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Currency, Credit cards and Banks

Hungary is a member of the European Union, the national currency in Hungary is the Forint (Ft , HUF). It has the following denominations: notes - 500Ft, 1,000Ft, 2,000Ft, 5,000Ft, 10,000Ft and 20,000Ft; coins - 5Ft, 10Ft, 20Ft, 50Ft and 100Ft. Prices, such as hotel rates, sightseeing tours, etc. are often quoted in Euros.

ATMs (cash machines) are easy to find in Budapest, and there are many options for exchanging cash. Most often, currency exchange kiosks located in tourist areas or shopping malls offer the best exchange rates. Currency exchange is also available at the airport.

Current exchange rates (May, 2014):

Current exchange rates may 2014

Credit Cards, such as Visa, Master Card and American Express, are widely accepted at most hotels, bigger shops and restaurants. Look for the logo displayed at the entrance.

Major banks in Budapest are: Budapest Bank, CIB Bank, Citibank, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank, Erste Bank, HVB, K&H, OTP, Raiffeisenbank, Unicredit Bank, Volksbank, WestLB. Regular branches are usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday, banks close earlier - usually at 3 or 4 p.m.

Climate in Hungary

The climate of the Hungary can be described as typical European continental climate with warm, dry summers and fairly cold winters. In summer daytime temperatures reach 20-25°C, sometimes even 30°C or more. During the spring, frequent rain showers can be expected.

National Emergency numbers

European emergency number for police, fire brigade or ambulance: 112
National number for police: 107
National number for fire brigade: 105
National number for ambulance: 104

Water & electricity

Drinking water from the tap is safe in Budapest. The voltage requirements in Hungary are 220-230 volts. Hungary requires the same type of power adapters as Italy, France, and other European countries (type C). You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Most modern electronics devices, such as laptops, cell phones and camera chargers, are rated for 110-240 V, which covers both US and European voltages. All you will need is a plug adaptor for these devices, rather than a converter. For many phones, you can purchase the company-approved European charger online or in a local store after you arrive.

Official Budapest Tourist Information Posts

Tourist Information Points in Budapest are run by BTDM Nonprofit Kft. Two such points are in the centre of Pest; there are also three ones at the airport terminals.

Each Information Point stocks a comprehensive range of free leaflets, maps and listings magazines. You can also buy your Budapest Card there, and book your show, concert and sightseeing tickets.


Important Dates and Deadlines

Conference Dates:

June 19 – 20, 2014 (Opening Reception: June 18)

June 18, 2014 (Junior Day)


Early Bird registration deadline March 1, 2014

Abstract submission deadline May 1, 2014

Online registration deadline May 15, 2014