcsoport.hu must be collected from the self-service ticket machines, either the small blue collection machines if collecting Hungarian domestic tickets (pictured below centre) or the larger yellow self-service ticket vending machines if collecting international tickets (pictured below right).  There are various machines around the station.  Use the touch screen to switch it to English, select the option to collect tickets, enter your reference number, click Bevitel (enter), and your tickets will print.  Easy!

Location of MAV-start ticket collection machine at Budapest Keleti.   MAV e-ticket machine   MAV-start ticket collection - touch screen

Entrance to the international ticket office...

 

A blue machine...

 

A yellow ticket machine...

Luggage lockers & ATMs...

Lockers are located in a room near the buffer stops at the near end of platform 9.  There are large and small lockers, most accepting Forint coins, a few accepting euro coins, see the left luggage page for current prices.  There is a change machine if you only have Forint notes.  There is an ATM for cash withdrawals right next to the internet ticket collection machine shown in the photograph above.

First class business lounge...

Anyone with a first class international ticket to or from Budapest can use the first class business lounge before or after their train.  Open 06:00-21:30 every day of the week, it's located a little way along platform 9, it's the last set of double doors on the right before you reach the exit hall, marked 'Business lounge' above the doors.  The lounge offers complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks & snacks.  1st class Eurail or InterRail holders with a reservation may also use the lounge, as can anyone with a ticket for a single-berth sleeper, see www.mavcsoport.hu for more details.

Location of first class lounge at Budapest Keleti railway station   Inside first class lounge at Budapest Keleti station

The entrance to the lounge on platform 9.

 

The first class lounge is open daily 06:00-21:30...

Somewhere to eat before catching your train:  Baross bar-restaurant...

A good place to wait for your train over an inexpensive meal, coffee or beer in grand surroundings inside the station is the Baross restaurant in the corner near the buffer stops on platform 6, usually open 8am to 8pm, credit cards accepted.  For something upmarket near the station, try the Rosenstein Restaurant, www.rosenstein.hu.  At the opposite end of the scale, there's a MacDonald's, Burger King and KFC outside across the road on the platform 6 side of the station.  There are of course plenty of stalls and kiosks inside the station, where you can stock up on snacks, soft drinks and beer.

Baross restaurant, Budapest Keleti station   Baross restaurant, Budapest Keleti station   Hungarian food at the Baross restaurant, Budapest keleti

Local transport:  Walking, taxis & metro...


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