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    Car Hire at Budapest Train Station - Discovering Hungary on Four Wheels

    Known locally as Keleti Pályaudvar, Budapest's Keleti Train Station is not only one of Hungary's most important railway hubs but also a building well worth appreciating for its artistic qualities and historical significance. Located within the inner city's limits, it is one of three busy stations in the Hungarian capital, along with Nyugati Pályaudvar (in the west) and Déli in the south of the city.

    Built between 1881 and 1884, it was one of the most modern and architecturally stunning railway stations of its era, sporting an impressive façade no less than 43 metres in height. Classified as a building of national importance in 1988, it serves most of Hungary and many key cities across the continent, such as Vienna (just 2 hours and 38 minutes away), Bratislava (2 hours and 22 minutes) and Munich (6 hours and 50 minutes).

    The station features some eye-catching statues, including those of James Watt (one of the inventors of the steam engine) and George Stephenson, considered to be the 'Father of Railways'. Passengers waiting for their train will also be able to appreciate some very well-preserved frescoes in the old ticket hall and northern wing of the station by the late-19th century Hungarian painter, Károly Lotz.

    Budapest is a major European tourist destination, and one of the best ways of seeing all its main sights is by picking up your car hire from Budapest Train Station and beginning your travel itinerary from there. The station gives you speedy access to all the city's top attractions, including Buda Castle and the famous Fisherman's Bastion. Another must is the beautiful Parliament Building which houses the Museum of Ethnography and the Hungarian Crown Jewels.

    One of the world's leading car hire companies, Auto Europe now offers more than 24,000 pick-up and drop-off locations in over 180 different destinations. We have all the right solutions for your next trip to Budapest and, besides the railway station, you can pick up your vehicle at a convenient point in the city centre as well as Budapest's busy international airport.

    We offer the cheapest rates and widest choice of vehicles on the market, not to mention the highest level of service. Take a look at our Budapest car hire reviews page to find out what previous visitors to the city thought about their Auto Europe car rental experience. And if you require any help with your reservation, please call our rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 and they will find you the very best deal.

    Station Information

    Located in close proximity to the city centre and many of the main tourist sights (20 minutes by foot, or just 5 minutes on the metro), Budapest Train Station is the main station for all trains arriving from Munich, Vienna, Prague and several other key European cities. The popular Railjet and EuroNight services arrive at and depart from Budapest-Keleti railway station, making it an important gateway for many visitors to the city. The station has 18 platforms and a wide range of on-site facilities and amenities catering for the many passengers waiting for their trains.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Budapest Train Station

    There's plenty of choice for people looking to pick up a car rental at Budapest Train Station. Many of the world's leading car hire companies operate in and around Budapest city centre, with some (such as Sixt) having offices not too far away from the station building. Please make sure you have your passport, driving licence and car hire voucher with you when you arrive to pick up your vehicle.

    Sixt Car Hire at Budapest Station Sixt at Budapest Station
    Váci út 141
    Budapest, Hungary 1138
    +36 1 451 4220
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 7am-7pm (8am-6pm Sat & Sun)

    Station facilities

    Built in the 1800s, Budapest Train Station is a long-established transport hub with a vast range of on-site facilities for passengers. Inside the station building you will find a lot of eateries (try the famous Baross Restaurant) and shops, plus a tourist information centre, left-luggage office (plus dozens of lockers) and several bureaux de change. There's paid parking close to the main entrance and although the station itself does not have Wi-fi, many of the restaurants on its premises do offer a free Internet service to their customers. There are a couple of ATM machines inside the station, one near the trains and another in the main hall.

    How to get to and from Budapest station

    When you rent a car at Budapest Train Station, it's best to buy a toll sticker if you intend to use the motorways in Hungary, including the M1, M3, M5, M6, M7 and many of the country's other main roads. Both types of sticker can be bought at larger petrol stations. The local traffic rules are called KRESZ and are based on the Vienna and Geneva Conventions, like in most other European countries. With 268 bus, 32 tram, 15 trolleybus, 4 underground lines, several suburban railway services and many river boats to offer, the station is very well served by the city's bustling public transport network. A major hub for international visitors, Budapest Train Station is located well within the inner city's limits, meaning that it is easily accessible from all parts of downtown Budapest and beyond. When arriving from Budapest Airport, travellers can use the 100E bus service which directly connects with the city centre throughout the day and most of the night.

    Parking tips

    You'll generally find that parking your car hire at Budapest Train Station and in other parts of the city is relatively easy compared with many other large European cities. Budapest is divided into parking zones and fees vary from one zone to zone. Look for the parking meter closest to your car and insert the necessary amount using coins that are marked as accepted before displaying the ticket behind the car's windscreen. Paid parking hours can also vary from zone to zone, although you can generally expect to pay during the period from 8am–8pm on weekdays (free weekends except in special parking zones such as near Buda Castle). For short-term parking, choose one of the car parks in and around the city cntre, or to save money you can park at one of the P+R (Park and Ride) car parks located not too far away from Budapest's major tourist sights.

    Useful links

    Budapest Tourist Info