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Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency

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Transport

The region is easily accessible by all means of transport (by air, road, railway, water, etc.).

Air transport:
There are two airports in the region (at Sármellék and Siófok-Kiltiti). In addition, old military airports at Szentkirályszabadja and Tapolca have been transformed for civil aviation. The airport in Sármellék received around 22.000 tourists in 2015. The main destinations are: Prague, Antalya, Erfurt-Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg and Moscow-Vnukovo.

Roads:
The most important roads in the region are the Motorway no. 7 (M7), road no.7 (on the Southern shoreline) and road no. 71 (on the Nothern shoreline). However, roads connecting the lakeside and background settlement are missing, especially in the Northern part of Somogy County. 

Railways:
In terms of railway transport, the main lines are Budapest – Balatonszentgyörgy – Nagykanizsa – Murakeresztúr and Budapest – Tapolca (directly on the lake shore by slow, fast and InterCity trains). The international transit and destination transportat is significant. There is a difference in railway transport on the Northern and Southern lake shore: the Southern railway line is an international electrical main line, while the Northern railway line is divided with speed limits of 80 km/h and designed for diesel trains.

Water transport:
Ferry on the lake serves mainly tourism purposes, but it is also the fastest means of transport between the Southern and Northern lakesides. The ferry between Szántód and Tihany serves as a “bridge” on the lake, since it runs continuously almost 9 months a year. (The ferry crosses 1450m in 7 minutes.) The car and passenger ferries are operated by the Balatoni Hajózási Zrt. (Lake Balaton Shipping Company). The passenger ferries serve 22 ports around the lake owned by the company. The passenger ferries operate from April 1 until November 1. The ports also serve sail boats with spaces for 5-10 guest boats. There are more than 80 ports located in 8 settlements, which are owned by other organisations, e.g. sport associations, educational and health organisations and enterprises.

Cycling:
Last, but not least the area cycling is also very popular means of tarnsport in the area. The length of the bicycle route around the lake is 222 km: 156 km is dedicated “bicycle-only” road, while the remaining 66 km is designated cycling path on main roads.