Széchenyi Baths and Pool
Széchenyi Baths and Pool
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Szechenyi Baths and Pool in Budapest is a beloved Neo-Baroque spa complex that has been around for over a century. With 15 indoor pools, saunas, massage and facial facilities, and three outdoor pools featuring whirlpools and water jets, there's plenty of relaxation to be had. The mineral-rich hot springs that feed the pools are believed to have therapeutic benefits, too. Unique experiences include the beer spa and the summer 'Sparty', a mega party held on the premises. Get there early for fewer crowds, and don't forget to bring your own towel and flip-flops. To skip the lines, consider booking a tour, which may even include a massage. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Zugló
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  • Széchenyi fürdő • 3 min walk
  • Állatkert • 5 min walk
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  • Julia F
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience in beautiful setting
    The buildings are beautiful and the whole experience feels pretty special. I've been to quite a few spas around the world but this one is definitely unique. It was also very clean (everyone had to wear flip-flops and people with long hair have to tidy it up in the water). There are several thermal baths outside and inside. I went during the week and paid 9400forint, which felt adequate given the memorable setting and the number of baths. Small downsides: The bath was already quite full and I went during the week so it must be pretty crowded during the weekend. People "reserve" their long chairs with their towels so it was hard to find a place to sit outside. I would go back in winter since several baths are filled with warm or hot water which surely feels nicer when it's cold outside and not 30*C. Great experience overall
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Morten Andreas H
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice bath in Budapest
    Trying the thermal baths in Budapest feels like a must. We went to Szechenyi around noon on Monday, when it was not too crowded, and spent about an hour. When we left, it seems like the crowds started arriving, and then it might have soon filled up. Slippers were mandatory, but could be bought on site. Bathing cap obligatory only in some pools. We brought the hotel towels. I (dad) went with my teenage daughter. A bit confusing where to go changing and how to meet up afterwards, so make an appointment where to meet. There were lockers included in the ordinary tickets, which you could lock with the entry bracelet. Bringing no valuables, that was fine. The wardrobe area felt somewhat less than clean, but the pools themselves felt clean enough. The baths felt like they definitely were not suited for families with small children, they were best suited for adults. Going to and fro the baths was for us a nice walk through the park from the place of heroes, where there were bus stops. All in all a nice bath experience in Budapest which I would recommend as part of the Budapest visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Stephen E
    58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Szechenyi Thermal Baths
    Friendly staff. We bought a couples massage along with locker rentals for $140! The thermal baths are nice. They also have lap lanes that you can use but you must have a swim cap. The lockers were easy to use. It does get crowded. I would recommend bringing slippers for flip flops or you’ll have to buy them there.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Fredbear_Hull
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom1,010 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    warm pools
    well worth a visit, warm thermal spas and the hottest sauna I've ever been in! the place is a bit grubby to be fair and does charge top price, hence only the 4 stars. they need to re-invest to keep people going. the food was expensive and rubbish too. would recommend as its the thing to do and the thermal baths are an experience
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Jiří D
    Pilsen, Czech Republic50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great pool day
    Visited on a sunny hot day and because of that reason the temperature of the pools could be colder but overall very pleasant and entertaining day we spent there. There were no queues at the stalls with drinks (4 of them there) and restaurant was well equipped with fast service 😊 Good to read some info before entering this SPA, colder swimming pool entry is allowed only with swimming hat. Definitely will come back in autumn when the warm temperature of the pools will be nicer.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Michael B
    Canada8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pools in a palace
    This is a fun place in a grand building, with many indoor and outdoor pools. You can rent a private cabin if you want and leave your stuff there. It has an electric bracelet access system to use the cabin or lockers. Bring a towel and flip-flops. Easy access by public transit (subway line 1). Having said that, it is also overpriced and touristy. There are several thermal baths in Budapest for half the price.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Alex B
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day after hitting the ruin bars
    My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the baths on a very hot Sunday afternoon. We made the most of a hangover day here and tried out all the baths and saunas available in the spa. Really good value for money, we spent 3 hours here. We did not eat or drink here as we are mindful with our money, but there are free water fountains available throughout, as well as a café-restaurant for visitors. There are showers dotted throughout, and slippers are advised. Well worth the trip, and as it is situated within the city park it is worth taking a stroll through there to work your way up to taking a dip. Remember to bring your own towels
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Justine B
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outside great but Not worth it
    Honestly it’s not really worth £30-£40. The main part of the baths is the outside thermal pool which is probably the best part about this place even though it’s constantly busy. The inside baths smell of sulphur and it’s very strong, you think you get used to it until you get a massive headache and have to leave. You do need to bring flip flops or sliders and if you haven’t got any just buy some from Decathlon for less than 1500 Hungarian Forint. But if you are from the uk just nip to primark and get the cheap ones before! Towels are a must of you want to “reserve” a sun lounger, especially when drying off from the pools, I wouldn’t suggest leaving your phone with your towel while your there people will take it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Ana C
    Miami, Florida48 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very crowded
    Most people seemed to enjoy this experience. Half of us were ok with it, the other two of us just didn't think it looked hygienic enough but that was really because there were so so many people. The saunas were very nice, but again sometimes you have to wait for a seat. We went at about 11 and there was literally no place to sit down near the outside pool. People just throw a towel on a chair and claim it for hours without even coming back while people are sitting on the floor on the steps. There has to be a better policy for this. I would not do it again, the food inside is very poor as well. If you want to experience it and don't care about bathing with masses you will be good. As a disclaimer we are from Florida USA so we have water experiences everywhere so this did not really thrill us. Maybe try another smaller less famous bath house if you are not into crowds.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Jessica G
    Leicester, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dayspalm package review
    I haven’t seen many reviews about the Dayspalm packages so here’s mine. For around £90 each we decided to buy the a Dayspalm package. We couldn’t figure it out online, luckily we could book and purchase this in advance in person. For Dayspalm you go to a different entrance, you are taken up to a really nice relaxing area with hammocks, sunloungers, etc. This is where you pick up a towel, robe, slippers, swimming cap and given vouchers for 2x tea, 1 cocktail and a fruit bowl. There is also a water fountain here for free use. With this ticket you are given a joint private cabin. The cabins are small, only just big enough for two people. Your wristband opens and locks the cabin. We didn’t use any indoor pools, the thermal baths outside were fabulous. We arrived in the morning, managed to get two sunloungers but the sunlounger areas got busy very quickly. The pool wasn’t overcrowded early, we stayed 10am-5pm, after midday it definitely got busier. Spas and outside areas seemed clean enough. Theres outside bars and food outlets. Our package included a 45 minute full body massage. As a couple we were in the same room for this which was a nice touch. My masseuse was very heavy handed, my massage was not relaxing at all but maybe this is my fault as I should’ve said! Oops! Cocktail and fruit bowl nice touch at the end of the day relaxing in the private area, there were only about four other people up there. Staff in every area very pleasant and friendly. I highly recommend this package as a special treat, we probably wouldn’t purchase this again now we know how it all works.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
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declan molloy
Exeter, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
We decided to visit the Széchenyi Thermal Baths on our last day in Budapest in the morning. The tickets were relatively cheap and we bought them online to avoid queuing when we were there. The outdoor pools are very warm and a very unique experience. The whole complex has beautiful architecture and it is a very relaxing experience. The only downside is the sulphur smell that is very strong in the inside pools but other than that it was fantastic. I would recommend going in the morning as it’s less busy and leaves you feeling very refreshed for the rest of the day.
Written February 11, 2020
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Libby B
Limassol City, Cyprus22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Incredibly crowded, it took over an hour to get a ticket and the pools/saunas/etc were VERY crowded. If there was a lower limit to the amount of people gaining entry i feel it would greatly benefit the experience. Also the staff seemed a little grumpy and arent the most helpful. We asked for cabin tickets and got locker tickets so then had to pay for a cabin on top of that which took about 15 minutes because the staff were so u helpful.
That being said, it is a beautiful place and worth a visit. If we did our trip again would definitely still go.
Written January 7, 2020
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Carina
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Too much money for what it is. We were excited to come here because it’s very popular however I wouldn’t go again. The staff weren’t friendly, they didn’t greet you like you’d expect. There was 2 of us and we asked for 2 tickets when the woman behind the counter said there’s 2 different types of tickets one for a locker or for a cabin so as we are a couple we asked for a cabin which she charged us £21 each but as we shared we didn’t need the extra cabin so ended up spending more money than necessary. The pool is over crowded but it was a nice temperature which we both enjoyed. However, when walking into the indoor pools there was a smell of sewage straight away, very unpleasant odour all the way through we had to go back out as it was too strong to cope with. The Sauna rooms were also really smelly and crowded. The bar outside did not accept cash and as I’m coming on holiday from abroad I had to use my card which was not ideal as I get charged a fee via my bank so for 1 beer and a hot chocolate ended up costing over £10.

Not very happy to spend £42 for 1 hour in the outside pool for the both of us. The only lucky thing is we bought our own towels and slippers otherwise we would’ve spent a lot more and you are obligated to buy them off from there if you haven’t got your own which are ridiculous prices!
Written January 18, 2020
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tomparker44
Budapest, Hungary79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
First and foremost I can’t stress enough that if you can pay for the cabin it means you get a private place to change and it means that you have somewhere that you can keep your belongings the whole time you are there and it is less than £2 so it really should be done.
This was a really nice place to spend a couple of hours in Budapest in the afternoon. We really enjoyed relaxing in the outside pools the water was really nice and warm and the pool seemed clean there were handy lockers that you could keep any towels or other belongings in and this was all included with the price and you can access the lockers using your wristband at no extra cost.
The inside pools although there are 15 of which are all rather smaller and can get very busy creating a slightly awkward environment especially in the warmer pools and the inside had a rather unpleasant smell.
I would recommend bringing your own towels and flip flops. The later are compulsory and you are made to buy them when you arrive if you haven’t brought some and the towels are available to hire but are charged 3.000ft (5.000 ft deposit - 2.000ft returned) so this is a must to save unwanted spending.
You are also able to top up your wrist band to spend money at the bars/cafes I thought this was a very clever idea as it means you can keep your bank cards safe in your bag with the rest of your belongings.
Written March 5, 2020
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Ruth A
London, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I loved my visit to the Szechenyi baths. It is definitely a must do when in Budapest if only for the experience of the grand old building! Visiting during the colder months seemed a good choice as the place wasn't too crowded and being able to warm up in the outdoor pools was lovely.
At first we thought the entrance fee quite expensive - especially compared to the cost of other things in the city, but then once inside it is a large complex and you could easily spend the much of day there. Additional spa treatments looked quite pricey as well so I think it is very much the 'tourists' baths and priced as such. I would advise saving money by taking your own flip flops, towel and swimming cap (for large outdoor swimming pool). Even on the cold day we visited I am not sure hiring a robe is needed unless you really feel cold.
The place is a bit 'tired' and could probably do with a bit of a deep clean and spruce up. Some of the pools seemed not as clean as they might be with bits floating in them, perhaps more regular cleaning is required given how many people use the baths each day. (Having said this I am an anxious cleanliness obsessive and it wasn't enough to put me off so really not too bad!).
Overall, I loved my relaxing morning and can't wait to return at some point.
Tip - make sure you try out a couple of the saunas.
Also, don't let any of the reviews on the internet that mention finding your way around confusing or staff being rude. Staff were friendly and helpful and it's easy to find your way around and to work out lockers/ cabins etc.
Written February 23, 2020
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Bel92
United Kingdom77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
When visiting Budapest this has to be on your list of things to do, we came here in the afternoon after visiting Budapest Zoo (across the road)

We chose to share a cabin, roughy cost around £16-18 each and didn’t give any time limit on this. We didn’t pack any towels with us but luckily there is a renting service located downstairs. We paid a couple of pounds for towels and had to pay a refundable deposit!

Cabins are very basic and abit of a squeeze for 2 people, lockable with an electronic device which is on a wristband.

Fantastic experience in the thermal spas great on a cold day.

We brought a couple of drinks which were reasonably priced.

Tips

*Outside bar only takes card payments - no cash
*Take flip flops or sliders to wear outside
*We visited around 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, it was really busy and maybe quieter on weekdays
Written April 6, 2020
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traveladdict
Sunbury, UK157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
As the largest and most often pictured spa in Budapest I felt it needed a visit during a short break. I booked online before I went and believed I had booked a cabin, along with the package of flip flops, towel, shampoo and bottle of water. However, when I arrived they said I had only paid for a locker. Too tired to argue and needing to immerse myself into the hot waters of the spa, I hurriedly got changed in the changing rooms instead. Lockers are found all around the edge of the changing areas as well as outside. It was confusing how to lock the locker using the wristband but luckily one of the people working at the spa was on hand to help. Flip flops are a must; outside it was cold on the stone floor and inside very slippery, so they help to make your visit a little safer and also cleaner!

The pools themselves..... there are 3 pools outside. One is for lane swimming and you must wear a swimming hat. The other two are warmer, around 34 degrees, and are for relaxing, with a superb view of the spa buildings, the sunset and then the changing colours of the lights in the pools after dark.

Inside are numerous pools, from an 18 degree cold plunge pool through to 40 degrees in the hottest pool. Saunas and steam rooms are also included in the entrance ticket, although massages and entry to the beer spa are extra.

Outdoor pools are lovely, warm and clean, although crowded at times. Indoor pools are very dated, not dirty as some reviews state, but more in need of a spruce up - a coat of paint and new tile grout would help! Yes, the indoor pools are smelly, but it's not of urine, rather of sulphur and minerals along with a general damp smell. Nothing too pungent though!

So, along with flip flops you should take 2 towels as the one you wrap yourself in between pools and to move between indoor and outdoor pools will get soaked. Leave a fresh one in your locker for afterwards. The towel included in my package was an ample size and a nice souvenir, embroidered with the spa name.

To sum it up, the spa was easy to find and walk to from the city centre and I spent a relaxing few hours there. To earn a 5th star they need to be clearer with their online booking so you know what is included and there could be better signage and instructions around the place to help visitors.
Written February 19, 2020
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JollyRungay
London, UK443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visiting in February it was 7 degrees outside with cold wind. However you forget it is cold outside when you are in the thermal spa at 28 degrees. We took the bus 72 from the city which takes you outside the spa. We paid about £25 for a small cabin (changing room) which can be locked. Take swimming costume, towel and flip flops. Otherwise you end up buying at the spa. Food area only took card no cash. Enjoy for 3 or 4 hours of jumping in and out of the spa outside, inside and sauna rooms.
Written February 7, 2020
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Nick W
Birmingham770 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Beautiful old buildings with numerous indoor pools at differing temperatures and of course the 2 large outdoor pools at 38c. I you can afford it get a private's booking which comes with a private room to change and shower and complementary champagne and robes etc. The pools are crowded and the water can get rather "murky" as the day wears on so my advice is to go early! We went on Christmas day. Staff were lovely BTW.
Written January 2, 2020
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ian m
swansea54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Had an enjoyable morning with my wife here in february. The outside large pool is very warm at 38c. It wasn't too cold outside, the air temp being about 7c, but transitioning from inside the building to the outside would be chilly without a robe.

There are numerous pools inside, with the warmest being 38c, although i enjoyed the one at 34c

It's very easy to get here, as there's a metro stop just yards from the baths. It's very straightforward to gain entry, just pay your money and you get a electronic wrist band for your lockers.There are cabins to change out of your clothes into your trunks, etc.
Written March 8, 2020
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