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Information about Budapest
“Budapest, Budapest how wonderous”

Budapest invites all those who interested to join for a journey towards a self-aware, smart, sustainable and inclusive city.
’Paris of the East’. Budapest is the hub of culture and innovation of Central-Europe, a festival and thermal bath champion. It serves as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center.

Straddling the romantic Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and the start of the Great Plain to the east, Budapest is the most beautiful city in central Europe. It’s truly a city where East meets West, and where people are historically familiar with both cultures, while their own culture and language remains unique. Visitors from all over the World feel home here.

Budapest's charm lies in the many cultural influences that affected the city during its long history. The city is featured by vivid cultural life: theatre, concerts and exhibitions are part of the daily life, while tourist attractions are tailored for foreign visitors taste. Visitors can choose from wide scale of amusement programs and bars. Budapest has an evocative, cobbled Castle District, a Westminster inspired Parliament building and an impressive, looming Basilica. You can stroll along a boulevard fashioned on the Champs Elysées or through wonderful parkland and hills.

The Hungarian capital is a delight both by day and by night. The food and wine are excellent, cheap and in abundance, the well-known Hungarian gastronomy can be experienced in numerous restaurants of different categories.

The diverse geographical and cultural districts of the city and its surrounding provide excellent and varied chance for half and one day excursions, or even only a few hour saunters.

Budapest has become one of the leading meeting and convention destinations of Europe; it is playing an even more important role on the international market, where one can always expect professionally adequate organization combined with unusual programs and ideas.

 

Getting to Budapest

Arrival by Air
Budapest has direct flight connection with every capital of Europe and other major cities and hubs in Europe and world-wide as well. Most of the major Airlines are presented in Budapest. Any point in the world can be reached to and from Budapest. Terminals of Liszt Ferenc International Airport locate roughly 28 kilometers from the city. Since 2004 several low cost airlines have been running their flights between Budapest and the large European cities (Wizzair, Germanwings, EasyJet, Air Baltic, Jet2, etc).

Shuttle bus
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. 12 EUR. The way takes approximately 30 minutes, depending upon the current traffic, to get to the city center.

For detailed information and reservation please click here: http://www.airportshuttle.hu/en/

Public transport
Bus No. 200E (blue) also leaves from the terminal building for Kőbánya-Kispest station, where you may take metro line No. 3 (blue line) to the centre of the city. The way takes approximately 1 hour to get to the centre by public transportation.
Tickets for public transportation priced 350 HUF (cca. 1, 2 EUR) are available at the airport from BKK at its customer service points, from the post office, the newsagents (Relay) and from ticket machines at the bus stop. It is also possible to purchase a ticket from the bus driver for 450 HUF (1,5 EUR).
The post office is located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 2A, where 24 and 72-hour, weekly and monthly travel passes for Budapest public transport are also available.
Newsagents only sell single tickets, 10-piece ticket booklets and short section tickets.
At the Tourist Information – Budapest Info Point counters located on the arrivals levels of Terminals 2A and 2B, 24, 48 and 72-hour Budapest Cards are also available, which, in addition to numerous discounts, offer unlimited use of public transportation during the period of validity.

Taxi
Taxis are also available. The taxi company at the airport is Főtaxi. Fare: approx. EUR 30-50. The taxis are equipped with credit card readers (please check it in advance with the driver).
Recommended Taxi Company
To reach the Hotels or the Congress Venue and to avoid any inconvenience, please use the official FEPS2014 taxi company:
Budapest Taxi
Phone: +36 1 777 7777
www.budapesttaxi.hu
Credit card payment is available in every car of Budapest 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. Airport –Hotel Area route fares should be around 7000-9000 HUF (25- 30 EUR).

Arrival by Car
Hungary lies at the crossroads of the main tourist traffic flows in Europe. About 35 airline companies operate regular flights to and from Budapest. Railway connections are excellent and 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 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. There are three major international railway stations in Budapest (Déli pu., Keleti pu. and Nyugati pu.), located in the city centre and within easy reach of the Conference hotels either by public transport or by taxi. Most international express trains arrive and depart from the Eastern (Keleti) Railway Station. www.mav-start.hu

Public Transport 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 day) passes allowing free travel on all means of transportation within the city limits can be bought at each metro station.

Budapest Card
You can purchase three kind of Budapest Card, which is valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours.
The 24 hours Budapest Card includes:

  • FREE public transportation
  • FREE PocketGuide mobile app.
  • FREE entry to Lukács thermal bath
  • FREE guided walking tours
  • FREE museums
  • + 60 more services with 10-50% discount

The 48 hours Budapest Card includes:

  • FREE public transportation
  • FREE PocketGuide mobile app.
  • FREE entry into 8 museums
  • FREE guided walking tours
  • FREE entry into Lukács thermal bath
  • + 60 more services with 10-50% discount

The 72 hours Budapest Card includes:

  • FREE public transportation
  • FREE PocketGuide mobile app.
  • FREE entry to Lukács thermal bath
  • FREE guided walking tours
  • FREE museums
  • + 60 more services with 10-50% discount

For more information please visit the official page of Budapest Card:
http://budapest-card.com/en/

Store 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 centers are open from 10.00-20.00 from Monday to Saturday and from 10.00-18.00 on Sunday.
For further information please contact the Registration Desk.

Pharmacies
Budapest's pharmacies (gyógyszertár in Hungarian) are well stocked and can provide medicaments for most common ailments. Each of the 23 districts has an all-night pharmacy open every day, a sign on the door of any pharmacy will help you locate the closest one.

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. Parking in the central districts of Budapest is available upon payment. You need to purchase a parking ticket from the vending machines on the streets. The maximum parking time duration is 2 hours, tariffs may vary. Only HUF coins are accepted.

Notice for Drivers (Zero Alcohol)
Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary.

 

General Information about Hungary

There is no place like Hungary (Magyarország). Situated in the very heart of Europe, this kidney-shaped country can claim a unique place in the continent's soul. Doubters need only listen to the music of Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók, view the romantic Danube River as it dramatically splits Budapest in two or taste the nation's unique (and paprika-infused) cuisine to be convinced.

Hungary is now a top destination for business travel– and a genuine rival to the usual business behemoths of Europe. The country has an advancing rate on the list of favored countries for international business events and conferences (a market share of almost 2%).

Nestling in the heart of Europe, Hungary’s first clear advantage is its position and accessibility. Hungary is the best place to enter both Central and Eastern Europe.  The second advantage is its infrastructure. As interest grew in Hungary, it responded with beautifully renovated hotels, stunning cultural facilities and huge conference centers. Hungarian cultural events and festivals are internationally recognized, and the country has a rich culinary tradition and 22 wine regions.

While some of its neighbors may have more dramatic scenery or older and more important monuments, Hungary abounds in things to see and do and those with special interests - fishing, horse riding, botany, bird-watching, cycling, thermal spas, and Jewish culture - will find a treasure-trove here. As a result, foreign visitors rarely ventured beyond this splendid city of Budapest on the Danube River, except on a day trip to the Danube Bend or to Lake Balaton. These places should be visited, of course, but don't ignore other towns and regions off the beaten track: the farm world of the Southern Plain, ethnically rich North-eastern Hungary, the Villány Hills in Southern Transdanubia covered in vineyards and the traditional Őrség region in the far west.

Hungary became a perfect destination for the MICE industry.

Passport and Visa
Participants from outside the EU have to possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of the Conference. Please check your visa requirements at the web-site of the Portal of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs).

Upon request the Congress Organizers will send a personal invitation to participants of the FEPS 2014 Meeting. This invitation, however, is meant only to help visitors to raise funds or to obtain a visa, and will not constitute a commitment to provide any financial support.

Weather
The climate of Hungary is continental. In late August usually nice warm weather can be expected with a max. temperature of 25-28°C, while the lowest temperature during the night ranging between 12-15 °C. Nevertheless some rainy days can be expected.

Time  Zone
The time zone in Hungary is GMT + 1 hour. Daylight Saving Time is used during the summer. (CET=GMT+2)

Insurance
Since the registration fees do not include provision for the insurance of participants against personal accidents, illness, cancellation, theft, property loss or damage, the Congress Organizer cannot assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the FEPS2014 Meeting. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.

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 = 306 HUF in April 2014.

Credit Cards
In general, VISA, EC/MC and American Express credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, cafés, shops and petrol stations, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service.

Tipping
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.

Drinking Water
The drinking water quality in Hungary is of high and consistent quality, which means that you can drink directly from the tap.

Electricity
Electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz. Round, European-style two-pin plugs are used, different from that used in some other countries, e.g. the USA, the UK and Japan. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120 Volts need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.

Smoking
Smoking is not permitted inside the conference building. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, taxis, buses and trains.

Vocabulary
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 bye – viszlát!
  • sorry – sajnálom
  • no problem – nincs 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?
  • Cheers! - egészségedre!
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