MAV-START Intercity First, Budapest Nyugati – Hajdúszoboszló : Interesting

A short picturesque excursion in parallel to our stay in Budapest, with a round trip by train to visit my wife’s family in Hajdúszoboszló, near Debrecen, the second largest city in Hungary.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypeReview
1LoungeThe Centurion Lounge, Londres Heathrow Terminal 3
2FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, Londres Heathrow – Budapest, Airbus A320
3HotelMarriott Budapest
4TrainMAV IC First, Budapest – Debrecen
5TrainMAV IC First, Debrecen – Budapest
6RestaurantEssencia Budapest
7LoungePlatinum Lounge, Budapest T2B: Good in every way
8FlightBritish Airways Club Europe, Budapest – Londres Heathrow, Airbus A320
Today’s itinerary

Experience in the station

We arrive at Nyugati station from the Budapest Marriott using Bolt. Note that Uber remains prohibited in Budapest and Bolt uses licensed cabs.

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10 minutes of travel, we arrive about 30 minutes before the departure of our train and, as often in Europe, the departure track is already displayed. This will be track 13.

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The station is in the final stages of renovation and the marquee is absolutely stunning.

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Some interesting trains are parked, including a superb EC with Czech and Slovenian cars.

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Shops are available before departure.

Cabin

Our train is quite short, only 6 cars this morning. Our first class car is the only one in the train, and is located at the head of the train.

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The cabin is rather old school, even if some successive renovations are visible with some power outlets, screens for tracking the course.

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Service

No particular service in this train, not even a bar or restaurant car.

Arrival and disembarkation

We arrive a few minutes late in Hajdúszoboszló, without any particular consequence.

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Bottom line

A rather pleasant journey.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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