Hello, we are arriving from Prague to Budapest via train. What is the best rail station to arrive in order to get to Chain Bridge. Any information you can share would be most appreciated. Thanks
From Prague you will arrive at Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Station). Get off the train, walk to the front of the station and down the stairs in the center. On the right side is an information office. Pretty sure you can purchase a Travel Card there. Then follow the signs to the RED M2 metro line. Look for the train marked Déli pályaudvar (the end stop), get off at the third stop (Deák Ferenc tér). Then in theory you can change to the YELLOW M1 (follow the signs and the stairs up) line for one stop (to the Vorosmarty ter - end of the M1 line), but it will be as fast to walk the rest of the way.
At Deák Ferenc tér you will see a major road. Do not cross it. Walk away and perpendicular to it (west). In less than 10 minutes you will be at the river and see the bridge. From Vorosmarty ter walk west about 200 yards and you will be at the river.
Thanks James, I wasn't sure which station to get off. Information very helpful!
bandcearland, You generally don't get a choice of stations. Long distance trains will stop only once at the same "main" station. For really big cities with multiple "main" stations, then trains from the north will stop at station A, from the south at station B etc.
The question is more like "which Budapest station do trains from Prague arrive at?", which James has answered: Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern Station)
Many of the trains entering Budapest to Keleti stop at Kelenföld on the way in. If you were staying at the Gellert Hotel, that would be as good a place to get off as Keleti. The trains from Budapest to Vienna stop at two stations in Vienna. So there are options, and its a fair question. It varies from town to town and country to country. When the migrant issue was still in existence in Budapest a lot of people were avoiding both the main train stations for the suburb stations like Deli and Kelenföld.
I suspect it's too late, but Prague to Budapest is more time efficient by air. Czech Airlines has flights for about $125. From the airport to the Chain Bridge it's about $25 and 35 minutes by taxi.
Thanks Chris and James for your thoughts and info, so much to go through. I'll look into flights as well. Thanks again
James, I checked flights but obviously waited too long over$700 for 2. Thanks again for your input.
I just picked a random date. One way Prague to Budapest on September 16 on Czech Air is 36.000 forints or about $136.00
The flight is 1:20 non-stop.
Thanks for the site James, I'll check it out