Hajozas.hu collected all the information on the beaches of Lake Balaton and had a look at their entrance fees this summer. It turned out that there are less and less free beaches at the lake. Lately, the beach of Balatonföldvár on the Eastern shore gave up being free: adults need to pay 800 HUF (around 2.5 EUR), while the reduced entrance fee for students and old-age pensioners is 400 HUF (around 1.25 EUR).

“We want to use the taxpayers’ money to cover the expenses of the beach’s maintenance and operation, we want to do it with the help of other sources. We do not want to raise the tourism tax either” – Mayor Huba Holovits explained the reasons of the decision, which caused a serious outcry among the inhabitants and the holiday house owners of Balatonföldvár.

So far, around 1500-2000 people have attended the 3.5-hectare beach on an average hot summer day. Now some locals are afraid that some of the guests will decide to spend their holiday somewhere else, where beaches are free, for example Balatonboglár or Zamárdi.

Here is a list of the places (beaches’ names in brackets) with their prices in HUF. The beaches with bold letters do not have any entrance fee.

  • Ábrahámhegy – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Alsóörs (Beach of Alsóörs) – 700 HUF (around 2.2 EUR)
  • Badacsony (Beach of Badacsony) – 700 HUF (around 2.2 EUR)
  • Badacsonytomaj (Public Beach of Badacsonytomaj) – 700 HUF (around 2.2 EUR)
  • Badacsonytördemic (Beach Badacsonylábdihegy) – 400 HUF (around 1.25 EUR)
  • Balatonakali (Beach of Balatonakali) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Balatonakarattya (Bercsényi Beach) – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Balatonaliga (Club Aliga) – 800 HUF (around 2.5 EUR)
  • Balatonalmádi (Budatava Beach) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Balatonalmádi (Wesselényi Beach) – 700 HUF (around 2.2 EUR)
  • Balatonberény (Communal Beach) – 550 HUF (around 1.75 EUR)
  • Balatonberény (Naturist Beach) – 1000 HUF (around 3.2 EUR)
  • Balatonboglár (Platán Beach) – free
  • Balatonederics (Beach of Balatonederics) – 410 HUF (around 1.3 EUR)
  • Balatonfenyves (Big Beach) – free
  • Balatonföldvár – 800 HUF from July 1 on (around 2.5 EUR)
  • Balatonfüred (Esterházy Beach) – 1100 HUF (around 3.45 EUR)
  • Balatonfüred (Kisfaludy Beach) – 700 HUF (around 2.2 EUR)
  • Balatonfűzfő (Tobruk Beach) – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Balatonfűzfő (Fövenyfürdő) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Balatongyörök (Beach of Balatongyörök) – 700 HUF (around 2.2 EUR)
  • Balatonkenese (Vak Bottyán Beach) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Balatonkenese (Bezerédj Bach) – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Balatonkeresztúr (Free Beach of Vitorlás street) – free
  • Balatonlelle (Napfény Beach) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Balatonmáriafürdő (Central Beach) – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Balatonszűrszó (Central Beach) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Balatonszemes – free
  • Balatonszepezd (Central Beach) – 460 HUF (around 1.45 EUR)
  • Balatonudvari (Communal Beach of Balatonudvari) – 400 HUF (around 1.25 EUR)
  • Balatonudvari (Fövenyesi Beach) – 400 HUF (around 1.25 EUR)
  • Balatonvilágos (Beach of Balatonvilágos) – 450 HUF (around 1.42 EUR)
  • Csopak (Beach of Csopak) – 800 HUF (around 2.5 EUR)
  • Fonyód (Panoráma Beach) – 400 HUF (around 1.25 EUR)
  • Gyenesdiás (Beach of Diás) – 750 HUF (around 2.35 EUR)
  • Gyenesdiás (Beach of Gyenes) – 450 HUF (around 1.42 EUR)
  • Keszthely (Free Beach) – free
  • Keszthely (Urban Beach) – 890 HUF (around 2.8 EUR)
  • Keszthely (Libás Beach) – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Keszthely (Helikon Beach) – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Örvényes (Platán Free Beach) – free
  • Pálköve/Balatonrendes (Beach of Pálköve) – 400 HUF (around 1.25 EUR)
  • Révfülöp (Császtai Beach) – 450 HUF (around 1.42 EUR)
  • Révfülöp (Szigeti Beach) – 450 HUF (around 1.42 EUR)
  • Siófok (Big Beach of Siófok) – 1000 HUF (around 3.2 EUR)
  • Siófok (Sóstó Beach) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Szántód (Free Beaches of Szántód) – free
  • Szigliget (Communal Beach of Szigliget) – 600 HUF (around 1.9 EUR)
  • Tihany (Sajkod Beach) – 400 HUF (around 1.25 EUR)
  • Tihany (Napsugár Beach) – 500 HUF (around 1.6 EUR)
  • Tihany (Átrium Beach) – 750 HUF (around 2.35 EUR)
  • Vonyarcvashegy (Lido Beach) – 750 HUF (around 2.35 EUR)
  • Zamárdi (Big Beach) – free
  • Zánka (Beach of Zánka) – 540 HUF (around 1.7 EUR)

Prices might differ minimally from those in this list, as local governments do not always update their websites and beaches can change their prices anytime. Apart from this, the list above can serve as a good basis if you decide to spend the day on the beach.

People at the beach of Balatonfenyves
Source: MTI

Many beaches offer reduced prices for old-age pensioners and students, and some of them also have temporary discounts. Many of the places provide tickets that allow you to enter the beach once, and tickets with which you can walk in and out during the day. In these cases, the ticket of one entry is cheaper, of course.

Be aware, one has to pay frequently for parking near the beaches, and also pay attention to the storm-warnings to avoid tragedies.

Featured image: MTI

Ce: bm

Source: hajozas.hu

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