Travel and visa

General information

The region is in between the former West and East, there is easy access from both sides, and also from other continents. For travel to Budapest there are several good options. The international airport of Budapest (terminals 2A, 2B) connects the city directly to some overseas and to all important European destinations. The three main railway stations (Déli, Keleti, Nyugati) are either terminations or stops of many intercity trains from west and east, south and north. There are several international coach services to Budapest. Motorists can also reach Budapest easily on the European motorway network.

Participants will most likely arrive to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The fastest way to downtown Budapest is either by taxi or by the Airport Shuttle minibuses. The Airport Shuttle operates a booth right at the arrival exit of the airport. Fares to the downtown are around 25-30 EUR (taxi) and 10-13 EUR/person (shuttle, depends on the number of passengers too).

Those participants who would like or have to use the taxi service as a way of shuttle transfer should count cca. 117 EUR for a one-way trip to Balatonkenese. Főtaxi is the authorized taxi company operating at the airport.

Those who prefer public transport (BKK) can reach the city centre with the bus 200E from either terminal and continue with the M3 (blue) metro line from Kőbánya-Kispest station. Tickets can be purchased at the airport at ticket machines, post office, news agents, Tourinform offices. Note that passengers may transfer between metro lines with the same ticket but not between other means of transport, so reaching the city centre requires at least two tickets. A single ticket costs 350 HUF. You can find a list of all available ticket options here.

Unfortunately, bus or train companies either do not offer online ticket reservations or do it via Hungarian-only webpages. We advise you to buy tickets at the local counters and prepare your schedule with the possible queues in mind.

How to get to Balatonkenese by bus (Volánbusz, regional Volán companies)

Regional buses from Budapest towards Balatonkenese depart from Népliget bus station, at the crossing of Üllői út and Könyves Kálmán körút. If using public transport, take the bus 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest metro station and from there the M3 (blue) metro line towards Népliget terminal (“buszpályaudvar”). (directions)

There are a number of direct routes from Budapest towards Balatonkenese. A one-way ticket costs about 2500 HUF, it can be purchased at the counters or directly at the drivers. Trips take about 2 hours.

How to get to Balatonkenese by train (MÁV-Start)

Most trains towards Balatonkenese leave from Déli railway station (pályaudvar). You can reach the station with public transport by taking the bus line 200E, continue with the M3 (blue) metro line until Deák Ferenc tér and there change to M2 (red) line towards Déli pályaudvar (directions).

There are a number of direct trains from Budapest to Balatonkenese. Trips usually take 2 hours, tickets cost about 2500 HUF. You may check the timetables here.

Local Taxi Company: Kenese Taxi (only Hungarian site is available)

How to get to Balatonkenese by car

Several well known car rental companies are accessible at 2A and 2B terminals of the airport. Balatonkenese is well accessible by car.

An e-ticket (e-vignette) has to purchased before entering the Hungarian motorways. 10 day tickets are available 2975 HUF. Driving rules in Hungary are similar to the regulations of other European countries. More detailed descriptions and tips: 1, 2.

Distance from Budapest 96 km.

Visa and customs information

Customs information for Hungary

Hungary joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. Since that date Hungary has adopted the customs regulation of the European Union. Detailed information about travel documents and customs can be found in this booklet published by the Hungarian Customs and Finance Guard, providing useful information for tourists travelling within the European Union or travelling from a non-community country (third country) to any Member State of the European Union. For further information about the custom procedures, please consult the homepage of the Hungarian customs authority.

Visa information for Hungary

 Hungary is part of the Schengen Area of 25 European countries. For non-Schengen EU, USA and Canadian citizens a valid passport is sufficient to enter Hungary. Citizens of other countries should check whether visa is needed for them when entering Hungary (for more information please visit the home page of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary). On request, the Organizing Committee will issue invitation letters for visa applications. Please apply in due time for a visa if necessary. Please indicate during the registration if you need a personal invitation to attend the conference. It is important to note that a visa is only a preliminary permission for entry, which does not authorise its bearer automatically to enter the country.