Budapest is not only the capital of Hungary but also its geographic, scientific and cultural centre. As a result of its location on both banks of the river Danube, Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. The city grew out of the union of both cities on either bank of the Danube, the hillstrewn Buda on the right bank and the lowlying Pest on the left bank. As a result of its chequered history from Roman times, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present day, Budapest blends a myriad of building styles into one harmonious entity. One of its peculiarities lies in the fact that there are some 180 hot springs feeding 10 thermal baths.

Travel Info

To enter Hungary: you must have a valid passport as evidence of your citizenship and identity.Under international treaty or regulation, certificates entitling the holder to cross the Hungarian border also qualify as passport, e.g. the identity card in the case of German Nationals. European Union residents just need their international passport.

To enter Hungary as nationals from Albania and Turkey you need a visa. In the case of countries outside Europe, visas are not required by nationals of Argentina, Canada, ex-Soviet-Union, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and United States.

Foreign nationals may bring in a maximum of 10.000 HUF without a permit.Banknotes of denominations greater than 1000 HUF may not be brought in without permit even when travelling in group. Persons bringing in a sum in cash exceeding 200 USD (or its equivalent in other currencies) which they wish to take out again are advised to request a certificate of value brought in, issued by the custom office. Foreign nationals do not require a certificate for travellers cheques, other cheques or bills of exchange, or credit cards, cheque cards or bank cards.

Foreign currency brought in may be exchanged for forints only in official exchange offices, travel offices, banks or hotels. The receipt given when exchanging money must be kept until departure.

When leaving the country any foreign currency brought in may be taken out. Hungarian currency up to a value of 10.000 HUF per person may be taken out. Banknotes with denominations greater then 1000 HUF may not be taken out of the country.

Exchange Rates:

By Air:

Hungary's international airport is Budapest Ferihegy with two terminals,. Flights of foreign airline companies arrive at Terminal One, Air France, Alitalia and Lufthansa, however, arrive at Terminal Two.

The Air Traffic and Airport Administration operates an express minibus service between the city centre (Budapest V, Erzsebet ter, bus terminal), and the air terminals every 30 minutes from 5.30 a.m. to 9.00 pm.

Fare: 200 HUF

Fixed-route Taxis (Airport Minibuses) operate between the two terminals and any address in Budapest.

Fare: 600 HUF

To order the service, telephone: +

It is advisable to chose one of these two options because taxis are much more expensive and, especially the private taxis, apply unregulated prices.

Airport Information:
Ferihegy One:
Flight Information:+
Luggage Location: +
Car Rental: +

Ferihegy Two:
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By Train

Most international express trains arrive and depart from the Eastern (Keleti) Railway Station.

Information on international trains: + (6.a.m. to 8.p.m.)

By Boat

A hydrofoil service operates on the Danube between Budapest and Vienna, with a stop at Bratislava. (time 3 hours)

Information Vienna: Tel: +, Fax: +

By Road:

Third Party Insurance is compulsary in Hungary; the number plate and symbol indicating country of origin are accepted as evidence of insurance.

A green card is required by owners of vehicles arriving from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Israel, Poland, Italy, Romania and the former Soviet Union.

Public Transport in Budapest

Budapest has a network of 200 bus routes, 15 trolleybus and 33 tram routes. They generally operate from 4.30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Budapest has three metro lines: M1 (yellow line), M2 (red line) and M3 (blue line), they all cross in the inner city at Deak ter.

The nearest metro station to the University is Kalvin ter

For further information please contact:
Tourist Information
Hungarian Tourist Board
Suto Utca 2 (50 metres from Deak ter)
1052 Budapest
Tel: +
Fax: +

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info@scs-europe.org Update 26/03/96