Storing Luggage at Budapest-Keleti Train Station

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If you’re traveling by train in Eastern Europe and only stopping for a day in Budapest (which would be a pity!) then you might want to choose the Budapest-Keleti Train Station (Keleti Pályaudvar) as your luggage storage. The station is on the Pest side of Budapest and right upstairs from the M2 Metro line (Red Line) which can take you into the city center or even all the way across to Buda and the Southern Railway Station (Déli pályaudvar).

 

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As you walk in the front doors of the station (on the south side of the train terminal) approach the tracks and turn left. Aroom of lockers is located in between the Lotto and Mini ABC shop/Customer Service office. Also look for another location under the main stairs, but there is no change machine there.

 

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Storage lockers in Budapest-Keleti Station come in a variety of sizes.

 

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All are coin operated, with sizes to accommodate small soft bags, through medium- and large-sized suitcases and even a proper tall locker like you had in high school maybe. Prices are 400, 600, and 800 forint. Machines accept 50-, 100-, and 200-forint coins. [Small lockers are approximately 45x80x35 cm; the larger approximately 65x80x55 cm costs 600 HUF/24 hour.]

 

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One nice bonus is that some of the lockers even take Euro coins (price is €3). There is a change machine at the entry, and an ATM nearby as well if you have nothing to change.

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Pack your bags into an open locker, close the door, deposit the coins, turn the key to lock it, and keep that key carefully on your person. You now have 24 hours to explore Budapest. If you go over 24 hours (up to 72 hours, though I don’t think they are policing that like they do in say Munich train station luggage lockers) you will need to add money, according to the digitally displayed balance, in order to open the locker with that key.

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From Budapest-Keleti train station you can walk outside and head down into the Metro system at Red Line Metro Station Keleti Pályaudvar.

 

Reminder about the Metro: Whatever you do, be sure that you purchase the correct ticket for the Metro and VALIDATE it before you descend to the platform. Warren Beatty, in Budapest once for filming a movie, famously failed to do so and was smacked with a fine. So fat chance you’ll be talking your way out of one.

Be aware that if you are going 3 stops or less on the same line, you can get a slightly reduced ticket at the ticket window.

Tickets also come in 10 packs making them equally lower in price as the 3-stop Metro ticket. There are also some day passes if you plan to use the Metro system and buses numerous times in a day. Buy them at the station ticket offices or at a newsstand.

See also Leaving Bags at Gyor Train Station in Hungary

20 thoughts on “Storing Luggage at Budapest-Keleti Train Station

  • April 25, 2013 at 6:53 am
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    Ha! I’ve done this! Good times! Nice piece, cheers Emma (www.phileasfrench.com)

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  • September 16, 2014 at 10:05 am
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    Thanks for this post Kevin, very useful!

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  • October 14, 2014 at 8:23 am
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    Just a note to say lockers have now moved down below the main steps at the front of the station, there are still numerous signs pointing to the old location.

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  • April 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm
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    Nice post Kevin and thanks for the update Russ. This will definitely come in handy when next I find myself at Budapest-Keleti Train Station

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  • May 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm
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    Just wanted to let everyone know that we used the small locker on Saturday – there are 2 sets of lockers, one under the stairs and one upstairs in between the Lotto and Mini ABC shop/Customer Service office.
    There wasn’t a change machine on the lower levels but the one upstairs worked perfectly.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    Do you need a place where you can leave your luggage?
    Budapest Luggage Storage waiting for you, in the center of Budapest, next to Váci street!
    budapestluggagestorage.com

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  • September 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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    While in Budapest I am planning to leave for a few days for a trip to Amsterdam and can only take my smaller piece of luggage. I will be gone for about 3 1/2 days. Can I leave my stuff in one of these lockers for more than 72 hours? What will happen after the 72 hours? Will my things be confiscated or anything?

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    • December 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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      well, I can’t say that I have actually measured the spaces (something I will think to do with future posts), but I must say that the tall blue one pictured, appears to be tall enough for that bag, and 48 cm is not terribly wide. My best guess (and it is a guess) is that your bag should fit.

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    • December 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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      Also, the lockers seem wider than their doors, and judging from the size of my camera bag in the photo next to the blue locker, you might be cutting it close with the 28 cm width of the bag. I’d still wager it fits, but with that hard shell, there won’t be much wiggle room to force it.

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  • December 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm
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    Hi guys, i would like to know how tall are the lockers, because i have a 25 kg luggage, it is like a usual luggage for plane. here i can’t see in cm-s the lockers and it woul be great help if anybody could answer.
    Thanks a lot.
    Annett

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    • December 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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      The tall blue lockers are about 12 cm off the ground and in the photo the top of the door still comes to my chin. I’m 1.8m tall. Should be fine. I’d wonder more about how deep the luggage is. That door might be roughly 30cm wide. I am sorry I cannot be more exact!

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  • July 26, 2016 at 9:43 am
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    Hi, I found a cool place in the center of Budapest (near Andrassy street). You can store your luggage (short and long term), take a shower, drink a coffee or charge your phone.

    Koffer Luggage & Chill Services
    ​www.bpkoffer.com
    Paulay Ede utca 56., ​Budapest 1061

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  • October 10, 2016 at 9:58 am
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    Hey!
    Im coming to budapest train station, and i have 2 big “oversize” bags and i would like to storge it for some hours ,where can i find a storgelocker that can fit my bags in the train station?

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    • October 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm
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      If they don’t fit in the lockers in the photos, I can’t say with certainty. I have an inquiry out to the Hungarian train service. I hear there is a staffed baggage storage open during business hours. I will let you know if I discover anything.

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