Good to Know

Complete information about Hungary is available at the official website of Hungary.

Insurance

The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the Congress.

Language of the Congress

The official language for the CECON 2021 will be English.

Hungarian Language

Even though at the majority of the hotels, shops and restaurants English is spoken, we include a few basic Hungarian words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Budapest.

Phrase What it means How to pronounce it
Szia Hello (and friendly goodbye) ‘see-yaw’
Hogy vagy? How are you? ‘haw-j vah-j’ – ‘j’ for joke.
Minden ok Everything’s ok ‘min-den oh kay’
Mennyibe kerul? How much is it? Men-yee-beh ker-ool
Jo reggelt/napot/estét Good morning/afternoon/evening ‘yoh reg-gelt/nah-poht/esh-tet’
Jó éjszakát Good night yoh ey-sa-kat
Egészségedre! Cheers! ‘Ag-esh-sheg-ad-reh’
Nem beszélek magyarul I don’t speak Hungarian ‘nem bass-ale-lack ma-ja-rule’
Beszélsz angolul? Do you speak English? ‘bass-ale-ss on-goh-lool’
A számlát kérem! The bill, please! aw sam-lat keh-rem
Köszönöm Thank you! keu-seu-neum
Igen/nem Yes/no ee-gen/nehm

Program changes

The organizers cannot assume liability for any changes in the program due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

Climate

The climate of the Hungary can be described as typical European continental. October brings cold snap and increased frequency of precipitation and fogs. You can check for current weather conditions in Budapest at www.weather.com.

Currency and Banking

Hungary and Budapest’s official currency is the Hungarian Forint (Ft, HUF). Foreign currency exchange is available at Ferenc Liszt International Airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants and shops. Paying by cash in Euro is also possible in some restaurants and shops.

You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Central Bank of Hungary.

As in every European city, Budapest has numerous ATMs which accept most credit and debit cards. Visa, MasterCard and American Express, are widely accepted in shops and restaurants.

Electricity

Hungary uses a 230V/50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug. More information at here.

Time Zone

Hungary is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to the end of October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

Shopping

Opening hours of most shops are generally between 10:00 and 18:00 on workdays, and until 13:00 on Saturdays. The shopping malls are a general exception, as their opening times are uniform for all shops in a given mall and are longer than usual: Monday through Saturday 9:00 till 21:00, Sundays 10:00–19:00. Some larger supermarkets, such as Tesco, have units that are open 24 hours a day. Tipping is part of the Hungarian culture and is used a lot more than in other European countries. Some restaurants in Budapest include the tip directly in the bill. If it is not included, the standard tip is between 10% and 15% of the total amount.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
104: Ambulance & emergency medical services
105: Fire-brigade, rescue services, civil protection
107: Police

 

CONGRESS SECRETARIAT
GUARANT International spol. s r. o.
Českomoravská 19, 190 00  Prague 9
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 284 001 444
E-mail: cecon2021@guarant.cz