Public transport in Debrecen represented by a route network of buses, trolleybuses, and trams. Thanks to this article, you will learn how to use the city’s transport, how much it costs.
Prices in the article indicated in forints. For 2018, the Hungarian forint exchange rate is as follows: 1 euro = 322 HUF.
Debrecen Public Transport Official Website
The DKV public transport website dkv.hu in Debrecen has all the information the client needs: bus and tram timetables, route network indicating all stops, fare, changes in route network, etc.
The most convenient feature of the site is the ability to plot a route from any point A to any point in city B.
The only undoubted disadvantage of the site is only one version in Hungarian. Therefore, tourists will need a google translator.
At this point, you will find the cost of public transport in Debrecen. I have indicated only those types of tickets that tourists may need. The cost of travel for 1 year. Tickets for certain categories of citizens can found on the Debrecen public transport website.
- 1-ride ticket: 330 HUF
- 1 ride ticket purchased from the driver: 400 HUF
- Pass for 1 day: 1200 HUF
- 1Pass for 3 days: 2500 HUF
- Pass for 7 days (week): 3200 HUF
- Family ticket: 2600 HUF – valid for 3 days for 2 adults and children up to 7 people. The ticket must contain the details of an adult.
With a ticket for 1 trip, you cannot make transfers or interrupt the trip. For the ticket to be valid, it must be validated.
Please note that controllers appear in the transport every now and then, who need to present a valid ticket for travel. The harsh Hungarian controllers are not subject to any persuasion and if you are a free rider, you will be fined.
Bus service is the most developed of all modes of transport in Debrecen. 48 bus routes run to all corners of the city.
The bus schedule depends on the route, time of day and day of the week; buses on the most common routes run from 5 am to midnight.
Most bus stops simply marked with a column and a sign. Therefore, it is better to find out the schedule on the Internet.
You will surprise. But the first trams in Debrecen entered the route in 1911! Since then, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge and today the trams of Debrecen are 2 routes, 19 km of tracks, 25 stops, and more than 20 rolling stock.
Currently, on the routes, you can find quite old models of trams, as well as modern Ganz and CAF trams with a low floor. These trams delivered in 2014.
Tram timetables indicated at stops. The trams are open from about 5 am to 11 pm. The traffic intervals depend on the time of day and day of the week and are approximately 6-15 minutes.
Debrecen main railway station
Debrecen’s main railway station is a key transport hub in the city. From here, trains leave for cities in Hungary and Europe. It is from the station square that the routes of the most important trolleybus and bus routes. As well as regional and international buses, begin.
The public transport stop at the station called Nagyállomás.
As for the train service, trains to Budapest run regularly, about 2 times every hour in the morning, and about 1 time every two hours in the evening. Travel time, depending on the type of train, ranges from 2:46 to 4:22 hours. Distance between cities: 221 km. The fare in a second class carriage is approximately 14 euros. In Budapest, trains arrive at the Budapest-Nyugati station.
During the Soviet presence in Hungary, ZiU-9 trolleybuses ran mainly on the city’s roads in Debrecen, then the Ikarus 280T appeared. In the mid-2000s, the modernization of the fleet began. And modern trolleybuses Ganz-Skoda and Ganz-Solaris purchased. And later cars of the MAZ brand. Today, trolleybuses run on 4 routes from about 5 am to 10 pm. The fare in them is the same as for other types of transport.
Although Debrecen is a small town, there is Debreceni nemzetközi repülőtér International Airport just 6 km from the center. The airport began to develop thanks to the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air, which started operating flights to 11 European cities from here.
Taxi from Debrecen airport
In Debrecen, as befits a city with a population of 200 thousand people, there is a taxi. There are several companies in the city that provide this type of transportation. Taxis can take both from the wheels and at specialized parking lots, as well as order the arrival of the car by phone.
The taxi car must have the Taxi sign and checkers on the roof.
Taxi prices in Debrecen are approximately as follows: 600 HUF – landing; 260-300 HUF – 1 km of travel; 70 HUF – 1 minute of waiting. The price of a trip to Debrecen airport varies from 2500 to 6500 HUF depending on the zone you are traveling from.
Rent a Car
An alternative to public transport for independent travelers is a rented car, which can be booked at one of the rental companies: Autonom Debrecen, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt. To find a free car. It is convenient to use the Rentalcars website, which compares prices for all rental companies.
The ordered car can collect at the airport or at the office in the center of Debrecen.
Rental prices are not high, for example, an Opel Corsa on mechanics will cost 130 euros, and a Skoda Octavia – 260 euros per week.