On Sunday, March 15, Hungary’s first KISS double-decker train will depart from Nyugati Railway Station at 6:30 a.m., followed by departures every four hours after that. The route for this first train will be Budapest-Nyugati-Cegléd-Szolnok, and schedules for after Sunday until April 5 are now available. As usual, there is no need for a ticket within Budapest if you have a BKK pass.
There will also be new double-decker trains running on the Budapest-West-Vác-Szob route starting in April, making a total of 11 KISS trains that will run on these two suburban routes; the last train one will go into commission in August.
Looking ahead, eight more KISS trains will be available by the end of this year and another 21 double-decker trains will come on line by the end 2022. The trains are being delivered by Swiss-based Stadler Bussnang AG, but the motor vehicle bogies are being manufactured by the Stadler bogie plant in Szolnok, and the vehicles are assembled by Dunakeszi Vehicle Repair. The procurement of the 40 KISS trains will be financed from government funds worth HUF 205.5 billion, using the resources of the Integrated Transport Development Operational Program, co-financed by the EU.
The trains are fully modern, featuring 600 seats, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, advanced camera systems, wheelchair-accessible restrooms, and power outlets for cell phones and laptops; there are even multi-functional spaces that can carry 4 wheelchairs plus 12 bikes or 5 strollers.
By the end of 2022, Budapest’s suburban traffic will be fully served by modern KISS, FLIRT and DESIRO trains. MÁV Group says that the renovation and introduction of these new trains will contribute to the improvement of timetables, more accurate transport and better distribution of the increased load on suburban lines.