A Travel Price Comparison for Hungary Holloko vs. Balaton Lake for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Holloko or Balaton Lake?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Holloko and Balaton Lake can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Holloko or Balaton Lake?

Holloko

Located in northern Hungary, Holloko is a preserved ethnographic village with a castle and traditional houses which date from the 13th century. The village, castle ruins, and the surrounding area are today designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in a stunning valley of the Cserhat Mountains, surrounded by low peaks.

Balaton Lake

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Hungary, The Best River Cruises in Hungary, The Best Bicycle Tours in Hungary, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in Hungary.


Which place is cheaper, Balaton Lake or Holloko?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Holloko is $47, while the average daily cost in Balaton Lake is $87. 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 Holloko and Balaton Lake in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Holloko $22
    Balaton Lake $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Holloko $44
    Balaton Lake $96
Compare Hotels in Holloko and Balaton Lake

Looking for a hotel in Holloko or Balaton Lake? 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 Holloko


Hotels in Balaton Lake


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Holloko $12
    Balaton Lake $12

Is it cheaper to fly into Holloko or Balaton Lake?

Prices for flights to both Balaton Lake and Holloko 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
    Holloko $17
    Balaton Lake $28

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Holloko $7.50
    Balaton Lake $21

Tours and Activities in Holloko

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

  • Hollókő: Village Tour and Folklore Programme: $239

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Holloko $9.43
    Balaton Lake $8.91


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

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



When is the best time to visit Holloko or Balaton Lake?

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 Holloko or Balaton Lake in the Summer?

Both Balaton Lake and Holloko are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In July, Holloko is generally around the same temperature as Balaton Lake. Daily temperatures in Holloko average around 21°C (70°F), and Balaton Lake fluctuates around 22°C (71°F).

It's quite sunny in Balaton Lake. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Holloko. Holloko usually receives less sunshine than Balaton Lake during summer. Holloko gets 278 hours of sunny skies, while Balaton Lake receives 302 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Holloko usually receives less rain than Balaton Lake. Holloko gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Holloko 21°C (70°F) 
    Balaton Lake 22°C (71°F)

Should I visit Holloko or Balaton Lake in the Autumn?

Both Balaton Lake and Holloko during the autumn are popular places to visit.

Holloko is cooler than Balaton Lake in the autumn. The daily temperature in Holloko averages around 12°C (53°F) in October, and Balaton Lake fluctuates around 13°C (56°F).

In the autumn, Holloko often gets less sunshine than Balaton Lake. Holloko gets 152 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Balaton Lake receives 169 hours of full sun.

Holloko usually gets less rain in October than Balaton Lake. Holloko gets 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Holloko 12°C (53°F) 
    Balaton Lake 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Holloko or Balaton Lake in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Holloko and Balaton Lake.

Balaton Lake can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Holloko. In the winter, Holloko is much colder than Balaton Lake. Typically, the winter temperatures in Holloko in January average around -1°C (31°F), and Balaton Lake averages at about 0°C (32°F).

Holloko usually receives less sunshine than Balaton Lake during winter. Holloko gets 61 hours of sunny skies, while Balaton Lake receives 72 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Holloko usually receives around the same amount of rain as Balaton Lake. Holloko gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Holloko -1°C (31°F) 
    Balaton Lake 0°C (32°F)

Should I visit Holloko or Balaton Lake in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Holloko as well as Balaton Lake.

In April, Holloko is generally around the same temperature as Balaton Lake. Daily temperatures in Holloko average around 12°C (53°F), and Balaton Lake fluctuates around 12°C (54°F).

In the spring, Holloko often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Balaton Lake. Holloko gets 178 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Balaton Lake receives 187 hours of full sun.

Holloko usually gets less rain in April than Balaton Lake. Holloko gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Holloko 12°C (53°F) 
    Balaton Lake 12°C (54°F)

Typical Weather for Balaton Lake and Holloko

Holloko Balaton Lake
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (31°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 0°C (32°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 2°C (35°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 3°C (37°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Mar 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 12°C (53°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
May 16°C (62°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Jun 20°C (67°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 20°C (68°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 22°C (71°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Aug 21°C (69°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 22°C (71°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 17°C (63°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 18°C (65°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 12°C (53°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Nov 6°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (44°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 2°C (36°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)