It isn't a long distance (a 10 minute walk), but there's no ferry from Tihany to Siófok, only to Szántód.
But the train to Zagreb does not stop in Szántód. The nearest stations are Zamárdi (East from Szántód) and Balatonföldvár (West). Zamárdi train station is closer, but still a 45 minute walk from the port of Szántód, so you may consider taking a taxi. If you want to see Siófok as well, you can also take a bus from Szántód, as it is a 20-30 minute ride.
here is the current ferry timetable:
Oh, yes, there are boats! Since my first reply I've found a timetable for that, too:) So if you're not specifically interested in the ferry option, this is also good:
The second picture shows the timetable for Tihany-Balatonfüred-Siófok.
And it is really only a 10-minute walk from the harbour to the train station, check googlemaps!
Have a nice time in Hungary!:)
it is really a good news to me as I can spend few days in Budapest and then from Budapest take the train to Balatonfured stay 1 night there then on the next day I can take the 11:10 ferry to Siofok then catch the express train to Zagreb. In fact what is the difference from ferry and boat apart from the ticket fees and do I need to book the boat in advance? Thank you for the kind advice from my friend in Hungary - Patricia..........appreciate!!
The ferry transports vehicles as well, while the boat only takes people and it is slower.
You don't need to book it in advance, however, I don't know for sure how many people usually want to take the boat and if it is possible that some don't get on board, so you should maybe check that at the counters after you arrive in Balatonfüred. But as far as I remember from the last time I traveled with these boats(~15 years ago), we could get tickets about half an hour before the boat's departure.Edited: 24 June 2013, 12:00
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