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Keleti Station to the Marriott

What is the best way to get to the Marriott mid-afternoon? It looks like we could take Bus 5, the Metro or a taxi. We don't mind walking, just not sure about walking that far. From what I read, we need to get Metro tickets and have them validated and walk a short distance to the station.

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You purchase a TravelCard for the duration of your stay at the office at the bottom of the stairs front center in the station (or you use the App to get a psss). Then you follow the signs to the M2 metro and get on in the direction of Déli pályaudvar. Get off at the Deák Ferenc tér stop and walk about 7 to 10 minutes.

You can, at Deák Ferenc tér switch to the M1 and take a few minutes out of your walk. But it's a nice walk, mostly pedestrian streets, and the switch might only save 2 or 3 minutes.

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We used the metro from Keleti as described by Mr. E. Couldn't have been easier. The metro is right at the entrance to the train station.

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Thank you for your prompt replies. We will be coming from Vienna on the train. This will be the last stop on what will probably be our last trip to Europe at our age. I am trying to have as much information as possible! This sounds pretty easy.

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Very easy! On my very first trip to Europe, about 9 years ago, now, we went to Vienna first and then took the train to Budapest. When we arrived Keleti (at night), my son and I looked at each other and said, "Wow, I don't think we are in Minnesota, anymore!" We loved Budapest, everyone was very nice. I recall buying the metro ticket and the woman at the counter did not speak English. I had the name of the hotel written down in block letters. She gave me a metro map and made a huge point of the name of our stop, circling it and then counted with her fingers indicating it was the 5th stop. Very Kind. I hope your trip is fantastic!

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Or you could take a taxi.

Since it may be your last trip, if you want some help getting the Budapest part as close to perfect as possible, PM me and I will be happy to help with the details.

Don't know when you are going, but some of what you might enjoy could require some lead time, tickets for instance. I'm no spring chicken either, so I have a good handle on the easiest ways of getting around and the more age appropriate interests.

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dneesz, this will keep it all together in one place.

For a 6:30 am flight to AMS, yes call a taxi. I like to be early so I would leave at 3:30am but you could do as late 4:00 am and be fine. That time of the morning it is less than a 45 minute trip. So, 4:00 gets you there at 4:45 am.

If you are checking luggage, its been a while since I have so i am guessing here, but I suspect the counter wont open until 4:30 or 5:00. It can be a tad chaotic so getting in line early helps.

After you check-in (again only have to if you have luggage), you walk to the left and you will see the entrance to security. Good chance it isnt open yet and people are standing around waiting. Look to the left of the security entrance and you will see a narrow hallway. Its about 100m long and ends up at another security checkpoint that is almost always open and rarely crowded. Both dump out in the same location so really doesnt matter which you use.

Once in the large departure hall you will note there is a second floor. Very large food court up there and some of the places will be open. Or if you want to find your gate first there are more closer to the gate areas, but they tend to open a bit later.

They will not announce your departure gate until an hour prior to departure. 90% chance you will depart out of terminal 2A and the gates are close and there is no passport control to deal with .

Does that answer your questions?

If you have the front desk call your taxi you will probably end up with what ever taxi company pays them the largest kickback and the ride might cost a bit more. But nothig wrong with it if it makes you more comfortable.

Or you can use the City Taxi App or call City Taxi yourself. If you call, there will be a recording in Hungarian. Ignore it and wait. Then a human comes on in Hungarian. You respond "good afternoon" or what ever is appropriate for the time that you call (do it at least 18 hours prior to your flight an they get busy). Once you say "good whatever", they switch to perfect English. Just say where and when and its all set. They take cards and forints. Will cost you 10.000 to 12.000 forints.

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If you have the time, I am guessing a solid 30 minutes, and you want an interesting scenic trip through some off the beaten track neighborhoods full of the sort of architecture that Budapest is famous for, followed by a trip along the river, then take the 23 tram from Keleti. It will stop on the river about 100m from the hotel.