Important informations

14th Congress of the World Federation

of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology

Monday 16 – Thursday 19 October 2017 Budapest, Hungary

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General Information

Passport and Visa

Participants from outside the EU have to possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of the Conference. Please check your visa requirements at the web-site of the Portal of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Upon request the Congress Secretariat will send a personal invitation to Conference participants. This invitation, however, is meant only to help visitors to raise funds or to obtain a visa, and will not constitute a commitment to provide any financial support.

Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange

The official currency in Hungary is Hungarian Forint (HUF). Exchange facilities are offered at the airport, in hotels, at the exchange desks of banks and at the registration desk of WFITN2017 at around the daily rate indicated by the Hungarian National Bank.

American Express, Visa and Master Card are accepted at the registration desk, ATMs, in hotels, first class restaurants and city stores, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service.

Language

The official language of the conference is English.

Weather

Due to Hungary’s continental climate, you may enjoy in October pleasant sunny days with some rain. The average temperature is 15-20°C during the day but nights get colder and frost prevails more often than not as the month continues. Be sure to pack sweaters and jackets for dropping temperatures during the nights.

Transportation

Getting to Budapest

Hungary lies at the crossroads of the main tourist traffic flows in Europe. About 35 airline companies operate regular flights to and from Budapest. Railway connections are excellent and there are also bus and boat connections with countries in the vicinity of Hungary. Budapest can be reached by car on motorways M1, M3, M5 and M7.

Arrival by Air

Participants arriving at Liszt Ferenc International Airport are advised to take the airport shuttle minibus to their hotels; this is the least expensive and most reliable service. The Airport Shuttle Minibus (ASM), a shuttle service to hotels runs every 10 minutes for approx. 5-6 persons. Fare: approx. EUR 12

For detailed information and reservation please click here: http://www.airportshuttle.hu/en/

Bus No. 200E (blue) also leaves from the terminal building for Kőbánya-Kispest station, where you may take metro line No. 3 (blue line) to the centre of the city.

Taxis are also available. The taxi company at the airport is Főtaxi. Fare: approx. EUR 30-50. The taxis are equipped with credit card readers (please check it in advance with the driver).

Arrival by Train

There are three major international railway stations in Budapest (Déli pu., Keleti pu. and Nyugati pu.), located in the city centre and within easy reach of the Conference hotels either by public transport or by taxi.

Public Transport in Budapest

Public transport in the city is well-organized. Trams, buses and metro trains operate without conductors. Tickets must be purchased in advance at tobacco shops, newsstands, metro stations or at vendor machines at some tram and bus stops. Weekly and Tourist (valid for 3 day) passes allowing free travel on all means of transportation within the city limits can be bought at each metro station.

Timetables and route planner:   http://www.bkk.hu/en/timetables/
Tickets and passes:  http://www.bkk.hu/en/prices/

A Budapest public transport route planner and live (GPS-based) timetable is available for smartphones and tablets (Android/Apple/Windows Phone). The name of the app is “BKK FUTÁR“.

A Web version is also available here.

Taxis

We suggest that you use only taxis equipped with a taximeter, such as Főtaxi, City Taxi, Taxi5, TaxiPlus or Buda Taxi. Beware of private cabs, especially those without a taximeter.

Parking

Parking in the central districts of Budapest is available upon payment. You need to purchase a parking ticket from the vending machines on the streets. Only HUF coins are accepted.

Notice for Drivers (Zero Alcohol)

Drivers should be aware that there is a zero tolerance of blood alcohol level while driving in Hungary.

Tipping

It is customary to give a tip of 10% over the amount of the bill at restaurants (unless service charge is already included) and in taxis.

Time Zone

The time zone in Budapest is GMT + 1 hour.  Daylight Saving Time is used until the end of October.

Drinking Water

The drinking water quality in Budapest is of high and consistent quality, which means that you can drink directly from the tap.

Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz. Round, European-style two-pin plugs are used, different from that used in some other countries, e.g. the USA, the UK and Japan. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120 Volts need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.

Shopping Hours

The usual shopping hours in Budapest are from 10:00 to 18:00, in big shopping centres up to 21:00.

For further information please contact the Registration Desk.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted inside the conference building, restaurants and/or at the venues for the social functions. Smokers are required to smoke outdoors. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, taxis, buses and trains.

Insurance

The Organizing Committee cannot assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the Conference. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.