Balaton (Plattensee in German) is major lake in Hungary and the biggest lake in Central Europe.
Frequent trains from Budapest Déli and Budapest Keleti connect the capital with both shores of Lake Balaton. Intercity trains stop at main stations such as Siófok, Balatonföldvár and Fonyód. Slower trains stop at all stations. Allow around 1.5 hours for a journey to Siófok and about 4000HUF (approx €19) for the one way fare (First Class). There are discounts for families (33%) and students (50%). Pensioners go free on trains, if in possession of an EU national ID card or passport. You must still obtain a ticket if you are a pensioner. Note that MAV Hungarian Railways introduced a system of supplementary tickets which are payable on most express trains, however short your journey, and these should be bought before boarding the train too. Not all ticket windows at the main terminals accept credit cards so you should check the signs. Many ticket machines have English and German language options. Airconditioning is found only in InterCity carriages,located next to the locomotive, for which another supplement is payable. Timetables can be found at