Travel Guide

Getting to Budapest Public transport, Taxi, Driving Insurance, Medical Care
Currency, exchange, cheques, credit cards, shopping
Telecommunication Congress Venue Weather
WWW Links
for more travel information, please contact Dalma Mikecz.

Getting to Budapest



By air: flights arrive at the two terminals of Ferihegy International Airport 2. Airport minibuses, taxi and hire car services are available from the airport.

Travelling by train or by coach one can reach Hotel Novotel easily.

Public Transport, Taxi, Driving

Public transport in Budapest is excellent by international standards. A wide variety of buses, trolley buses, trams and underground trains usually operate from 4.30 am to 11 pm. You have to purchase a ticket in advance at the terminals, at underground stations or newsagents.

Taxis have yellow license plates. You can call a taxi by phone: the car will usually get there in 5-10 minutes.

A current driver's license is required for the hiring of rental vehicles.

Insurance, Medical Care

It is highly recommended that all participants arrange health, accident and travel insurance prior to travel.

Emergency treatment is free of charge for foreigners. Hungarian doctors are highly qualified.
Payment is subject to your insurance policy.

Currency, exchange, cheques, credit cards, shopping
Legal tender: forint (Ft, HUF). Money can be exchanged in exchange offices, banks, travel agencies, hotels and in countless bankomats. (For information about the exchange rates, see Traveller's cheques and Eurocheque (at most three at any one time to a maximum of Ft 35,000) are accepted at currency exchange offices. Symbols at the entrance to establishments indicate which cheques and credit cards are accepted.

VAT is 25% for most services in Hungary, except for accomodation which is 12%. Conference prices for registration and accomodation already include VAT.

Opening hours
Food stores
Mon-Fri 7 am - 7 pm
Sat-Sun 7 am - 2 pm
Larger shopping centres
Mon-Fri 7 am - 9 pm
Sat-Sun 7 am - 7 pm
Department stores
Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm
Sat 9 am - 1 pm
Post offices
Mon-Fri 8 am - 6 pm
Sat 8 am -1 pm



There are 3 GSM 900/1800MHz mobile telephone operators in Hungary. For more information on the roaming conditions and partners, see their web sites: Westel 900, Pannon GSM, Vodafone.

The international call number of Hungary is 36, and the international dial tone can be accessed by dialing 00.

Congress Venue

Budapest is one of the most beautiful historical cities in Europe and is a very popular conference venue. The architectural beauty with its monuments from neo-classic through baroque to eclectic art nouveau is prevalent in the city. Budapest is also world famous for its artistic abundance of concerts, operas, recitals, galas and exhibitions. It is also a city with a definitely modern, strongly improving economy, Budapest is a European capital, one of the strongest candidates for the EU accession.

And Budapest is near, only 2h from Paris, 2h30 from London with connections to all major European capital cities. For more information about Budapest, please visit the links.

Hotel Novotel Budapest Congress **** is a newly renovated four-star hotel situated on the hilly Buda. For more information, see, or the site of the Congress Center


The climate is continental. The average temperature in October is about 18 Celsius. Though it is the driest season of the year, it is advisable to bring a light overcoat and an umbrella.

WWW Links

- Official web site of Budapest (HU/EN)

- Public transport in Budapest (BKV) (HU/EN)
- MALÉV - the Hungarian Airlines (HU/EN)

Map of Budapest:
- A map of Budapest (-)
- Searchable map of Budapest (HU)

- Cities of Hungary - Scaleable maps of Hungarian Cities (HU)

Web Cameras in Budapest:
Budapest from the Citadell (HU)
- Vörösmarty M. Square (-)
- Liszt Ferenc Square (-)
- Budapest weather (in Celsius) (EN)
- Budapest weather (in Fahrenheit) (EN)

Dictionaries on-line:
English-Hungarian dictionary (HU/EN)
- German-Hungarian dictionary (HU/EN)
Hungarian State Opera House (HU/EN)
- Hungarian Parliament (HU/EN)