Budapest-Nyugati Railway Terminal

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Budapest Western railway station, planned by August de Serres (Eiffel Company)

Nyugati pályaudvar (English: Western railway station), generally referred to simply as Nyugati, is one of the three main railway terminals in Budapest, Hungary. The station is on the Pest side of Budapest, accessible by the 4 and 6 tramline and the M3 metro line.

History[edit]

Budapest Nyugati station in the 19th century
Interior of the McDonald's in the Budapest-Nyugati Railway Terminal

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 PestVác line (constructed in 1846). This building was pulled down in order to construct the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút) 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 Western Square ('Nyugati tér'), 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 of the Budapest Metro.

Budapest Nyugati train station

Since 2007 state railway MÁV has operated regular services between the terminal and Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport Terminal 1,[1] although Terminal 1 has been closed since 2012 and all departures and arrivals have been consolidated in Terminal 2A and 2B, which is 4 kilometers away by airport bus 200E.[2]

Beside the terminal and partially above its open area there is the WestEnd City Center shopping mall. Inside the station is a McDonald's restaurant which opened in 1988 described by tourism brochures as the "most elegant" McDonald's in the world.[3][4]

The railway station scenes from the music video for Gwen Stefani's 2008 single Early Winter were shot at Nyugati.[5]

Train services[edit]

The station provides access to the following services:

Preceding station   MÁV START   Following station
TerminusInterCity

Distance from other railway stations[edit]

Hungary[edit]

Future developments[edit]

Plans exist to build a cross-city tunnel linking Nyugati station with Budapest-Déli Railway Terminal.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Intelligence August 2007". Railway Gazette International. 1 August 2007.
  2. ^ Airport, Budapest. "Budapest Airport Closes Terminal 1". Archived from the original on 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  3. ^ "Nyugati Train Station | Budapest, Hungary Attractions". www.lonelyplanet.com. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ "This Is the World's Fanciest McDonald's". mic.com. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  5. ^ "10+1 famous music videos shot in Hungary". Daily News Hungary. 2017-01-03. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  6. ^ "New Transportation Projects Proposed in Budapest: Metro 5, New Vehicles and a Railway Tunnel". Hungary Today. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

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Coordinates: 47°30′39″N 19°03′27″E / 47.51083°N 19.05750°E / 47.51083; 19.05750