How to get to the conference venue
By public transport
There are several stops nearby the venue in 5 minutes walking distance. The two major tram lines offer the easiest and best connections to the Research Center. Tram 4 and 6 stops at the Petőfi bridge on the north, while tram 1 stops on the south. Buses 107, 153, 154, 212, 212A and 212B also have nearby stops.
Parking in the central districts of Budapest including the vicinty of the venue is available against a fee. You need to purchase a parking ticket from the vending machines on the streets. Limited number of free parking slots next to the ELTE buildings will be available, but prior registration of the car is needed. Please contact the organizers in case you plan to come by car.
Notice for Drivers (Zero Alcohol)
Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary.
How to travel to Budapest
About 30 airline companies operate regular flights to and from Budapest at Liszt Ferenc International Airport.
Bus line 200E runs around the clock from the airport to Kőbánya-Kispest metro station (11 stops, 20 minutes, timetable). The regular tickets are valid for this line from 350 HUF (but note that in case of transfer to another line, new single ticket should be used; see below). Please be aware that the Metro line 3 is under reconstruction. Although the line should be fully functional by July, we suggest checking the website for current information.
Bus line 100E leaves in every 30 minutes and transports passenger between Liszt Ferenc International Airport and Deák Ferenc tér in the city centre (40-60 minutes, timetable). Special single ticket: 1500 HUF for each trip.
The airport shuttle does door-to-door drop-offs (around €22 to central Budapest), while official taxis (Főtaxi) cost from around 7000 HUF. You can find the official booth right in front of the airport exit, where you can order your taxi.
Railway connections are excellent and there are also bus connections with countries in the vicinity of Hungary. There are three major international railway stations in Budapest:
- Eastern Railway Station Budapest (Keleti pályaudvar)
- Western Railway Station Budapest (Nyugati pályaudvar)
- Southern Railway Station Budapest (Déli Pályaudvar)
Each of these railway stations can be accessed by the metro.
Budapest can be reached by car on motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7. Drivers are obliged to purchase a motorway sticker for the motorways. (obtainable at border crossing points and major petrol stations)
How to get around in Budapest
Public transport in the city is well-organized including extensive network of trams, buses and metro lines. Tickets must be purchased in advance at vending machines, in the Budapest GO application or at metro stations / newsstands. Different tickets are available: single ticket is only valid for one trip at one line, but you can also buy a 30 min or a 90 min ticket that can be used for unlimited number of transfers and trip interruptions (note that the ticket needs to be validated each time you transfer). There are also 24-hour or 72-hour Budapest-travelcards available.
Paper-based tickets should be validated on the vehicle or at the entrance of the metro lines (note that between metro lines you can change without validating). On buses, you may see a “Front-door boarding only” sign, in this case you can only board on the first door, showing your validated ticket or your travel card to the driver.
On Google maps, the travel planner is available for public transport with live information about the timing of each lines. In the BudapestGO app, you can also find a travel planner and live information (including the tracking of the specific vehicle), and you can also purchase most tickets and passes within the app (for the validation of these tickets, see more information in the app).
During the night, you can also travel by buses that cover most parts of Budapest, and tram line 6 runs all night.
A public bike-sharing system is available in the city with several docking stations around, including three in the vincinity of the venue. For details please see the MOL Bubi website.
Taxis are yellow in Budapest. We suggest that you use only taxis equipped with a taximeter, such as Főtaxi, City Taxi, Taxi4, TaxiPlus, Buda Taxi or you can use the Bolt app. The fares are centrally regulated, thus should be the same for each company (Basic fee: 1000HUF plus distance based fare: 400HUF/km. Additional waiting charge: 100HUF/min). Beware of private cabs, especially those without a taximeter.
Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange
The official currency of Hungary is Forint (HUF). Exchange facilities are offered at the airport, in hotels, at the exchange desks of banks and at several exchange offices. American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted at the hotels, at most of the restaurants and city stores, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service.
The usual shopping hours in Budapest are from 10:00 to 18:00, in big shopping centres up to 21:00 or 22:00. Shops and food stores are open from Monday till Saturday and are closed on Sunday except the larger ones.
Tips in restaurants and for taxis – depending on the service – are optional but expected. Maximum rate is usually around 10%. There are some restaurants where the service charge is included in the bill, in this case do not tip.
The Organizing Committee cannot assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the Conference. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.