Trains to Budapest
The duration of train journeys can vary significantly regardless of the distance depending on which connections you use so be sure to check the time tables in advance.
There are also various different ticket options for you if you are travelling around Europe by train so check ALL your options before booking your tickets.
Major Budapest Railway Stations
Budapest Keleti Railway Station
Budapest Keleti railway station (Budapest Keleti pályaudvar) is the main international and inter-city railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary. It lies at the end of Rákóczi Avenue and at the beginning of Kerepesi Avenue and Thököly Avenue. The terminal is named after the eastern (keleti) direction towards Transylvania and the Balkans.
The building was constructed in eclectic style between 1881 and 1884 and was one of the most modern railway stations of Europe in that time. It was planned by Gyula Rochlitz and János Feketeházy.
The main façade is adorned with two statues of James Watt and George Stephenson.
There is also a fast train service that connects this railway station with the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, which started in 2009. The fact that the majority of Intercity services (36 out of 53) arrive at this railway station makes this decision more probable. Also, recently, almost all international trains serving Budapest call at Keleti station.
Budapest Keleti provides connections to the following international destinations:
- Graz & Vienna (Austria)
- Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Sofia (Bulgaria)
- Zagreb (Croatia)
- Prague (Czech Republic)
- Berlin, Hamburg & Munich (Germany)
- Warsaw (Poland)
- Bucharest, Sibiu, Arad & Timișoara (Romania)
- Bryansk, Kaluga & Moscow (Russia)
- Belgrade (Serbia)
- Bar (Montenegro)
- Bratislava & Košice (Slovakia)
- Ljubliana (Slovenia)
- Zürich (Switzerland)
- Kyiv & Lviv (Ukraine)
Budapest-Nyugati Railway Terminal
Budapest-Nyugati pályaudvar (English: Budapest Western railway station), is one of the three main railway terminals in Budapest, Hungary. It lies at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Váci Avenue.
The station was planned by August de Serres and was built by the Eiffel Company. It was opened on 28 October 1877. Previously another station stood in its place, the end station of Hungary’s first railway line, the Pest–Vác line (constructed in 1846). This building was pulled down in order to construct the Nagykörút – Grand Boulevard which is now smaller than the outer ringroad (Hungária körút – Hungary Boulevard) and the recently opened motorway ringroad M0 (2008).
The station gave name to the immediately adjacent Nyugati tér (Western Square), a major intersection where Teréz körút (Theresia Boulevard), Szent István körút (Saint Stephen Boulevard), Váci út (Váci Avenue), and Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Avenue) converge. The square also serves as a transport hub with several bus routes, tram routes 4 and 6, and a station on M3 line of the Budapest Metro.
Since 2007 state railway MÁV has operated regular services between the station and Budapest Ferihegy International Airport Terminal 1. The trip takes approximately 25 minutes, costs 365 HUF, and runs 2-3 times per hour.
Beside the railway station and partially above its open area there is the WestEnd City Center shopping mall.
Portions of the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol were filmed, and took place, in and around the station.