Detailed information for MBA Friends
We gathered all required information for your arrival, stay and departure from Hungary. We hope we managed to answer all potential questions, but please reach out to us in case anything else comes up!
Rules of entry
You can enter Hungary by road, rail and waterway from Croatia, Austria, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine without any epidemiological restrictions, regardless of your nationality and coronavirus immunity, but you must have other general conditions for entry (e.g. a valid travel document).
For entry via air, you can enter without restrictions in the following cases:
- If you have undergone COVID-19 in the last 6 months – english language proof is needed (both from the infection and a following negative test preferably)
- If you have the EU digital certificate of COVID vaccination – see (EU) 2021/953
- If you have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of entry done in the following countries (english certification is needed): EU member states, OECD countries, NATO countries, Russia, China, UAE, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzistan, Turkey or Uzbekistan
Budapest has a single airport called Liszt Ferenc Repülőtér (BUD) with only Terminal 2 operating. The airport is ~30 mins away from the city centre, and there are 2 options to get in:
- Bus 100E departs from the ground floor, between the 2A and 2B terminal entrances. One-way tickets cost 900 HUF (~3 USD) per person, and it brings you to either Kálvin tér (Metro lines M3 and M4), Astoria (Metro line M2) or Deák Ferenc tér (Metro lines M1, M2 and M3)
- There is a “Főtaxi” stall in front of the terminal exits – in case you plan on taking a taxi, you can either order one there, or use Bolt to call a cab (keep in mind that ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft are not operated here). Do not hitch a ride in the airport building as these usually cost a lot more. Normal price of the taxi should be around 7-8000 HUF.
One option to get to Budapest in case flights are not an option due to scheduling is to fly to Vienna – Budapest is ~2.5hrs away by train, the train stops at Vienna airport and the cost of the ticket is no more than 15 EUR (depending on day&time). Flixbus also operates between VIE and Budapest, costing ~10 EUR. For the time being, there is no border control between Austria and Hungary.
In case you are arriving by train, you will typically arrive to Keleti Pályaudvar – a train terminal that has options to change both to Metro line M2 and M4. Look for the Red M2 and Green M4 signs to transfer.
In case you are departing by plane, use 100E or Bolt to get to the airport, and follow usual procedures. Please note that for EU flights, it’s usually enough to get to the airport 90 minutes before departure, while for transatlantic, we’d advise for 120 minutes.
In case leaving by train, usually there isn’t any pre-boarding procedure, you just get to the train station and board.
On the day
The Religious Ceremony will be held at Budai ciszterci Szent-Imre templom on the 18th of September at 14:00 – address: 1114 Budapest, Villányi út 25.
We propose to arrive by a) taxi or b) public transport – look for Moricz Zsigmond körtér station on Trams 6, 17, 19, 41, 47, 49 or 61, or Metro line M4. The church is a 5-minute walk from the station.
Transportation to the wedding venue
We will organize bus transportation between the Church and the wedding venue on Inárcs, you don’t have to make any plans.
Transportation back to Budapest
From midnight, regular bus transportation will be provided between the venue and Budapest. Preliminary times of departure are 00:15, 01:45, 03:15 and 05:00. Upon your reservation of your lodging, we will provide details on where to leave the bus and how to get to your place.
In case you need to leave the venue for any reason, we can help with providing a car service for the cost of ~50 EUR per car (4 passengers max).
Both Airbnb and the independent meta sites work well in Budapest. There are few hotels of larger chains at Budapest, but quite some independent ones and lots of quality airbnbs in the city center. For most people, it’s better to stay on the Pest side as it has better transport connections, more restaurant options and the city centre itself – while beautiful, we’d advise against staying within the Buda castle.
On the map on the right:
#1 is the most recommended area to stay as it has good public transport connections and good catering options. #2 it still a good area to stay, a usually a bit less active in terms of restaurants and nightlife. #3 shows the location of the Church, while #4 the drop-off point for the bus from Inárcs. Note, that the 4-6 tram that is operated 24/7 moves along the outer rim of the highlighted area (“Nagykörút”). Proximity to this tram line will set you up for easy transport options during all of your stay.
Things to see
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Getting around at Budapest
Budapest has a well-developed public transport system at an accessible price. One journey costs 350 HUF (~1 EUR), and only valid for interchanges if you change from a metro line to another. If you change between any other combination, you need to validate a new ticket upon changing. There are also 24h (1650 HUF, ~5 EUR), 72h (4150 HUF, ~13 EUR) and weekly (4950 HUF, ~16 EUR) that are valid for a set amount of time.
You need to purchase your tickets in advance, in most cases you cannot buy a ticket from the drivers. There is no option to use a credit card for on-the-spot payment – however, you might be able to use the mobile ticketing system: you can download the app from https://bkk.hu/mobileticket/
Please note that Metro Line M3 is currently operated by buses, look for the M3 signature on them.
In case you would like to call a taxi, you can do so using Bolt. Uber and other ride-sharing services are not operated at Budapest. The initial price is ~2 EUR (700 HUF) + ~1 EUR per km – driving across the city centre should not cost more than 2-4000 HUF depending on the distance. Do not jump into cabs on the street, as they often fail to use the taximeter.