Rudas Baths

Rudas Baths, Budapest: Hours, Address, Rudas Baths Reviews: 4/5

6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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This thermal bath, built by the Turks in 1566, retains a strong Islamic style.
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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
  • Fővám tér • 9 min walk
  • Szent Gellért tér • 10 min walk
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MattHM
Wolverhampton, UK145 contributions
Couples
Unlike the other bath houses, this house remains traditional and is men only Mon, wed and Thursday. Women only on Tuesday and mixed from 11am on Friday throughout the weekend.

We spent a good few hours there chilling.

Men only day means you get to wear the traditional bathing suit. Which is basically a white small apron. This covers your front but leaves your behind exposed to all. But hey, it's how they have done it for hundreds of years so just go with it. You spin your apron around to sit on in the steam or sauna rooms.

On arrival you are given a wrist fob. Scan it to get through the turnstile,collect your apron and then put your fob against the machine on the wall and it allocates you a cabin to get changed in and leave your belongings in whilst you chill.

There are also huge bug sheets you collect when you have fi ished, so you can go and lie down in the relaxing area. Then use them to dry off.

Great authentic experience and felt so relaxed afterwards
Written May 2, 2022
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mamel2
Ljungby, Sweden1 contribution
Family
The bath at night was good but the staff in the serving were incredibly unpleasant, he ruined the experience. The entrance fee is well expensive. It was crowded on the roof terrace pool, unfortunately it was bad weather with thunder so the roof terrace was closed for a large part of the night.
Written July 2, 2022
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Andre Levy
Budapest, Hungary34 contributions
Couples
The place, located in the Buda side of the city at the margins of the Danube, is a welcome break after a couple days exploring the vivid Budapest. The wellness area counts with a small range of saunas and thermal pools, as well as a small but cosy round warm pool at the terrace with view to the river and the city (where the instagrammers will probably be). The traditional thermal baths area (available separatley or in the “all in” ticket) offer a more unique experience, with rustical atmosphere and a singular dress code (at least in the days with single-sex admittance, you must wear loin cloths that only cover your genitals, available for fee, which might feel awkward at first but not as much if you’re used to the nudist dress code of German mixed saunas, for example). Important: If you’re willing to explore this area of the Baths, make sure to check in advance in which days you’re allowed in. For those staying long enough to feel hungry, avoid eating at the regular bar near the thermal baths: the staff there is not exactly the most friendly and the sandwiches/salads don’t taste at all. Choose instead the Bistro upstairs which serves delicious and more varied dishes and will allow you in and treat you well regardles if you’re wearing swimsuits or regular clothes (there’s an entrance from outside of the complex as well).
Written March 3, 2020
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Sam A
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Don't go here on Saturday night! We went here during the daytime in 2017 and that was fine. But we visited on Saturday night in 2021. Don't bother. They let way too many people in, without decent supervision. A group of guys was literally spitting in the hot tub on the roof. They played loud music and it was overcrowded. Horrible experience all around. Maybe still good during the daytime or weekdays. But we definitely don't recommend you go here on Saturday night, unless you like bathing in an overcrowded hot tub with people's spit floating around.
Written July 31, 2021
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63Smiler
Leeds, UK28 contributions
Family
Poor customer experience booking on line BEWARE
My daughter booked this as a treat online a few weeks before our trip for my sons 21st Birthday. When we arrived on 1st August there were works going on at the baths, there was separate mens day which was not advertised when the booking was made then the ALL IN ticket which implies everything is included - you had to buy towels when you arrived. After speaking to the manager he wasn’t that helpful we requested a refund as what was purchased is not what we expected as the information online was not specific enough. We were told they couldn’t do a refund - under European law if information on line is not correct then you are entitled to a refund . I was told to go to European consumer association which I will do . I did not find this experience helpful. The manager offered us tickets for another day what good was that when we were flying home. I noticed that the website has changed as a result of my complaint. If you are booking please take towels with you I’m not an unreasonable person but this service from a European country is somewhat lacking. Think they need to learn a few things about customer service
Written August 2, 2022
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Suzie G
Holmes Chapel, UK134 contributions
Couples
Really enjoyed a few hours at the Rudas baths. There are a few options for entry fees which can be confusing, we went for "all in" which gave us access to all the baths, thermal pools, wellness centre, saunas and rooftop pool. This cost us just over 6000 huf each.
It isnt the easiest place to find your way around but if you take your time and explore you'll eventually find everything.
The traditional turkish thermal baths are great there's the central pool which is at 36oC then 4 outer pools all at different temperatures.
If you walk through this section and up to the restaurant, you can then walk round to the main pool, past this to the more modern baths/pools then up to the rooftop pool. There is a small bar up on the roof.
The saunas and steam rooms are very nice, there are multiple at different temperatures.
Plenty of fresh water fountains around too.

Lovely place to spend a few hours. Could spend longer if you booked massages and ate in the restaurant etc.

It can get very busy so I can see why some people say they cant relax. I found there were a lot of people but they moved around a lot so you could always find somewhere to sit/relax.

Some days are still Male only so check before you go!
Written March 1, 2020
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MEL R
Panama City, Panama62 contributions
Second thermal baths I visited in Budapest. The pools were pleasant but smaller than I expected. The large pool was only for lap swimming. Visited on a Tuesday where the Turkish bath was reserved for women. It was a great, though my friend found the smell overwhelming. Women were naked, topless or with suits, very free and enjoying themselves. If you don’t want to go to that pool you pay less and go to the other pools. The rooftop top pool, outdoors, was difficult to climb into and was small. Bring your own towel, you must purchase one at the entrance it you don’t and it is more expensive than the entrance itself. Overall for the little it costs to soak, it is well worth the money. The view from the upper deck was wonderful!
Written October 23, 2021
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Laurylau-p
Eindhoven, The Netherlands963 contributions
During the day we visited the city and around 6 pm we went to relax. Hungarian bath facility not overly large, but satisfying. The view of the city from the swimming pool outside is beautiful. Good organization and great price.
Written December 31, 2020
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Andrew K
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Couples
We visited the Rudas Baths after booking a ticket on line. Despite this we were asked to wait outside as the baths were full and access was now on a one-in one-out basis.

Once in, the changing rooms and facilities were very clean. There are secure lockers to keep your belongings and whilst Male and Females share the changing areas, there are individual cubicles to get changed in.

Inside the Wellness area there are several saunas and a couple of steam rooms, these were great but you didn’t feel you could stay there long as people came in and stood waiting for a seat. The same experience was had in the 42degree corner pool that was just too small for the crowds they had let in.

The most gutting thing is that we chose these baths for the roof top pool, but you physically couldn’t get in it. It was so full people were just stood shoulder to shoulder and were queuing on the roof top shivering in their swimsuits. We tried twice during our visit and gave up.

It wasn’t all bad; the staff are friendly, the place was clean, and the larger cooler pools weren’t as crowded. Go along if you want to tick it off your list, but don’t expect a relaxing pampered experience and prepare yourself to miss out on the roof top experience.
Written January 31, 2020
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Sonjie212
Oxford, UK11 contributions
Couples
We went on a Saturday evening having turned up on a Friday 45 mins before the thermal baths were closing and being led to believe this was not enough time. In hind sight this would have been enough time for the thermal baths. The baths overall are a good Budapest experience. I wouldn’t describe them as relaxing as they were very busy in the early evening. There isn’t much instruction on the best way around but that’s part of the fun! A tip is to start in the small 28 degree centigrade corner pool diagonally opposite where you enter the baths if coming straight from communal changing area and work your way around to next two higher temperature corner pools followed by main centre pool then finally the hot 42 degree corner pool.

We bought a ticket that included all areas as we wanted to try the rooftop pool which was part of the wellness area. The rooftop pool was a bit of a zoo but nevertheless there were great views from the comfort of what was effectively a warm communal bath!

As to cleanliness expect good local authority pool type cleanliness. It is a busy thermal bath with lots of people so naturally not sparkling clean but really not too bad and that said from someone who is a bit of clean-freak! Definitely take flip flops and a towel (both available to buy otherwise).

The whole experience might not be to everyone’s taste given how busy it was but we enjoyed it!
Written January 12, 2020
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