Local Currency

The currency in Hungary is the Forint. One forint is divided into 100 fillér. The currency sign is Ft, its international code is HUF.

1 EUR = 310.26 HUF                  
1 USD = 293.48 HUF

Serbia uses the Dinar. The currency sign is Дин., its international code is RSD. 

1 EUR = 123.81 RSD                   
1 USD = 117.30 RSD
        

Hotel Addresses

BUDAPEST
Hotel Zara - Continental Hotel Budapest
H-1074 Budapest, Dohány utca 42-44
Tel.: +36 1 815 1000
Fax: +36 1 815 1001
Email: continentalinfo@zeinahotels.com

BELGRADE
Hotel Majestic
Obilićev Venac 28, Beograd
Tel: +381 11 3285-777
F
ax: +381 11 3284-995
E
mail: office@majestic.rs

Other Important Addresses

BUDAPEST

Mazsihisz (Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities)
Síp utca 12.
1075 Budapest

Holocaust Memorial Center
Páva utca 39.
1094 Budapest

Central European University
Nádor utca 15.
1051 Budapest

BELGRADE

What if my flight's late?

Don't worry - just text, email, or call either Esther, Lauren, Marcell or Fabian (find their cell numbers and email addresses here) and get the hotel as soon as you can. 

Who ya gonna call?

These are the numbers, and email addresses, for our Centropa team: 

Handling logistics: Esther Cotoarba at
+43 676 466 77 21;
cotoarba@centropa.org

Fabian Ruehle can also help. He’s at
+49 176 457 51975;
ruehle@centropa.org

Edward Serotta’s cell phone is
+43 6991 409 0971; 
serotta@centropa.org

US participants: be in touch with Lauren Granite
+1 301 787 0052; 
granite@centropa.org

HU participants: Marcell Kenesei can be reached at
+3620 9738 338; 
kenesei@centropa.org

Do you have a tech emergency? Get in touch with Bence Lukács at
+3630 283 2735; 
lukacs@centropa.org

How ya gonna call?

You will need to check with your telephone provider to see if you have the ability to use your phone and if you can send text messages while abroad. Most Americans don’t sign up for this service and only find out once they are in Europe. So please check.

In any case, sending texts (SMS) can be costly. Making phone calls is insanely expensive. That’s because of roaming charges. In fact, make sure you set your smartphone so that the data roaming is turned off.

If you have a smartphone, we suggest downloading both WhatsApp and Viber. Both let you send texts and make and receive calls via internet when there's a connection - for free.  However, these apps also use 3G networks when there is no WiFi connection, and that means data roaming.

Roommates

We tried our best to cater to all your needs and wishes! If there's still something wrong, let us know.

Roommates in Budapest

Roommates in Belgrade

BUDAPEST

Budapest public transport info

Click here for a map of Budapest's metro and suburban railway system!

Click here the find information about public transport in Budapest: tickets, prices, maps and journey planner.

Single ticket (Valid for a single uninterrupted trip without transfer on the whole length of lines): HUF 350

Single ticket bought on the spot (see single ticket): HUF 450

Block of 10 tickets (contains 10 single tickets): HUF 3 000

Transfer ticket (Valid for a single trip including one transfer): HUF 530

Budapest 24-hour travelcard: HUF 1 650

Budapest 72-hour travelcard: HUF 4 150

Budapest 7-day travelcard: HUF 4 950

Tickets can be purchased at a ticket counter, ticket vending machine, or on the buses. Please note that tickets bought on the buses are more expensive than bought from ticket machines! 

Be sure to validate your ticket before your journey!

From the Budapest Airport to the Zara Hotel

Taxi: This is, as you may have guessed, the most expensive but easiest way. It will cost you around 8000 HUF and will take you 30 minutes. Cabs are right in front of the arrival gate exit.

Public transport: From the airport, take bus 200E (stops directly next to the terminal) and go 9 stops until the end station, Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station. Take the metro to Ferenciek tere (9 stops). When you come up from the metro, turn to the left, where you'll find the bus stops of several buses going to the direction of Pest (not crossing the Danube river). You can take any of the following buses: 5, 7, 8, 110, 112, 133E, 178. Go 2 stops and get off at Uránia. From there, the hotel is only a short walk: cross Rákóczi street (the main street), turn left at Nagy Diófa utca, and then turn to the right at Dohány street.

This journey takes about one hour and costs 880 HUF (by buying one single and one transfer ticket)

From Budapest Train Stations to the Zara Hotel

Budapest has two main train stations, Keleti and Nyugati. Below you'll find the information on how to get to the Zara Hotel from both train stations.

a) Keleti train station:

When you come out in the main entrance, turn to the left and cross the street to get to the bus stop. From there you can take any of the following buses: 5, 7, 8, 110, 112, 133E, 178. Go 3 stops and get off at Uránia. From there, the hotel is only a short walk: turn left at Nagy Diófa utca, and then turn to the right at Dohány street. This journey takes about 15 minutes and costs 350 HUF.

 b) Nyugati train station:

Take tram 4 or 6 in direction of Újbuda Központ/ Móricz Zsigmond Körtér. Go 4 stops and get off at Blaha Lujza tér. From there, the hotel is only a short walk: turn to the left and walk along on Rákóczi street, then turn to the left at Klauzál utca, then to the right at Dohány street. This journey takes about 20 minutes and costs 350 HUF

Népliget Bus Station to Zara Hotel

 Take the metro in direction of Újpest Központ and travel 5 stops until Ferenciek tere. When you come up from the metro, turn to the left, where you'll find the bus stop of several buses going in direction of Pest (NOT crossing the Danube river). You can take any of the following buses: 5, 7, 8, 110, 112, 133E, 178. Go 2 stops and get off at Uránia. From there, the hotel is only a short walk: cross Rákóczi street (the main street), turn left at Nagy Diófa utca, and then turn to the right at Dohány street. This journey takes about 30 minutes and costs 530 HUF (by buying one transfer ticket).

From Café Vian back to the Hotel

Café Vian, Liszt Ferenc tér 9, 1061 Budapest 

1)    Head left on Liszt Ferenc tér toward Dohnányi Ernő u. for 110 meter.

2)    Cross the street and continue onto Kertész u. for 650 meter.

3)    Turn right onto Dohány u. and after 260 meter you will find the hotel on the right. 

From the Hungarian Jewish Community (Mazsihisz) back to the Hotel

Hungarian Jewish Community (Mazsihisz)

Síp utca 12, 1075, Budapest

 1)    Head right on Síp u.

2)    After 150 meters, turn left onto Dohány u. After 350 meter, you will the hotel on the left. 

From Restaurant Mazel Tov to the Zara Continental Hotel

Mazel Tov, Akácfa u. 47, 1072 Budapest

1)    Head southeast on Akácfa u. for 350 meter.

2)    Turn right onto Dohány u. and after 160 meter you will find the hotel on your right. 

BELGRADE

Belgrade Public Transport

Belgrade city public transport is provided through a network of bus, trolleybus and tram routes run by GSP "Beograd" and bus services operated by private bus companies, on around 130 routes.

This website will help you find all current Belgrade public transport routes.

Single tickets can be bought:

- in public transport vehicles, from the driver or conductor
- at kiosks marked with a ticket sales sticker
- at GSP points-of-sale

Paper cards (most suitable for tourists)

If you are not frequent user you should buy a paper card which costs 89 rsd, and you can drive with that card 90 min. on all lines (for 1st or 2nd public transportation zone).

If you buy a ticket on the bus a card cost – 150 rsd

Paper cards witch you can use:

 1 day for 1st or 2nd public transportation zone -  250 rsd,

 3 days for 1st or 2nd public transportation zone – 700rsd

 5 days for 1st or 2nd public transportation zone - 1000 rsd.

Belgrade Taxi 

Using a taxi to get around Belgrade is comparatively cheap by standards of most Western cities. Avoid taking a taxi from one of the taxi stands in the immediate vicinity of major tourist sites (e.g. The Republic Square). Some drivers illegally operate fixed tariff (no meter running) services aimed at tourists which can be several times more expensive than taking a taxi running a meter. Hailing a passing taxi or arranging a pick-up is a far better alternative. A list of operating taxi associations and their contacts can be found here. The price of taxi transport is regulated by the City Authority. At the regular tariff (tarifa 1, figures valid in May 2013), starting a ride costs RSD 170, with each subsequent kilometre charged at RSD 65 and inactivity period at RSD 750 per hour. Between 10 pm and 6 am, on Sundays and public holidays, tariff 2 is applicable - each kilometre is charged RSD 85.

From Hotel Majestic to Nikola Tesla Airport

 Taxi: This is, as you may have guessed, the easiest way. It will cost you around 1500 RSD and will take you between 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic. Cabs can be ordered at the hotel reception.

Public transport

1)    Walk from the Hotel to Zeleni Venac (8-minute walk)

  • When exiting the hotel, turn right and then turn right on Kneza Mihaila after 80 meter.
  • After 110 meter, turn right at TREFsport onto Sremska.
  • Take a slight right at Tattoo Factory Belgrade onto Maršala Birjuzova and after 35 meters take the pedestrian overpass.
  • After 130 meters take a sharp left at Skroz dobra pekara onto Kraljice Natalije.
  • After 18 meter, turn right onto Jug Bogdanova. You will reach the bus stop in 150 meter.

Take bus 72, which departs every 30 minutes, in direction: Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport - Zeleni venac - Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Ticket price: 150 RSD (if bought in the bus) and the journey will take around 40 minutes, depending on traffic.

From Hotel Majestic to the Belgrade Main railway station (Железничка станица Београд Главна / Železnička stanica Beograd Glavna)

This is a 15-minute walk.

1)    When exiting the hotel take a right and then turn right onto Kneza Mikhaila.

2)    After 250 meter, at Deloitte Serbia, continue onto Terazije

3)    After 120 meter, turn right at Njegoševa palačinka onto Prizrenska

4)    After 49 meter, turn left at Apartman Belgrad onto Balkanska and continue walking in this directions for 500 meter.

5)    Turn right at Corner shop onto Милована Миловановића

6)    After 140 meter, turn left at Стајалиште код Хотела Асторија to stay on Милована Миловановића.

After 31 meters, turn left onto Savski Trg and after 140 meter you will have reached the Belgrade Main Railway Station. 

From Hotel Majestic to the Belgrade Bus Station (Bas Beogradska autobuska stanica a.d.)

 

 This is a 14-minute walk.

  • When exiting the hotel, turn right and then turn right on Kneza Mihaila after 80 meter.
  • After 110 meter, turn right at TREFsport onto Sremska.
  • Take a slight left at Tattoo Factory Belgrade and at Specijal, continue onto Reljina for 88 meter.
  • Turn left onto Kraljice Natalije
  • After 34 meter, turn right at Стајалиште код Зеленог Венца onto Kamenička
  • After 220 meter, turn left at Skroz dobra pekara onto Gavrila Principa
  • After 18 meter, turn right at GSM Servis
  • After 75 meter, turn right and after 93 meter, turn left at Shop & Go
  • After 43 meter turn right, you will arrive at the Main Bus Station (Zeleznicka 4) after 84 meter.