Debrecen is Hungary’s second largest city. It is located east of Budapest, in the Northern Alföld, a region which, when it comes to geothermal resources, is Hungary’s richest. A mere two-hour drive from the capital via the new motorway, it also boasts one of the country’s few international airports.
The city has served as the nation’s capital twice, in 1849 and at the turn 1944-45, respectively. Each time represented dramatic episodes of revolution and war, when the Reformed Big Church and the College became iconic venues of momentous historic occasions. Today, Debrecen exudes the feel of a pleasant provincial town with its colorful piazzas and spacious parks. At the same time, it also serves as Eastern Hungary’s commercial, administrative, cultural, and educational center. The presence of several multinationals as well as the university, with a student population of 30 thousand, including thousands of overseas students, lends a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the city. This is further accentuated by international sporting and cultural events. In addition to the internationally renowned annual Debrecen Flower Parade on August 20, the whole year is packed chock-full with boisterous festivals of cultural and gastronomic interest. However, the city is large enough to fully accommodate those who would rather get away from it all and find safe havens devoid of the noise of weekdays.
The nation’s first designated conservation area, the Nagyerdő neighborhood, gives home to Aquaticum Health & Spa Center, which offers the healing power of thermal water as well as a wide range of recreational facilities. Debrecen is a place where state-of-the-art metropolitan facilities are in close proximity to the peace and serenity of nature.
The cozy downtown “hidey-holes” are supplemented with the unique natural beauty and excursion options of nearby Erdőspuszta and Hortobágy National Park, the latter only a half hour-drive from the city center. This cornucopia of leisure activities offers holiday experiences without compromise to tourists of any age group. Whatever your pick, you sure won’t forget your stay in Debrecen.
Debrecen is easily accessible by all means of transport due to its favourable position in the international road and rail network and its international airport.
The main regional hub of Eastern Hungary, Debrecen is easily accessible from other major cities on Highway M3 as well as Routes 4, 33, 35, 47, 48, and 471.
Hourly InterCity services from Budapest Nyugati Station via Budapest Airport; InterCity services every two hours from international railway hub Budapest Keleti Station; Hortobágy EuroCity Train provides a direct link between Vienna’s Main Railway Terminal and Debrecen every day of the week.
Each part of Debrecen can easily be reached by tram, bus or trolley bus departing from or stopping in front of the main railway station of Debrecen. The main ticket office of the local public transport company - DKV - can be found in front of the building of the railway station where tickets and passes can be purchased every day of the week.
Debrecen can be reached from several big cities of Europe - London, Eindhoven, Milan, Malmö Paris and Tel-Aviv - via Wizz Air’s scheduled flights. On 11 April 2016 Lufthansa opened a new direct air route between Munich and Debrecen.
Debora Transfer provides comfortable, fast and favourable transfer solutions between Oradea and Debrecen Airport. The timetable is adapted to the scheduled flights from and to Debrecen Airport. More information is available on deboratransfer.eu.