Airports

Liszt Ferenc International Airport (Ferihegy), Budapest (BUD) is the nearest airport with many flights to various European destinations. There is a good train connection to Debrecen, or a shuttle-ride of less than 3 hours.
Debrecen Airport (DEB) is much smaller but operates some flights, e.g. to London and Eindhoven. It was recently announced that new flights will be available to Paris, Brussels, Malmö and Milan.

Airport transfer

From Budapest to Debrecen

Door-to-door service, the most convenient way from Budapest airport to Debrecen. There are several companies:

Typical procedure: they need your flight number (arrival time), the destination address and your mobile number. They will send you a text message with pick up info: time, place (arrivals exit), car registration number. You will have to look for the car, don’t worry it’s easy to find (it is useful to look at the company website, because the cars are shown on photos). The drivers accept cash payment in HUF or EUR, or you can make a bank transfer before the flight. Return fares are cheaper than two single trip. For the return they will make sure to arrive at the airport at due time for checking in.
Depending on your flight arrival time, one can go to the student hotel first or directly to Kölcsey Convention Centre.

From Debrecen Airport to the City centre

Roads

From the direction of Budapest or Miskolc, take “Debrecen Nyugat, Hortobágy” exit of M35 motorway. Then turn left towards the city on road 33, and go straight for about 5.8 km. Turn right at the corner of “Füredi út” and “Egyetem sgrt.” then go straight on until you see the Kölcsey Convention Centre (Hunyadi u. 1-3.) on the left side of the road at a big intersection.

Road number 4 connects Debrecen to Szolnok and Hajdúszoboszló to the west and Nyíregyháza to the east.  As you reach Debrecen, go straight on “Kassai út” and follow the road straight at “Árpád tér” to “Csapó u.”. At the end of the street turn right to “Rákóczi u.” and go all the way straight until you see the Kölcsey Convention Centre (Hunyadi u. 1-3.) at the left side of the road at a big intersection.

From Szeged or Romania, you are coming in road no. 47. Go straight until you cross the tramline, then follow the way to Kölcsey Convention Centre which is at the left side of the road at a big intersection.

Trains

In Budapest, there are three main railway stations: Eastern (Keleti), Western (Nyugati) and Southern (Déli), with other outlying stations like Kelenföld. Trains depart almost in every hours from the Western Station to Debrecen. It is recommended to use the Intercity Train Services, see this website for more detailed informations: www.mavcsoport.hu/en

Public transport

Budapest‘s public transport is well covered with metro, buses, trolleybuses, trams, suburban railway lines, boats and many other special vehicles.
Debrecen‘s public transport is also well covered with trams, trolleybuses, and buses. The festival will take place at Kölcsey Convention Centre which is near the city centre, and only a short walk to the tram stop (either you choose tramline 1 or 2). Tramline 1 goes everywhere necessary: railway station, city centre, shopping centres, university, great forest (park), thermal bath, etc. We recomend tramline 2 if you would like to reach Kölcsey Convention Centre from the railway station or the other way around.

EU citizens over 65 years old have a right to travel on local public transport for free. In case you would like to use this option, please have a passport or ID with you.

How to get to…

Debrecen is a large railway hub, many domestic and international services are available here.

The main bus and tram terminal of the city is at the railway station.

  • Kölcsey Convention Centre (1-3. Hunyadi street) – from railway station
    The main bus and tram terminal of the city is at the railway station.
    There are two tram lines in the city which are marked “1” and “2”; either tram lines can be used to get to the Kölcsey Center. The easiest way however, is to take tram line 2 and get off at the 6th stop at Kölcsey Központ. The Kölcsey Centre is right there on the opposite side of the street.
    Those who take tram line 1 should get off at the 5th stop at Kálvin tér. Kölcsey Convention Centre is a 3 minutes walk from this tram stop along Hunyadi János street in the direction of the Debrecen Plaza.
  • Kossuth Lajos Dormitory (college hostel) – from railway station
    The only way is to take tram line 1 and get off at the 12th stop at the University of Debrecen. In the direction of the main buliding of the university you can find a road on the right (with a barrier), opposite to the parking lots. Go straight on this road until you see two huge buildings, one on the left, one on the right. On the right you will see ’Kossuth Lajos Kollégiumok’ sign, which means you are standing in front of the college hostel.
  • Kölcsey Concention Centre from Kossuth Lajos Dormitory (vice versa)
    The easiest way is to take tram line 1. The stop can be found outside the campus: as you step outside the college hostel go straight on until you see a barrier and parking lots behind it. Turn left and you will find the tram stop. Get off at the 5th stop at Kálvin tér. Kölcsey Convention Centre is a 3 minutes walk from this tram stop along Hunyadi János street in the direction of the Debrecen Plaza.

You can buy tram tickets at the railway station, newsagents, supermarkets, or by the driver (with a little surcharge).