Hostels in Lake Balaton Hostels in Lake Balaton

You are looking for hostels in Lake Balaton? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Lake Balaton hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Lake Balaton.

All Cities in Lake Balaton

We list every single hostel in Lake Balaton and the world. In total, we have 4 cities in Lake Balaton for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Lake Balaton hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Lake Balaton. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Lake Balaton

Balaton is the biggest freshwater lake of Central Europe and the national pride of Hungary, with the local people often referring to it as the "Hungarian Sea." There is nobody in Hungary who has not spent at least a long weekend by its shores and would not have fond memories of splashing away among its waves, munching away at "lángos," the traditional Balaton-side snack in between swims. It's a great idea to stay at a Balaton hostel to be in close proximity to the lake at an affordable price.

At seventy-seven kilometres in length and fourteen kilometres in width, the Balaton region encompasses a huge area, with differing sceneries, cultural attractions, facilities, and hostels. The major resorts along the lake are Siófok, Keszthely, Balatonfüred, Zamárdi, the Tihany peninsula, and Badacsony. Siófok, "the capital of Balaton" has a youthful energy and it famous for its lively beaches and nightlife. Keszthely, on the other hand, is a more sophisticated place, with its impressive palace and Roman ruins attracting just as many tourists as the beach. Balatonfüred is a historical bathing town which hosts the annual Anna Ball, a traditional beauty contest. Zamárdi, another destination popular with young people, has been the host of Balaton Sound, an internationally renowned electronic music festival for almost a decade. The Tihany Peninsula is a historical district with Benedictine Tihany Abbey overlooking the bay and the traditional streets of the hill selling Hungarian artifacts. Last, but not least, Badacsony is a mountainous area most famous for its wine making that has its roots in the Roman times and its unique geological relics of volcanic basalt that are the habitat of many rare plants and animals.

Lake Balaton is also the host of an annual lake swimming marathon, during which swimmers have to swim across the huge lake, completing a more-than-five-thousand-meter distance between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár.

expert for Lake Balaton hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Lake Balaton hostels JudyM

Travel Tips for Lake Balaton - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Lake Balaton. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Lake Balaton. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Lake Balaton

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Lake Balaton?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Lake Balaton here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Lake Balaton safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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