Department of Distributed Systems
International Journal on Digital Libraries

Hungary and Budapest
Hungary and Budapest

Hungary and Budapest
ARRIVAL
Arrival

Travel information
Visa
General information

ECDL2007 venue:

Europa Congress Center (address: 1021 Budapest, Hárshegyi u. 5-7.)

Conference hotels:

Aparthotel Europa (address: 1021 Budapest, Hárshegyi u. 5-7.)
Hotel Rege (address: 1021 Budapest, Pálos u. 2.)
Hotel Tiliana (address: 1021 Budapest, Hárshegyi út 1.)

For Google Map location click here.

Travel information

Getting to Budapest

By Air
Most visitors will arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy Airport (Terminal 2A or Terminal 2B).

Airport Minibus Shuttle
The Airport mini-bus service will take you anywhere in Budapest. Information desk (operator) for mini-bus service is found in the center of the arrival lobby. The bus fits about 6 persons with luggage and picks up and drops them off one by one at their doors. Add at least 1 hour to your airport arrival time (depending on the traffic). This door-to-door Airport Minibus Service is reasonably priced and quite fast.

The minibus service is located outside of customs area. Travelers will purchase a voucher and proceed to the waiting area for your van to arrive. The waiting time is generally 10-20 minutes. Those who schedule round-trip transportation must call to re-confirm their return trip at least 24 hours in advance of their flight. For a ride to the airport you may call (+36 1) 06-80-296-855 or (+36 1) 296-8555 from the city.

Airport Taxi
The official company is the new Zóna Service, details (fares, zones, etc.) are available here.

The Europa Congress Center and the conference hotels are in zone 4. The transfer price is HUF 4300 (approx. EUR 18).

Public transportation from/to the airport to/from the conference venue

Take bus #93 or bus200 to Metro terminal Kőbánya-Kispest. The buses stop in front of the arrival lobby of both terminals. From metro station Kőbánya-Kispest, M3 (blue metro line) takes you to the direction of the city center.

To reach the Europa Congress Center and the conference hotels (Aparthotel Europa and Hotel Rege) take off at Metro station <Deák tér> and change to metro M2 (red line, direction: Déli Pályaudvar), get off at stop <Moszkva tér> (map), and get on bus #22 or #22E. Go as far as Dénes str, the hotels and the venue are within 100 meters up the road. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours.

By train
More than fifty trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every three hours. International trains operate from the three largest stations:
Keleti pályaudvar (railway station): 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

For further information on schedules click here

All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system (Metro). The Déli and Keleti railway stations have their stops on the M2 (red) line and the Nyugati railway station on the M3 (blue) line.

To reach the Europa Congress Center and the conference hotels (Aparthotel Europa and Hotel Rege), from the direction of the Nyugati railway station take off at stop <Deák tér>, change to metro M2 (red line, direction: Déli Pályaudvar) and get off at stop <Moszkva tér>. From the direction of Déli and Keleti railway stations you are on the right line, get off at stop <Moszkva tér>.At Moszkva tér (Moszkva square) get on bus #22 or #22E. Go as far as Dénes str, the hotels and the venue are within 100 meters up the road.

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 highways, and you must pay the appropriate toll (either at the border or at larger petrol stations) and display the windscreen sticker before getting the road. Road signs conform to continental standards. 24-hour roadside assistance is provided by the Magyar Autóklub (Tel.: (+36-1) 345-1755), and emergency roadside is available by dialing 188.

Most travelers will arrive from the direction of Vienna on highway M1. To reach Budapest and the venue, you leave M1 via the exit to Budakeszi. Go along the Fő utca (street) in Budakeszi, then take the road towards Budapest via the road called Budakeszi út. The conference venue is 3 kilometers far, at Palos utca/Hárshegyi utca.

Please, follow the Google map.

If you miss the exit you may get to the venue through Budapest center (slow and construction works are taking place!!!) Do not leave M1 highway until it ends. Take the direction to Erzsébet híd (bridge). At the bridge turn left to Bach csomópont (junction), then take the road (middle line) to the direction of Moszkva tér (square). Then take the road to Szilágyi Erzsébet fasor (str), drive along the road and turn left to Budakeszi út (str), drive as far as Pálos utca (str).
FYI, from Moszkva tér, you may follow the line of bus #22.

Public transport in Budapest

Public transportation in general is extensive, reliable and cheap.

Fares cannot be paid on board and there are fines for traveling without a validated ticket. Tickets are valid for one ride only. A new ticket must be used every time you change lines. Tickets can be cancelled in meters (red punch slots on the board of the tram or bus) or at the metro station entrances (orange boxes). Tickets can be purchased at metro stations, hotels, newsstands and tobacco shops.

Instead of single tickets you may consider buying a carnet of 10 tickets or a pass (for 1/7/14 days or for a month), or a Budapest Card. These are available at the metro stations or at end stations of public transport.

All three metro lines meet at Deák tér and run from 4:30am to 11pm. Most bus and tramlines operate until 11pm.

For current fares, please click here.

Calling taxi in Budapest

Főtaxi

+36 80-222-2222 (free green number) or +36 1-222-2222, +36 20-9222-222, +36 30-9222-222, +36 70-9222-222

City Taxi

+36 1-211-1111, +36 20-9211-111, +36 30-9211-111, +36 70-2111-111

Rádiótaxi

+36 1-377-7777, +36 20-9777-777, +36 30-9777-777

Tele5 Taxi

+36 1-355-5555, +36 20-935-5555

6x6 Taxi

+36 1-266-6666, +36 1-466-6666

Volántaxi

+36 1-433-3322, +36 1-20-933-33-22, +36 1-30-933-33-22

Taxi 2000

+36 1-200-0000, +36 1-30-2000-000

Buda-Taxi

+36 1-233-3333, +36 1-20-9333-333

Attn!! Never sit in a taxi without having the official fares indicated and provided or in a taxi without company name.


Passport and Visa

IMPORTANT! Hungary is an EU member but not the member of the Schengen Agreement. Please contact your travel agent or local government agency to be sure you have the proper travel documents.

You are responsible for arranging a visa if required. Invitation letters for visa purposes will be issued for registered participants upon request.


General Information

Insurance
The Organizers of the Conference do not provide insurance and do not take responsibility for any loss, accident or illness that might occur during the Conference or in the course of travel to or from the meeting site. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the participants to check their coverage with their insurance provider.

Bank, Currency, Credit Cards
The unit of currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), denoted as “Ft” by the Hungarians. International credit cards (AmEx, EC/MC, Visa) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available at the Airport and in many locations throughout the city. For exchange rates, please, visit http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic.

VAT Refund
The taxpayer registered abroad may ask for the refund of the VAT on products and services (s)he acquired in Hungary, if he/she is registered in a Member State of the European Communities or there is a reciprocity between the State of the registration and the Republic of Hungary (presently these are: Switzerland and Liechtenstein).

Voltage
The electricity supply in Hungary is 220 V AC (50 Hz).

Weather
Hungary is in the temperate zone, the mid-September weather is usually nice and warm. Daily temperature ranges from 15oC to 23oC, and the relative humidity is below 50%.