Information on Budapest
The official Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Few shops already accept Euros. 1 euro is around 310HUF. You will find small exchange offices in the center you can use safely. Most bigger shops accept cards.
Budapest is generally a safe place. Pick-pocketing can happen on public transportation, on main streets, so be cautious. The organizers were really happy that even some highly valuable lost items were handed in on the main boat (like mobile phones), so the crew is really great. Still this is not the norm here, so keep an eye on yours belongings.
This map has information on
– locations of Lindy Shock University
– general transportation information in Budapest
– tourist attractions
Open the map in bigger size (to right corner icon of the map) and view the different type of information organized in separate layers.
Budapest is situated in Central Europe and easily accessible from most parts of Europe! Hungary is the member of the European Union. We are also inside the Schengen zone so no border control if you are coming from a country within the Schengen zone. If you are coming from outside the EU, you might need a VISA. The following description helps you to find some alternatives.
Fly to Budapest: Budapest airport has a new name since 2011: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International (previously called: Ferihegy). Web page of the airport: www.bud.hu
Serious changes in flights! MALÉV (Hungarian airline) went bankrupt in 2012. Most of its flight routes are being covered by budget airlines.
The airport has 2 terminals, but No. 1 is currently closed.
From the airport you can get to the center in a variety of ways:
- By taxi: the official taxi company of the airport is Főtaxi. Reservations can be made in person at the Főtaxi booth located at the exit of the airport. Prices: around 22 euros (sadly it got more expensive recently).
- Public transport: Passengers are taken by a direct bus service from (and between) Terminals 1 and 2, called the Bus 200E to Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal. From there by the ‘blue’ (3) Metro you can reach the camp area in an hour. To get to the camp area you have to change twice. One public transport ticket is 320 HUF and you need 2 tickets / person. For more information about the public transport of Budapest and the timetable of buses, see www.bkk.hu.
- Train: not feasible any more as the train connects only from Ferihegy 1, which is closed.
- You can find more information about these possibilities here.
Drive to Budapest: Budapest is directly connected by highway to the following cities: Wien, Ljubljana, Bratislava. You have to buy e-vignette for accessing the highways. You can buy one for 10 days. It is an e-vignette as you do not have to put anything on the windscreen any more. You can buy an e-vignette at any petrol station. If you cross the Hungarian border on a highway you will get to Budapest within 2 hours.
Coming by coach: You can get to Budapest by international coaches from most big cities! Buses stop at Népliget which has a metro connection so it is easy to get into the center. More information about international coaches: http://www.eurolines.com/
Coming by train: There are convenient night trains with sleeping compartments for example from Kiev and Munich. Trains usually arrive to Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern railway station).
All the places (classes, parties) of the camp are within 20 minutes on foot in beautiful surroundings. You can get accommodation around the camp so you can just walk for 5 days. However it can be useful to know some other solutions to get around.
Cycling: There are more and more bicycle rentals, more bicycle roads, more bicycle parking. Keep in mind that car drivers are not cautious enough, they still learning to accept cyclists around them, so be careful!
If you come by car: generally you have to pay for parking on weekdays from 8AM until 6-8PM, sometimes on Saturday as well. And as in all big cities we have congestion, very few parking spaces … and you should never leave anything valueable in the car!
Note: Between 1st and 2nd of November the parking will be free in Budapest.
Using taxis: do not stop a cab on the street as it may be very expensive. Call a cab on the phone.
Note: we probably provide on-site taxi service and help you call a cab.
Maps: Google map
We are proud of our cuisine, which is spicy. Some traditional meals:
– Gulyásleves (goulash soup),
– Halászlé (fish soup with paprika),
– Jókai bableves (a bean soup named after the author Mór Jókai),
– Töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage),
– Lecsó (mixed vegetable stew),
– Túrós csusza. (dumplings called galuska baked with quark cheese called túró – served savoury with bacon or sweet),
– Csirkepaprikás (a stew with a lot of sweet paprika, cream or sour cream called tejföl),
– Hortobágyi palacsinta (pancake filled with veal stew),
– Túró Rudi (sweet quark cheese – called túró – filled chocolate bar),
– Madártej (Floating island, a dessert made of milk custard with eggwhite dumplinds floating on top), …
Use your time wisely and try as many as possible 🙂 Most restaurants, even fancy ones serve “daily menus”; set lunch menus for 4-5 euros, and on the other end of the spectrum we already have restaurants with Michelin star!
Hungarian language has many strange characters. We use: á,é,ó,ö,ő,ú,ü,ű. Even we have some double letters (used together): cs, gy, ny, sz, ty, zs. Weird? Well Hungarian is not an Indo-European language that is the origin of most EU countries’ languages. Some expressions (the pronunciation is the next challenge):
- Hi – Szia
- Thank – Köszönöm or Kösz
- Yes / No – Igen / Nem
- Would you like to dance? – Szabad egy táncra?
- One more? – Még egyet?
- Open / Close – Nyitva / Zárva
- Pull / Push – Húzni / Tolni
- I don’t speak Hungarian – Nem beszélek magyarul