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Travelling from the airport to CEU or to the hotel

If you are arriving at Ferihegy International Airport (1 and 2) you can choose from the following possibilities to get from the Airport (Terminal 1 or Terminal 2) to CEU or the Hotel Unio.

*  Take the shuttle service called the ‘Airport Minibus‘. Passengers are taken to the requested address by minibuses with eight to eleven seats. Tickets can be purchased at the Airport Minibus counter in the arrival-level passenger hall of Ferihegy Airport 1 and 2.  The Airport Minibus counters are open between 05.00 a.m. and 01.00 a.m. at the Terminals. Fares: one way ticket : approx  13 EUR./person), return ticket:  (approx. 20 EUR./person.) Phone No.: (+361) 296-8555

*  Take a taxi: the airport taxi company is called Zóna taxi. They have fixed rates according to zones within the city. Maximum fare is approx. 25 EUR. Taxis are not equipped with credit card readers and might accept only Hungarian Forints. Currency can be changed at the airport, although it is better if you already have some Hungarian Forints with you. Phone No.: (+361) 365-5555. They have fixed rates according to zones within the city. You shouldn’t pay more than approx. 25 EUR.

*  Public transportation:

From the airport to Hotel Unio (7th district, Dob utca 73):

Take Bus # 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest station (last stop), then the blue Metro Line to Ferenc körút. Go up from the metro and follow the signs to the 4-6 tram (either 4 or 6 is good) in the direction of “Margit híd” (trams going in this direction go to “Moszkva tér”, that is their last stop). Get off at the 4th stop, “Wesselényi utca”. Continue walking in the direction that you were traveling on the tram (on Erzsébet körút) and turn right onto the next street, Dob utca. Walk until the first street, Hársfa utca, and turn right. Hotel Unio is on the corner of Dob utca and Hársfa utca.

From the airport to CEU (5th district, Nádor utca 9):

* Take Bus # 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest (last stop), then the blue Metro Line to Deák Ferenc tér. From Deák Ferenc tér, it is a 5-10 minute walk to CEU (see map on the conference website ). After you come up from the metro, walk towards the Bazilika (Szent István Bazilika) (look up and walk towards to a big dome) approximately 3 blocks. When you get to the main entrance of the Bazilika, turn left and walk across the square and onto Zrínyi utca (a pedestrian street). Walk two blocks and CEU is on the corner of Zrínyi utca and Nádor utca.

If you arrive late in the night it is better to take the shuttle service or a taxi.

Public transportation from the train stations to CEU or Hotel Unio

From the Keleti pályaudvar (train station) to Hotel Unio (7th district, Dob utca 73):

Take the Red Metro Line to Blaha Lujza tér (in the direction of Déli pályaudvar). When you come up from the metro, walk to the opposite corner of the underpass and come up on the stairs on the left. You should see a Match grocery store where you come up. Walk on Erzsébet körút (the road with tram # 4 and # 6, the first road you will cross is Dohány utca) for 4 blocks and turn right onto Dob utca. Walk until the first street, Hársfa utca, and turn right. Hotel Unio is on the corner of Dob utca and Hársfa utca.

From Keleti train station to CEU (5th district, Nádor utca 9):

Take the Red Metro Line to Deák Ferenc tér (in the direction of Déli pályaudvar). From Deák Ferenc tér, it is a 5 to 10 minute walk to CEU (see map). After you come up from the metro, walk towards the Bazilika (look up and walk towards to a big dome) approximately 3 blocks. When you get to the main entrance of the Basilika, turn left and walk across the square and onto Zrinyi utca (a pedestrian street). Walk two blocks and CEU is on the corner of Zrinyi utca and Nádor utca.

From Nyugati train station to Hotel Unio (7th district, Dob utca 73):

Take the yellow 4 or 6 tram (trams stop is in front of the main entrance). You must cross the tram tracks to take the tram towards the left (southeast). Take the tram for two stops to “Király utca”. Continue walking in the direction that you were traveling on the tram (on Erzsébet körút) and turn left onto the next street, Dob utca. Walk until the first street, Hársfa utca, and turn right. Hotel Unio is on the corner of Dob utca and Hársfa utca.

From Nyugati train station to CEU (5th district, Nádor utca 9):

(This would only be about a 20-30 minute walk if you want to follow your map.)

Take the Blue Metro Line two stops to Deák tér (in the direction of Kőbánya-Kispest). From Deák tér, it is a 5 minute walk to CEU (see map). After you come up from the metro, walk towards the Bazilika (look up and walk towards to big dome), approximately 3 blocks. When you get to the main entrance of the Bazilika, turn left and walk across the square and onto Zrínyi utca (a pedestrian street). Walk two blocks and CEU is on the corner of Zrínyi utca and Nádor utca.

Travelling in Budapest – some practical hints

You will need to buy tickets or a pass to use the public transportation. Passes are valid for the entire length of tram, trolley bus and metro lines.

You may buy individual tickets (or a book of them) for  270 Hungarian forints each (about 1 Euro). You have to validate a new ticket whenever you transfer to another line. Individual tickets must be punched at ticket machines in the metro station (not on the train) or on the bus and tram.

You can also buy a three-day-travel card (3400 Hungarian Forints) or a seven-day-travel card (4000 Hungarian Forints). If you buy a seven-day-travel card, you must put your name and your signature on it, and always have some identification (like I.D. card, passport, driving license) with you, as this type of travel card is valid only with these conditions. The travel cards can be purchased from the ticket offices that can be found at the entrance of each metro station.

You can check the public transportation schedule at http://www.bkv.hu/english/home/index.html.

Metro: Budapest has three metro lines (red, yellow, and blue), which connect at Deák Ferenc tér (square).

Trams: There is one major tramline (Trams # 4, # 6) which goes around the center and connects Buda and Pest. From these trams you can transfer to any of the metros at several major stops.

Transfer to the red metro at the following stops: Moszkva tér (Buda side), Blaha Lujza tér (Pest side)

Transfer to the blue line at the following stops: Nyugati pályaudvar (Western train station) and Ferenc körút.

Transfer to the yellow line at the following stop: Oktogon.

Taxi: The rate is cheaper when you call and when you pay cash, rather than flagging one down. The dispatchers speak English, but the taxi driver might not. But just giving the driver the district and address will get you where you want to go. It is customary to tip 10% or a bit more. Reliable taxi companies you could call are: “5×5″: +36 1 3555-555, “6×6″: +36 1 2666-666 or “Taxi 2000″: +36 1 2000-000.

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