This is the largest railway station of Budapest. It's located in a
poor neighboorhood of the city (but prefectly safe during daytime in 2009), not really far away from the downtown
area, which can be reached on foot.
As it's name says (Keleti = Hungarian for Eastern) it's located on the eastern side of the heart of the
city, which is the Pest side of the border of the Danube around the
oldest bridge in town (the Chain bridge).
Budapest Keleti railway station was constructed between 1881 and 1884
and very modern at the time. Today you can still enjoy the splendour of
Above: a view the platforms at Budapest Keleti railway station on Saturday September 19th 2009 around 4:00 pm.
In 2009 the international trains seem all to be arriving and departing
at the Budapest Keleti station. A nearby destination is Vienna, which
will take just 2 hours 30 minutes by train. It might actually be a good
idea to arrive in Budapest from Vienna if you come from a Western style
country, as in 2009 there is still a difference in affluence visible
between Western Europe and the former Eastern European states. A
journey by train will give you the opportunity to get used to the new
environment step by step. Arriving at Budapest airport and then taking
a train towards downtown makes the transition abrupt.
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