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LVC-VIRGO MEETING LOCATION:

ELTE Lagymanyos Campus, North Building
Eotvos Lorand University, Lagymanyos Campus, North Building
1/A Pazmany Peter setany, BUDAPEST, H-1117
GPS: N 47.4743173 E 19.0624204 ; N 47:28:27.5 E 19:03:44

Map

Campus Area Map

Floor Plan
Floor 0 (0a: Mon-Thur Plenary, DetChar parallel; 0b: Sun Stochastic, Mon-Thur breakout sessions; 0c: Sat-Sun Burst)
Floor 1 (1a: Sat-Sun CW, Mon LV Detection Comm.)
Floor 7 (7a: Sat-Sun CBC, Tue IS parallel, LSC-V Dinner, Wed LSC Exec. Comm.; 7b-c: breakout sessions)


Contents

  1. Travel to Budapest
  2. Getting around in Budapest
  3. Getting to the Meeting site
  4. Health care and emergency numbers
  5. Currency, exchange, credit cards, tipping
  6. Electricity supply, mobile phones, calling instructions
  7. Weather
  8. Recommended sights in Budapest


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TRAVEL TO BUDAPEST:

By air. There are daily direct flights from most European and from some North American cities. Ferihegy Airport (with two terminals) is situated on the SE margin of Budapest, 20 km from the city centre and is a popular destination for many low fare air carriers. If you arrive to Ferihegy Airport, you can either take a taxi or a shuttle bus to the hotel. There is an ATM machine inside the Airport terminal that accepts most ATM cards (Cyrrus, Plus, etc.). Taxis charge a fixed fee (around 5000 HUF or 25 EUR, see here), the shuttle costs around 3000 HUF per person (see here here). For two persons taking the taxi is the obvious choice. For more information on taxis, shuttle buses, and all other alternatives of ground transport between the Airport and the city centre, please check this website.

By train. Budapest can be easily reached by train. The three international railway stations of the town, Deli (Southern), Keleti (Eastern) and Nyugati (Western) are very close to the centre and connected with the centre and each other by underground lines. There are ATM machines inside all railway station terminals that accept most ATM cards (Cyrrus, Plus, etc.). If you arrive by train, make sure you DO NOT take a taxi at the train station. Rather either take the subway, or walk a few blocks and then hail a cab. The taxis at the train station are notorious for overcharging foreign passengers (especially those who are soliciting arriving passengers).

By car. Budapest is in the centre of the radial road network of Hungary. It is along the European highways E5, E15, E96. Keep in mind that you MUST pay for the use of the highways in Hungary. There is a flat rate charge of 1530 HUF for 4 days, 2550 for 10 days and 4200 for a month. You can pay online using this website (you need the license plate number of the car).

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GETTING AROUND IN BUDAPEST:

Public transportation. A weekly pass allowing free travel on all means of public transportation (within the city limits) is provided free of charge at LSC-Virgo Meeting registration desk. The pass is valid throughout the Meeting. Passangers on public transportation might be asked by controllers to hand over their passes and to provide some form of identification for validity check (the passes are not transferable). Ticket controllers have no special rights in Hungary, so legally you are not required to do anything for them (you do not even HAVE TO show your ticket). Thus, if you get into a conflict, just call us and (try to) walk away. Official website of Budapest Public Transportation Company (BKV Zrt.) can be find here.

Taxis. We suggest that you use only taxis equipped with a taximeter, such as Fotaxi, City Taxi, Buda Taxi, Tele 5 Taxi, 6 x 6 Taxi etc... Beware of private cabs, especially those without a taximeter. It is customary to give a tip of 10% over the amount of the bill in taxis.

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GETTING TO THE MEETING SITE:

It is recommended to use public transportation to get from the hotels to the meeting site. A weekly pass allowing free travel on all means of public transportation is provided free of charge at LSC-Virgo Meeting registration desk. Single tickets can also be purchased for 290 HUF (~1 EUR) at newspaper stands and ticket booths located at metro stations and certain tram stops.

From Ramada Budapest. Please take tram number 4 or 6 from "Mester utca/Mester Street" stop to "Petofi hid, budai hidfo/Petofi Bridge" (second stop from "Mester utca"). The university campus then can be reached on foot, by walking 300 meters to south-east, paralel to the Danube river. Approximated travel time is 20 minutes. A travel map can be found here.

From Hotel Mercure Budapest Korona. Please take the M3 ("blue") metro line from "Kalvin ter/Kalvin Square" to "Ferenc korut/Ferenc Avenue" (next station from "Kalvin ter"). Getting out from the metro area, please take the tram number 4 or 6 from "Ferenc korut" stop to "Petofi hid, budai hidfo/Petofi Bridge" (third stop from "Ferenc korut"). The university campus then can be reached on foot, by walking 300 meters to south-east, paralel to the Danube river. Approximated travel time is 25 minutes. A travel map can be found here.

From Hunguest Hotel Griff. Please take tram number 49 from "Szent Gellert templom/Saint Gellert Church" stop to "Moricz Zsigmond korter/Moricz Square" (fourth stop from "Szent Gellert templom"). Then please take the tram number 6 from "Moricz Zsigmond korter" to "Petofi hid, budai hidfo" (second stop from "Moricz Zsigmond korter"). The university campus then can be reached on foot, by walking 300 meters to south-east, paralel to the Danube river. Approximated travel time is 35 minutes. A travel map can be found here.

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HEALTH CARE AND EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

EU citizens should get a 'European Health Insurance Card' from their health insurance company. This entitles them to free emergency care and all necessary treatments. Prescription medicines require a co-payment. Other citizens should get an adequate health insurance before entering the country. See here for more info.

Even though the generic emergency number (112) should in theory work, in general it is better to call the services directly. The numbers are 107 for police, 105 for fire and 104 for ambulance. You can always call one of the organizers using one of the emergency cell phone numbers given here.

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CURRENCY, EXCHANGE, CREDIT CARDS, TIPPING:
The official currency in Hungary is Hungarian Forint. Exchange facilities are offered to participants at the airport, in hotels, at the exchange desk of the banks or at money exchange booths all over the city. American Express, Visa, Diners, Eurocard/Master Card are accepted at the registration desk, in hotels, first class restaurants and city stores, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service. It is customary to give a tip of 10% over the amount of the bill at restaurants and in taxis.

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ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, MOBILE PHONES, CALLING INSTRUCTIONS:

In Hungary, electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz. Only Type F or Schuko sockets are used in Hungary.

Hungary has a 900/1800 MHz GSM mobile phone network. There are 3 providers, T-Mobile (some older phones will report Westel or Westel 900), Pannon and Vodafone (older phone will report H-70). Check with your mobile provider the roaming options.

When using a fixed line, you should use the 00 prefix for international, and the 06 prefix for domestic calls. No prefix is necessary for local calls. Hungarians notoriously include the 06 perfix when they write down a phone number. Even though you may run into coin operated public phones, they are broken most of the time. There are pre-paid card operated public phones that tend to work.

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WEATHER:
September in Hungary is usually still warm but there is no scorching heat like in summer. The average outside temperature ranges between 12-22 C, average daily temperature is 17 C. On average, there are 7 sunny hours daily, and the usual amount of precipitation is 40 mm rain per month (7 rainy days).

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For many useful touristical information, please check the official touristical sites of Hungary and Budapest!

RECOMMENDED SIGHTS IN BUDAPEST:
- The Parliament building, which also houses the Hungarian Crown
- The Castle District in Buda, including the Hungarian National Gallery and other museums
- Heroes' square, where you can also find the Museum of Fine Arts
- View from the top of the Gellert Hill
- St. Stephen's Basilica

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