(DIRECTIONS, LOCATION, BUDAPEST)
The Tempus Public Foundation is happy to welcome you to Budapest. This guide contains practical information on the conference, the venue and the city. We hope that this guide will be useful and helpful to you. If you still need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us.
We wish you a pleasant stay!
Arriving in Budapest
Arriving by plane at Liszt Ferenc Budapest Airport
The Liszt Ferenc Budapest Airport is located within the boundary of Budapest, 16 km from the City eastwards.
Only one official taxi company operates cabs from the airport to the city center, called Főtaxi.
Főtaxi has a desk outside of both terminals, where you can book your taxi. The cost of the taxi from the airport to Larus Congress Center should be: 7.500 HUF or 25-30 EUR, or to Hotel Mercure Budapest Buda 8.000 HUF or 28-23 EUR, depending on traffic. In these taxis you can also pay in euros or by card.
Airport shuttle services
The miniBUD airport shuttle collect passengers at the airport and takes each of them to their hotel, so this takes a bit longer than taxi. For more information click here: www.minibud.hu/en
Prices: one way from the airport to the venue: 4400 HUF / 16€
Return ticket (airport-venue): 7900 HUF / 28,21€
Arriving by car
Conference participants can park in the parking lot of Larus Congress Centre under the building. Entrance is from Jagello street. Price is 450 HUF per car per hour.
Internet access during the conference
Wireless internet will be available in the conference rooms for all participants at Larus Congress Center. Login and password information will be provided upon arrival to the venue.
Hungary is in Central European Time zone: UTC/GMT+1 hour.
Budapest has a temperate climate with four seasons spanning the whole year. May is usually pleasant and warm, with an average temperature of 15 degrees in the first half of the month. You can find the actual weather forecast on this link.
Public transport in the city
Budapest has a well-developed public transport network. Trams, buses and metros will take you almost anywhere in the city.
Tickets of the BKK are valid for the entire public transport network. A single ticket is valid for one hour for one type of service. So with a single ticket you can hop aboard trams and buses, but if you change to another, you will need to use another ticket. Single tickets can be purchased at the price of 350 HUF from ticket machines or in metro stations or on some bus services from the driver at the price 450 HUF. 24 hour and 72 hour or weekly travel cards are also available.
For more information please visit the website of BKK (ticket prices, maps, trip planner, timetables): www.bkk.hu/en/tickets-and-passes/prices/
From Larus Congress Center the easiest to get to the centre is to take bus No. 8E, 108E, 110, 112, 212.
You can buy tickets in every metro stop, some kiosks, newsagents, and ticket machines.
Taxis can take you to the centre for about 2000 HUF / about 7-8 EUR.
Money and currency
The currency in Hungary is Hungarian Forints or HUF or Ft. One EUR is 312 HUF so 1000 HUF is approximately 3 EUR. You can pay in euros at many restaurants, shops and in taxis and shops usually announce their current exchange rate. If you are paying in Forints, there are banknotes for amounts of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000 and 20000 – some exist in two different colours as new banknotes are being introduced. There are six different coins for Forints: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.
Currency can be exchanged at banks and exchange offices available in town, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at airports, railway stations and major tourist attractions are open seven days a week. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small hotels and restaurants may only accept cash.
10-15% tips at restaurantsare welcome when you are satisfied and happy with the service, unless service has been already included in the bill.
Hungarian is a Finno-Ugric language, remotely connected to Finnish. Many people at hotels, restaurants and shops speak English and some people, especially the older generation, speak German.
Commercial and business hours
Shops are generally open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6.00 pm – some are open later, especially at department stores and shopping centers. Some supermarkets are open on Sunday as well.
The international access code for Hungary is +36. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0033 for France).The area code for Budapest is 1.
The electric current in Hungary is 220-240 V, 50 Hz. Electrical plugs in Hungary need two round prongs. They can be the ungrounded Europlug Type C or the grounded Schuko plug Type E/F.
Last modified: 08-05-2018