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“Great building but could use some improvements (cleaning!)”

Keleti Railway Station
Ranked #208 of 540 things to do in Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 31 May 2018

The railway station building is very impressive and looks great from the outside. We came here during a recent train trip from/to Vienna. The toilets are not overly clean and several men were sitting in the hallway asking me to pay for using it. I wish one would act as a cashier and the others would clean the bathrooms. There is a great subway connection to downtown however and a very helpful lady at the information center provided us with subway & tram tickets to and from our hotel. She also informed us that European seniors (my parents) could use all public transportation for free. We were thrilled not to have to use a taxi, having chased away a few very persistent drivers already. We also located (on our way back to Vienna) a great bakery inside the train station where we bought delicious freshly baked pastries from a very kind sales associate. With a good interior cleaning, this station could be great.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Visiting the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest was meaningful because a family member was brought through here as a prisoner during WWII. This rail station is old and charming. Make sure to visit the restaurant while there for a cup of tea or coffee and dessert. The ambiance will not disappoint those looking for a glimpse into history.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Valerie G
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

The staff is extremely nice and lovely
They did student 's discount accepting a school 's card from other country which was our case!
The station has all the necessary facilities, is warm, well labelled, directions stated everywhere!
Hungarian is a difficult language but everyone is helpful and friendly
Nice environment and it was full of young people
Nice hot dogs
Good location
Also the train tickets are extremely cheap we paid 6 euros per person (florins) for a 300km journey - amazing!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank mbarbaragp
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Summer 2017. Putting side the fact that the station could do with some serious updating, the taxi situation is somewhere between offensive and just plain criminal. It would be best to arrange a car through the hotel that you are staying to pick you up. We did not for a number of reasons and it was a mistake.

The day that we were there: The taxis are all lined up at the taxi stand. And basically one joker quotes crazy flat fees to prospective passengers. People refuse but then none of the other drivers will then speak to them. I did not see anyone get in or take a taxi while there. Not only were the rates egregious but there was the real risk that you would then be held to an even higher rate once in the taxi. Usually when taxis try to take advantage of you, they at least put the effort in. This was just a less than polite middle finger.

We left and walked down the street about ten or fifteen minutes until we found a taxi (after some trying) who agreed to a more reasonable rate (still not a metered rate) to take us to the hotel and provide a receipt.

We left through the station as well and again, the place could do with some serious updating – bringing it into the late 20th Century would be a start.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Damafan
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The taxi drivers at the station have a local nickname, “Hyenas”. These so called service providers sit on either side of the railway station and pray on unsuspecting travellers. Standard trick is offering the standard taxi fare, however they either change the tariff on the meter, take the scenic route, or do not turn on the meter and charge a exorbitant rate. If any passengers passed by and they do not accept their service they relentlessly hound the person into submission. At time these low level criminals result to verbal violence.

Avoid these gangsters at all cost.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AAK62
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