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Budapest to Debrecen by train

The journey from Budapest to Debrecen by train is 121.18 mi and takes 3 hr 1 min. There are 36 connections per day, with the first departure at 8:50 AM and the last at 4:50 PM. It is possible to travel from Budapest to Debrecen by train for as little as $2.70 or as much as $13.22. The best price for this journey is $2.70.

Lowest Price$2.70
Journey Duration3 hr 1 min
Connection per Day36
Lowest Price$2.70
Highest Price$13.22
First Departure8:50 AM
Last Departure4:50 PM
Distance121.18 mi

Budapest to Debrecen Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Travel from Budapest to Debrecen by Train

The average train journey duration from Budapest to Debrecen is 3 hr 1 min. The distance between the two main stations is approximately 121.18 mi. Travelers have approximately 36 train connections to choose from per day. The cheapest train ticket available for this route is around $2.70. Departing from Budapest, trains typically leave from Budapest, Déli Pályaudvar,Budapeszt,Budapest Airport (BUD),Budapest Népliget M,Budapest Keleti Pu,Budapest Kelenfold,BUDAPEST - Nyugati,Budapest Deli, connecting to Debrecen at Debrecen,Debrecen-Kondoros,DKV megallo stations.

The rail service between Budapest and Debrecen, operated predominantly by MÁV, assures a comfortable and efficient journey, offering various classes tailored to diverse comfort preferences and budgets. Passengers have the option to choose 2nd class on every day and night trains, ensuring essential comfort. For those seeking more, 1st class is available, offering enhanced seat comfort and, on select routes, additional services. Especially on Railjets to Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, passengers can experience an elevated level of comfort and service with the availability of Business Class.

For night services, couchettes serve as an ideal choice for those looking for low-cost travel solutions and are suitable for larger families. Sleeping cars, providing superior comfort and privacy, cater to the needs of business travelers, couples, and smaller families. Unique to some carriages, adjacent compartments can be merged to form a suite, offering an intimate and unified space for travelers.

Trains on this route allow passengers to enjoy the picturesque landscapes of Hungary. Some trains also offer dining services, providing passengers with various local Hungarian cuisine options.

Budapest Keleti Railway Station is a major hub boasting extensive amenities such as diverse eateries, ATMs, clean restrooms, and clear signages and information desks for seamless navigation. It is well-connected to local transit like buses and trams, ensuring easy commutes to various city points. In contrast, Debrecen Railway Station offers essential services and exudes a vibrant ambiance with nearby establishments providing authentic Hungarian cuisine. Despite its smaller size, it meets travelers' needs efficiently. Utilizing mapping services and conducting prior research are recommended for effortless transitions and optimal local experiences at both stations.

What to eat in Debrecen:

  1. Gulyás: A hearty and flavorful Hungarian soup or stew of meat and vegetables seasoned with paprika.
  2. Lángos: A deep-fried flatbread, typically topped with sour cream, grated cheese, and garlic butter.
  3. Pörkölt: A Hungarian stew with boneless meat, paprika, and tomatoes.
  4. Töltött káposzta: Cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and rice, a traditional Hungarian dish.
  5. Jókai Bableves: A rich bean soup named after the Hungarian writer Mór Jókai.
  6. Halászlé: A spicy fisherman's soup made with river fish and paprika.
  7. Somlói Galuska: A popular Hungarian dessert made with sponge cake, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream.
  8. Chimney Cake: A sweet spiral-shaped pastry, traditionally topped with sugar and walnuts.
  9. Esterházy Cake: A rich, layered cake made with almond meringue dough and vanilla cream.
  10. Pálinka: A traditional Hungarian fruit brandy.

What to Do in Debrecen:

  1. Explore the Reformed Great Church, a symbol of Debrecen.
  2. Visit the Déri Museum, home to a diverse collection of art and artifacts.
  3. Discover the Hortobágy National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  4. Stroll around Nagyerdei Park and enjoy its serene atmosphere.
  5. Experience the vibrant cultural scene at the Csokonai Theatre.
  6. Explore the University of Debrecen and its beautiful campus.
  7. Relax in the thermal baths of Debrecen, such as the Aquaticum Mediterranean Pleasure Baths.
  8. Attend the Debrecen Flower Carnival, a colorful annual event.
  9. Enjoy the local cuisine at the traditional Hungarian restaurants in Debrecen.
  10. Discover the local craft beer scene at the breweries in Debrecen.

Day Trips from Debrecen:

Explore the scenic landscapes and traditional villages of the Hortobágy National Park, a short trip from Debrecen. The town of Eger offers beautiful baroque architecture and a historic castle. The Tokaj wine region is renowned for its sweet wines and picturesque vineyards. Miskolc offers diverse attractions, from the historic Diósgyőr Castle to the relaxing Miskolctapolca Cave Bath. Numerous other nearby destinations offer diverse experiences, from the tranquil Lake Tisza to the historic town of Nyíregyháza.

Travel Tips for Debrecen:

When in Debrecen, explore the local cuisine, especially the traditional Hungarian dishes and local spirits like Pálinka. Utilize local transportation like buses and trams to efficiently explore the city and its surroundings. Dress appropriately for the weather and stay hydrated, especially during hot days. Debrecen has a vibrant cultural scene, so check out local events, concerts, and exhibitions. Be cautious with your belongings, especially crowded places, and respect local customs and traditions. 

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Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Budapest to Debrecen.

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Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $6.64 to $10.43 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 36% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Budapest to Debrecen

The cheapest Budapest - Debrecen train tickets can be found for as low as $5.67 if you’re lucky, or $6.38 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $9.06.

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When travelling to Debrecen by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Budapest to Debrecen CO2 Emissions by Train

What are the CO2 emissions from Budapest to Debrecen by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Budapest and Debrecen are 13.65kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Budapest and Debrecen? By taking the train between Budapest and Debrecen you will save 25.35kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 0.98kg compared to a bus and 17.55kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Budapest to Debrecen?
A train ticket from Budapest to Debrecen is $10.40. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $2.70.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Budapest to Debrecen?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Budapest to Debrecen is $2.70. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Budapest and Debrecen by train?
Budapest to Debrecen is 121.18 mi.
How long does the train between Budapest and Debrecen take?
Budapest to Debrecen is on average 3 hr 1 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 2 hr 33 min.
How many train connections per day go from Budapest to Debrecen?
Budapest to Debrecen has 36 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Budapest to Debrecen leave?
The earliest train from Budapest to Debrecen departs at 8:50 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Budapest to Debrecen depart?
The latest train from Budapest to Debrecen departs at 4:50 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Budapest to Debrecen in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $2.70 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Budapest to Debrecen?
There are on average 12 direct connection(s) from Budapest to go to Debrecen.
What's the fastest journey time between Budapest to Debrecen by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Budapest and Debrecen is 2 hr 33 min.
Is there a direct train from Budapest to Debrecen?
Yes, there is a direct train between Budapest and Debrecen.
What are the CO2 emissions for Budapest to Debrecen by train?
The train journey from Budapest to Debrecen creates 13.65kg of CO2 emissions.

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