Budapest Keleti (eastern) railway station (Hungarian: Budapest Keleti pályaudvar) is the main international and inter-city railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary.
The station stands where Rákóczi Avenue splits to become Kerepesi Avenue and Thököly Avenue. Keleti pályaudvar translates to Eastern Railway Terminus. Its name in 1891 originates not only for its position as the easternmost of the city's rail termini, but for its original role as a terminus of the lines from eastern Hungary including Transylvania, and the Balkans. In contrast, the Nyugati (western) railway station used to serve lines toward Vienna and Paris.
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.
The station is served by the following services:
- Railjet services
- Bp-Keleti pu. - Győr - Vienna - St Pölten - Linz - Salzburg Hbf
- Bp-Keleti pu. - Győr - Vienna - St Pölten - Linz - Salzburg - München Hbf
- Bp-Keleti pu. - Győr - Vienna - St Pölten - Linz - Salzburg - Innsbruck - Zürich Hb
- EuroCity services – EC
- (Lehár) Bp-Keleti pu. - Tatabánya - Győr - Wien Westbf
- (Petrov) Bp-Keleti pu. - Bratislava - Brno hl. n.
- (Csárdás, Jaroslav Hasek, Slovan) Bp-Keleti pu. - Bratislava - Brno - Praha hl. n.
- (Hungária) Bp-Keleti pu. - Bratislava - Brno - Prague - Dresden - Berlin Hbf
- (Jeszenszky János, Porta Bohemica) Bp-Keleti pu. - Bratislava - Brno - Prague - Dresden - Berlin - Hamburg-Altona
- EuroNight services – EN
- (Kálmán Imre) Bp-Keleti pu. - Győr - Vienna - St Pölten - Linz - Salzburg - München Hbf
- (Metropol) Bp-Keleti pu. - Bratislava - Brno - Prague - Dresden - Berlin Hbf
- (Ister) Bp-Keleti pu. - Szolnok - Békéscsaba - Arad - Deva - Sibiu - Brasov - Bucureşti Nord
- Int. InterCity services – IC
- (Rába) Bp-Keleti pu. - Győr - Szombathely - Graz Hbf
- (Rippl-Rónai) Bp-Keleti pu. - Dombóvár - Kaposvár - Koprivnica - Zagreb Glavni Kol.
- (Hernád, Rákóczi) Bp-Keleti pu. - Miskolc - Košice
- (Corona, Hargita) Bp-Keleti pu. - Szolnok - Püspökladány - Oradea - Cluj Napoca - Miercurea Ciuc - Brasov
- (Körös) Bp-Keleti pu. - Szolnok - Békéscsaba - Arad - Timişoara Nord
- (Transsylvania) Bp-Keleti pu. - Szolnok - Békéscsaba - Arad - Deva - Sibiu - Brasov
- (Traianus) Bp-Keleti pu. - Szolnok - Békéscsaba - Arad - Timişoara - Drobeta Tr.Severin - Craiova - Bucureşti Nord
- Int. Express services
- (Dacia) Wien Westbf - Győr - Tatabánya - Bp-Keleti pu. - Szolnok - Békéscsaba - Arad - Deva - Brasov - Bucureşti Nord
- (Beograd) Bp-Keleti pu. - Kiskunhalas - Subotica - Novi Sad - Belgrade
- Intercity services – IC
- (Borostyánkő-Tűztorony, Claudius-Volt Fesztivál, Savaris-Scarbantia, Alpokalja-Kékfrankos, Répce-Sopron Bank)
Bp-Keleti pu. - Kelenföld - Tatabánya - Győr - Csorna / Répcelak - Szombathely / Sopron
- (Baranya, Dráva, Mecsek, PTE, Sopianae, Tenkes, Tettye, Tubes, Zengő)
Bp-Keleti pu. - Kelenföld - Sárbogárd - Pincehely - Dombóvár - Sásd - Szentlőric - Pécs
- (Abaúj, Borsod, Hámor, Lillafüred, Sajó, Szinva)
Bp-Keleti pu. - Füzesabony - Miskolc-Tiszai
- (Dália, Jázmin, Kamilla, Rózsa)
Bp-Keleti pu. - Füzesabony - Miskolc-Tiszai - Szerencs - Tokaj - Nyíregyháza
- (Tokaj, Tulipán)
Bp-Keleti pu. - Füzesabony - Miskolc-Tiszai - Szerencs - Tokaj - Nyíregyháza - Debrecen
- (Alföld, Békés, Csanád, Viharsarok)
Bp-Keleti pu. - Szolnok - Mezőtúr - Gyoma - Mezőberény - Békéscsaba - Kétegyháza - Lőkösháza
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.
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
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.
Budapest Keleti railway station is located in the 8th district of Budapest, Hungary.
- Tram: 24
- Trolleybus: 73, 76, 68, 79, 80, 80A
- Bus: 5, 7, 7E, 8, 20E, 30, 30A, 107, 110, 112, 133, 178, 230, 233, 239
- Nocturnal lines: 907, 908, 931, 956, 973, 990
Distance from other railway stations
Thököly Avenue entrance to Lotz Hall
Lotz Hall entry to main shed
Baross tér Construction in December 2008
Train shed looking toward Baross tér
Overhead view looking west
Eastern lights (7th prize photo on Wiki Loves Monuments 2013)
Looking west into the main hall