General information about Hungary:

Citizens of most European countries (except Albania and Turkey), USA, Canada, South Africa, Israel, etc. do not need a visa to enter Hungary. Entry visas, however, are required for citizens of Australia, China, India, Taiwan, etc. Please inquire at the nearest Hungarian Embassy or Consulate.  For citizens of the former Soviet Union the regulations may differ from state to state. Please check at your own authorities or at the Hungarian Embassy.

In Hungary the local currency is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). The present exchange rate is one US dollar is about 270  Forints. Major currencies will be accepted for paying accommodation, board and registration fee at the registration.  Unfortunately there is no way for us to accept credit cards

The weather at Lake Balaton in July,  is mostly sunny and warm with the average temperature between 25-30 C. However, rain and cool weather are also conceivable.  Balatonföldvár is a lake-shore resort, so you should not forget to bring your swimming suit.

Transportation in Budapest:

The simplest way to get from the airport to the railway stations is to take the Airport Minibus which can be booked upon arrival at the airport. It costs 1500 HUF to any destination in Budapest. There is also an airport bus (leaving in every 30 minutes) which goes to Deák tér, the meeting point of the subway lines. The cost is  600 HUF. Taxi cabs are also available, but the prices could be quite high. Presently you must pay about 200 HUF per kilometer plus some initial fee. To reach the railway stations from the airport costs about 4000 HUF/taxi. In case you prefer public transportation, you can take a city bus No. 93 (the number on the bus is written in red) from the airport to the last stop where you can take the "blue" (No.3) subway (Metro) line to Deák tér. The trams, subways and city buses operate with pre-purchased tickets. One ticket costs 95 HUF; at each transfer you have to validate a new ticket. You can buy tickets at kiosks, newspaper stands and ticket offices which usually can be found at the entrances of subway stations. Tickets must be validated upon boarding a tram or bus or upon entering the subway station. From Deák tér both Déli pályaudvar (South Station) and Keleti pályaudvar (East Station) can be reached using the "red" (No.2) Metro line. Déli pályaudvar is one of the terminal stations, and Keleti pályaudvar is the third stop in the other direction (from Deák tér to Örs vezér tere.)

Getting to Balatonlelle:

From Budapest by train: The trains to Balatonleller depart from Déli pályaudvar (South Railway Station) or Keleti pályaudvar (East Railway Station), and the journey takes approximately 3 hours.

Timetable of  trains to Balatonlelle:

Departures from Budapest (daily):
Déli pályaudvar:  7.05, 8.10,  13.10, 13.55 (IC), 16.05,  17.10 (IC) 18.20, 21.20 (this last train is very slow, arrives only at 0.12)
Keleti pályaudvar: 10.05,  15.05, 17.35

Departures from Balatonlelle (daily): 4.57, 6.57(IC),  8.37, 9.34(to Keleti), 11.03 (IC), 13.00, 15.09, 16.17, 17.01 (to Keleti), 18.18 (IC), 18.24,  19.26 (IC) (to Keleti)

The one-way fare is  1112 HUF (2nd class) or  1668 HUF (1st class). Tickets should be purchased in advance at the ticket offices. (IC) means Inter city costs an extra 340HUF.

Balatonlelle has two stations, but the fast trains only stop at the main one (``Balatonlelle''). Slower trains stop also at ``Balatonlelle felsõ'' (which is closer to Budapest); make sure you get off at the main station.   From Balatonlelle station follow the road next to the railway to east (towards Budapest). Hotel Giuseppe is about 1500 ms from the station. On June 30 afternoon, July 1 morning, 3 afternoon, 4 morning  a minibus service will be provided taking luggage from the main station Balatonlelle and Hotel Giuseppe.

From Budapest by car:

From Budapest follow the signs to the main autoroutes M1 and M7. Take them out of the city and follow M7 towards Balaton when M1 and M7 split just outside the city. Upon reaching Lake Balaton drive on the south shore, the number of the road is 7, and the lake is on the right-hand side.

Balatonlelle  is about 140 kms from Budapest.

Drivers in Hungary are not permitted to drink alcoholic beverages at all. Fines are high and checks are frequent. Speed limits are 120 km/h on motorways, 80 km/h on other highways and 50 km/h within city limits and residential areas.  All seatbelts in the car should be used and lights should be on out of city limits even during daylight.