The conference will be held in the Novotel Budapest Centrum located in Budapest, the largest city and capital of Hungary.
Basic Info about Budapest:
Population: 1,7 million
Currency: Forint (HUF)
Airport: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD)
Country code: 36
Budapest area code: 1
Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT+1, EST+6), Daylight Saving Time observed
Nicknames: Pearl of the Danube, Queen of the Danube, Paris of Eastern Europe, and Heart of Europe
Official language: Hungarian; English and German are the most frequently used second languages. Hungary has been a member of the European Union since 2004, and forms a boundary of the Schengen Area.
Official currency: forint (Ft or HUF)
The city of Budapest was formed in 1873 through the joining of Buda, Pest and Old Buda (Óbuda). As the largest city in Hungary, Budapest is the country’s political, cultural and commercial center.
The beautiful Danube River both divides and connects peaceful, mountainous Buda in the west and the flatter, lively Pest in the east. Óbuda, the oldest part of Budapest, is also on the west side of the Danube and is an extension of Buda to the north. Seven bridges and two railway bridges join Buda and Pest, and six islands on the Danube are located within city limits. Since 1987, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has listed the view of the Danube embankments and the Buda Castle District – which is one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of the city of Budapest – as a World Heritage.
As the keeper of several major attractions in Europe – the largest thermal water system in the world, the first Underground Railroad on the continent, the third largest Parliament building in the world and the largest synagogue in Europe – Budapest has plenty of monuments and attractions to see and visit. Here are a small example of what you can see in Budapest:
Buda Castle Hill – this World Heritage Site is easily visible from everywhere in Budapest. The central Trinity Square fills daily with tourists visiting the famous Matthias Church. The Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Palace, together with the Hungarian National Gallery, are also popular sights.
Chain Bridge – was the first bridge to permanently connect the two sides, Buda and Pest. At the time of its completion, Chain Bridge was considered to be one of the wonders of the world. Crossing the bridge is just a short walk and no matter which direction you go, the view is beautiful.
Matthias Church – this 700-year-old Church was the scenario of several coronations, including that of Charles IV in 1916, the last Habsburg king. It was also the site for the great Hungarian King Matthias’ two weddings, hence its name.
Fishermen’s Bastion – is one of the most fascinating sights on Castle Hill. Although fishermen from Watertown (Víziváros) reputedly defended this part of the city during the Middle Ages, Fishermen’s Bastion was built in the 1890s and it’s purely decorative. Today, it’s a favorite lookout.
Most of Budapest’s city center and historic districts are walking friendly. There are pedestrian areas in downtown Pest and traffic is restricted on Castle Hill, so walking is probably the best way to get around. However, Budapest also has an excellent public transportation system. Glance skyward and you’ll see that most of the city’s streets are lined with cables, as Budapest has a vast system of trams and trolley buses. Budapest also has a clean, fast, and efficient metro (subway) system. Outer suburbs are well served by HÉV trains (suburban railway). Streetcars (trams) 2, 4 and 6 as well as the three subway lines are also good options to get to most places in the city.
How to Get to Budapest from airport:
Airport Minibus – offers a shared ride to any address in the city for a flat fee. Discounted roundtrip tickets are also available. Advance booking is available online or over the phone; however it’s not necessary, as they have a booth inside each terminal on the arrivals level. After purchasing a ticket, your name will be called when the driver arrives. Booking a transfer to the airport generally requires a 24-hour advance notice.
Phone: (+36-1) 550-0000
Taxi – A ride to the city center should typically cost around HUF 6,500 / EUR 22 depending on traffic conditions. The officially appointed taxi company serving the airport is Főtaxi.
Rail – Terminal 1 is connected with the city center via rail. Hungarian State Railway (MÁV) operates trains between Terminal 1 and Western Railway Station. The trip takes about 30 minutes. As of May 30th 2012, after the closure of Terminal 1, passengers can transfer to Terminal 2 from the train station adjacent to Terminal 1 via bus Nr. 200E.
Public Transport – Both terminals are accessible via public transport. Buses run between Kőbánya-Kispest metro station and the airport. The ride from the metro station to Terminal 2 takes about 30 minutes. The bus to take is 200E. 200E is the designated bus line from Liszt Ferenc Airport, to the city. The final stop of the bus is Kőbánya-Kispest terminal, from where you can board metro line M3 to go to the city centre. Ticket is available from the driver of the bus or at the airport or you can buy your Budapest Card at the Budapestinfo Points in both terminals of the airport.
Single tickets, travel cards and monthly passes are sold at the Post Office at Terminal 2A (open Monday to Friday 8 am to 3:30 pm). Single tickets and ten-trip coupon books are also available at the Relay newsstands located at the arrivals-level at Terminal 2A and 2B (open daily 6:30 am to 11 pm).