When to arrive
Attendees of the conference should plan to arrive on either Sunday, October 14th during the day or Monday, October 15th early in the morning.
The conference starts on Monday, October 15th at 10:00am with the keynote session.
The sessions end on Friday, October 19th at 1pm followed by lunch until 2:30pm.
Arrival by Car
All Hungary’s motorways and most of her main roads radiate out from the capital. The M1, M3, M5 and M7 are toll motorways, and you must pay the appropriate toll (either at the border or at larger petrol stations) and display the windscreen sticker before joining the road. Road signs conform to continental standards. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory in both the front and back seats, and only handless mobile telephones may be used whilst vehicles are in motion. The alcohol limit is zero. Speed limits are 50 km/hour (31 mph) in built-up areas and 90 km/hour (56 mph) elsewhere, except on dual carriageways (110 km/hour, 68 mph) and motorways (130 km/hour, 80 mph). The horn can only be used in built-up areas in an emergency. 24-hour roadside assistance is available from the Magyar Autóklub (Tel.: (+36-1) 345-1755), and emergency roadside help can also be called for by dialling 188.
Arrival by Plane
Budapest (Ferihegy) International Airport is ten miles south-east of the city centre. It has two terminals:
- Terminal One is reopened for low-cost airlines in September 2005;
- Terminal Two is divided into two, with Terminal 2A the departure and arrival point for flights of Malév Hungarian Airlines and Terminal 2B hosting all international carriers’ flights, including some of the budget airlines.
The airport’s central telephone number for information is (+36-1) 296-9696, and flight information is available on (+36-1) 296-7000. Luggage services can be contacted on (+36-1) 296-8108 and (+36-1) 296-7217 in connection with flights into and out of Terminal 2A, and (+36-1) 295-3480 and (+36-1) 296-7948 for Terminal 2B. Seats on Malév flights can be booked on (+36-1) 235-3888.
The main car hire firms have offices in the arrivals halls.
If you buy the Budapest Card in one of our tourist information offices at the airport, the card can be used on the public transport from the airport.
Transport to and from the airport
The shuttle service at Budapest Airport is called Airport Minibusz. Budapest Airport Minibusz Kft is the official transporter of Budapest Airport Zrt. Their drivers speak foreign languages and always find the shortest route in the city. Passengers onboard Airport Minibus can get in touch with the airport and receive all necessary information regarding their flight from the moment their journey starts. From your house to the airport and back, our minibuses operate as a shared-ride service, meaning passengers travelling to the same area are carried together. The travelling time is optimized and supervised using our fleet monitoring system, which can display the actual location of every vehicle in real-time. Reservations can be made personally at the AirportShuttle desks in each terminal or by using our on-line reservation system (www.airportshuttle.hu) 24 hours before your flight departure time. It is also possible to order our service by calling the Call Center at +36-1-296-8555 (between 06.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m.), e-mail: email@example.com.
Zóna Taxi is Budapest Airport‟s official passenger transportation partner. They carry their customers for fixed fares determined in advance, based on zones of the city in line with distance from the airport. The service can be ordered at all three terminals of Budapest Airport. Telephone: (+361) 365-5555. Customer service: (+361) 279-0683. Further information: www.zonataxi.eu.
Trains commute between Nyugati railway station in Budapest and Budapest Airport Terminal 1 at least four times an hour, seven days a week. Tickets are available at rail ticket kiosks and machines as well as at the Tourinform office in the hall of Terminal 1 from 9 a.m. to 22 p.m. Outside office hours. Tickets are also available on the train. For further information and detailed schedules, please visit www.mav-start.hu, or call (+3640) 49-49-49.
By public transport
Bus no. 200E commutes from the subway terminal in Kőbánya-Kispest to Budapest Airport Terminal 2 via Terminal 1. Bus no. 93 (black numerals) runs from the subway terminal in Kőbánya-Kispest to Budapest Airport Terminal 1 and back. Tickets can be purchased at the BKV (Budapest Public Transport Company) ticket sales points (ticket kiosks and news stands), from ticket machines, and from bus drivers. For further information about public transportation in Budapest and the schedules of buses, see www.bkv.hu.
For more information about the Budapest Airport please click here.
Arrival by Rail
More than fifty trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and no fewer than 25 other capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every three hours. There is also a popular network of Inter City trains linking Budapest with the main Hungarian centres. International trains operate from the three largest stations:
- Keleti pályaudvar: VIII., Baross tér. Tel: (+36-1) 413 - 4610.
- Nyugati pályaudvar: VI., Nyugati tér Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
- Déli pályaudvar I. Krisztina krt. 37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593
All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli and Keleti are stops on the Red (Number 2) line and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.
For more detaimed information on the railway, please visit their web site.
Arrival by River
A hydrofoil services operates during the summer months (from April to October) linking the heart of Budapest with Vienna and Bratislava. International boat landings are situated on the Danube between the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) and the Freedom Bridge(Szabadság híd).
Information about Mahart PassNave Ltd. services is available on (+36-1) 318-6042.
Public Transport within Budapest
Budapest public transport is provided by BKV, the company operates buses, trolleybuses, trams, suburban railway lines, the metro, a boat service, a cogwheel railway and a chairlift, called Libegő.
Budapest's tram network is extensive and reliable. Routes 4 and 6 combined form the busiest traditional city tram line in the world, with the world's longest passenger trams (54-metre (177 ft) long) running at 60 to 90 second intervals at peak time and 3–4 minutes off-peak and usually packed with people.
Day services operate from 4:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. each day. Night traffic (a reduced overnight service) has a reputation for being excellent.
There are three metro lines and a fourth is currently under construction. The Yellow line, built in 1896, is one of the oldest subway lines in the world, following London Underground and the Istanbul Metro that were built respectively in 1863 and 1875.
For detailed information about publice transport in Budapest, please consult the Budapest public Transport official site.
Taxis in Budapest
Avoid unmarked taxis. The following taxi companies, with logos well marked on the side of the car, are reliable and reasonably priced. Ordering a taxi by phone is cheaper than hailing one on the street.
- Taxi 4 4-444-444
- City Taxi (English spoken) 2-111-111
- Fõ Taxi 2-222-222
- Rádió Taxi 7-777-7777
- Tele5 5-555-5555
- Buda taxi 2-333-333