Travel Budget for Balaton Lake

Somogy megye, Hungary

How much does it cost to travel to Balaton Lake?

How much money will you need in Balaton Lake? Ft15,836 ($57) is the average daily price for traveling in Balaton Lake. The average price of food for one day is Ft5,143 ($19). The average price of a hotel for a couple is Ft16,000 ($58). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    Ft15,836
  • One Week Per person
    Ft110,853
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    Ft221,706
  • One Month Per person
    Ft475,084
  • One Week For a couple
    Ft221,706
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    Ft443,412
  • One Month For a couple
    Ft950,168
How expensive is Balaton Lake?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ft8,000
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    Ft5,143
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ft4,000
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ft2,772
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    Ft914
Last Updated: Jul 2, 2018
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Balaton Lake Lake Balaton, Hungary
Balaton is a major freshwater lake in Hungary and the largest lake in Central Europe with a shoreline of 197 kilometers. The region around the lake is a popular holiday destination with a great number of resort towns and high-rise hotels to accommodate visitors seeking out lakeside activities, beaches, volcanic hills, and vineyards. Some of the towns are also very historic, offering examples from eighteenth-century art and architecture to castle ruins.
Sights
Lake Balaton is one of the region's leading tourist destinations. The mountainous region of the northern shore, located largely within the bounds of Balaton Uplands National Park, is known both for its historic character and as a major wine region. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore the unique features of these volcanic hills, as well as wine trails to follow a different kind of journey tasting the wines produced by local growers. The flat southern shore is mainly known for its resort towns-the most popular three include Siofok, Keszthely, and Balatonfured. Each town has its own unique features from beaches and nightlife to historic sightseeing and architectural attractions. A few highlights near Balaton include the Lake Cave of Tapolca, Zirc Arboretum, Festetics Palace, and Tihany Abbey.
Neighborhoods
Listed below are some of the best-known lake towns of Balaton and their major features:

Siofok – situated on the south shore, charming and most popular holiday resort town with peaceful beaches and lively night life

Badacsony – located on the northern coast of Balaton, best-known for its wine

Balatonfured – on the north shore, another resort town like Siofok, though it is more traditional and less commercialized

Heviz – Hungary's most famous thermal spa with a large naturally-heated lake

Keszthely – the oldest town of Balaton, located on southern end; showcases architectural gems like the Festetics Palace

Szent Gy├Ârgy-hegy – an area known for its hiking opportunities, like the trail to the Basalt Organ Pipes

Szigliget – a village with hilltop castle ruins

Tihany – a peninsula town with an inner lake and landmark church that is visible from most of the lake

Activities
The region of Lake Balaton is home to a wide variety of activities. North of the lake there are volcanic hills with opportunities for hiking trails, as well as for exploring vineyards and tasting local vintages. Badacsony Hill, for example, combines the best of both worlds, providing a scenic climb peppered with small wine growers. Visitors can also spend time in Balaton relaxing in thermal spas, the most famous located at Heviz, which is home to Europe's largest thermal lake dotted with water lilies and surrounded by a nature conservation area.

The lake itself is also host to a range of activities. Boating is popular, with several annual sailing races and rentals available. The best rentals can be acquired at Fonyod, Balatonlelle, and Balatonfured. With fairly shallow waters, the lake also has many beaches. Beaches on the north shore typically have more facilities but with an entrance fee, while beaches on the south shore are usually free, though many sections are privately owned by hotels and campsites. In addition to boating and swimming, kite surfing is also popular with visitors.
Food and Dining
Cuisine of Hungary is primarily based on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products, and cheeses. Paprika is used generously in cooking and is considered the national spice. Goulash, a soup or stew of meat and vegetables and seasoned with paprika and other spices, is especially popular and common throughout Hungary. Other specialties include stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, roasted meats, and casseroles, as well as a hot and spicy fish soup called halaszle, a chilled sour cherry soup called hideg meggyleves, and Hungarian crepes called palacsinta which can be stuffed with jam, cheese, raisins, or meat. The Balaton region is a great location for lake fish dishes, such as Fogas (Pike-perch or Zander, a white fleshed fish), Keszeg (bream), Ponty (Carp), and sometimes Harcsa (catfish), which is the base for halaszle (a spicy fish soup).
Transportation
Budapest is the nearest major city to Balaton, making it a hub for international travel into the general area. Most travelers will arrive via Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport, Hungary's largest airport. Frequent trains from Budapest Deli and Budapest Keleti connect the capital with both shores of Lake Balaton. The journey by train to Siofok will take about 1.5 hours.

There is also a small international airport in Sarmellek, called Heviz Balaton Airport, which is located on the south end of Lake Balaton. It offers flights arriving from many European cities, especially German cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, and Leipzig, but also from Moscow, Russia, and Riga, Latvia.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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