The official language is English.
A name badge will be required for access to the congress area. Participants will receive a name badge when they check in at the registration desk. It must be worn at all times.
The weather in Hungary in May is usually sunny but rain is possible, it worth to prepare your travel clothing regarding this.
Temperatures are usually in the range between 20-25 °C during the day. Check the weather forecast for Budapest at www.weather.com
The official national currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance. Although Hungary is a member of the European Union, only a few shops and restaurants accept Euros (EUR) for payment. Currency exchange booths are available in Budapest at the airport terminals, railway stations, travel agencies, banks, and other public places in the city. The exchange rates applied may vary.
Traveller’s cheques and convertible currency may be exchanged at these facilities. Major credit cards are usually accepted in most hotels, restaurants and certain shops in the city. You can withdraw cash with debit/credit cards at ATM cash machines that are located in banks, hotels, or on the street.
The electricity voltage is 230 V, 50 Hz. Japanese, British, Swiss, and American visitors should take note that Continental European German-style CEE7/4 sockets are used in Hungary, and also CEE7/16 “Europlugs“ are accepted.
In winter time GMT+1 hour, in summer GMT+2 hours (same as in West Europe)
The national dialing code for Hungary is +36. The following 0 is omitted. Dialing codes from Hungary are as follows:
Store opening times
Opening hours of most shops are generally between 10 AM and 6 PM on workdays, and until 1 PM on Saturdays.
The shopping malls are a general exception, as their opening times are uniform for all shops in a given mall, and are longer than usual: Monday through Saturday 9 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM. Some larger supermarkets, such as Tesco, have units that are open 24 hours a day.
Bern’s main station is home to more than 80 stores that are open 365 days a year, from early till late. The large shopping centers in the city also have longer opening times.
Budapest has one of the richest public transportation systems of all European capitals. The Budapest Card holder can travel without restrictions and for free within the city limits on more than 200 buses, 32 trams, 15 trolleys and 4 metro lines, on the HÉV Suburban Railway and with boats. You can also take a free trip to the hills of Buda with the cogwheel railway.
Wheelchair accessible public transportation
Of the bus routes in Budapest, 97% are either fully or partially accessible, meaning that one can travel on almost all routes with a wheelchair or a pram.
There are several taxi companies operating in Budapest. The officially licensed taxi cabs can be easily identified by their uniform yellow colour, with the sign ”Minősített budapesti taxi / Licensed Budapest taxi” displayed on the front left door in both Hungarian and English. The registration plate is also yellow.
Numerous countries have an embassy in Budapest. These are generally located in the ‘diplomatic district’ near Heroes Square, while others are located downtown or on the Buda side. It is worth visiting some of them, as most are located in beautiful old villas.
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Tipping is not compulsory in Hungary but leaving a little extra for services is common practice. Unlike most countries, tips are rarely left on the table, instead customers should hand over their cash to the waiter and tell them how much (if any) change they would like back. Generally 10-15% on top of the total bill is a suitable amount to tip. In upmarket hotels, a tip of USD $2 for bell boys and around USD $1 Per day for housekeeping is appreciated. For taxis, a tip of around USD $1 or rounding up the fare is a nice gesture.
Visit the nearest Budapestinfo Point®, where you will definitely get the information you need during your stay in Budapest.
In addition to the information, visitors have access to free information publications, programme brochures and maps, and can purchase a Budapest Card. The helpful staff at the Budapest info Points welcome you with the newest program offers and the many services that you can buy – they make sure you don’t miss anything!