Budapest Keleti railway station

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Budapest Keleti railway station (Template:Lang-hu) is the main international and inter-city railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary. It lies at the end of Rákóczi Avenue and at the beginning of Kerepesi Avenue and Thököly Avenue. The terminal is named after the eastern (keleti) direction towards Transylvania and the Balkans.

The building was constructed in eclectic style between 1881 and 1884 and was one of the most modern railway stations of Europe in that time. It was planned by Gyula Rochlitz and János Feketeházy.

The main façade is adorned with two statues of James Watt and George Stephenson.

Keleti pályaudvar is also a station of the M2 (East-West) line of the Budapest Metro. The metro station's length is 193 m, the platform length is 180 m, underground depth is 14 m. From about 2015 on, it will be a station of the Line 4 (Budapest Metro), too.

There is also a fast train service planned that would connect this railway station with the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The fact that the majority of Intercity services (36 out of 53) arrive at this railway station makes this decision more probable. Also, recently, almost all international trains serving Budapest call at Keleti station. [1]

Budapest Keleti provides connections to the following international destinations:

  • Graz, Vienna (Austria)
  • Sarajevo, (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Sofia, (Bulgaria)
  • Zagreb, (Croatia)
  • Prague, (Czech Republic)
  • Berlin, Hamburg, Munich (Germany)
  • Warsaw (Poland)
  • Bucharest, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Arad, Timi?oara (Romania)
  • Bryansk, Kaluga, Moscow (Russia)
  • Belgrade, (Serbia)
  • Bar, (Montenegro)
  • Bratislava, Košice (Slovakia)
  • Ljubliana, (Slovenia)
  • Zürich, (Switzerland)
  • Kyiv, Lviv (Ukraine)

Baross tér redevelopment

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A front view of Keleti Pályaudvar on 27 February 2014

The frontage of Budapest Keleti faces onto a large square (in fact more of a triangle) called Baross tér. Over the last several years, this has undergone extensive upheaval to sink in pedestrian accesses and walkways above the Keleti Pályudvar Station on Budapest Metro Line 4 (under construction as of February 2014). As of February 2014, the cranes and piling equipment have been removed and work is nearing completion (due March 2014) on new overground walkways, so that the previously obscured view of the frontage of the station is now much more clearly seen from the square. The statue of Gábor Baross, for whom the square is named, was also reinstated in December 2013.




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