Budapest Keleti railway station

"Keleti pályaudvar" redirects here. For the metro station, see Keleti pályaudvar (Budapest Metro).
Budapest Keleti railway station
Keleti pályaudvar  (Hungarian)

Budapest Keleti viewed from the west.
Location Kerepesi út 2-4
1087 Budapest
Coordinates 47°30′01″N 19°05′02″E / 47.50028°N 19.08389°E / 47.50028; 19.08389Coordinates: 47°30′01″N 19°05′02″E / 47.50028°N 19.08389°E / 47.50028; 19.08389
Owned by Hungarian State Railways (MÁV)
Line(s) 1 Bp.Keleti pu. - Hegyeshalom
80 Bp.Keleti pu. - Sátoraljaújhely
120 Bp.Keleti pu. - Lőkösháza
150 Bp.Keleti pu. - Kelebia
Platforms 18
Connections Metro:
Tram: 24
Architect Gyula Rochlitz
Opened 16 August 1884 (1884-08-16)
Keleti pályaudvar
Keleti pályaudvar
Keleti pályaudvar (Budapest)
Keleti Terminal in 1912

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.[1]

Train services

The station is served by the following services:


Preceding station   MÁV START   Following station
toward Zürich HB
toward München Hbf
toward Hamburg Hbf
toward Ljubljana
toward Berlin Hbf
toward Wien Hbf
toward Bucharest
toward Zürich HB
toward München Hbf
toward Brașov
toward Belgrade


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]


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.[3]

Public Transport

Budapest Keleti railway station is located in the 8th district of Budapest, Hungary.

Distance from other railway stations



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  1. "Keleti Train Station". Budapest City 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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