Széchenyi Baths and Pool
Széchenyi Baths and Pool
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Historic Sites • Thermal Spas
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The palace-like edifice contains a huge thermal pool where people often play chess while immersed in chest-high, and very hot, water.
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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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AperolSpritzLover42069
Cambridge, UK14 contributions
Couples
We bathed like royalty! I could have fallen asleep, as many people did… (in the baths of course).

We got two day tickets with one cabin, fairly cheap (about €30), however we forgot flip flops and a swimming cap (for the lane pool) so had to fork over an extra €9. Oops! To rub it in, the flip flops were appalling, basically two slabs of foam with a thin flimsy string attached.

The baths themselves were simply divine. We could have spent all day there, even when we got hungry there were some moderately priced snacks. The baths do not “smell” as other reviews have said, only a moderate sulphur scent, which you become accustomed to very quickly. So many shapes, temperatures, sizes, and water features. A great day out.

The only downside was the other customers- not the old men in Speedos but the young men making excessive amounts of noise and splashing around!

Would recommend going bright and early on a week day as it was very quiet- does get busy near midday!

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Written September 24, 2022
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Sedgeo
Leeds, UK293 contributions
There is something really odd and soothing about stepping into a pool that 28 degrees. This is the famous of the many pools heated by natural hot springs under the city. We had a pre-booked ticket and the entry process was quick. I'd recommend paying a bit extra for a lockable cabin where you can dump all your stuff. There are about six indoor pools but unless it is winter get in the two big outdoor pools. There is also a bug sauna and a steam room, Towels can be hired but bring your own if you can, I'd advise bringing flop flops to wander around in. I'd also advise going in the morning as it seems to fill up with locals settling in on the plentiful sunloungers around lunchtime. This is a must do for any city breaker.
Written April 25, 2022
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Mark W
Poole, UK19 contributions
Have to confess that I wasn't sure about the whole spa thing beforehand. Thoughts of people soup and warm gloopy water were in my mind. My wife persuaded me and I have to say we had the most enjoyable day there. The place was extremely clean, the staff friendly and helpful and the whole experience was very relaxing. The main spa pool was about 28 degrees and there are loads of other pools, inside and out at various temperatures from very hot to downright cold. There is an 'adventure' pool outside which has lots of different jets, bubbles and a lazy river all alternating. A few tips : Get there early (we were there by 9 am - the place is so peaceful and you join the regulars who presumably come most days). You MUST have flip flop type footwear (or buy them there, not massively expensive but if they last you more than a day or so before they break you are doing well). If you want to do proper lane swimming in the big pool then you must bring a swim hat. We stayed until almost 5. There was a lot of space, and lots of sunbeds available until probably late morning. The dynamic changes mid/late afternoon when the younger crowd arrived (lots of groups and lots of very hungover people). Presumably they were building up for the Saturday evening party. There are a number of staff on hand and they did a very good job of ensuring that nobody got in the spa pool with food or drink, or in the swimming pool without their hat. It was very well policed, under sometimes quite trying conditions. One other thing I would say - like most of the other tourist spots we visited - food and drink wasn't overpriced. £2.50 for a stonkingly good ciabatta with salami and salad, £2.50 for a mini bottle of (very drinkable) Hungarian prosecco. My prejudices put aside, I would definitely visit this Spa again!
Written July 4, 2022
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amy w
stratford-upon-avon83 contributions
Friends
We visited at the weekend so as you would expect it is busy. For the extra money it is worth booking a cabin as this can then act as a locker (it is all wristband based so no losing keys). Everyone has to wear sandals when walking around but they will sell you some if you forget.
If you are there anytime after 10 don't expect to get a sun lounger but there are loads of places to sit down. The queues for the bars get very busy but I think you can bring your own with you if you are organised!
The pools themselves are fun, outdoor they are warm and indoor different temperatures, some of the indoor pools do smell a bit like sulphur but that never killed anyone!
Written May 24, 2022
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Geordie40
Chepstow, UK33 contributions
Me and my husband visited the Baths on 18th February 2022. The baths are over 100 years old, with 18 pools. You do need to take a towel and flip flops (rather than slippers). A towelling dressing gown is a nice to have, so your towel can stay dry for when you are finished, though not essential. You only need a swimming cap if you are going in the formal swimming pool for a swim. Easier to buy these before you go there. We did but didn't end up using them. There were all ages, shapes and sizes there, so no need to feel shy. I would recommend paying for a cabin to change into for privacy, and they are lockable (with a yellow wrist band) so you can keep everything safe. We just had one, but if I went again, I think I would pay for two, as a little tight for two fat middle aged people. It says to pay online, but we just paid on the day, though did not have massages. There is a metro station just outside the baths, and very straight forward to use. The baths are exquisite, an old-world charm to them, the plaster is peeling in places, but I just felt that added to the charm. Though there is some renovations going on, hope they don't modernise it, that would be a shame. We did not know about the beer spa before we went, so that was a lovely surprise, you do have to pay extra, but it is a right laugh. 45 minutes in a beer barrel bath, with unlimited beer. I'm not a beer drinker, but they did have a couple of other options for me. We stayed for 5 hours, but could have stayed longer, but it was getting late, so I would suggest putting aside a day for this. Your covid pass will be checked at the door. I would highly recommend these thermal baths, it was a real highlight of our 5 days in Budapest, especially as I'm such a water baby.
Written February 21, 2022
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Jock06
Edinburgh, UK67 contributions
Solo
I visited late morning on a Monday and it was reasonably busy but not to the point where it became an inconvenience so reckon I came at a good time as dread to think what it would be like during peak times. Also despite going during the week all the Sun loungers were claimed so this would have been annoying if I was expecting one.

The place is really incredible though with a swimming pool, hot spas, saunas and even a beer spa though you have to pay extra for this. You can also buy drinks and food though can’t comment on the quality as never purchased any.

It’s worth sharing how the place works so will summarise. First of all you have to take a towel and flip flops. Secondly you can book either a locker or a changing room cubicle so would recommend the latter. You get a wrist band with an electronic tag which you use to lock and unlock your cubicle so very handy. There’s private showers and as for time the. I’m fairly sure you can stay as long as you want.

Would certainly go back.
Written May 13, 2022
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PAWCarol
Rainham, UK53 contributions
The baths themselves are fantastic. Everyone is poilite and we had no worries about leaving our belongings on a bench when we went into the pool. One thing I really would recommend is booking in advance and going very early, especially on hot days. Also make sure that you bring a towel as they charge a small fortune for a basic plain one.
Written August 11, 2022
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Megan G
Redditch, UK4 contributions
Friends
Me and my friends had a great time here.
There are so many baths, 3 outside joined together and lots of smaller ones inside including steam room and sauna.

I would recommend getting a cabin, we pre booked our tickets and it included the use of a cabin. It’s essentially a little changing room, but the lockers sell out quickly and if you pay for a cabin on the day it’s more expensive.

The outside thermal baths are lovely, you can easily stay all day.

They do not accept cash anywhere though, so bring a card. There’s a few lockers outdoors etc too.

You cannot hire any robes, towels, or slippers but there is the option to buy them when you get there. We brought our own towel and flip flops. The only thing I wish I’d brought was a robe for walking around the place. But it’s really not a necessity.

The only negative thing is I didn’t see many staff around at all and the floor inside was very slippy. I slipped over as we were leaving and hurt my leg, and I was told 3 other people had slipped over that day too..

However, definitely worth spending the day while your in Budapest. I would go back again for sure.
Written March 11, 2022
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Simon C
20 contributions
Couples
Great experience and to say you've been. If I go back to Budapest I'd love to go on a weekend night time when they have a Dj etc. Does get extremely busy so suggest get 9-10ish if u want a sun lounger outside. I'd also recommend paying the small extra for your own cabin well worth it and makes changing alot more comfortable. Great experience all in all. P.s dnt forget sliders, flip-flops as these are required and costly to buy if u forget.
Written June 2, 2022
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Redbama
Chichester, UK4 contributions
This was an excellent day out. For future travellers don't bother booking a tour to get you to the baths, simply jump on the Metro with a one way ticket for 350 HUF, get out to the Szechenyi stop, exit the Metro station and the Baths are immediately on your right. As of the time of writing the entry to the baths was 5900 HUF which includes a locker. You can pay card or cash. You then get a wristband which electronically enters you into the baths and changing area downstairs. The wristbands open the lockers, and you can use them as many times as you wish. You can pay a bit more (if you are shy!!) for your own "cabin". We visited in late March, were really lucky with the weather which reached 22 degrees, and arrived at 1000hrs and there were plenty of beds and chairs available. There are 2 outdoor thermal pools at either end heated to 28 degrees, and a lanes swimming pool in the middle area. You will need flip flops (or footwear) and a towel, and if you want to go in the swimming pool, you will need to wear a swimming hat. Inside the buildings are a series of indoor pools of varying temperatures and contents (sulphur, salt etc) and several saunas and steam rooms. There are some little snack huts on site, but they are mainly for drink and light snacks, so if you need something more substantial, then take a picnic lunch in. There is a really good atmosphere, a mix of tourists and locals, and it is a fantastic experience.
Written April 1, 2022
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