Are trains running from Keleti station to Vienna now?
Doubtful it'll be an easy trip this week. It's reported that roads and train inlets into Austria are being monitored and possibly closed by Austrian police/military.
The Serbia-Hungry border today is experiencing riot conditions. I couldn't get over how fast they put up 109 miles of double chain link fencing supplement with razor wire and closed off that border.
This subject was #1 on the European television news when we were over there last week. And it is a very serious issue for the EU. I don't know if it'll be settled in the near future as there are just so many displaced people to deal with. Travel could be a little upside down in the near future.
Emily says she has a State Department Bulletin that says yes. I can't find anything in the news that says that Austria has reconsidered their stopping the trains on the 10th. I did see a 2 hour old news story describing how the train service between Austria and Germany had been suspended. This all is changing so fast that you will not have your answer until you get to the station.
On Sept 14, 2015 I took train from Budapest Keleti to Prague. A couple on same train was re-directed to travel to Prague and then backtrack to Vienna as no direct trains were running to Vienna from Budapest that day. Keleti station is on several levels. The upstairs level with the tracks was not filled with migrants, and appeared to be operating as usual with a large number of police; but the intermediate level near the subway had hundreds of migrants with tents, children and a huge line of mostly young men lined up at an information window. A non-Hungarian was yelling at them in Syrian (?) with a loudspeaker. Police were very polite and helpful. Our taxi driver told us that more than 4,000 additional migrants had arrived at the station on Sept. 13 and 14 before the border was sealed. Our train was not crowded but due to crisis we bought first class tickets with reserved seats.
Warning: The Canadian couple going to Vienna sat two rows behind us. The woman placed her purse between the two seats on a shelf near the floor. She heard her purse rattling (chain strap) and noticed that a thief was trying to steal her purse but she confronted and stopped him. Later when she opened her purse, her wallet was missing. Fortunately the thief had dropped it and it was under her seat. Be very careful when boarding a train and securing your belongings as a thief can board the train, make off with valuables and get back off the train before it even leaves the station. Lesson learned; no harm done but our Canadian sister traveler earned a great big thank you from us.
Tried to do a search, and here is what came up:
"The Austrian Railways (ÖBB) temporarily suspended train traffic between Hungary and Austria at Hegyeshalom border station as of Railjet trains between Budapest and Hegyeshalom are replaced with trains operated by MÁV-START. Please visit our website for up-to-date information: http://www.mavcsoport.hu/en
Please note that home printing of international tickets is not possible. International tickets booked online must be collected at any of the Ticket Collection Points located at railway stations in Hungary before your journey."
Just received notice that one of our guests that was arriving in Budapest from Vienna had their train canceled this morning. Not sure if they had a plan B.
James - I notice you post a lot in this second and are very familiar with Budapest. We are arriving by train FROM Prague TO Keleti (overnight) in about 2.5 weeks. Are there any issues with trains arriving at Keleti from locations other than Vienna?
Rosanne, apparently, now, today, at this moment, no. In 5 minutes from now, who knows. I would see if you can get a flight on Czech Airlines. The last dates I checked the Fares were not much different than the train.
It might get better if Hungary can keep their Serbian borders closed, but that's just my guess. I have been encouraging my guests to hire cars or fly and those that listened have gotten to Bpest with out issue and of course have loved Budapest.