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

Should you visit Kosice 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 Kosice and Balaton Lake can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Kosice or Balaton Lake?

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.

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 Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Slovakia, The Best Adventure Tours to Slovakia, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Hungary, and The Best Luxury Tours to Hungary.


Which place is cheaper, Balaton Lake or Kosice?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Kosice is €137, while the average daily cost in Balaton Lake is €79. 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 Kosice and Balaton Lake in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kosice 73
    Balaton Lake 44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kosice 146
    Balaton Lake 88
Compare Hotels in Kosice and Balaton Lake

Looking for a hotel in Kosice 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 Kosice


Hotels in Balaton Lake


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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: Kosice Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kosice 29
    Balaton Lake 11

Is it cheaper to fly into Kosice or Balaton Lake?

Prices for flights to both Balaton Lake and Kosice 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
    Kosice 42
    Balaton Lake 25

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kosice 24
    Balaton Lake 19

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kosice 23
    Balaton Lake 8.06


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kosice and Balaton Lake, we can see that Kosice is more expensive. And not only is Balaton Lake much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Balaton Lake would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Balaton Lake 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 Balaton Lake.

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


Which is Bigger, Kosice or Balaton Lake?

Kosice has a larger population, and is about 110 times larger than the population of Balaton Lake. When comparing the sizes of Kosice and Balaton Lake, 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 Kosice or Balaton Lake?

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 Kosice or Balaton Lake in the Summer?

Both Balaton Lake and Kosice during the summer are popular places to visit.

In July, Kosice is generally around the same temperature as Balaton Lake. Daily temperatures in Kosice average around 21°C (69°F), and Balaton Lake fluctuates around 22°C (71°F).

In Balaton Lake, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Kosice. In the summer, Kosice often gets less sunshine than Balaton Lake. Kosice gets 275 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Balaton Lake receives 302 hours of full sun.

Kosice usually gets more rain in July than Balaton Lake. Kosice gets 84 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Kosice 21°C (69°F) 
    Balaton Lake 22°C (71°F)

Should I visit Kosice or Balaton Lake in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Kosice and Balaton Lake.

Kosice is cooler than Balaton Lake in the autumn. The daily temperature in Kosice averages around 11°C (52°F) in October, and Balaton Lake fluctuates around 13°C (56°F).

Kosice usually receives less sunshine than Balaton Lake during autumn. Kosice gets 150 hours of sunny skies, while Balaton Lake receives 169 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Kosice usually receives more rain than Balaton Lake. Kosice gets 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Kosice 11°C (52°F) 
    Balaton Lake 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Kosice or Balaton Lake in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Kosice as well as Balaton Lake.

Balaton Lake can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Kosice. In the winter, Kosice is much colder than Balaton Lake. Typically, the winter temperatures in Kosice in January average around -2°C (28°F), and Balaton Lake averages at about 0°C (32°F).

In the winter, Kosice often gets less sunshine than Balaton Lake. Kosice gets 59 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Balaton Lake receives 72 hours of full sun.

Kosice usually gets less rain in January than Balaton Lake. Kosice gets 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Kosice -2°C (28°F) 
    Balaton Lake 0°C (32°F)

Should I visit Kosice or Balaton Lake in the Spring?

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

In April, Kosice is generally around the same temperature as Balaton Lake. Daily temperatures in Kosice average around 11°C (52°F), and Balaton Lake fluctuates around 12°C (54°F).

Kosice usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Balaton Lake during spring. Kosice gets 191 hours of sunny skies, while Balaton Lake receives 187 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Kosice usually receives less rain than Balaton Lake. Kosice gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Balaton Lake receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Kosice 11°C (52°F) 
    Balaton Lake 12°C (54°F)

Typical Weather for Balaton Lake and Kosice

Kosice Balaton Lake
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -2°C (28°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 0°C (32°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb 1°C (33°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 3°C (37°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Mar 6°C (42°F) 32 mm (1.2 in) 7°C (45°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 11°C (52°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 12°C (54°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 21°C (69°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 22°C (71°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Aug 20°C (68°F) 73 mm (2.9 in) 22°C (71°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 17°C (62°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 11°C (52°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 13°C (56°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Nov 5°C (41°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 7°C (44°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Dec 0°C (32°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 2°C (36°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)