Getting around in Graz
(1) If you are an EU citizen or have a European cellphone (and data package), make use of Google Maps. Even if you don't, we recommend that you avail yourself of Google's offline maps prior to your arrival.
(2) As you can see below, we've created a public Google Map for the conference. If you are using Google's services, we recommend you add the map to your favorites.
(3) Graz has a convenient public transport system. For those of you who have access to mobile internet, we strongly recommend the BusBahnBim App (available for iOS and Android).
(4) Unfortunately, Graz Holding does not offer a decent website in English. So, here are our recommendations for tickets: Depending on the duration of your stay, you will get the best value out of either a 24-hour ticket (€5.30) or a 3-Day Graz Tourist Pass (€12.40). Both are available at electronic kiosks at transport hubs and at ticket machines on the trams. You may also get the 24-hour tickets on busses (directly from the driver), but not the 3-Day Pass. All kiosks are multi-lingual.
(5) Austria is not the most credit card-friendly country. Make sure you have some cash (ideally not 100-Euro notes) on you at all times. Maestro is accepted widely; shops that do accept credit cards generally only accept VISA and Mastercards with PINs. In order to withdraw money from ATMs (referred to as 'Bankomat' around here), you'll need a Maestro card or a VISA/Mastercard with a PIN. As in most of Continental Europe, you may not pay with checks; checks may only be cashed in banks, but they incur hefty fees.
The registration desk will open at 10am on the first day of the conference. First, it will be located at the Meerscheinschlössl in Mozartgasse 3 (ground floor) before moving to the top floor of Attemsgasse 25 during the opening keynote lecture, where it will remain open until 5pm.
On day 2 and 3, it will be in Attemsgasse 25, top floor. On Friday, it will be open from 8.30am till 4.30pm. On Saturday, it will be open from 8.30 am till 3.30pm.