9th Colloquium on the Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations

Szeged, Hungary, June 28 - July 1, 2011


The conference will be held in the building of the Szeged Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (SZAB, Szegedi Akadémiai Bizottság, Somogyi street 7.) in Szeged, 160 km South-East from Budapest. It will be organized by the University of Szeged, Bolyai Institute (Aradi square 1.).

With 2,100 hours of sunshine each year, Szeged is called "the city of sunshine". It is the most important city on the South Great Plain and the economic, scientific and cultural centre of the region. The proximity of the three borders provides Szeged a significant strategic role both for Europe and for Hungary.

Szeged is located less than 20 km from the Romanian and Serbian borders, at the confluence of two rivers: the Maros and the Tisza. It is 170 km far from Budapest and 220 km far from Belgrade. Its population numbers more than 169,000, making Szeged the second largest provincial city in the country.

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Practical guide

Sights of Szeged (map)


By train
Trains depart at hh:53 every hour between 5:53 and 20:53 from Budapest "Nyugati pályaudvar", on the backward direction the departure time is usually hh:45 every hour between 4:36 and 19:45 from Szeged "Nagyállomás". Travel time is about two and a half hours. In some carriages seat reservations are required, while other carriages can be used without it.
You are recommended to check the schedules for this destination, because the start times and changing points might vary due to some railway reconstruction works. On the same page you can check the prices and schedules of other destinations as well.
How to get to Szeged from Budapest Airport by train?
There is a train station at Terminal 1. Most flights arrive at Terminal 2. If you arrive to Terminal 2, you need to take a bus to Terminal 1. The bus is designated as 200E. See the departure times for the bus.

Buses leave roughly in every ten minutes and it takes 10 minutes to get from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. The bus ticket costs 320 HUF and can be bought in a newspaper booth inside the terminal, or from an automat at the bus stop which accepts only coins, or directly from the bus driver in which case it costs 400 HUF. See the Terminal maps. The bus leaves from somewhere in the middle, between Terminals 2A and 2B (they are very close to each other).

When you arrive to Terminal 1, you can buy a train ticket inside the Terminal at a ticket office called Tourinform, very easy to find. There is no ticket office at the train station, but there is an automat which accepts credit cards as well. There is some chance that the automat is out of order. If you get on the train without a ticket, you can expect considerable penalties.

You need to buy train ticket to Szeged, the prices and the timetable can be found here. Trains leave from the airport to Szeged hourly always at hh:13 minutes, and the travel takes two hours. It is recommended to buy also an InterCity ticket for an extra 360 HUF, for which you will get a fixed seat in a much better compartment. Intercity tickets are issued for specific trains, so you need one for the next train. The InterCity tickets for seat reseravtion contain the number of the carriage (kocsi in Hungarian) and the number of the seat (hely in Hungarian). Please look for these carriages at the very end of the train.

The train station is about 100 meters from Terminal 1, on the other side of the main road. You cannot cross the road, but there is a huge pedestrian bridge over the road, you can not miss it. There are elevators, but they work with probability zero, so it is better to take the stairs. There are two railway tracks, you have to go to the one which is further from the road. Go to the very end of the pedestrian bridge and go down the stairs.

Not all the trains stopping there come to Szeged, so make sure that you get on the good one!
By bus
Direct bus lines are available from/to many cities. You might check the bus schedules.
Parking and public transport in Szeged
Currently in Szeged, road works are in progress which could effect both the public transport and the traffic.

There are many parking places in the downtown near Aradi square. Szeged has a prepaid ticket parking system: inside the middle ring and in some other places you must have a prepaid munched ticket under your windscreen on weekdays (mostly between 8:00 and 18:00 but check the signs), and for some places on Saturday too. With a single parking ticket (400 HUF) the parking time is restricted (1, 2 or 4 hours, dependent on the parking place), a daily ticket costs 1415 HUF.

From the railway station you can easily reach 'SZAB'-building by bus and a five-minute-long walk (altogether about 1.5 km). Take the bus Nr. 1-3-4 (temporary tram substitute) in front of the railway station (labelled by 'A' on the map) and get off at the 3rd stop by the SZTK medical center in Szentharomsag street ('B' on the map). From here you can reach the SZAB-building ('C') with a short walk along the marked route on the map through Aradi square and Dom square.

Tickets can be purchased in kiosks, from ticket machines (280 HUF), or can be bought from the drivers (350 HUF). In particular you can purchase bus tickets inside the building of the railway station, downstairs at the exit.

Last change: 2011-06-24