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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 | Visitor information at a glance

Szechenyi Baths
Gellert Baths
Rudas Baths
Lukacs Baths
Szechenyi Baths
Gellert Baths
Rudas Baths
Lukacs Baths

Budapest Baths opening hours

Lukacs Baths

General timings: 7am - 7pm daily
Sauna world:  2pm - 7 pm (Weekdays) & 7am - 7pm (Weekends)
Drinking fountain: 11am -6 pm (Wednesday and Friday)
Pool area: 9 AM - 6:40 PM
Cash Desks: 7 am - 6pm
Please note: 

  • Please leave all the pool areas 20 minutes before closing time.
  • The shower and bathroom at the Lukacs Baths are not available from 26th February, 2024, tdue to renovation.
  • The hot air chamber in the thermal section is currently unavailable due to renovation.

What is the best time to visit Budapest Baths?

The best time to visit depends on your preference for crowd levels and weather conditions. Whether you're seeking a lively atmosphere or a more tranquil experience, Budapest Baths offer something for everyone throughout the year. Here's what you should know:

  • Weekdays generally offer a more relaxed atmosphere than weekends when the baths can get very crowded. Aim to visit on a weekday morning or early afternoon for a quieter and more serene experience.
  • Budapest experiences peak tourist seasons during the summer months from June to August, and the baths can get exceptionally crowded during this time. If you prefer fewer crowds and don't mind cooler temperatures, visiting during spring or fall can be ideal.
  • Winter visits, while chilly, can be magical, especially when you're soaking in the warm waters while surrounded by snowflakes.

Budapest Baths location

Getting to Budapest Baths

budapest baths metro

By metro

  • Szechenyi Baths: Line M1 from Deák Ferenc tér to Széchenyi Furdo station.
  • Gellert Baths: Line M4 from Deák Ferenc tér M to Szent Gellért tér station.
  • Rudas Baths: Take a metro from the Kossuth Lajos tér station to Astoria station.
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By tram

  • Szechenyi Baths: Tram 72 from Vörösmarty tér to Széchenyi fürdő tram stop.
  • Gellert Baths: Tram lines 19, 41, 47, 49, or 56 from Deák Ferenc to Szent Gellért tér stop.
  • Rudas Baths: Tram 2, 2B, and 23 from Kossuth Lajos tér M to Március 15. tér tram stop.

By bus

  • Szechenyi Baths: Bus 105 from Deák Ferenc tér to Heroes Square stop.
  • Gellert Baths: Bus no. 7, 7A, 107, 109, 133, or 233 from Deák Ferenc to the Szent Gellért tér bus stop.
  • Rudas Baths: Bus 15 from the Kossuth Lajos tér M bus stop to Március 15. Tér bus stop.
budapest baths taxi

By car

  • Szechenyi Baths: 4 km from Budapest city center (Deák Ferenc tér).
  • Gellert Baths: 2.9 km from Budapest city center (Deák Ferenc tér).
  • Rudas Baths: 2.5 km from Budapest city center (Deák Ferenc tér).

How to visit Budapest Baths?

Budapest Baths is a ticket attraction and visitors need to buy a ticket to enter the venue and soak in the healing thermal waters of the bathhouses. One of the most popular attractions in the city, Szechenyi 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 also guarantees your spot on the day of your visit.

Book your Budapest Baths tickets

Full-Day Tickets to Széchenyi Spa with Locker or Private Cabin & Optional Fast Track Entry
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Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
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Full-Day Ticket to the Gellert Thermal Bath in Budapest
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Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
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Tickets to Sparty - Ultimate Late-Night Spa Party in Szechenyi Bath Budapest
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4 hr. 30 min.
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Know before you go

Pre-book your tickets
Dress code
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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.
budapest baths facilities
  • Toilets
  • Lockers
  • Private cabin
  • Swimwear and bath robe rentals
  • Cafe
  • Spa shop
Budapest baths Tips
  • 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).
  • 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.
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

hungarian parliament

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.

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
  • 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

How can I reach Budapest Baths?

You can easily reach Budapest Baths via public transport. Budapest Baths are accessible by metro, bus, tram, and taxi.

Why should I visit Budapest Baths?

Visiting Budapest Baths offers a unique experience of relaxation and rejuvenation in natural thermal waters. It's a perfect blend of wellness and culture, allowing you to soak in historic thermal baths while enjoying stunning architecture.

Do you need to book tickets to Budapest baths?

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

How much does it cost to visit Budapest Baths?

Budapest Baths ticket prices start from €28, varying with the features included in the ticket.

What is the best time to visit Budapest Baths?

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.

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

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.

What is the best way to reach Szechenyi Baths?

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

Can I visit Budapest Baths with the kids?

Kids below 14 years generally aren't allowed in thermal pools for safety reasons.

Can I buy food and drinks at Budapest Baths?

Most baths have a café inside the premises, offering a variety of refreshments to keep you energized during your visit.

How long should I spend at Budapest Baths?

Plan for at least half a day to fully soak in the experience and explore the different pools, saunas, and relaxation areas. You can adjust according to your schedule and preferences.