FuturICT 2009
Hungarian-Japanese Joint Conference on
Future Information and Communication Technologies
29-30 June, 2009, Budapest, Hungary

Venue & travel

Arriving to Budapest

From the airport: Travellers can get from the Budapest Airport to the city centre by Airport Shuttle to any address within 40 minutes and at the most reasonable price. The Zóna Taxi is also an option: After visiting their kiosks at the airport terminal, each passenger is given a voucher. The voucher indicates the length of your journey and the fare to be paid.

A transfer from the airport to the centre should not be more than around 3-5.000 HUF.

Conference venue

The FuturICT 2009 Conference venue is the Building of Informatics at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Magyar tudósok krt. 2., H-1117 Budapest, Hungary.

map - Building I

Conference venue (BME Building of Informatics, Groud Floor) floorplan can be found here.

Getting there and away:

The preferred route by public transportation is using tram lines 4 or 6, stop "PETŐFI HíD, BUDAI HíDFŐ" (near Goldmann György tér). This stop is located on the Buda bridgehead of the Petőfi bridge. Follow the signs from the tram stop to the conference site.

These tram lines 4 and 6 connect to the subway M3 (blue line) at the stop "ÜLLŐI ÚT", whereas the subway station is called "FERENC KÖRÚT". The same lines also connect to the subway M2 (red line) at the stop "BLAHA LUJZA TÉR" and to the underground M1 (yellow line) at the "OKTOGON" stop. They go around the city centre so basically all major sites can be approached using these trams.

NOTE: Please note that heavy underground construction works are in progress also close to the conference venue. These works imply changes in the surface traffic as well. Please look at the home page of the Budapest Transport Limited (BKV).

Accomodation

A wide selection of Budapest hotels can be found here.

Perhaps we'd recommend Hotel Gellért(****) on the first place because of its location related to the conference venue, situated on the Danube riverbank, at the foot of Gellért Hill, and also because of it shares its building with the famous Gellért Spa – guests have free access through a private elevator down to one of the the city’s most beautiful thermal bath. It is also 10 minutes’ walk from Great Market Hall and the downtown shopping area.

From Hotel Gellért to the conference venue: Get on at "Szent Gellért tér" to Tramway 118 or 18 or 19 or 49. After 2 stops get off at "Móricz Zsigmond körtér". Get on Tramway 6 and after 2 stops get off at "Petõfi híd, budai hídfõ&". Go on foot on "Pázmány Péter sétány" following the signs to the BME Building of Informatics.

Other preferred hotels include Mercure Budapest Buda(****), Kempinski Hotel Corvinus(*****) and Le Meridien (*****). These hotels are either situated in the city center, or can be easily reached via public transport lines. The conference venue is also easy to reach.

Transportation within Budapest

Taxi: Taxis have the word "Taxi" written on them and have yellow registration number plates. Be careful to choose a well marked car with logos and not just a "Taxi" sign on the top! It is compulsory for taxis to use a faremeter that can give a receipt. The price charged is calculated according to the distance travelled and will also include a fixed booking fee and (if appropriate) a waiting fee.  It is customary to give a tip of ten percent, depending on the level of satisfaction.

Some Taxi companies in Budapest: Zóna Taxi: +36.1.365.5555; City Taxi: +36.1.2.111.111; Taxi 2000: +36.1.2.000.000; 6x6 Taxi: +36.1.2.666.666; Fôtaxi: +36.1.2.222.222

Public transportation: Budapest's network of public transport services includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, underground trains (Metró) and above-ground suburban trains (HÉV).

Tickets have to be bought before boarding. They are available at Underground stations, tobacco and news kiosks, and from vending machines at many bus and tram stops in the city center.  A new ticket has to be validated at the beginning of each journey, and this is done by inserting it into the slot in the small orange box situated at waist height near the doors of buses, trolleybuses, trams and HÉV trains, and before the escalators at metro stations.  Tickets are valid for one single journey of any length (without changing) on all routes (including the Cogwheel Railway, but excluding those parts of the HÉV that lie outside the metropolitan boundary of Budapest). Daily, weekly and monthly season tickets are available or you can use the Budapest Card as a ticket. You can find all the information related to public transport at www.bkv.hu.

Budapest Card: With the Budapest Card you can use the Airport Shuttle with a discount and you can travel free on public transport in the capital. It ensures free or reduced priced entrance to museums, the Zoo, the Fun Fair and the Buda caves. Sightseeing tours and numerous cultural events are also cheaper with it and certain restaurants, cafés and shops give reductions to card holders. The Budapest Card is valid for 48 or 72 hours and is available from Tourinform offices, bus and metro ticket offices and many travel agencies, hotels and museums.

Practical information

Language: Official language of the country is Hungarian, but English and German are widely spoken.

Climate: The climate is continental. The weather in July is usually warm; the average daytime temperature is 25° C. 

Time zone: In July, Budapest's clocks are in CEST timezone (Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 2 hours).

Electricity: Two-pin electric outlets (230 V, 50 Hz) are provided.

Telephone: Country code for Hungary is +36. Area code for Budapest is 1. Emergency: 112; Ambulance: 104; Fire Brigade: 105; Police: 107; Public telephones operate by phone card or coins. Cards are available at post offices and at tobacconists.

Banking: In Hungary banks are usually open between 8.00 - 16.00 on weekdays, although some close an hour earlier on Fridays. With the exception of some shopping mall bank branches, Hungarian banks are not open on Saturdays.  ATM machines and currency exchange machines are available throughout the country. The credit cards used most often - Diners Club, Euro/MasterCard and VISA - can be used to withdraw cash from banks and ATM machines and to pay bills in hotels, restaurants and shops. Emblems at the entrance mark the shops where credit cards are accepted. Traveler's checks may be cashed in banks, but are not accepted in shops. They may also be exchanged at some downtown booths.

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