St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool
3.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Located in the Gellert Hotel, these grand, early 20th-century thermal baths are surrounded by mosaic-covered terraces and marble balconies.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Gellért Hill
If you want to treat your camera to some amazing scenery, Gellért Hill is a must on your itinerary. A funicular journey from the Chain Bridge along the hillsides provides a fast connection between Buda and Pest, hoisting visitors to panoramic vistas. Once on top of the hill, you’ll find the Citadel dominate the landscape with its imposing 19th century construction, a site that’s hard to keep your eyes on without being distracted by the phenomenal view over the Danube and the eight bridges crossing. Once on Gellért Hill however, one mustn’t miss the famous Gellért Baths. Budapest is renown for its thermal waters and its baths, and the Gellért Baths are housed in an impressive art nouveau structure. Its interior design, with its many mosaics, recalls the preceding relationships the city has had with healing springs and saunas, traditionally used within this neighborhood since the Ottoman Empire.
How to get there
  • Szent Gellért tér • 3 min walk
  • Fővám tér • 7 min walk
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  • Elizabeth P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day at the spa!
    Amazing ancient bathhouse in Buda. I was a bit nervous going solo but had a fabulous time. Plenty of help from people who speak English. I booked my massage the night before and had plenty of time slots available. Slots seems to fill up fast on the day. Top tip: get your towel near the changing cubical. It’s cheaper than in the lobby.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Julie R
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but pricey
    Nice afternoon after all the walking round the city. Weather wasn’t great so mostly inside but plenty of space available in different areas. Only complaint is the price for things like purchase of swimming caps which are required in pools and have to bring your own of buy towels. £27 for 2 large tea towel type towels was a bit excessive!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Alice S
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting experience
    Interesting place to visit and a must on things to do in Budapest. We went early and it wasn't very crowded first thing. We had a massage each, which is on a first come, first serve booking, so if you want one as part of your experience, then get to the baths early. I would recommend this place but beware that you will be sharing all the spa baths with a lot of people. One tip is to get your sun bed early with an umbrella for shade and save it all day (everybody does and it seems that everybody knew this but us!) Put your towel down and don't move it. We didn't do this when we went for our massage and lost our beds and by the time we had finished, there was not a single free bed anywhere. It sort of spoilt our experience as we couldn't lie out in the sun.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Peej1962
    London, United Kingdom176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gem - Don't Miss It!
    One of those places I may have missed but for the recommendation of my son. I found my hotel was only a short walk away so I went to the baths wanting to see the Art Deco interiors and use the facilities for just a couple of hours as I'm not much of a swimmer or sunbather. I ended up spending six hours here! This is a gorgeous place, a lovely haven in a beautiful city. Steam room, sauna, thermal pools inside and out, all set amidst gardens and amazing architecture. If you're visiting Budapest allow yourself some time here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Valerie155
    Stockport, United Kingdom49 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing.
    A bit disappointed at the general scruffiness of the place for the money charged. In its heyday it must have been stunning, it is currently undergoing a very much needed refurbishment. We did enjoy our visit but the locker area was not particularly clean. Swim caps and flipflops are essential.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom345 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful baths
    These baths aren't as big as Szechenyi, but are less crowded and seemed more organised. They aren't so big - outside there are maybe 2 pools, one cool and one warm. The cool one is supposed to have a wave machine, but we didn't see anything during our visit. Inside, there are also 2 pools - one cool and one warm. The cool one is the picturesque one and you need a hat to swim in that. You have to swim anti-clockwise! There is also a bar/cafe upstairs, so you can also get a drink or food whilst taking the waters!
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Miriam S
    Oslo, Norway19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand Budapest Hotel Charm
    Magical experience. Beautiful old pools and baths with characteristic early 20th century charm. Of course its old and not the cleanest but it wasn’t dirty when we came and we felt that it was reasonably maintained. Note that wearing a swim cap is only mandatory in one indoor pool.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Rusty T
    London, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Visit in Budapest
    Wonderful historic location with amazing art deco vibes. Perfect place to relax and warm up on a chilly days visit to Budapest. My 11 year old son and I spent the day… didn’t want to leave.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • joaniebinedinburgh
    669 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    Lovely place to relax for a few hours and we thought the price wasn’t too bad for the experience you get. Do come prepared and bring your own flip flops, towel and swim cap if you want to swim in the indoor pool. We had a lovely time and spent quite a lot of it relaxation on the loungers both outdoors and indoors. It is worth paying the 1000 huf extra for a cabin so you have somewhere guaranteed to get changed and can leave your stuff there. A wonderful way to turn a city break almost into a beach holiday. We were only in Budapest for a long weekend so didn’t want to spend more than 3 hours there, but you could easily spend all day and get your lunch from the cafe. It is worth going early before it gets too busy.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Charlie L
    Pewsey, United Kingdom1,097 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Faded Grandeur well worth a visit
    Paid Ft10,900 (about £25) for a full ticket with just locker changing (as opposed to a cabin) and thought it was good value. The baths were clearly once a fabulously grand environment which is now fairly faded (e.g. there is algae round the bottom edges of the pool etc.) Large outdoor pool is very shallow for the most part but the deep end is very deep, most people are just chatting and paddling about, there is no real length swimming going on. Up the hill from the outdoor pool is a thermal pool which is not that hot and gets quite crowded, but worth a dip. The best parts are inside, and hard to find, although if you keep your eyes open there are plenty of maps on the walls and you can work out where most things are. There is a 37 degree and 40 degree pool, with a steam room close by (very hot) and a plunge pool (icy cold) in between, and there is a sauna that is in three stages of varying temperature (make sure you use the wooden pad on the metal door handle in the hottest!!!!) You will need a swimming cap if you want to swim in the main indoor pool (where there is some length swimming going on) and you will need flip flops to walk between areas. (Plus you will need a towel of course.) Well worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 15, 2023
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Frankie
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I went with my boyfriend last weekend for a swim and a couple's massage. The baths are very beautiful, with statues and mosaics all around. The main indoor swimming pool is smaller than I expected but this wasn't a problem as it was for casual swimming. The thermal baths, sauna and steam room were all relaxing and well-maintained spaces. The massage was very professional and we both agreed it was good value for money. The lockers/changing rooms are high tech so your belongings feel very safe. I would definitely recommend these baths, and suggest that you go outside peak times (when we left at 1pm it was getting crowded).
Written March 9, 2020
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Mary Jo N
Benton, AR1,157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We didn’t partake of the waters here, but we did roam the lobby to enjoy the architecture of the place and get a feel for the atmosphere. The Art Nouveau décor was impressive with its mosaic floors, stylized fountains and stained glass windows. There were long lines for tickets, though, so I would recommend reserving in advance for what services you wish to utilize.
Written February 20, 2020
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elka_3
Perth, Australia49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
After having read everywhere that the thermal baths are an absolute must in Budapest, we decided to go to Gellert today. Since it was New Year’s Day, it was open from 10-18. We got to the door to wait at 9.30 and there were already about 10 people waiting. We got in very quickly. We decided to get the ticket with the locker not cabin and this was a good decision as the cabins were not very special and everyone walks past them to get to the pools.
You must bring a swimming cap if you want to go in the main pool, they won’t let you in without one. Definitely bring bathers, a towel, slippers and maybe a robe, as they sell/rent these out but they were very expensive.
From 10-12 it was very nice but from 12 it became so full you could no longer sit in the pools, sauna or steam room. So I would recommend being there as early as possible.
The pools themselves were nice and it is crazy to imagine they were built ~80 years ago. There were some weird smells especially in the showers which makes me question the hygiene, and despite there being signs instructing people to wash with soap before they enter the pools, very few people did.
The outside pool was the best, it is 36 degrees and it was a beautiful sunny day so wonderful to be out there.
Negatives were that people were allowed to bring phones into the pools and were constantly taking photos, which in many countries is not allowed as it’s a breach of privacy and it ruins the atmosphere. Also, there is a small cafe in the facility but they played very loud electronic music which completely ruined the atmosphere.
Written January 1, 2020
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AndiDavids
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Went mid afternoon on boxing day, just turned up and hardly any queue. Timing was good because after the downstairs thermals, I spent an hour in the top pool outdoors enjoying twilight and watching the big statue on the hill light up. Very nice to be warm when the air is cold. It would be totally different in summer, when it's actually hot outside.
Two bits of advice. Don't forget to make note of your locker number! And once you lock up and try to find where everything is, dont follow the crowds. No one knows where they are going as they leave the lockers, it's actually rather comical.
For the indoor pools head down the short internal stairs that lead to the cabins floor, and then keep walking in direction away from the lockers. You'll come to the main central bit and staff to ask. There are more hot pools past both the far ends of both sides of the swimming pool. Just navigate your way through treatment areas and then they are revealed.
Written January 18, 2020
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We’d read these thermal baths were the best looking architecturally and not as touristy as the Széchenyi baths. We went after lunch and whilst there were a number of people there it did not seem too busy. Taking your own flip flops and towel saved us renting them plus we saved extra by opting for one cabin (private changing room) and sharing that.

There are a number of pools and steam rooms within the building so make sure you go for a wander to find them all. We began upstairs in the outdoor pool (in the rain) before coming in to find four pools at 36C and one at 40C. There’s also steam rooms and a couple of 15C plunge pools. Extremely relaxing afternoon.
Written February 19, 2020
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Emma S
London, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I am super fussy with spas and was nearly put off by reviewers saying it was dirty and super busy. It's certainly no Champneys but if you've ever visited a UK leisure centre, you'll know what to expect in the changing areas. And yes it's busy but not so much that it's unbearable.

It's a great experience to go but I feel like it's quite a lot to navigate and the website isn't a huge help. Here are my top tips:

1) Take your own robe, towel, flip flops and swimming hat (the latter is only needed for the swimming pool but the indoor one is lovely). If you have to rent these, it costs around £15 plus, more than doubling the cost of your visit.

2) Queues weren't that bad and maybe took around 15 mins-it is quieter in the morning.

3) You get an electronic wristband to lock and unlock your locker. It doesn't have the number of your locker on but if you forget there are machines on the wall that you can tap to remind you.

4) There is a lack of space in the busy locker area and they're mixed male and female. Even though there are small free private changing cubicles, there was often a queue for these. If any of this bothers you get a cabin. They were lovely and quite luxurious.

5) There is a cafe serving food and drink on the top floor, didn't try it-looked quite basic.

All in all, I think it's well worth going, the hot spa water is lovely and my skin felt incredible afterwards and when in there I felt a wave of relaxation that lasted all day.
Written January 8, 2020
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Deanomassive
Wakefield32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I feel this really is a must when in Budapest. The buildings are awesome and the thermal spas so relaxing. We visited early on a Sunday morning so not too busy but by 10:30 it was really starting to fill up so I would recommend to go early for a more peaceful experience. We didn't venture to the outside pools and I think the wave pool was closed due to the time of year. Take your own towels and flip flops if you can and also a bathing cap if you want to swim in the main indoor pool.
Written February 26, 2020
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Jason V
London, UK31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I visited in February and we booked 2x 60 minute “luxury VIP massages”. I can tell you now they didn’t live up to any part of that title.

The guy massaging had no idea what he was doing. I endured 60 minutes of having my leg stroked, followed by constant yawning, coughing and unfortunately bad breath just to top it all off.

It was one of the worst experiences I’ve had. I strongly advise against it for anyone considering visiting.

On the plus side, the building was beautiful, and the thermal baths were a fun experience, even if extortionately expensive and over crowded.

Advice: bring your own towel, swimming cap and slippers if you don’t want to have to mortgage your house!
Written February 16, 2020
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Emkate88
Melbourne, Australia33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This place is very well set up, use of electronic wristbands makes for a relaxing and easy visit. Very old (and beautiful) but clearly well maintained buildings. We were able to just go from pool to pool at our own pace, no time limits except for the general closing time. The other patrons were generally respectful, not intimidating at all just everyone having a relaxing time. If you’re worried because you’re visiting during the winter months, still go as the outdoor pools are heated, in fact it makes the experience even cooler! It is worth booking a spa treatment or massage too, very professional service. Also if you’re wondering when to go here, it was the first thing we did after checking into our hotel and let me tell you, soaking in mineral-enriched water and getting a massage after a long plane trip was pure bliss!! They provide towels for a small price but make sure you bring your own swimsuits and flip flops as they cost a bit more on site.
Written April 8, 2020
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Gizm0trek
Studley, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Historic building, 11 pools, thermal. Ice plunge, saunas and steam. Option of individual lockable changing cubicles. Fab experience. 6700HF each plus 2500 HF towel hire each, plus 2000 HF refundable towel deposit each. If you have hair, just for the main pool, you MUST wear a swim hat - which you can buy once inside. This was great VALUE at the price paid. A truly amazing experience worth having. Don't rush it though!!
Written February 26, 2020
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