The location of our building on Google Maps: N47.473432 W19.059475
All important AGTIVE 2011 locations are displayed on this annotated map.
The nearest public transport stop to the university is "Petõfi híd, budai hídfõ" at the Petõfi bridge, where the major tram lines Nr. 4 and 6 stop (and bus lines 203 and 212 also, across the street). From the tram stop, take the underpass and turn left (south), then head along the foot-path going parallel to the river Danube. On the first corner turn to the right, and start to go around on that semicircle street (Magyar tudósok körútja). Out of the two buildings in the inner side of the semicircle, AGTIVE will take place in the closer (northern) one, Building Q; look for the huge 'Q' sign on its front wall. It is also worth checking out a satellite image beforehand as well as the photo of the newly constructed Building Q, to avoid confusion with nearby Building I.
Arriving by flight
The two terminals of the Budapest Ferihegy Airport (BUD) is connected to various main European airports by several flights a day including various cheap flights. Low-cost airlines arrive at "Ferihegy Terminal 1" while main international flights land on "Ferihegy Terminal 2". More information available at the homepage of the airport: http://bud.hu/english/transport.
For getting to the city from the airport, there are two main options:
Taxi companies usually accept Euros, just as the shuttle bus company, therefore getting from the airport to the city is possible without having HUF. Public transportation tickets, however, are to be paid in HUF. There are teller (ATM) machines at the airport where you can buy HUF at a better exchanged rate than in banks.
Arriving by train
When arriving by train at the Western Railway Station (Nyugati pályaudvar) take tram number 4 or 6 in the direction of Móricz Zsigmond körtér or Újbuda-központ (formerly Fehérvári út) directly. The Western Railway Station is a major hub for public transportation with the Metro line 3, trams 4 and 6, and many bus lines.
When arriving at the Eastern Railway Station (Keleti pályaudvar, main railway station for international trains) or at the Southern Railway Station (Déli pályaudvar), you can take the Metro line M2, go to Blaha Lujza tér and change to the tram lines 4 or 6 as above.
Please note that there are special reduced fares for various trains from Vienna, Munich, and many other cities.
General remarks about public transportation in Hungary
Budapest has an excellent public transportation system. Recently a ticket costs HUF 320 (EUR 1,00 to 1.20) but different combined and daily tickets offer a good “go as you please” opportunity. Many major lines operate until approx. 23h-24h in the night, and a network of night buses serve the streets afterwards. For finding your way, the site utvonalterv.hu provides invaluable help in planning routes in Hungary (especially in Budapest) by public transport, by car, or by other means of transport. Alternatively, we recommend the pages of the Budapest Transportation Company (BKV) to find bus, tram or subway connections within Budapest.
For public transport outside Budapest, the ELVIRA service is helpful in finding domestic train connections, and for the schedule of the national coach services please visit the official timetable of the Volán company. (The latter site speaks only Hungarian, but the search function is almost self explaining: The first 3 fields are “from”, “to”, “via”, then the date in year/month/day order. Leave everything else as default.)
In Budapest, you have to purchase a ticket before taking a public transportation vehicle, fares cannot be paid on board (excluding taxis, of course). Ticket vending machines or cashiers are usually available at railway stations, coach stations and stops of the subway system. On many lesser tram or bus stops, however, you will need a pre-purchased ticket or resort to newsstands and other miscellaneous ticket vendors. For coach or train services connecting towns, you have the option to buy the ticket on the vehicle, but only if you board it at a lesser stop where no tickets are sold. Be careful that many coaches and cheaper trains have no visual or audible announcements indicating which stop is next, therefore travellers have to watch out for signposts, trust the timetables for accuracy, rely on their familiarity of the surroundings or ask for help from other passengers to decide when to get off. Fortunately express train services like InterCity and EuroCity usually do have a stop indication, but they require a more expensive and pre-purchased reserved seat ticket.
We have pre-booked some rooms in nearby hotels for the AGTIVE 2011 participants. These rooms are reserved until September 5th (the early registration deadline). After that deadline the rooms can be reserved by anyone in the world (but AGTIVE participants can still get the same room price later on). See the following list for the hotels, rates and directions for reaching the university (also displayed on Google Maps).
Hungary is a member of the European Union and the Schengen Border Treaty. The official language is Hungarian, and do not expect everybody to speak English, but you can easily get by with English or with German in places frequented by international tourism.
The official currency in Hungary is the Forint (shortly, Ft or HUF), and not the Euro. Of course, there are many places where they accept Euros as well, but you should not depend on it, and exchange rates are typically biased against the customer. You can exchange currency in banks and at dedicated exchange offices, or withdraw HUF from ATMs. The exchange mid rate today (2011-09-21) is 290,74 HUF for 1 EUR. Please note that according to a recent regulation in Hungary, 1 Ft and 2 Ft coins are withdrawn, and prices are rounded up (or down) to the next number divisible by 5. Ft. So, shopkeepers are not cheating if they do not give you back a change of 1Ft or 2 Fts.
Cellular network providers
In Hungary there are 3 cellphone providers:
Further sources of information