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Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

Lake Balaton Full-Day Tour from Budapest

From US$ 86.95 per person

Experience the majestic beauty of Europe’s largest freshwater lake on a 10-hour tour to Lake Balaton from Budapest. Stop in small towns such as Balatonfüred, where you will take a short trip by nostalgic train. Marvel at the Tihany Peninsula, and more.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Pickup optional
Pickup is available from hotels in Budapest city center upon request.


  • Experience the beauty of Lake Balaton, Central Europe's largest freshwater lake
  • Take a cruise across the shimmering waters of Lake Balaton
  • Ride the nostalgia train in the resort town of Balatonfüred
  • Stroll along a picturesque promenade with beautiful Balaton views
  • Discover the vineyards and rich architecture of the Tihany Peninsula
Full description
Spend the day in the lovely landscapes of Central Europe’s largest freshwater lake on a full-day tour of Lake Balaton. Depart Budapest and travel by air-conditioned coach to the small town of Balatonfüred. Located on the north shore of Lake Balaton, the town’s highlights include as sightseeing trip by “nostalgia train.” Next, take a 1-hour cruise on Lake Balaton, before some free time to take a stroll along the picturesque promenade and enjoy some lunch (own expense). Drive to the Tihany Peninsula to see why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is rich with architecture and vineyards that produce the local wine. Get a unique view of Lake Balaton before going to the Abbey of Tihany, founded in 1055 by the Hungarian King András. Transfer back to Budapest for a drop off at your hotel and the end of the tour services.
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
  • Photo stops
  • Boat and nostalgia train trips
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Arrive 30 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please note that the hotel pick up is only available for hotels in the city center
  • The supplier is not responsible for any road closures
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 52 reviews

Review summary

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This was a nice, low key visit to a quaint little city. The driving service was excellent and we very much enjoyed the boat ride. Was nice after time in the bustling city of Budapest. It was a bit low key for us as we are quite active so I can’t give it a 5. But we did enjoy our day quite nicely.

June 29, 2022

It was a very nice day trip to Lake Balaton. We were picked up from the hotel by shuttle (taxi) and taken to the actual meeting point. We had a German-speaking travel companion on board who explained everything very well. From the Tihany Peninsula to Lake Balaton, we had all the information and tips for a delicious lunch. All in all a very structured tour that was a lot of fun.

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September 4, 2019

Not a lot of time to visit places

Once we got there....a good drive with the bus to get there....we did not have a lot of time to visit places. Took already half an hour to go to the bathroom before moving on a half an hour later. Our guide Hélèn was not always that nice.....people asked questions and she just ignored them. She has an annoying voice to listen to, does not speak clear English so it is not easy to understand her. We also had her as a guide on the RiverRide Bus.....lucky us !!! Having a good guide is very makes or break your tour. It is a very beautiful area but to make it as a daytrip is not enough time. Better to go there by car and ride around for a few days. Thats is really worth it. Also make sure you have CASH with you. You can not pay there with your card....not even in a restaurant. One little shop we had to leave without buying something and when the owner of the shop saw that, she pulled a little bank machine card out. They want they do not pay taxes....very obvious.

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July 24, 2019

Product ID: 55666