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WIEN - Budapest-Keleti - train ticket

Hi All! please help.... we are trying to go to Budapest from Vienna. we were thinking of leaving Vienna as early as 6am to get a day in Budapest before catching our flight at 8PM (5/26/13) another scenario is...leaving Vienna around 9PM and spend a night in Budapest, to get a head start. i've read Keleti station is the main station of Budapest. but my problem is....i cant find a ticket from WIEN-HBF to Budapest-Keleti. However, there is available train from Wien Meidling - Budapest-Keleti for 38Euro (cheapest) + 10 (seat reservation) = 48Euro(2persons). i know May is probably too far ahead but i'v also tried Feb-April just to get an idea of how much the fare. but no available ticket from Wien Hbf - Budapest-Keleti... if we will stay in Wien Meidling (to get close to the train station)...is that far from the city or tourist attraction of Vienna? thank you so much,....

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The train from Vienna to Budapest does not leave from the station you refer to , It does leave from Vienna Meidling since the 2009 closure of the Vienna Sudbahnhof due to the massive reconstruction of the Vienna Central Station . This project is now only partially operational and will be complete in 2015 . The travel time to Budapest is three hours. The station is close to Schonbrunn Palace . As far as sites in Vienna ,there are more than you can shake a pretzel at . Not knowing where your personal tastes lie , it is difficult to make a meaningful suggestion . The distance to the city center is , I believe two to three miles . All of the city is very accessible via various municipal rail systems .

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Hi, The trains from Vienna to Budapest direct leave from Wien Westbahnhof and Wien Meidling. You can get tickets departing from these two stations to Keleti . As pointed out above, they don't depart from Hbf. I stay at Westbahnhof, numerous hotel at various price ranges in the immediate area, where the U-3 and U-6 can get you to the sights. When I went to Budapest in May 2010, I took the train direct from Wien Westbahnhof....no transfer required either in Vienna or in Hungary.

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"i've read Keleti station is the main station of Budapest" That's not really true. Budapest has 3 main stations - Keleti, Nyugati, and Deli. Sometimes you have a choice of which station to use for a particular destination, but other times you don't. All three are on the Metro, and you shouldn't hesitate to use any of the three if that's the one that has a train to your destination (i.e., you shouldn't take a convoluted route just to arrive at Keleti instead of one of the others).

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Vienna has an excellent u-bahn system, so you could stay anywhere that's served by the u-bahn. I stayed at a hotel on Schottenring. On the day of my departure for Budapest from West Banhof, I walked the 1/2 block to the Schottentor stop, boarded the u-bahn, transferred at Volkstheatre, and got to West Banhof within ten minutes.