The building of the Keleti Railway Station was constructed in an eclectic architectural style between 1881 and 1884. At that time, it was one of the most modern railway stations in Europe. Today it is the main international and intercity railway terminal in Budapest.
Keleti Railway Station lies at the end of Rákóczi Avenue and at the beginning of Kerepesi Avenue and Thököly Avenue. The terminal is named after the eastern (“keleti”) direction towards Transylvania and the Balkans. The main façade is adorned with two statues of James Watt and George Stephenson.
Almost all international trains serving Budapest call at Keleti station. There is also a fast train service that connects this railway station with the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, which started in 2009.
Budapest Keleti provides connections to numerous international destinations. These include the following: Graz and Vienna (Austria), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sofia (Bulgaria), Zagreb (Croatia), Prague (Czech Republic), Berlin, Hamburg and Munich (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Bucharest, Sibiu, Arad and Timişoara (Romania), Bryansk, Kaluga and Moscow (Russia), Belgrade (Serbia), Bar (Montenegro), Bratislava and Košice (Slovakia), Ljubliana (Slovenia), Zürich (Switzerland), Kyiv and Lviv (Ukraine).