The electricity is 230 V, 50 Hz. Japanese, UK, USA and other visitors: please note that in Hungary Continental European German-style CEE7/4 sockets (“Schuko sockets“) are used, which also accepts CEE7/16 “Europlugs“.
Foreign exchange, banking facilities
The official national Hungarian currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). All the major credit cards are accepted in Hungary in places displaying the emblem at the entrance. Though Hungary is a member of the European Union, only a few shops and restaurants accept Euros (EUR) for payment. Currency exchange booths are available in Budapest at the airport terminals, railway stations, travel agencies, banks and various places in the city. The exchange rates applied may vary. Click here to see the actual official exchange rates. Traveller’s cheques and convertible currency may be exchanged at these facilities. Major credit cards are usually accepted in most hotels, restaurants and certain shops in the city. Obtaining cash against ATM or credit cards is very easy from the ATM cash machines that can be found at almost each bank office, hotel or on the street.
Liability and insurance
The organisers cannot accept liability for any personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private property of participants and accompanying persons that may occur during the Congress. Participants are advised to make their own arrangements to obtain health, travel and property insurance before their departure to Hungary.
Shopping (opening hours)Food shops are usually open from 7 AM – 20 PM Mon – Sun (smaller groceries may differ). Other shops are open between 10 AM-6 PM Mon – Sun.
Office hours: generally from 8 AM – 4 PM Mon – Fri.
Post offices: Mon – Fri: 8 AM – 6 PM, Sat: 8 AM – 1 PM
Banks: Mon – Thu: 8 AM – 3 PM, Fri: 8 AM – 1 PM.
The international code for Hungary is 36, the area code for Budapest is 1, for Balatonkenese is 88. To call a number within Hungary, first dial 06. Budapest telephone numbers have seven digits, all other areas have six digits (in addition to the area codes). To make an international call from Hungary, first dial 00, then the country code followed by the area code and the subscriber’s telephone number. To call a (Hungarian) mobile phone, from a public telephone first dial 06, followed by the subscriber’s seven-digit number starting with 20-, 30- or 70-.
Important phone numbers
(English is usually spoken at the emergency numbers listed below. In case English is not spoken, dial 112)
Fire brigade: 105
Central help number: 112
Inland enquiries: 11818
International enquiries: 11824
Hungarian Automobile Club help number: 188
Hungary is in the Central European Time Zone. In the summer months clocks are set at GMT + 2 hours.
The weather in June in September is usually sunny and warm. Temperatures are usually in the range between 28 and 32 °C during the day. Check the weather forecast for Balatonkenese at weather.yahoo.com, or at weather.com. For other regions of Hungary check weatherinhungary.com.
Parking is free in the parking facility of the Hotel for all hotel guests.
A free Wi-Fi connection is available in the lobby of the Hotel. Internet access is available in the guest rooms for charge.
The official language of the Conference is English.