Budapest Keleti railway station

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Keleti Railway Terminal
Keleti Terminal in 1912

Budapest Keleti railway station (Hungarian: Budapest Keleti pályaudvar) is the main international and inter-city railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary.

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.

Architecture[edit]

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.[1]

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • Railjet services Zürich - Innsbruck - Salzburg - Linz - St Pölten - Vienna - Győr - Budapest
  • Railjet services Frankfurt - Stuttgart - Munich - Salzburg - Linz - St Pölten - Vienna - Győr - Budapest
  • EuroCity services Hamburg - Berlin - Dresden - Prague - Pardubice - Brno - Breclav - Bratislava - Budapest
  • EuroCity services Ljubljana - Celje - Hodos - - Veszprem - Budapest
  • EuroNight services Berlin - Dresden - Prague - Pardubice - Brno - Breclav - Bratislava - Budapest
  • EuroNight services Vienna - Győr - Budapest - Arad - Sibiu - Brasov - Bucharest
  • EuroNight services Zürich - Innsbruck - Salzburg - Linz - St Pölten - Vienna - Győr - Budapest
  • EuroNight services Munich - Salzburg - Linz - St Pölten - Vienna - Győr - Budapest
  • Intercity services Budapest - Arad - Sibiu - Brasov
  • Intercity services Budapest - Arad - Timisoara
  • Intercity services Budapest - Kiskunhalas - Novi Sad - Belgrade
  • Intercity services Zagreb - Gyekenyes - Dombovar - Budapest
Preceding station   MÁV START   Following station
toward Zürich HB
Railjet Terminus
toward München Hbf
Railjet Terminus
toward Hamburg Hbf
EuroCity Terminus
toward Ljubljana
EuroCity Terminus
toward Berlin Hbf
EuroNight Terminus
toward Wien Hbf
EuroNight
toward Bucharest
toward Zürich HB
EuroNight Terminus
toward München Hbf
EuroNight Terminus
Terminus InterCity
toward Brașov
Terminus InterCity
Terminus InterCity
toward Belgrade
InterCity Terminus

Metro[edit]

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.[2]

Airport[edit]

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[edit]

Since it faces due east, at the Vernal Equinox, the sun rises and lights the train shed

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.[3]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keleti Train Station". Budapest City Guide.com. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Automated metro Line M4 opens in Budapest". Railway Gazette International. 28 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "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. 

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Coordinates: 47°30′01″N 19°05′02″E / 47.50028°N 19.08389°E / 47.50028; 19.08389