Travel information

Arrival to Budapest

By air: Most visitors will arrive at the Budapest Ferihegy Airport - Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B, or Terminal 1 in case of arriving by low fair airlines.

By Minibus Service: The Airport mini-bus service will take you anywhere in Budapest. Information desk (operator) for mini-bus service is situated in the centre of the arrival lobby. The bus fits about 6 persons with luggage, and picks up and drops them off one by one at their doors. This door-to-door Airport Minibus Service is reasonably priced

By Public transportation to Nyugati Railway Station: A direct bus service operates from Terminals 1 and 2 (A & B) to Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station. Departure is in front of the arrival lobby. Passengers from Terminal 1 may take bus 93 to Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station as well. From Kőbánya-Kispest Metro Station, the blue metro line (M3) takes you to the direction of Nyugati Pályaudvar (Nyugati Railway Station). For time tables, see Elvira.hu

By train: Trains to Debrecen depart from 'Nyugati Pályaudvar' station (Nyugati Railway Station) and some of them make a brief stop at 'Kőbánya-Kispest' station closed to the airport. More than fifty trains a day provide direct links between Budapest and 25 other capital cities. Trains to Vienna run every three hours. International trains operate from the three largest stations:

For further information on schedules see the timetable of the Hungarian railway.

Public transport in Budapest:

Fares cannot be paid on board and there are fines for traveling without a validated ticket. Tickets are valid for one ride only. A new ticket must be used every time you change lines. Tickets can be cancelled in meters (red punch slots on the board of the tram or bus) or at the metro station entrances (orange boxes). Tickets can be purchased at metro stations, hotels, newsstands and tobacco shops. All three metro lines meet at Deák tér and run from 4:30am to 11pm. Most bus and tramlines operate until 11pm.

Calling a taxi in Budapest ( Főtaxi is the most preferable):

Főtaxi +36 80-222-2222 (free green number) or +36 1-222-2222, +36 20-9222-222, +36 30-9222-222, +36 70-9222-222
City Taxi +36 1-211-1111, +36 20-9211-111, +36 30-9211-111, +36 70-2111-111
Rádiótaxi +36 1-377-7777, +36 20-9777-777, +36 30-9777-777
Tele5 Taxi +36 1-355-5555, +36 20-935-5555
6x6 Taxi +36 1-266-6666, +36 1-466-6666
Volántaxi +36 1-433-3322, +36 1-20-933-33-22, +36 1-30-933-33-22
Taxi 2000 +36 1-200-0000, +36 1-30-2000-000
Buda Taxi +36 1-233-3333, +36 1-20-9333-333

How to reach Debrecen

Debrecen - Google map

By car: See the detailed motorway map here

On roads No. 4, 33, 35, 42, and 47, or M3 highway leading to Görbeháza, and from Görbeháza M35 highway directly leading to Debrecen. The duration of such a journey from the capital is approximately 2-2,5 hours.

By train See the detailed railway map here

Debrecen lies on the No. 100 line of Budapest-Szolnok-Debrecen-Nyíregyháza-Záhony direction. This provides the systematic and effective national and international railway transportation.The MÁV (Magyar Államvasutak, Hungarian State Railway Company) supports the major lines with InterCity trains (fewer stops, shorter duration of travel, higher speed, and greater comfort), but fast and regular trains reach all parts of the region. From Budapest to Debrecen and back at least 1 Inter City train per hour is available in each hour in the 6 h - 20 h period every day.

For time tables see . Elvira.hu
MÁVDIREKT - domestic telephone customer service: + 36 (40) 49 49 49
Number to be called from abroad: +36 (1) 444 44 99

Hungarian State Railway Company (MÁV)

MÁVDIREKT- domestic telephone customer service (local blue number):
Number to be called from abroad: + 36 (40) 49 49 49
InterCity Ticket Order Phone Number: +36 (1) 371 94 49 +36 40 494 949

Central Station of Debrecen
Postal Address: 12 Petőfi Square, Debrecen 4025
Checkroom: +36 52 346 777,
Phone Number: +36 52 346 316,

Central Ticket Office and General Information Office: Postal Address: 4 Rózsa Street, Debrecen Phone Number: +36 40 494 949

Useful links:

  • English version of MAV main website.
  • The railwaysmap of Hungary (2005).
  • Small nostalgia trains.