WHEN ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Trains arriving / departing from Budapest are not level with the platform. There is a large gap between train and platform, and usually 2-4 steep steps to climb (with / without a hand-rail) once you have mounted the train. Mobile lifting devices are available, at all of Budapest’s three main railway stations, upon request. Passengers need to pre-book the usage of a mobile lifting device before 14:00 on the working day before their planned journey. For further information and the request form for the mobile lifting device, see: www.mav-start.hu/english/travel/handicapped_travel.php
Taking a taxi
The EYCB’s contractional partner is City taxi. You can order a City taxi to any place in the town by calling their English speaking operator on the following number 2 111 111 (+36 12 111 111 for foreign phones). Please always specify at which exit of the railway station you are waiting at. There are many other companies, of which we recommend the following ones: 6x6 taxi, Főtaxi .and Tele 5 taxi.
All taxi companies in Budapest must provide their service on fixed fare from 1st of September 2013 (regulation 31/2013. IV. 18. by the local government of Budapest) as follows:
ˇ Base fare: 450 HUF
ˇ Time-based fare unit/ min: 70 HUF / min
ˇ Distance-based fare unit: 280 HUF / km
If you require an accessible taxi, Meosz operates an accessible minibus service. All minibuses are equipped with either a lift or ramp and parking space for between 1 and 4 wheelchairs. Meosz minibuses need to be booked 2 weeks in adance, you can do this directly by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning +36 61 250 9013. Meosz minibuses cost 2,540HUF for up to an hour’s rental (about 8,7EUR). Főtaxi can accommodate people using a wheelchair who are able to transfer from the chair onto the seat independently; they can only carry folding wheelchairs.
Important! Participants of training courses and study sessions: taxi fares will not be reimbursed, except in the event of arrival between 9 pm and 7 am, in which case an original receipt must be presented. If you require accessible transport, we will reimburse the cost of renting a Meosz minibus, regardless of the time of your arrival.
Taking public transport
A: Arrival at Nyugati pu. (Western Station):
Take the bus number 91 or 291 just outside the train station. It will cross the Margit Bridge, and start its ascent up a hill. Get off the bus at the fourth stop called ‘Zivatar utca’, cross the road, walk on downhill until you find Zivatar Street on your right. The Centre is further up the street, to your left. Please note, the hill is on a steep incline and the pavement is not totally smooth. You can consult the timetables of buses here >>>
Low-floor buses (i.e. buses with entrances / exits without any steps) equipped with a mechanical ramp run on both the 91 and 291 routes. Each low-floor bus can only accommodate 1 person using a wheelchair at a time. Low-floor buses are marked on the timetable by an underline. Buses without a low-floor usually have three large, and quite steep, steps to access the bus; there is a hand-rail and pole to assist passengers to climb the steps. As Budapest buses are often busy, getting a seat is not guaranteed. The rear areas of buses have wrap-around handrails. However, in the middle / front of buses, usually only one or two poles and bus hand-straps at about 200cm above the floor.
Budapest buses do not have auditory announcements or visual screens with information and details of the next stop.
B. Arrival at Keleti pu. (Eastern Station) or Déli pu. (Southern Station):
In both cases, take the metro (M2 red line) to "Deák tér" (junction of all three metro lines); change to the blue line of the metro (M3), go until the stop marked "Nyugati pu.", then proceed as in point A. above.
There are no lifts connecting the railway station / street-level and the metro platform. In either Keleti, Déli nor Nyugati pu. Metro stations. Keleti pu. only has partial escalator access; there is a short flight of stairs which connect the mezzanine-level to street-level. Déli pu. and Nyugati pu. have escalators all the way from the platform to the top / street-level. Both M2 and M3 have few hand-rails and hand-straps (about 200cm from the floor). As these are very busy lines, finding a seat is not guaranteed.
Metros announce the name of each metro-stop before arriving; the announcement is made approximately 30 seconds before arrival. Only a few metros, the new trains on M2, have visual screens with details of the next stop. However, the name of the metro stop is usually clearly visible upon pulling into the station.