Budapest Balaton bicycle route

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Balaton bike tour
Balaton bike tour

The two most popular tourist destinations in Hungary are none other than our capital, Budapest, and Lake Balaton, one of the largest lakes in Central Europe, which offer tens of thousands of domestic and foreign visitors a chance to relax every year. The Budapest Balaton cycle path is a built-in route through which both families and those who want to do sports can easily move between the two destinations – but where does the Budapest Balaton cycle path go, and what places should we stop to admire the Hungarian countryside?

Construction of the Budapest Balaton bicycle route

Both on Lake Balaton and in the capital, the number of people traveling by bicycle is constantly increasing: while in Budapest people ride bicycles mostly to go to work, at Lake Balaton it is more of a sport or tourist option. The new Budapest Balaton bicycle path is a viable alternative for both groups, so it is vital for those who ride bicycles and those open to sports that this main bicycle path is created that touches important stations, eliminating unnecessary detours.

During the construction of the Budapest-Balaton cycle path, or the Budapest-Balaton cycle path (BuBa), several important factors were taken into account: the length of the distance between the destinations had to be balanced with elevations, safe isolation from pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and the accessibility of attractions that become accessible along the cycle path – three plans were originally created for this purpose, the most ideal of which was accepted by the Ministry of National Development.

The client of the project is the Transportation Development Coordination Center, the value of the investment is HUF 4,800 million. Construction began in 2017, and during last year asphalting was already done between Törökbálint and Etyek, except in the interior of Biatorbágy (it is not yet known when the entire track will be built). In those parts where the Budapest Balaton bicycle route is not ready yet, a much sweatier, dirt road solution can be used, which can greatly increase the completion time of the bicycle tour. The tour can be started from Budapest at the 0th kilometer marker on Clark Ádám tér. If we have reached Lake Balaton, we can also cycle along the Balatonkör, which is already largely completed.

Balaton bike tour
Riding at Lake Balaton

How many kilometers is the Budapest Balaton bicycle route?

The Budapest Balaton cycle path can be divided into the following main sections, which you can do on your own, or you can cycle down from the starting station in Budapest all the way to Lake Balaton:

Budapest-Balaton (total distance): 105.9 km
Budapest-Etyek: 22.4 km
Etyek-Venice: 31.8 km
Venice-Székesfehérvár: 16.3 km
Székesfehérvár-Balatonakarattya: 35.4 km

Balaton bike tour
Balaton bike tour

How long does it take to cover the distance?

Completing the Budapest Balaton cycle path in time depends on how fast we are. While athletes approx. They can travel at an average speed of 30 km/h, while the average tourist covers the distance at a speed of 15 km/h. Families and tourist groups travel more slowly, approx. They travel at an average speed of 10 km/h. Depending on this, the Balaton Budapest cycle route can be completed during the following time intervals:

Budapest-Balaton (total distance): 3 hours 30 minutes – 10 hours 40 minutes
Budapest-Etyek: 45 minutes – 2 hours 20 minutes
Etyek-Venice: 1 hour 5 minutes – 3 hours 10 minutes
Venice-Székesfehérvár: 35 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes
Székesfehérvár-Balatonakarattya: 1 hour 10 minutes – 3 hours 30 minutes

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