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Santa Claus Train Budapest

The Santa Claus Train is a lovely nostalgia train up in the Buda Hills run by the Hungarian Children’s Railway in early December. The Children’s Railway was by the way the former Hungarian Pioneer Railway, which was a huge success during Communism, and managed to survive the change of regime, an absolute family favorite! Now, if you wonder why the Santa Claus comes so early in Hungary, at the beginning of December, rather than as Father Christmas should, at Christmas, the fact is that in Hungary, Santa Claus has a special day, Dec 6 (St Nikolaus’s day), while the Christmas presents in Hungary are brought by the Baby Jesus (or the Little Angel). Don’t ask how kids believe that a baby should be so strong. They do.

Santa Claus Train Budapest

Santa Claus Train Budapest

Santa Claus Train Budapest

Event date: Saturday and Sunday, 1 & 2 December 2018 (changes with the weekend dates yearly).

Hours of Departure of the Santa Claus trains:

Huvosvolgy Train Station at 8:20, 9:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20, 13:20, 14:20, 15:20, 16:20, 17:20 hrs

On Saturday, 1st December and Sunday, 2nd December 2018 you can ride the Children’s Railway in the company of Santa Claus again. This is the Advent period, and you can feel that this event for children and parents will be worth every minute.
Tickets can only be purchased in advance!
Santa Claus Specials are going to be operated on both days of the first weekend of December where children and parents can ride the Children’s Railway with Santa Claus and his bogeymen.

The young passengers and Santa’s helpers will be expecting the arrival of Santa Claus together. They will spend the time with signing and reciting poetry until he shows up on the train.

Santa Claus is going to chat away with every child individually before presenting them with the traditional small bag of sweets and fruits.

Santa Claus Specials are going to depart Huvosvolgy Station at 8:20, 9:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20, 13:20, 14:20, 15:20, 16:20 and 17:20 hrs. They are not scheduled to call at any station or halting along the route so they can be boarded only at the first station.

Some of Santa Claus’s helpers are going to entertain the children in Huvosvolgy just outside the station with dancing and singing before the departure or after the arrival of the special service.

Santa Claus in Budapest Railway Museum

Santa Claus Train? Yes, another great train program to welcome Santa Claus with the kids, this time in the Hungarian Railway Museum, one of the best museums with children (and train enthusiasts!) in Budapest. Event dates: Dec 7, Dec 8 and Dec 9 in 2018 (early December weekend)

Santa Claus in Budapest Railway Museum

Santa Claus in Budapest Railway Museum

Santa Claus Express Train – Father Christmas is Coming to Town! Right to the cool Train History Park of Hungary.
All Abourd the Santa Claus train in Budapest, Hungary!

Santa Claus Show in Budapest Train Museum

Santa Claus Show in Budapest Train Museum

The steam engine express train will take the children and parents from Nyugati Train Station to the Railway Museum in Budapest. The Orient Hall of the Train Museum turns into a festive party and stage to warmly welcome Santa and his helpers who bring lots of goodies and gifts for the kids. There is usually a show, goodie bags from Santa, etc.
Booking the tickets for the Santa Claus train is from mid October
More info about the special children train, and booking tickets:

Magyar Vasúttörténeti Park (Address: 95 Tatai Way, District XIV, postcode 1142 / Budapest, Tatai út 95.)
Tel./fax: (06-1) 450-1497
Email and booking the Santa Claus train seats:

Santa is Coming to Budapest

Santa is Coming to Budapest

And if you should be wondering why the Santa Claus comes so early in Hungary, at the beginning of December (??), rather than as Father Christmas should, at Christmas (!!), the fact is that in Hungary, Santa Claus has a special day, Dec 6 (St Nikolaus’s day), while the Christmas presents in Hungary are brought by the Baby Jesus (or the Little Angel). Don’t ask how kids believe that a baby should be so strong. They do. So a proper Hungarian Santa Claus (Telapo aka Mikulas) should come around Dec 6.

Nostalgia Train Ride on the Hungarian Railway nostalgia trains, from Budapest to Lajosmizse on Dec 19, 2012.

Nostalgia Train interior

Nostalgia Train interior

The MÁV Nosztalgia Ltd. celebrates its 20th birthday in 2012. For this illustrious event on 19th December – exactly on the day of departure that happened two decades ago – a steam-traction Nostalgic Memorial Train runs from Budapest -West Railway Station (Nyugati Train Station) to Lajosmizse –Nostalgia Farm Inn (Tanyacsárda) station!

The programme has plenty of surprises with gipsy band, games, equestrian show and a tremendous atmosphere! During the journey the former and present staff of the company assures the comfort of our guests!
During the programme Aradszky László – the Hungarian representative of retro Italian hits – entertains our guests with his repertoire. Birthday congratulatory slides of MAV Train Nostalgia will be the highlight of the evening in the csárda: reminiscence in pictures and stories!
We travel from the Lajosmizse Tanyacsárda station to the inn by a horse-drawn cart.
Timetable of the steam traction memorial train running both with nostalgic and experience train cars:

Budapest – Lajosmizse

Registration – 16:30 West Railway Station – in the Royal Waiting Hall (near the 10th platform)
Departure – 16:58 Budapest West Railway Station
Arrival – 19:30 Lajosmizse – Nosztalgia Tanya station
Lajosmizse – Budapest
Departure – 21:42 Lajosmizse – Nosztalgia Tanya station
Arrival – 22:40 Budapest Kőbánya – Kispest
Arrival – 23:00 Budapest West Railway Station

We suggest the following menu for our dear guests for supper, which is included in the participation fee:

Stew-soup of Mizse
On roast plate:
o Costermonger roast with French fries
o Chicken-breast fillet collared in bacon of Kolozsvár with buttered vegetables
o Turkey-breast stuffed with cheese with rice boiled in a Parisian way

Flaming milken pie with home-made apricot jam
Frittmann wines
Bottled water (Szentkirályi mineral water)

Nostalgia Train in Dec in Hungary

Nostalgia Train in Dec in Hungary

Participation fee, price of the birthday programme together with supper:

On standard class: 12 345 Ft/person
In 3rd class, wooden seated nostalgia cars: 12 345 Ft/person
On Pullman Club class: 14 345 Ft/person
In 1st class cushiony nostalgia cars: 14 345 Ft/person

Pullman Club class and 1st class cushiony nostalgia cars

Participation prices concerning to the Pullman Club class and to the 1st class cushiony nostalgia cars include a round-trip ticket, a reservation in the cars equipped with exceedingly comfortable seats, as well as extra services: a separate staff assures the comfort of our passengers, high-standard, gratis papers and magazines are available for our guests. Unlimited mineral water, coffee and tea are consumable at the seats.

Participation fee contains a round-trip ticket and a reservation by name and the indicated supper menu in the Tanyacsárda.

The staff of the Máv Nosztalgia Ltd. assures the comfort of the passengers during the whole time of the journey and a continuous passenger information relating to the destination information. During the outward journey we serve welcome drinks and welcome snacks for our guests, and we prepare a little present for the way back, and by the „13+1 Pools” tickets for other journeys can be won. (Further information about the offer of the dining car is available by clicking HERE)

Ticket sales
MÁV Nosztalgia Ltd. Sales Office personally near 10th platform
of the West Railway Station in Budapest
Book a ticket on-line at the “application for this program” title at the top of the page after registration

Tel./Fax: (+36 1) 269-5242
Mon-Thu: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri: 10:00 – 16:30

MÁV Nosztalgia Ltd
Central Office/postal address: H-1142 Tatai út 95., Budapest (In the area of the Railway Historic Museum)
Telephone: (+36 1) 238-0558
Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
Fax: (+36 1) 238-0559

Further ticket sales point

Wasteels Travel Ltd.
near the 9th platform of the East Railway Station
Mon – Thu: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri: 10.00 – 17:30
Telephone : ( 0036-1) 210-2802, 343-34 92
Fax: ( 0036-1 ) 210-2806

The Hungarian Train company will launch its annual nostalgia Christmas Express trains in December. The festive Xmas train includes an optional dinner, and an exceptional time travel.

Christmas Nostalgia Train Budapest

Christmas Nostalgia Train Budapest

14 December 2012 Christmas Candle-light Express dining train

Romantic journey back in time, delicious foods, musical curiosities. The Candlelight Express luxury train consisting of saloon-, bar- and dining-cars, provides a gastronomic adventure for those who wish a special journey and a nostalgic atmosphere.
In the dining-car, during the course of the dinner including three dishes with candlelight, the “sommelier” – master of drinks carries around quality wines that fit well with the menu or with its vegetarian variant.
The Candlelight Express departs from the Nyugati Railway Station in Budapest and arrives in Gödöllő, where the recently renovated Royal Lounge can be viewed accompanied by a glass of champagne.

In the Royal Lounge Charlie Horvath Hungarian blues singer will sing

Menu selection:

Menu I.

  • For gourmet meat-lovers
  • Baguette slices with herbal butter-roses
  • Goose liver pasty with red onion jam
  • Deer hunters’ venison with pumpkin puree and rosemary potatoes
  • Poppy-seed bread with honey and mandarin dressing

Menu II. For vegetarians

  • New baguette slices with herbal butter-roses
  • Mozzarella balls in crunchy salad-bed with honey-mustard sauce
  • Tofu ripened in soy sauce with grilled vegetables
  • Poppy-seed bread with honey and mandarin dressing
Christmas Dinner on the Nostalgia Train

Christmas Dinner on the Nostalgia Train

Drinks belonging to the menu:

  • Welcome drink – Törley sec – dry champagne
  • Wines – quality white and red wines
  • Szeremley Szemelt Riesling (dry red wine)
  • Bodri Civilis QV (dry red wine)
  • Fizzy soft drinks: Coca-Cola / Coca-Cola Light / Fanta / Sprite
  • Juices: Orange juice / Peach juice / Apple Juice
  • Mineral waters: Natur Aqua (still/fizzy)
  • Coffee: Espresso coffee / Long coffee

Candlelight Express Boy service

Make the Candlelight Express journey unforgettable; surprise your beloved ones with a little service. Whether a birthday champagne is in the case, or a battle of delicious wine, a bunch of flower or a birthday cake, we are at your service.

Bunches of flower:

  • Small bunch: 3.000 Ft (5 red roses)
  • Medium bunch: 5.000 Ft (7 red roses)
  • Large bunch: 7.000 Ft (9 red roses)


  • Hungária Extra Dry (0,7 l): 3.500 Ft
  • Hungária Rosé (0,7 l): 3,500 Ft
  • Hungária Irsai Olivér – sweet (0,7 l): 3.500 Ft


Cakes can be ordered in the following flavours:

  • Eszterházy Torte
  • Dobos Torte
  • Chocolate Torte
  • Sacher Torte

4 slices/cake: 3,000 Ft

6 slices/cake: 5,000 Ft

Birthday candles are included in the price of cakes

Please indicate your wish to enlist the boy service when buying your ticket.

Price of the Christmas Express train program:

Dinner Tickets for the Christmas Express Train

HUF 10,000 / person

Nostalgia Tickets (w/o dinner) for the Xmas Express Train

At a table for 4 – 4990 Ft/person
At a table for 2 – 6990 Ft/person

Participation ticket for the Candlelight Express is just valid together with paying the price of the dinner and Nosztalgia fare.

The price of the program includes the Nostalgia trip, the welcome drink, the selected menu, the drinks belonging to the menu and the surprise-program.

Time of departure of the Candlelight Express: 19:00, Nyugati Railway Station, Budapest

Tickets are available:
In the office of MÁV Nosztalgia Kft. Next to platform 10 at the Nyugati Train Station
Ticket information.: (+36 1) 269-5242
Other Information: (+36 1) 238-0558

December Events on the Hungarian Nostalgia Trains in 2012

14th December Christmas Candle-light Express dining train
19th December Nostalgic Memorial Train – 20 years old MÁV Nosztalgia Ltd.
22nd December Excursion by Experience Train to the Advent in Vienna