Travel Information

BY AIR

Many international carriers fly to Budapest in addition to low-cost airlines such as Sky Europe (www.skyeurope.com) and Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com) Suggested air services to Budapest are available at:

Arrival at Budapest Ferihegy Airport

Hungary's international airport Ferihegy (www.bud.hu/english/) is located about 15 miles south-east of Budapest and has two main terminals which are a short walk from each other.

Building '2A' is used by the Hungarian national carrier MalÚv, together with partner airlines such as Lufthansa, Delta and Air Alitalia, whereas '2B' handles all other international carriers.

Getting out of the Airport

Once you've collected your luggage, choose one of the following options to get to the conference venue:

  1. Airport Minibus Shuttle:

    The Airport minibus service will take you anywhere in Budapest and provides safe, fast and reliable transport to your destination. This door-to-door service is reasonably priced (one-way ticket: HUF 2300, a return ticket: HUF 3900).

    An Information Desk for the airport mini-bus service is located in the international arrivals area. Travelers must purchase a voucher and proceed to the minibus waiting area outside (the wait can be 10-20 minutes). Each minibus can take up to 6 persons with luggage and will take you to the conference venue or anywhere else in Budapest. Depending on traffic, travel time to the conference venue might be up to an hour, but it generally will be less.

    Those who schedule round-trip minibus transport must call to re-confirm their return trip at least 24 hours in advance of their flight. If booking the minibus shuttle to the airport, you can telephone on (+36 1) 06-80-296-855 or (+36 1) 296-8555.

  2. Public transportation

    The cheapest way between airport and city centre is by metro and bus. A three day transport pass is included in your registration pack collected on the first day, so you should buy four single tickets (185 HUF each) to get from airport to hotel or a Day Ticket at 1150HUF if you want to explore the city further . (metro map and ticket prices at www.bkv.hu/angol/jegyek/index.html) . Tickets are available at metro stations, news-stands or major bus/tram terminals and must be validated inside the vehicles or at the entrance of each metro line. Please keep your ticket with you for the duration of your trip.

    From the bus stop in front of the international arrivals area at the airport, take the red (express) or black bus number 93 to the M3 metro terminal Kobanya-Kispest. Once at the Kobanya-Kispest metro station, take the M3 blue metro line to Deak Ferenc ter, the intersection of all metro lines. There, at Deak Ferenc ter, you need to change to the M2 red metro line (follow Deli palyaudvar direction signs) and travel three stops to Moszkva ter station. At Moszkva ter, take bus #22 (for 8 stops) or #22E (4 stops) as far as the Denes str, which is around 150 meters from the Europa Congress Center. Buses run every 5 minutes during the day and every 15-20 minutes in the evening until about midnight.

    A map showing the venue and hotels is here.

    A map of Budapest is here.

  3. Airport Taxis

    A third option is to take an Airport Taxi from the front of the international arrivals area. The fare depends on the destination but assume between 5000-8000 HUF (approx 25-35 EUR). Like in most cities, additional charges may apply (basic tariff plus distance plus waiting plus luggage). Even with several people, the rates may end up being more expensive than the minibus service. Be sure to use a taxi with yellow number plates and a yellow taxi sign and check that the fare is no more than the price displayed on the car dashboard. All taxis can provide receipts and normally a small tip is given, rounding up to the nearest 100 HUF. Some reputable taxi firms include:

    • City Taxi (English spoken) 211-1111
    • Fo Taxi 222-2222
    • Radio Taxi 377-7777
    • Tele5 355-5555
    • Volan Taxi 466-6666

BY TRAIN

Railway connections

Budapest has direct rail connections with 25 European capitals, and all international rail services have dining facilities and sleeping compartments. Most international express trains arrive at, and depart from, Keleti Central Railway Station on the M2 red metro line. For rail information , see http://www.elvira.hu/. The other two railway stations are Deli (also on M2 red metro line) and Nyugati (on the M3 blue metro line)