CEU Philosophy Graduate Conference

The 3rd CEU Philosophy Graduate Conference

March 20-21, 2010

Central European University, Budapest


The conference will be held at the main teaching site of the Central European University in Budapest, located in the Fifth District, Nádor street 9, in the close vicinity of the famous Chain Bridge and Saint Stephen's Cathedral.

The main entrance to CEU is on the corner of Nádor street and Zrinyi street. The conference will be at the Philosophy Department, which is accessible through a side entrance: Vth district, 14 Zrinyi street, 4th floor (ring "34" on the entrance phone).

(You can also download a printable map here---.jpg, 254 KB)


Accommodation will be available on request at the CEU Residence and Conference Center (for cca. 30 Euro/night) or we can help to organise other forms of accommodation around the same price.


To Budapest
There are fairly cheap trains to Budapest from most neighbouring countries. Several budget airlines fly to Budapest from various European cities: you can check easyjet.com and wizzair.com. If booked well in advance, return tickets from many destinations are between 50 and 100 Euro (incl. tax).

From and to the airport
There are several options:

  • taxis (See below);
  • there is a minibus service from the airports that takes you door-to-door, somewhat cheaper than the taxi, but for two people, it’s almost the same as the taxi. This can also be booked to go to the airport;
  • public transport buses take you to one of the metro terminals, the metro takes you to downtown Budapest.

Public transport in Budapest
You need to buy tickets before boarding the bus, metro or tram (you can’t buy tickets from the driver) and validate the ticket once on the vehicle. Tickets are usually available at newsagents or metro stations. You need to validate a new ticket every time you change (even if you change lines on the metro). More info on tickets and public transport here.

There is a fixed price taxi service from the airports: 4,700 forint + 10 percent tip (10 percent generally applies to taxis, as well as to restaurants). You can order a fixed priced taxi to the airport too, it's a few hundred forints more expensive but still reasonable.

Be careful with taxis if you hail them on the street; the taxis which belong to companies are OK, and all about the same and reasonable price, but there are individual taxis known as ‘hienas’, who may charge exorbitant sums. (They are legal and they have a meter, but since taxi prices are not limited, they can set very high rates.) They hang around railwaystations too. The taxis which belong to companies usually have the light on the top of the car indicating the company; e.g. the City taxis light say ‘CITY’, the 6x6 taxis have a dice, the Fõtaxi cars light is surrounded by red-and-white squares, the 2000 taxis light has '2000‘ on them, etc. In addition, the logo of the company is displayed on the side of the car. The hiena taxis' light usually just says ‘TAXI‘. Hotels usually have a contract with taxi firms or reliable individuals, so you can ask the hotel to order a taxi for you. Or if you have a mobile, and you know where you are, you can order a taxi on the phone, and it’s there in 5-10 minutes or even less. Taxi numbers:

  • City taxi:
    2111111 if you call from a Budapest number;
    061 2111111 if you call from a Hungarian mobile network;
    +361 2111111 if you call from a foreign number (e.g. a foreign mobile phone).
  • 6x6 taxi:
    061 2666666
    +361 2666666


The official hungarian currency is the Hungarian Fórint (HUF)
1 USD = approx. 170 HUF
1 EUR = approx. 250 HUF
1 GBP = approx. 350 HUF
Official exchange rates can be found on the website of the Hungarian National Bank.

Food, public transportation and entertainment in Budapest are reasonably priced compared to most European cities.


Hungary uses a 220 V, 50 Hz system. Sockets conform to European standard plugs (two-pronged, earthed).