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Budapest

Budapest, one of the most beautiful historical capitals in Europe, situated on the banks of the Danube, will host the summer school. The architectural beauty with its monuments from neo-classic through baroque to eclectic art nouveau is prevalent in the city. Budapest is also world famous for its artistic abundance of concerts, operas, recitals, galas and exhibitions. The warm hospitality of people, excellent food and wine reliable and frequent public transportation, vivid cultural life, rich museums attract millions of visitors every year. Visitor friendly visa policy, value-for-the-price services and goods, and pleasant climate make Hungary one of the most popular meeting venues worldwide.

Venue: MTA SZTAKI Victor Hugo building, Training room
Address: 1132 Budapest XIII. Victor Hugo u. 18-22
Location: MTA SZTAKI is the "Institute for Computer Science and Control, Hungarian Academy of Sciences" located in Budapest , the capital of Hungary.




Route description and map:


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TRAVEL INFORMATION

Arrival in Budapest - transfer from the airport & railway

Most participants will arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy Airport. The simplest means of transportation to any place in Budapest is via the Airport Minibus service. This door-to-door Airport Minibus Service is reasonably priced (one way ticket: HUF 2990). The minibus service is located outside of customs area transfer can be booked there. Travellers will purchase a voucher and proceed to the waiting area for your van to arrive. The wait is generally 10-20 minutes. Those who schedule round-trip transportation must call to re-confirm their return trip at least 24 hours in advance of their flight.

A bit more expensive but prompt transfer service is provided by Főtaxi the official taxi service of Ferihegy airport. The price of a one way transfer is between HUF 3300 / 13 EUR and HUF 5700 / 24 EUR depending on the distance. The booth of Főtaxi is in front of the arrival terminal, outside of the building. Other taxi companies are also available at the airport but they tend to charge more for foreigners. Főtaxi works with fixed prices. More information can be found on the airport's website.

You may take bus 200 from Ferihegy Terminal 2 to Kőbánya-Kispest. From Kőbánya-Kispest the Metro Line 3 (blue) takes you to the Lehel tér (square). If you come from the centre, go out on the rear of the subway. There is the beginning of the Victor Hugo street, and the building is on the third corner.


Arrival in Budapest - transfer from Keleti pu. (Eastern Railway Station)

Take Trolley bus 76 from "Baross tér" (Keleti pu.) to "Hegedűs Gyula utca". SZTAKI building is right opposite to the trolley stop.


Arrival in Budapest - transfer from Nyugati pu. (Western Railway Station)

Take Metro Line 3 (blue) from Nyugati pu. to Lehel tér (1 stop to "Újpest központ" direction). Go out on the rear of the subway. There is the beginning of Victor Hugo street, and the building is at the third corner.


Arrival in Budapest - transfer from Déli pu. (Southern Railway Station)

Take Metro Line 2 (red) from Déli pu. to "Deák Ferenc tér". Change to Metro Line 3 (blue) to Lehel tér (3 stops to "Újpest központ" direction). Go out on the rear of the subway. There is the beginning of Victor Hugo street, and the building is at the third corner.


Public transport tickets

Tickets are available at Metro stations, news-stands and major bus/tram terminals and must be validated inside the vehicles or at the entrance of the Metro stations. Please keep your ticket with you until the end of your journey as conductors may check them at the exit gates. Further information on Budapest Public Transport.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Official Language

The language of the school is English, no simultaneous translation will be available. The official language of Hungary is Hungarian. Although most young people speak English, learning a few basic Hungarian terms is fun and can broad your linguistic horizon. This page gives you some basic information on the Hungarial language and helps you take the first few steps.

Visas

From December 21, 2007 Hungary is a member of the Schengen Area, and applies the Schengen legislation in full.

If you are not sure whether you need a visa or not then please contact the Hungarian consulate in your home country. They can also give you further information about the visa application procedure.

In case you need an invitation letter to obtain the visa, please send the following information to the local organizers:
Invited person:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Passport date of issue
  • Passport date of expiry
  • Duration of stay in Hungary
Contact information:
  • Fax number(s) the invitation letter should be sent to
  • Mailing address the original invitation letter should be sent to

Insurance

The Organizers of the Summer School do not provide insurance and do not take responsibility for any loss, accident or illness that might occur during the School or in the course of travel to or from the meeting site. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the participants to check their coverage with their insurance provider.

Bank, Currency, Credit Cards

The unit of currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), denoted as "Ft" by the Hungarians. International credit cards (AmEx, EC/MC, Visa) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available at the Airport and all over the city. (1 EUR is approx. 300 HUF)

Weather

Hungary is in the temperate zone, weather in July is usually nice and warm. Daily temperature ranges from 27°C to 32°C (81F to 90F) and the relative humidity is below 40%.

Voltage

The electricity supply in Hungary is 230 V AC (50 Hz)