Budapest Keleti railway station
Known to locals and foreigners alike simply as the Keleti, the station stands at the end of Rákóczi Avenue and at the beginning of Kerepesi Avenue and Thököly Avenue. The station 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. Inside the station there are frescos by Karoly Lotz.
Keleti pályaudvar is also a station on the M2 (East-West) line of the Budapest Metro. The metro station's length is 193 m, the platform length is 180 m, underground depth is 14 m. From March 2014, it is also a station on Line 4.
Almost all international trains serving Budapest call at Keleti station. There are services to 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. The fact that the majority of Intercity services (36 out of 53) arrive at this railway station makes this decision more probable.
Baross tér redevelopment
The frontage of Budapest Keleti faces onto a large square (in fact more of a triangle) called Baross tér. Over the last several years, this has undergone extensive upheaval to sink in pedestrian accesses and walkways above the Keleti Pályudvar Station on Budapest Metro Line 4 (under construction as of February 2014). As of February 2014, the cranes and piling equipment have been removed and work is nearing completion (due March 2014) on new overground walkways, so that the previously obscured view of the frontage of the station is now much more clearly seen from the square. The statue of Gábor Baross, for whom the square is named, was also reinstated in December 2013.
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- "Automated metro Line M4 opens in Budapest". Railway Gazette International. 28 March 2014.
- "THE STATUE OF GÁBOR BAROSS IN A WORTHY PLACE AGAIN". "News - Metro 4". Mayor’s Office of the Municipality of Budapest Budapest Transport Centre (BKK). 6 December 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
- A picture from about 1905
- The facade
- More photos: (1), (2), (3), (4)
- Metro station
- Virtual tour outside station
- Aerial photographs of the Station
- Station Plan