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Balaton cruise season has started, online ticketing introduced

Several ships have been renewed for the 176th sailing season, and new ones will arrive on the lake this year.

Gábor Veigl, CEO of Bahart, said that despite the pandemic, Bahart closed last year with a turnover of nearly HUF 4 billion. This year, they will be able to spend nearly HUF 1 billion from their own resources on developments, he added. 

The director spoke about the fleet development launched two to three years ago, which has resulted in a uniform look and comfort of the vessels carrying passengers this year. Thanks to the state capital increase, the fleet will be expanded with two new ferries and two new catamarans from HUF 5.7 billion. 

If the water level of Lake Balaton allows, a ferry and a catamaran could arrive as early as mid-May and start operating in the summer, he said. 

The renovation of the existing fleet will also continue. In addition to environmental and fuel consumption engine upgrades, major renovations will be carried out on various boats.

From the middle of May, instead of the usual Siófok-Balatonfüred-Tihany route, a direct connection will be set up between Siófok-Balatonfüred and Siófok-Tihany, which will allow passengers to reach their destinations more quickly. During the high season, there are now 9 daily boat services between Siófok and the northern coastal towns, and 10 daily on Fridays and weekends.

Veigl said that the company has also expanded its partnerships, which will help to diversify its program and buffet offerings, including Bahart-branded craft beer from the Balaton region. The Kaja program, which offers free travel for lower school children, will be launched this spring, as well.

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