COLT 2011 - General information

Visa requirements

Visa free entry

Citizens of the European Union (EU)- and the European Economic Area (EEA)-member states as well as citizens of the following states may travel to Hungary without a visa:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong (the exemption applies only to holders of a “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Macao (the exemption applies only to holders of a “Regio  Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay

Schengen States visas

Hungary is a member of the Schengen States.

Visas and residence permits issued by one of the Schengen States are valid also for Hungary,
on the other hand
- visas issued by Hungarian representations abroad and residence permits issued by Hungarian national authorities are also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

Types of Schengen visas:
• Airport transit visa (A): authorises the bearer to enter the international zone of the airport and to remain there until the time of the departure of the flight to the destination country. Only nationals of the following states are liable to apply for an airport transit visa
• Transit visa (B): authorises the bearer to a single, double or multiple transits, not exceeding 5 days at a time.
• Short stay visa (C): authorises the bearer to a single, double or multiple entries and, in case of an uninterrupted stay, to a stay of maximum 90 days, while in case of an interrupted stay, to a stay of altogether maximum 90 days within the 6 months counted from the date of the first entry.

For further details please visit the following page.

How to get to Budapest

Arrival at Budapest by air:

Most visitors will arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy Airport - Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B, or Terminal 1 in case of arriving by low fair airlines.
At Budapest Airport, Terminal 2A serves Schengen and 2B non-Schengen traffic. Aircraft arriving from the Schengen zone is automatically directed to Terminal 2A, while aircraft from outside the zone will get a stand at 2B. The passengers within the Schengen zone can save some minutes thanks to the lack of passport control

Arrival at Budapest by train:

More than fifty trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every three hours. International trains operate from the three largest stations:

  • Keleti pályaudvar (railway station): VIII., Baross tér. Tel: (+36-1) 413 - 4610.
  • Nyugati pályaudvar: VI., Nyugati tér Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
  • Déli pályaudvar I. Krisztina krt. 37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593
For further information on schedules see the timetable of the Hungarian railway.

Arrival at Budapest by car:

All Hungary's motorways and most of her main roads radiate out from the capital. The M1, M3, M5 and
M7 are toll highways, and you must pay the appropriate toll (either at the border or at larger petrol stations). Road signs conform to continental standards. 24-hour roadside assistance is provided by the Magyar Autóklub (Tel.: (+36-1) 345-1755), and emergency roadside is available by dialing 188.

How to get to the hotels

Airport mini-bus service

The airport mini-bus service will take you anywhere in Budapest. Information desk (operator) for minibus service is found in the center of the arrival lobby. This door-to-door Airport Minibus Service is reasonably priced (one-way ticket: approx. EUR 10, go- return ticket: approx. EUR 16.)
The minibus service is located outside of the customs area. Those scheduling a round-trip transportation, are requested to call to reconfirm their return trip, at least 24 hours in advance of their flight. For a ride to the airport, you may contact the hotel reception desk.

Another way of getting to the city is by taxi. The recommended company is airport taxi (Zóna Service).

Bank, Currency, Credit Cards
The unit of currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF), denoted as “Ft” by the Hungarians. International credit cards (AmEx, EC/MC, Visa) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops. ATMs are available at the Airport and all over the city. 

Hungary is in the temperate zone, the early-July weather is usually nice and warm. Daily temperature ranges from 20C to 30C (68F to 86F), and the relative humidity is below 50%.

The electricity supply in Hungary is 240 V AC (50 Hz).



Plugs and sockets

Look-up table (single-phase voltage, frequency and plug/sockets)