Budapest Keleti railway station
Known to locals and foreigners alike simply as the Keleti, the station stands where Rákóczi Avenue splits to become Kerepesi Avenue and Thököly Avenue. The station is named due to its position as the most eastern ('keleti') of the city's rail stations, nearest Transylvania and the Balkans.
The building was designed in eclectic style by Gyula Rochlitz and János Feketeházy and constructed between 1881 and 1884 as one of the most modern railway stations of Europe. The main façade is adorned with two statues depicting James Watt and George Stephenson. Inside the station are frescos by Karoly Lotz.
Keleti pályaudvar has been a station on the M2 (East-West) line of the Budapest Metro since the line opened in 1970. The metro station is 14 metres (46 ft) underground and 193 metres (633 ft) in length with the platform 180 metres (590 ft). In March 2014, Line 4 opened making Keleti a transfer point between the two Metro lines.
Most international trains serving Budapest call at Keleti station. Regular service exists between Budapest and the following international destinations:
- Graz, Vienna (Austria)
- Sofia, (Bulgaria)
- Zagreb, (Croatia)
- Prague, (Czech Republic)
- Berlin, Hamburg, Munich (Germany)
- Warsaw, Kraków (Poland)
- Bucharest, Brașov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Arad, Timişoara (Romania)
- Bryansk, Kaluga, Moscow (Russia)
- Belgrade, (Serbia)
- Bar, (Montenegro)
- Bratislava, Košice (Slovakia)
- Ljubliana, (Slovenia)
- Zürich, (Switzerland)
- Kyiv, Lviv (Ukraine)
A planned fast train service would connect the station with Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. Since 36 of 53 Intercity services to Budapest operate from this railway station, it seems highly probable that this plan will materialize.
Baross tér redevelopment
The façade of Budapest Keleti faces onto a large three-sided plaza called Baross tér. In 2005, work began to construct a pedestrian concourse and exits to allow better access between the Keleti Pályudvar Station on Budapest Metro Line 4 and long-distance train facilities. The statue of Gábor Baross, for whom the square is named, was returned to its location in December 2013 and work completed in March 2014.
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- "Keleti Train Station". Budapest City Guide.com. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
- "Automated metro Line M4 opens in Budapest". Railway Gazette International. 28 March 2014.
- "The statue of Gábor Baross in a worthy place again" (Press release). Mayor’s Office of the Municipality of Budapest. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
- A picture from about 1905
- The façade
- More photos: (1), (2), (3), (4)
- Metro station
- Virtual tour outside station
- Aerial photographs of the Station
- Station Plan