Can I get trains to Eger and Pecs at the Keleti Station? RS book is a little vague. These will be two separate trips, one each week that I am in Budapest. Also is there a metro line that goes to Keleti?
There are three main train stations in Budapest; trains for different destinations leave from different stations. The easiest way to figure out a route is to use the Bahn (German rail) website, and just put in "Budapest" without specifying a station.
Doing that, I see that trains for both Eger and Pecs do indeed leave from Keleti. Trains to Pecs are direct (no changes). Some trains for Eger are direct, but most have a change in Füzesabony.
Yes, the Metro lines 2 and 4 go to Keleti Station. Here's more about the station from rail guru The Man In Seat 61: https://www.seat61.com/stations/budapest-keleti.htm
If you do need to take a train from the other stations (Nyugati or Déli), they are also on the Metro.
Thanks so much!!
Check the Hungarian railway site for the schedule, www.mav.hu and you can purchase tickets online but if you don't want to commit ahead of time you can also purchase in person at the window at Keleti. That's what I did last year when traveling to Tata; wrote out what I wanted--clerk spoke English but best to be prepared--& bought the day before travel. Trains rarely fill up.
ditto to Christa
You might consider purchasing your tickets at the office located on Jozsef Attila utca. A very patient and helpful agent worked with us to provide the best connections for several trips, recommending options I hadn't been aware of. Much nicer than the hectic ticket counter at Keleti. We bought all our tickets a few days in advance of our travel. We left from Keleti to Eger.
Thanks again everyone! Denny, can you tell me the name of the office on Jozsef Attila utca? Just wondering if it's a private travel agent or a Budapest train office. Getting the tickets in advance is appealing whether on line or in person once we arrive.
it's a MAV office. Keleti is very easy to reach and if you buy them there you can get a feel before you have to catch a train there. Intresting architecture, interesting part of town.
Hi. It is as James notes, the MAV office, not a private travel agent. It is in Rick's book. They were very helpful and we liked getting it all done. All our trains were on time, comfortable and very reasonably priced. It was nice.
Hi guys! (I guess Denny could be a woman's name too)! Denny, I did find the office in Rick's book and we will definitely purchase tickets before our travel dates. I really had to search for info about the MAV ticket office in the book and might not have even noticed it without Denny's post back to me so thank you again. James, I have already found the route to the Keleti station on Google maps and it is only a 14 minute walk from the apartment we are renting. Nice to hear that we will see interesting things along the way. Thanks again to both of you and anyone else I hear from!