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Travel Information

Visa

Hungary is part of the Schengen Area of 28 European countries. For non-Schengen EU, USA and Canadian citizens a valid passport is sufficient to enter Hungary. Citizens of other countries should check whether visa is needed for them when entering Hungary (for more information please visit the home page of the Hungarian consular services. On request, the Congress Secretariat will issue invitation letters for visa applications. Please apply in due time for a visa if necessary, and note that visa application takes 30-60 days and personal procedure is necessary.
Visa application guide

Travel by Plane

Budapest has direct flight connections with every capital of Europe and other major cities and hubs in Europe and world-wide. Most major Airlines are also presented in Budapest. Any point in the world can be reached to and from Budapest. Liszt Ferenc International Airport (former Ferihegy Airport) has two terminals roughly 28 kilometers from the city. Since 2004 several low cost airlines have been running their flights between Budapest and the large European cities (Ryanair, Wizzair, Germanwings, EasyJet, Air Baltic, Air Lingus, Norwegian, Air Berlin, Jet2, Transavia, TUI Fly, etc).

Travel by Train

Budapest is connected to the European railway system. There are direct railway links between Budapest and 13 capital cities of Europe and 47 international scheduled trains arrive daily in Budapest. Many international trains have dining and sleeping cars or couchettes. Most international express trains arrive and depart from the Eastern (Keleti) Railway Station. www.mav-start.hu

Travel by Coach

Volánbusz Rt., being a member of Eurolines, operates scheduled services to 22 European countries. www.volanbusz.hu

Public Transportation

Public transport in Budapest is provided by Budapest Transport Ltd. (known to all Hungarians simply as BKV). Budapest has an efficient public transport network. In general the buses, trams and trolleybuses operate between 4:30 AM and 11 PM. All-night bus service operates on the major thoroughfares in the city (night bus timetables are posted at stops and in most metro stations). Three metro lines (1, 2 & 3) intersect at Deák Square in the centre of the town. Budapest has a new metro line M4  http://www.metro4.hu/index.php.  Metros run at 2-15 minutes intervals from about 4.30 AM to 11.15 PM. There are also five suburban railway lines (HÉV) serving the outskirts of the city. For maps, timetables, ticket and pass information etc. see the home page of the BKK Ltd.(Center for Budapest Transport)  http://www.bkk.hu/

Climate

The weather in Hungary in October can be various. Temperatures are usually in the range between 10 and 14°C during the day. It is likely sunny, but please be prepared for showers as well. Check the weather forecast for Budapest at weather.yahoo.com, or at weather.com. For other regions of Hungary check weatherinhungary.com.

Insurance

The registration fees do not include provision for the insurance of participants against personal accidents, illness, cancellation, theft, property loss or damage. Participants are advised to take adequate personal travel insurance.

Currency

The Forint (HUF), the official national currency, is convertible. The exchange rates applied in Budapest banks, official exchange offices and hotels may vary. All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance.
Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 309 HUF in Februar 2017.

Credit Cards

In general, VISA, EC/MC and American Express credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, cafés, shops and petrol stations.

Stores and Shopping

The opening hours of Budapest stores are generally 10.00-18.00 on weekdays and 10.00-13.00 on Saturday. The big shopping centres are open from 10.00-20.00 from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, big stores and shops are closed, while some smaller ones might be open from 10.00-18.00.

Electricity

The electricity is 230 V, 50 Hz. Japanese, UK, USA and other visitors: please note that in Hungary Continental European German-style CEE7/4 sockets (“Schuko sockets“) are used, which also accepts CEE7/16 “Europlugs“.

Recommended Taxi Company

To reach the Hotels or the Conference Venue and to avoid any inconvenience, please use the official InnoRail 2017 taxi company: City Taxi: +36 1 211 1111, www.citytaxi.hu
Credit card payment is available in every car of City Taxi.
Please note, that all licensed Budapest taxi companies have yellow cars and has same rates for all companies, placed clearly visible on the screens.

Parking

If you drive a personal or rented car, always try to park at a guarded parking lot and do not leave any valuables in the car. Please note, that Budapest is divided into paying parking areas, with one parking meter in each street. The maximum parking time duration is 2 hours, tariffs may vary.

Time Zone

During the event: Central European Summer Time (CEST): UTC+01:00

Important phone numbers

English is usually spoken at the emergency numbers listed below. In case English is not spoken, dial 112.

Ambulance: 104
Fire brigade: 105
Police: 107
Central help number: 112
General enquiries: 197
Inland enquiries: 198
International enquiries: 199
Hungarian Automobile Club help number: 188

The most important Hungarian words

  • yes – igen
  • no – nem
  • hi – szia
  • please – kérem
  • thank you – köszönöm
  • you’re welcome – szívesen
  • good morning – jó reggelt!
  • good evening – jó estét!
  • good night – jó éjszakát!
  • good bye – viszlát!
  • sorry – sajnálom
  • no problem – semmi baj
  • how are you? – hogy vagy?
  • where is..? – hol van..?
  • I – én
  • you – te
  • I don’t understand – nem értem
  • how much does it cost? – mennyibe kerül?