Apr 22 - 26, 2024 | Budapest, Hungary

Venue | Transportation | Visa | Exploring Budapest | Code of Conduct | Disclamer


The 36th GEWEX Scientific Steering Group (SSG-36) meeting will take place from Monday April 22 to Friday April 26, 2024 at

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Budapest International Airport (BUD) to City

Budapest International Airport lies 24km, southeast of the city center. There are several ways to travel to the city center.

By taxi
The Főtaxi vehicles exclusively handle the taxi transfers from and to Budapest International Airport. The official cabs are yellow with the “TAXI” sign on their roof and the “Főtaxi” sticker at the left front door and are always available at BUD Airport. Go to the official taxi rank located outside the Arrivals area of T2A and T2B. Overall, an airport taxi will transfer you to your location in Budapest in about 35 minutes, depending on the roads’ congestion. Budapest airport taxis are metered, and their tariff depends on the traversed distance and the transfer duration. The time of the day and the departure or arrival point doesn’t affect the fare. Payment of your fare in Hungarian forints is safer, as the taxi exchange rate from forints to euros is usually not favorable.

Another option is a taxi shuttle service. BUD recommends using Welcome Pickups based on user reviews across various platforms such as Google, Tripadvisor and Trustpilot.
Welcome Pickups offers a great experience and safety to its travelers.

  • Local English-speaking drivers
  • Flat, pre-paid fee
  • Flight monitoring for delays
  • 24/7 Customer support + free cancellation

By Ridesharing
Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies are not available in Budapest. Alternative to these ride-hailing services are Bolt (formerly known as Taxify) and Főtaxi. You can use these services through their app which you can download from the App Store or Google Play Store.

By bus
Bus transfers from and to Budapest International Airport are being handled by two bus lines. The direct Bus 100E departs almost every 30 minutes from the bus stop that is to be found between the terminal 2 buildings on the Arrivals level and reaches Deák Ferenc tér in 45 minutes, under normal traffic conditions. The bus operates 24/7and costs around 1500HUF (3.80€/4.10$). Tickets can be purchased from the airport ticket booths or automatic vendors, from the driver inside the bus,, or via the BKK mobile app. 

The Bus 200E leaves the T2 from 3:46 am to 11:04 pm and from 3:20 am to 11:04 am on weekends and public holidays and heads to Kobanya-Kispest Station, making many intermediate stops. Its travel time is around 25 minutes. A ticket cost around 350HUF (1€/1.18$).

From Kobanya-Kispest Station, the Blue Metro Line M3 runs to the city center in approximately 30 minutes. A ticket for the metro costs around 350HUF (1€/1.18$). Note that during the night shift (11:05 pm -3:46 am), the bus finishes its route at Határ út Station. Thus, if you are a late-night traveler, you’ll have to change to Bus Lines 914, 914A, 950, or 950A to get to the city center.

Budapest travelcards and passes, available at the airport tourist info desks, and are a good option as the offer unlimited transfers.

By car
Many airport car rental providers are present at BUD Airport. Thus, if you are going to drive your way to Budapest downtown, you’ll have to take the Fő út to Vecsés and reach the route Ferihegyi Repülőtérre vezető út. After 6km, turn left to Üllői út until the road’s name turns to Múzeum krt. From that point, use your own navigation to your exact destination in the city center of Budapest.


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Exploring Budapest

Most attractionsrestaurants, bars, and thermal baths in Budapest are easily within walking distance of the city center.

MOL Bubi is Budapest’s bicycle sharing system. With more than 170 docking stations and 1,800 bicycles, the network provides an excellent coverage of the inner parts of Pest, primarily within the Grand Boulevard. Although there exist docking stations on the other side of the Danube too, Buda’s rolling hills are less biker-friendly than the flat terrain of Pest. You can download the MOL Bubi app in the App Store and Google Play.

Budapest also has an especially good public transportation system — buses, trolleys, and trams roam the city.

You can find an overview of things to see and do in the districts of Budapest here. For the 24 trendiest restaurants in Budapest click here. Or you can visit the official Budapest Travel Guide – Tourism information Portal at

Parliament building, designed by Imre Steindl in Gothic Revival style, is the largest building in the country, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Image: Budapest, Hungarian Parliament by Dimitris Kamaras

The original purpose of the Fisherman’s Bastion was defence, as part of the Buda Castle wall. It offers splendid views of the city. Image: Fisherman’s Bastion by Ibolya

MÜPA, the Palace of the Arts in Budapest, is one of the most modern Hungarian cultural institutions. Image: Budapest – Müpa by Fred Romero

Code of Conduct

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) embraces diversity, demands equality, and builds capacity for the future. In order to achieve this, we all should be able to work in a professional, respectful, and harassment-free environment.

The WCRP Code of Conduct was approved by the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee in July 2023 and applies to any activity organized by any WCRP group, panel, committee, and the WCRP Secretariat, including day-to-day business conducted by those groups, either in a face-to-face or virtual environment.

GEWEX is one of the core projects of the WCRP and therefore the WCRP code of conduct also applies to any of our activities, including the 9th GEWEX Open Science Conference. Hence, all conference participants are expected to abide by the WCRP Code of Conduct.


The organizers cannot accept liability for personal accident, loss, or damage to private property, which may be incurred as a result of the participation in the 9th GEWEX Open Science Converence. Participants are, therefore, advised to arrange appropriate insurance coverage.

The organizing committee will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by participants or loss of or damage to their personal property as a result of event.