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Visit Budapest Baths | Timings, Facilities, Directions & More

Budapest Baths are a world-famous attraction in Hungary. Budapest lies on a fault line and has as many as 123 natural hot springs. There are currently nine medicinal thermal baths in Budapest that have led to Budapest getting the nickname City of Thermal Baths & Spas. Before you dive into these splendid baths, read on to learn everything you may need to know as you plan to visit Budapest Baths.

Budapest Baths Opening Times

Pools, Steam Cabins, and Saunas: 

Every day from 9 AM to 7 PM (last entry at 6 PM)

Thermal Facilities: 

Every day from 9 AM to 10 PM (pool exit at 9:45 PM)

How long do you need to visit Budapest Baths?

Your Budapest Bath Tickets grant you full-day access to Széchenyi Baths so that you can rest, relax and rejuvenate to your heart's content.

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What is the Best Time to Visit Budapest Baths?

Most of the thermal baths in Budapest remain open all throughout the year. Széchenyi Baths are open daily and during all seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter). The thermal bath waters maintain toasty temperatures even during the harsh winter months.

The largest bath complex in Europe is sure to attract throngs of people at all times of the day. If you wish to enjoy your soak with as few people around as possible, consider visiting the thermal bath during a weekday as it tends to get really crowded during the weekends.

The best time to visit Széchenyi Baths is early in the morning as the complex is relatively less crowded.

Getting to Budapest Baths

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By Metro

Take the M1 line to the Széchenyi Fürdő station.

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By Trolleybus

Bus No. 72 and 75 take you closest to the bath.

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By Taxi

You can even take a taxi/cab or Uber to reach Széchenyi Baths.

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By Bike

You can rent a bike to visit Budapest Baths and other attractions in Budapest.

How to Visit Budapest Baths?

Budapest Baths is a ticket attraction and to take a dip in the thermal waters, visitors will need to buy a ticket to enter the venue. One of the most popular attractions in the city, Széchenyi Baths sees huge crowds on a daily basis, no matter what time of the day or season it is. Pre-booking your Budapest Baths tickets is the best way to ensure that you get a hassle-free entry even when there are heavy crowds at the attraction. Not only do you get to skip the hassle of standing in long queues, but online tickets are also safe and they encourage contactless transactions.

Széchenyi Baths are completely wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair-accessible entry from Kos Karoly Setany street. There are also wheelchair-accessible pools that allow you to submerge yourself into the warm waters. 

Read further to know the timings and rules before you visit Budapest Baths.

Book Budapest Baths Tickets

Full-Day Skip-The-Line Ticket to Széchenyi Spa + Optional Locker/Private Cabin

Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Ticket to the Gellert Thermal Bath in Budapest

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Palatinus Spa Budapest Full-Day Ticket

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  • The dress-code at Budapest Baths is swimwear. Please note that most Budapest Baths are open to both men and women and so, visitors are encouraged to wear a comfortable and decent swimsuit.
  • Carry flip-flops as the bath floors may be slippery. 
  • Wearing a swim cap is mandatory in pools meant for swimming.
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budapest baths wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility: Széchenyi Baths are completely wheelchair accessible. There is a wheelchair accessible entry from Kos Karoly Setany street. There are also wheelchair accessible pools that allow you to submerge yourself into the warm waters. 

We recommend booking a cabin ticket as traditional lockers at Széchenyi Baths are located in the basement which is not easily accessible by wheelchair. 

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Toilets: There are toilets available throughout the facility. 

Lockers: Every ticket gives you access to a locker by default. You can use these lockers to keep your belongings while you take a dip into the warm waters. 

Cabin: You can upgrade your ticket to get a cabin that allows you to change your clothes comfortably and in private. 

Swimwear and Bath Robe Rentals: If you don’t have your own swimwear or bath robes, then you can avail them on rent at the facility. You may have to pay a fee and a deposit on top of that as well. The deposit will be returned once you return the item. 

Hair Dryers: There is public hair drying equipment available next to the shower rooms. 

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Széchenyi Spa Shop

Széchenyi Baths has a spa shop on its premises where visitors can shop for swimsuits, swim caps, towels, and flip-flops. You can purchase a fluffy gift towel embroidered with the Szechenyi Bath logo here - makes for a great luxury keepsake. 

Address: Budapest, 11., Állatkerti krt. 9, 1146 Hungary

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hungarian food

Budapest Baths usually have a humble cafe and/or bar inside the premises where visitors can grab a quick bite. For a more elaborate meal, there are restaurants located close to the baths.

Széchenyi Kertvendeglo: Located in the heart of Budapest, next to the Széchenyi Baths, this garden restaurant serves traditional Hungarian cuisine and some international cuisine specialties as well.

Rudas Bistro: Located near Rudas Baths, this bistro offers a scenic view of the Danube river and serves modern Hungarian-international cuisine. Gluten-and lactose-free food is available on request.

Pagony: A one-minute walk from Gellért Baths, Pagony is a former kids’ swimming pool that was turned into a retro-style restaurant. The restaurant has an expansive wine menu and serves Hungarian dishes.

budapest hotels

Budget Hotels: Budapest Ville Bed&Breakfast, Benczúr Hotel, a&o Hostel Budapest City

Mid-Range Hotels: Mamaison Hotel Andrassy Budapest, Mirage Medic Hotel, Mystery Hotel Budapest

Luxury Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

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Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest: Located in the City Park, this castle’s architecture showcases styles from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. The castle hosts a variety of festivals, concerts, and the Hungarian Agricultural Museums’ exhibitions.

Hungarian Parliament: The Hungarian Parliament is almost a century old and is the third-largest parliament building in the world. You can explore 691 rooms, unusual staircases, and intriguing statues in this building.

Danube River Cruises: Soak in picturesque views of the city while cruising on the Danube river. There are numerous river cruise packages available to choose from. Romantic cruise, after-dark cruise, wine tasting cruise are some of the cruises available.

Visitor Tips & Guidelines

  • Budapest Baths are mostly wheelchair accessible.
  • Carry flip-flops as the bath floors may be slippery. 
  • Visitors are advised to carry swimsuits (these can also be purchased/rented at the baths).
  • Towel rental has been suspended as a Covid precaution. Visitors are requested to carry their towel or it can be purchased from the shop.
  • As most of the pools are unisex, it is advisable to wear a decent swimsuit. Nudity is not permitted at any of Budapest Baths.
  • The baths tend to get crowded even on weekdays. It is better to visit the thermal baths early in the morning for a less crowded experience.
  • Visitors are allowed to carry food, picnic baskets and drinks. The baths are a splinter-free zone. Glass bottles are not permitted.
  • Smoking is prohibited around the pools and within the complex. It is only allowed in the designated smoking areas near the outdoor pools. 
  • Soaking in thermal baths for long periods can get dehydrating. Keeping yourself hydrated is advised.

What to Bring to Budapest Baths? 

While you plan your visit to Budapest Baths, remember to add the following items to your must-carry list -

  • Swimwear
  • Swim cap, if you’re planning to swim at the lap pools
  • Towel (Towel rental has been suspended as a Covid precaution)
  • Flip-flops, as the floors tend to get really slippery at the Baths
  • Soap and shampoo

Most of these items are available for rent or purchase at the thermal baths but it is best to bring your own.

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Budapest Baths

Q. How do I visit Budapest Baths?

A. You can easily visit Budapest Baths via public transport. Széchenyi Baths are accessible by metro, bus, taxi and you can even cycle down to the baths.

Q. What is the best time to visit Budapest Baths?

A. Budapest Baths are open all year round as the thermal bathwater remains warm even during the winter. The best time in a day to visit Budapest Baths is during the morning hours when the baths are less crowded.

Q. Can I visit Budapest Baths post Covid-19?

A. Yes, you can visit Budapest Baths. You are required to present your vaccination certificate or Covid pass.

Q. Do you need to book tickets to Budapest baths?

A. Yes, Budapest Baths are a ticket attraction and it is recommended to pre-book your tickets to avoid standing in long queues. Book your Budapest Baths tickets here.

Q. Is it safe to visit Budapest Baths after Covid-19?

A. There are many safety protocols in place to ensure maximum safety while you visit Budapest Baths. You are required to present your vaccination certificate or Covid pass.

Q. What do I need to bring when I visit Budapest Baths?

A. Although there are shops at Budapest Baths that let you rent/buy swimwear, it is best to carry a pair of flip-flops, swimwear, a towel, and a swim cap while visiting Budapest Baths. Carry bathing essentials like soap and shampoo as well.

Q. What are the opening hours of Széchenyi Baths?

A. Széchenyi Baths are open from 9 AM to 10 PM.

Q. What is the best way of reaching Széchenyi Baths?

A. The best way to reach the baths is to take the M1 metro that goes to Széchenyi Fürdő metro station.

Q. Are the baths in Budapest free?

A. Budapest Baths are a ticket attraction. You will have to buy a ticket to enter the bath complex.