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

Should you visit Debrecen or Novi Sad?

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

Should I visit Debrecen or Novi Sad? 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 Novi Sad?

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.

Novi Sad

Novi Sad is the capital city of Vojvodina, the northern Autonomous Province of Serbia. Novi Sad has a population of about 400,000 people and is located on the Danube River near Budapest and Belgrade.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Hungary, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Hungary, The Best Budget Tours to Serbia, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Belgrade.


Which place is cheaper, Novi Sad or Debrecen?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Debrecen is $67, while the average daily cost in Novi Sad is $20. 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 Novi Sad in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Debrecen $33
    Novi Sad $12
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Debrecen $66
    Novi Sad $24
Compare Hotels in Debrecen and Novi Sad

Looking for a hotel in Debrecen or Novi Sad? 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 Novi Sad


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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 Novi Sad Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Debrecen $11
    Novi Sad -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Debrecen

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Debrecen:

  • Debrecen - Budapest Transfer: $170

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Novi Sad

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Novi Sad:

  • Belgrade airport transfers: $30
  • Airport transfer from/to Novi Sad: $108
  • Belgrade to Sarajevo via Novi Sad Private Transfer Tour: $290

Is it cheaper to fly into Debrecen or Novi Sad?

Prices for flights to both Novi Sad 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 $24
    Novi Sad $8.34

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Debrecen $17
    Novi Sad -

Tours and Activities in Novi Sad

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Novi Sad are as follows:

  • The city center and fortress Private Walking Tour: $29
  • Novi Sad & Sremski Karlovci shared tour: $64
  • Novi Sad city center and Petrovaradin fortress tour: $81
  • Fruska Gora and Novi Sad Heritage & Gastro Private Tour: $170
  • Novi Sad Private Walking Tour: $257
  • From Belgrade: Novi Sad and Fruska Gora National Park Tour: $319
  • City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide: $519
  • Private Romantic Tour: $520
  • 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour: $780

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Debrecen $9.27
    Novi Sad -

Sample the Local Flavors in Novi Sad

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Novi Sad:

  • From Belgrade: Sremski Karlovci & Novi Sad with Wine Tasting: $80
  • From Belgrade or Private Wine Tour in Fruska Gora: $187


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Debrecen and Novi Sad, we can see that Debrecen is more expensive. And not only is Novi Sad much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Novi Sad would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Novi Sad 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 Debrecen would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Debrecen than you might in Novi Sad.

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


Which is Bigger, Debrecen or Novi Sad?

Novi Sad has a larger population, and is about 6% larger than the population of Debrecen. When comparing the sizes of Debrecen and Novi Sad, 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 Novi Sad?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Debrecen or Novi Sad in the Summer?

Both Novi Sad and Debrecen are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

Debrecen is around the same temperature as Novi Sad in the summer. The daily temperature in Debrecen averages around 20°C (68°F) in July, and Novi Sad fluctuates around 22°C (71°F).

It's quite sunny in Novi Sad. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Debrecen. Debrecen usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Novi Sad during summer. Debrecen gets 282 hours of sunny skies, while Novi Sad receives 285 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Debrecen usually receives more rain than Novi Sad. Debrecen gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Novi Sad receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Debrecen 20°C (68°F) 
    Novi Sad 22°C (71°F)

Should I visit Debrecen or Novi Sad in the Autumn?

Both Novi Sad and Debrecen during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In the autumn, Debrecen is cooler than Novi Sad. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Debrecen in October average around 11°C (52°F), and Novi Sad averages at about 13°C (55°F).

In the autumn, Debrecen often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Novi Sad. Debrecen gets 160 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Novi Sad receives 168 hours of full sun.

Debrecen usually gets more rain in October than Novi Sad. Debrecen gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Novi Sad receives 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Debrecen 11°C (52°F) 
    Novi Sad 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Debrecen or Novi Sad in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Debrecen and Novi Sad.

It's quite cold in Novi Sad in the winter. The weather in Debrecen can be very cold. In January, Debrecen is generally much colder than Novi Sad. Daily temperatures in Debrecen average around -2°C (28°F), and Novi Sad fluctuates around -0°C (31°F).

Debrecen usually receives less sunshine than Novi Sad during winter. Debrecen gets 55 hours of sunny skies, while Novi Sad receives 71 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Debrecen usually receives around the same amount of rain as Novi Sad. Debrecen gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Novi Sad receives 37 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Debrecen -2°C (28°F) 
    Novi Sad -0°C (31°F)

Should I visit Debrecen or Novi Sad in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Debrecen as well as Novi Sad.

Debrecen is around the same temperature as Novi Sad in the spring. The daily temperature in Debrecen averages around 11°C (52°F) in April, and Novi Sad fluctuates around 12°C (54°F).

In the spring, Debrecen often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Novi Sad. Debrecen gets 191 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Novi Sad receives 178 hours of full sun.

Debrecen usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Novi Sad. Debrecen gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Novi Sad receives 47 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Debrecen 11°C (52°F) 
    Novi Sad 12°C (54°F)

Typical Weather for Novi Sad and Debrecen

Debrecen Novi Sad
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (28°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) -0°C (31°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 0°C (32°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 2°C (36°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 6°C (43°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 7°C (45°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Apr 11°C (52°F) 50 mm (2 in) 12°C (54°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 83 mm (3.2 in)
Jul 20°C (68°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 22°C (71°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Aug 20°C (68°F) 50 mm (2 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Sep 17°C (63°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Oct 11°C (52°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Nov 4°C (39°F) 50 mm (2 in) 7°C (44°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 2°C (35°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)