Cycling in the Lake Balaton area

Cycling beside Lake Balaton is fantastic. I come Spring, Summer and Autumn to cycle the endless and breathtakingly beautiful Lake Balaton. No crowds; just miles and miles of cycling paths, with plenty of stops en route for drinks, ice-cream, langos and other Hungarian specialities. I highly recommend it.
Faira Ellks from London

Cycle rides from Balatonboglár

  1. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Balatonberény » Balatonboglár

  2. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Balatonföldvár » Balatonboglár

  3. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Balatonfüred » Balatonboglár

  4. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Keszthely » Tihany » Szántód » Balatonboglár

  5. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Kishegy » Balatonlelle » Balatonboglár

  6. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Rádpuszta Csárda » Balatonboglár

  7. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Balatonföldvár » Siófok » Balatonkenese » Balatonfüred » Tihany » Balatonboglár

  8. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Szántód » Tihany » Szántód » Balatonboglár

  9. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Badacsony » Ferry » Fonyód » Balatonboglár

  10. Cycle route: Balatonboglár » Látrány » Visz » Karád » Andocs » Balatonföldvár » Balatonboglár


Next Balatonkör is on Saturday 25 April 2020.

The Balatonkör is a 200 km cycle ride around Lake Balaton. Unlike the Tour de Pelso where everyone cycles as fast as they can around Lake Balaton, the Balatonkör involves cycling as a group around the lake starting at 6 o'clock in the morning and finishing at about 9 o'clock at night. People of all ages and abilities take part.

Laszlo Lipot, Balatonkor_2016
Lasdzlo Lipot, Balatonkor start 2017
Laszlo Lipot Balatonkor 2018
Arthur Richart Balatonkor 2018
Laszlo Lipot Balatonkor 2018
Laszlo and Florian

Balaton cycle route info

  • The cycle route around Lake Balaton is over 200 kms long.
  • The route consists of dedicated cycle paths and quiet side roads.
  • The route on the Southern and Western parts of the lake is fairly flat.
  • The route on the Northern and Eastern parts of the lake is fairly hilly.
  • Wherever marked cycle routes exist, cyclists should use the cycle routes in preference to main roads.
  • Everyone is expected to be self sufficient; everyone should carry a pump, a puncture outfit and in the event of a puncture, have the ability to mend a puncture, or to look helpless enough to get someone to fix it for you. Alternatively, take at least one spare inner tube.
  • The Balaton cycle route may have lots of cycle traffic in the Summer and on sunny weekends; at most other times, the cycle route is quiet.
  • The cycle path in some areas is in very poor condition, e.g. the asphalt surface is cracked, raised by tree roots into wave-like undulations and in extreme cases could throw a cyclist of his/her bike.
  • You should always wear a helmet when cycling; you may never fall and hit your head but if you do, a helmet could save you from serious head trauma.

To plan your cycle routes around Lake Balaton:

To look at details of printed maps of cycle routes:

Bicycle hire shops


Laszlo Lipot 2019
Balatonkör 2019, north side of the lake.

Tour de Pelso / Balaton Marathon

Stefano Dall'Aglio of Saddledrunk racing team came over from London to stay with us and to boost the Peugeot Maté team's results and completed the 204 course in 5 hours 57 minutes.

Stefano Dall'Aglio Stefano Dall'Aglio

Stefano Dall'Aglio

Read Stefano Dall'Aglio's blog describing his visit and his Balaton Marathon 2015

Laszlo Lipot and Laszlo Sztecovics

Getting ready for the 2014 Balaton Marathon

The 2013 marathon completed; the first pint was drunk faster than the photo could be taken!

Balaton Bike Marathon; Laszlo Lipot and Laszlo Sztecovics

László Sztecovics on left, László Lipót on right.

For further information and registration next year, please click on the link below or copy and paste it into your browser: