Budapest Nyugati railway station

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

Budapest Nyugati (western) railway station (Hungarian: Nyugati pályaudvar), 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. It replaced a previous station, which was the terminus of Hungary's first railway line, the PestVác line (constructed in 1846). This building was pulled down in order to construct the Grand Boulevard.

The station gave its name to the 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 Hungarian State Railways (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.[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 has been described as the "most elegant" McDonald's in the world.[3][4]

The music video for Gwen Stefani's 2008 single Early Winter was partly shot at Nyugati.[5]

Starting in May 2016 the key scenes of the movie "Terminal" were shot over 27 nights. [6]

Train services[edit]

The station provides access to the following services:

Preceding station   MÁV START   Following station
TerminusInterCity

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. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4463816/

External links[edit]

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