HOW TO GET TO HUNGARY
Hungary lies at the crossroads of the main tourist traffic flows in Europe. Major airline companies operate regular flights to and from Budapest. Railway connections from all European countries are excellent, while there are also bus and boat connections with countries in the vicinity of Hungary. Budapest can be reached by car on motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7.
ARRIVAL BY AIR
All participants arriving at Liszt Ferenc International Airport are advised to take the airport shuttle minibus to their hotels; this is the least expensive and most reliable service.
The Airport Shuttle Minibus (ASM), a shuttle service to hotels runs every 10 minutes for approx. 5-6 persons. Fare: approx. EURO 12.
For detailed information and reservation please click here.
Metropolitan bus No. 200E (blue) also leaves from the terminal building for Kõbánya-Kispest station, where you may take metro line No. 3 (blue line) to the centre of the city.
Taxis are also available. The taxi company at the airport is: Főtaxi. Fare: approx. EURO 30-50. The taxis are equipped with credit card readers (please check it in advance with the driver).
ARRIVAL BY TRAIN
There are 3 major international railway stations in Budapest (Deli pu., Keleti pu. and Nyugati pu.), located in the city center and within easy reach of the Conference hotels either by public transport or by taxi.
CURRENCY, EXCHANGE, CREDIT CARDS
The official currency in Hungary is Hungarian Forint (HUF). Exchange facilities are offered to participants at the airport, in hotels, at the exchange desk of the banks or at the registration desk of the Congress at around the daily rate indicated by the Hungarian National Bank.
American Express, Visa, and Eurocard, Master Card are accepted at the registration desk, in hotels, first class restaurants and city stores, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service.
The Organizing Committee can not assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the Congress. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION IN BUDAPEST
Public transport in the city is well organized. Trams, buses and metro trains operate without conductors. Tickets must be purchased in advance at tobacco shops, newsstands, metro stations or at vendor machines at some tram and bus stops. Weekly and Tourist (valid for 3 days) passes allowing free travel on all means of transportation within the city limits can be bought at each metro station.
A Budapest public transport route planner and live (GPS-based) timetable is available for smartphones and tablets (Android/Apple/Windows Phone).
The name of the app is "BKK FUTÁR".
A Web version is also available here.
We suggest that you use only taxis equipped with a taximeter, such as Fõtaxi, City Taxi, Taxi5, TaxiPlus or Buda Taxi. Beware of private cabs, especially those without a taximeter.
It is customary to give a tip of 10% over the amount of the bill at restaurants (unless service charge is already included) and in taxis.
In Hungary, electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz. The 2-pin connecting plug is different from that used in some other countries, e.g. the USA, the UK and Japan.
NOTICE FOR DRIVERS (ZERO ALCOHOL)
Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary.
Parking in the Castle district is restricted and available against payment. A ticket needs to be purchased at the barrier when entering the area. If you overnight at the Hilton Hotel, you can validate your parking ticket at the reception.
The usual shopping hours in Budapest are from 10:00 to 18:00, in big shopping centres around the city up to 21:00.
For further information please contact the Registration Desk.
Smoking is not permitted inside the conference buildings or at the venues for the social functions. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors in the designated area.
EASTER IN HUNGARY
The weekend after the conference includes Easter Sunday and Monday.
Easter in Hungary is related to many folk customs.
There are Easter celebrating events in Budapest, in the Open Air Folk Museum in Szentendre and in the old village of Hollókő.