Széchenyi Baths and Pool
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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from $37.94
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Address
Neighborhood: Zugló
How to get there
  • Széchenyi fürdő • 3 min walk
  • Állatkert • 5 min walk
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Bradley
6 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We went midweek, having booked tickets online in advance. It is definitely worth paying the nominal extra amount for a private cubicle to change and keep your belongings safe for the day.

It is quite a surreal experience walking from the changing rooms to the outdoor spa but as soon as you step into the water you are instantly warmed up. It's like being in a bath, with lovely steam coming from the water.

Inside here is a labyrinth of indoor thermal pools - we found the busy the pool the warmer it was. It is also well worth going from the hot pool to the ice cold plunge pool, which was very invigorating.

The surroundings are beautiful and it's well worth the trip. It is about a minute walk from the tube station
Written November 24, 2022
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Simon C
20 contributions
Jun 2022 • 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
Mar 2022
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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Sabrina F
Bray, Ireland114 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We booked tickets via the website, we ended up having to queue for our wrist bands for about 15 minutes while a women in front of us couldn't under thr gentleman. We didn't bring towel, asked was it possible to get them there. They said yes downstairs. We spent around 15 minutes searching until we finally found someone who could speak English and told us there was a shop outside in the lobby.
So I would recommend bring your towel as they are €20 for in this shop. We booked a cabin it's worth while if you don't want to change in a public changing room.
The baths outside are lovely and relaxing. We stay for around 2 hours but left as it began to get over crowded. Let feeling relaxed but just be aware of the busy times.
Written November 13, 2022
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rosanne750
Kirkcaldy, UK110 contributions
Feb 2022
We enjoyed a relaxing couple of hours in the thermal pools - 3 outside including a swimming pool and several inside the beautiful building, all different temperatures. One of the outside pools has a whirlpool which was fun to be carried along in the current. We bought our tickets online via their website and saved 10% and went straight in on arrival - cost about £25 for 2. Very easy few minutes walk from metro station. Lockers were roomy and you wear a wristband which acts as a key. Busy but well organised. There is a small bar/snack hut on site but we didn’t use it. Don’t forget your towel and water shoes/flip flops.
Written February 15, 2022
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Amanda D
Houston, TX103 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We paid $77 to enter the spa; everyone must pay even if you’re not getting in the water. Everyone pays the same amount, there are no family or age discounts. Our kids, ages 10 and 12, wanted to swim. Tips, bring your own towel or pay $16 to buy one, a plain white one, not even a souvenir towel. They no longer rent them because of the pandemic. We were told that everyone entering the spa area/deck also needed “slippers;” they sell those too for $3.22. If you would like to swim laps, you’ll need a swim cap; I am sure they sell those too ;) It’s too crowded to actually swim in the spa. All in all, was it worth it? No. It’s just a big warm pool. For kids, maybe try Aquaworld Budapest.
Written June 8, 2022
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Ilma Pocik
Serbia12 contributions
Nov 2021
If you wish to visit, please know to buy the tickets on their actual site and print them out, they will read the QR code at the entry (the right side from the statue indoor) and you will skip the cashier lines and all that unnecessary waiting.
They don't answer emails, we had some questions about renting/buying, and they ghosted our email, that was rude. We found out at the place that you cannot rent bathrobes, you can only buy them for 10000 HUF and that is really expensive for a basic white robe.
Changing cabinets are okay, you get an electric bracelet that you can use to lock your stuff in it. You need slippers and a towel, but I think that is obvious.
We went on a working day, so there were people but was not crowded. Outside you have two smaller pools, one has a jacuzzi and is more fun to spend time in it, there is also an Olympic swimming pool, however, you can only use that with a swimming cap. Inside you have a lot of saunas and swimming pools with different temperatures. Great time spent if you know how to avoid the crowd and the waiting.
Written November 18, 2021
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FenandaAnne
Washington1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Solo
Probably nice, if you’re in a couple or have all of your own stuff. I booked a private room experience including a massage, I was given a price list, made it clear that I would be there on my own, and booked (all via email ahead of arrival). On arrival I was told that I would have to pay double for everything, including the massage, since my room could hold two people. I asked to have a single person room, since I was literally the only person in the private spa, and then just shrugged and said no. They refused to explain why I was not told this ahead of time or offer me any other options other than to say I could go buy a regular ticket if I wanted, because apparently single people are not welcome in the private side of the spa. I took my stuff and went to the regular entrance, tried to buy a ticket there and was told that I could, but that they’re sold out of towels and slippers (at 9:30am on a Saturday) and that I won’t be allowed in without them, but I was welcome to pay the entrance fee, including the rentals, and then go to the gift shop and buy a towel and slippers if I wanted. So, needless to say, I was suddenly left with a full open day in the city and nothing booked because service is so terrible at this spa. I recommend just going to another one, maybe then they’ll actually offer what is advertised.
Written November 13, 2021
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august01
London, UK549 contributions
Jul 2022
No trip to Budapest is complete without a trip to one of the spas, and this has to be the most popular one. However, it is expensive, and it is so crowded it was difficult to get a space in the water. The inside rooms weren't too clean, and you could see the ring of dirt around many of the indoor pools. It needs a really good clean, and to perhaps limit numbers to give everyone a better experience (we went on a super hot day though, even though it was a Monday, so it would perhaps have been busier than cooler days). Remember to bring sandals/flip -flops as otherwise you have to buy some at the spa shop to gain entry and they cost about £9.
Written August 14, 2022
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Monty130492
Kent, United Kingdom3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
I had really high hopes for the experience of this spa but it was a total and utter disappointment. The person at the desk where we handed in our tickets was so rude and despite politely asking what we needed to do and how it all worked, she just pointed us in one direction and gave no further assistance. Although we had x8 tickets we were only given x4 wristbands which were explained as being for the lockers, not confirming that they actually have to be scanned to give you access so we were rejected for not having enough wristbands. With that x2 members of staff were extremely intimidating, shouted and pushed us back out of the entrance. Completely unprofessional and outright rude. Trying to sort out the extra bands wasn’t straight forward, no communication from the person behind the desk and then we ended up being directed out of the building and through another entrance because all the lockers were now full on the side of the building we had entered. You can’t gain access without having a towel and flip flops which are both expensive, so you’d be best bringing your own. Once we were finally inside things got slightly better, however the inside pools didn’t smell particularly pleasant. Apparently there are plenty of other nicer spas in Budapest which I wish I’d looked into.
Written April 4, 2022
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