Hungarian MÁV Intercity (First Class) Budapest to Vienna vol.1

Budapest East Railway Station (Budapest Keleti)
Railway Reviews

When I was staying in Vienna, I travelled Budapest for a few days. Although ÖBB, Austrian National Railways, operates direct trains hourly from Budapest East Railway Station (Budapest Keleti) to Vienna Central Railway Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof), I chose to enjoy different railway services: MÁV/ Hungarian National Railways and ÖBB/ Austrian National Railways. This is my first half journey from Budapest Keleti to Györ Railway Station in Hungary.

You can also see the latter half of this whole trip, from Györ Railway Station in Hungary to Wien Hbf (Vienna Central Station) in Austria.
Austrian Railways, ÖBB Railjet (RJ68) Budapest to Vienna vol.2

Budapest Keleti to Györ Railway Station (Hungarian domestic route)

Train: Hungarian Railways, MÁV Intercity (IC 936)
Route: Budapest Keleti (East) to Györ Railway Station
Time: 15:10- 16:35
Duration: 1h25min 
Seat& Class: Coach 401, Seat 15 (1st Class)

Exterior view of Budapest Keleti/ East Railway Station
Interior of Budapest Keleti/ East Railway Station
Interior of Budapest Keleti/ East Railway Station
Interior of Budapest Keleti/ East Railway Station

There are three main terminals in Budapest: Keleti (East), Déli (South) and Nyugati (West), which are connected with metro lines. Sometimes the railway operators use different stations even if the travel direction or country is the same, so please check your departure station in advance. The examples are Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.

Budapest Keleti/ East Railway Station
Budapest Keleti/ East Railway Station

Seat reservations within Hungarian domestic routes are compulsory, so you need to make a seat reservation beforehand, in addition to the fare ticket. The railway company shows you how to buy tickets here (you need to register an account first). Keep in mind that you can choose seat preference or specific seat number (window, aisle and so on), but forward-looking or backwards-looking is not selectable.

I strongly recommend you to book a seat online; this route (Budapest Keleti- Györ- Sopron) is a popular route and is always crowded, so you might not be able to book a seat at the last minute. Furthermore, you can receive an online discount of 10% (there are some more discounts available). You can search for train timetables here and you can also register for the MÁV railway service here (Hungarian, English and German are available).

But please don’t forget; you need to collect your ticket at stations within Hungarian territory unless the ticket says you don’t need to (only when you purchased an E-ticket, which requires you to just show your printed or online ticket at inspection). This happens especially on the MÁV international route, so in order to avoid troubles, it may be better for you to purchase tickets at the ticket offices in Europe when booking from neighbouring countries to Hungary if you live outside of Hungary, as you may not be able to collect tickets (conditions may change in the near future).

Departure platform (IC936 from Budapest Keleti to Sopron)
Departure platform (IC936 from Budapest Keleti to Sopron)
Departure platform (IC936 from Budapest Keleti to Sopron)
Departure platform (IC936 from Budapest Keleti to Sopron)
Inside the MÁV Intercity (IC936)

The 1st class car is composed of some compartments of six people, and the 2nd class car seems to be the same configuration. The seats were fully booked.

Inside the MÁV Intercity (IC936)
Inside the MÁV Intercity (IC936)
The train runs at around 150km/h
The timetable for IC936
Inside the MÁV Intercity (IC936)
The view from the train
The view from the train
The view from the train
Arrival platform (IC936 from Budapest Keleti to Sopron)
Arrival platform (IC936 from Budapest Keleti to Sopron)
Györ Railway Station
Györ Railway Station

To be continued…
Austrian Railways, ÖBB Railjet (RJ68) Budapest to Vienna vol.2