A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Debrecen vs. Kosice for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Debrecen or Kosice?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Debrecen or Kosice? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Debrecen or Kosice?

Debrecen

Finding its beginning as a collection of agricultural villages, Debrecen has grown to become the second largest city in Hungary as well as the regional center for the Northern Great Plain region. Highlights include the Reformed Great Church of Debrecen, Hortobagy National Park, Deri Museum, and the Debrecen Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Kosice

Founded in the 13th century, Kosice today is the second largest city in Slovakia featuring churches, cathedrals, and fortifications which speak to its roots as a center of activity during the Middle Ages. Some of its top attractions include the city's historical center, Singing Fountain, and Cathedral of Saint Elizabeth.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Hungary, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Hungary, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Slovakia, and The Best Adventure Tours to Slovakia.


Which place is cheaper, Kosice or Debrecen?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Debrecen is $66, while the average daily cost in Kosice is $149. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Debrecen and Kosice in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Debrecen $33
    Kosice $79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Debrecen $66
    Kosice $158
Compare Hotels in Debrecen and Kosice

Looking for a hotel in Debrecen or Kosice? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Debrecen


Hotels in Kosice


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Debrecen Hotel Prices and Kosice Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Debrecen $11
    Kosice $31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Debrecen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Debrecen:

  • Debrecen - Budapest Transfer: $167

Is it cheaper to fly into Debrecen or Kosice?

Prices for flights to both Kosice and Debrecen change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Debrecen $23
    Kosice $46

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Debrecen $17
    Kosice $26

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Debrecen $9.24
    Kosice $25


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Debrecen and Kosice, we can see that Kosice is more expensive. And not only is Debrecen much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Debrecen would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Debrecen and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Kosice would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kosice than you might in Debrecen.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Debrecen Expensive? and Is Kosice Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Debrecen or Kosice?

Kosice has a larger population, and is about 16% larger than the population of Debrecen. When comparing the sizes of Debrecen and Kosice, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Debrecen or Kosice?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Debrecen or Kosice in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Debrecen as well as Kosice.

In the summer, Debrecen is around the same temperature as Kosice. Typically, the summer temperatures in Debrecen in July average around 20°C (68°F), and Kosice averages at about 21°C (69°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kosice. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Debrecen this time of the year. In the summer, Debrecen often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Kosice. Debrecen gets 282 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kosice receives 275 hours of full sun.

Debrecen usually gets less rain in July than Kosice. Debrecen gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Kosice receives 84 mm (3.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Debrecen 20°C (68°F) 
    Kosice 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Debrecen or Kosice in the Autumn?

Both Kosice and Debrecen are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In October, Debrecen is generally around the same temperature as Kosice. Daily temperatures in Debrecen average around 11°C (52°F), and Kosice fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

Debrecen usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kosice during autumn. Debrecen gets 160 hours of sunny skies, while Kosice receives 150 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Debrecen usually receives around the same amount of rain as Kosice. Debrecen gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Kosice receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Debrecen 11°C (52°F) 
    Kosice 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Debrecen or Kosice in the Winter?

Both Kosice and Debrecen during the winter are popular places to visit.

Kosice can be very cold during winter. Debrecen can get quite cold in the winter. Debrecen is around the same temperature as Kosice in the winter. The daily temperature in Debrecen averages around -2°C (28°F) in January, and Kosice fluctuates around -2°C (28°F).

In the winter, Debrecen often gets less sunshine than Kosice. Debrecen gets 55 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kosice receives 59 hours of full sun.

Debrecen usually gets more rain in January than Kosice. Debrecen gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Kosice receives 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Debrecen -2°C (28°F) 
    Kosice -2°C (28°F)

Should I visit Debrecen or Kosice in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Debrecen and Kosice.

In the spring, Debrecen is around the same temperature as Kosice. Typically, the spring temperatures in Debrecen in April average around 11°C (52°F), and Kosice averages at about 11°C (52°F).

Debrecen usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kosice during spring. Debrecen gets 191 hours of sunny skies, while Kosice receives 191 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Debrecen usually receives more rain than Kosice. Debrecen gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Kosice receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Debrecen 11°C (52°F) 
    Kosice 11°C (52°F)

Typical Weather for Kosice and Debrecen

Debrecen Kosice
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (28°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) -2°C (28°F) 28 mm (1.1 in)
Feb 0°C (32°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 1°C (33°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 6°C (42°F) 32 mm (1.2 in)
Apr 11°C (52°F) 50 mm (2 in) 11°C (52°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 16°C (61°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 20°C (68°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Aug 20°C (68°F) 50 mm (2 in) 20°C (68°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 17°C (63°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 17°C (62°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Oct 11°C (52°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Nov 4°C (39°F) 50 mm (2 in) 5°C (41°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 0°C (32°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)