Open e-IRG Workshop in Budapest, 4-5 April 2011
at the historical building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
See mapHow to get to the venue:
From the airport:
There are several direct flights to Budapest from all major European cities, as well as from other parts of the world. The Hungarian national carrier is MALEV. Many cheap airlines fly to Budapest as well (Wizz Air, Easy Jet, German Wings, Sky Europe, Air Berlin, etc.). The Airport of Budapest (called Ferihegy) has 3 terminals (T-1, T-2A, T-2B). Cheap flights use T-1, while the rest use either T-2A (MALEV and other flights from/to the Schengen countries) or T-2B (other carriers).
To get to the city from the airport a recommended option is to use the shuttle service (called Minibus) which is bookable upon arrival in the arrival hall and, when flying home, at your hotel. The flat rate fee is equivalent to about 10 euro per person and the Minibus drops you off at your final destination. Taxi is faster, but more expensive (equivalent to about 20-30 euro). Reliable airport taxi service is available at the taxi booth just when getting out of the terminal building at the arrival level. Otherwise you should negotiate with the driver about the exact fare of the transfer before taking a taxi.
You can exchange foreign currency to Hungarian Forint (HUF) in the terminal building in order to have Hungarian currency in your pocket. That's preferable in case of using any of the transfer options, although in case of the airport taxi or the Minibus shuttle service you can pay also by euro and in some cases also by using a credit card. The exchange rate of the Hungarian currency in early 2011 is between 270 and 280 HUF/euro.
Travelling to Budapest by train might be a valid option especially for those coming from the neighbouring countries (Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine). There are 3 major railway stations in Budapest where international trains stop. For more information on train schedules, visit this page .
From the Western border (Austria) follow highway M1 (toll must be paid before you enter the highway - purchase a vignette at a petrol station) until you reach Budapest. More information about highways can be found here .
Please, take into consideration, that parking in Budapest is very difficult and costly (ask your hotel about the possibilities), and using your car within Budapest is not convenient at all.
Time schedules, ticket information about local transportation can be achieved at the site of the Budapest public transportation system. Please note that the "Single tickets" are valid for trams, buses, and metro (underground) too. If you change on your route, you should validate another single ticket or use a transfer ticket. Of course one-day-tickets, tourist tickets, travelcards, and Budapest cards are valid for unlimited personal use. They all are described on the mentioned page of the public transportation system.
Taxi service is also available in downtown Budapest. The fare is shown by the meter in the car.