Palatinus Strand
Palatinus Strand
4.5
Water ParksHot Springs & Geysers
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 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
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Neighborhood: Margaret Island
For Budapest, this island between the banks of the Danube represents a green oasis, especially during summer when its emerald spaces are much enjoyed by both locals and tourists. The gardens here are very picturesque; the flowers in full bloom give the landscape a variety of hues; the fountains add an air of freshness, making walks peaceful, joyful and romantic. A leisurely stroll will uncover a variety of sites, even the ruins of a medieval Franciscan church and convent are still visible.
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  • HerTenPence
    London, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful outdoor baths, clean venue and friendly staff
    Fantastic outdoor baths. Very clean, friendly staff and well priced. I much preferred it to Széchenyi Thermal which I found totally over priced and too touristy. Entrance here was cheap and we also managed to get sun loungers. Great vibes!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Emma19Sunset
    Poole, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit - relaxing and good value
    Came here with three children (14, 13 and 8) and all loved it. We got a boat from the pest side at 11am and got to Margaret island at 11.25. Short walk to the water park. Found sun beds easily - very spread out unlike other thermal baths in Budapest where it feels packed. The price was also very reasonable compared to other thermal baths. My boys loved the wave machine. Water lovely and warm like a warm bath. We had lunch at one of the cafes which was good. Stayed all day till gone 6pm - perfect end to a lovely holiday!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Fredbear_Hull
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom1,017 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    good value
    much cheaper than the other baths but it does show. no sauna one day, no steam the next. the slides weren't open etc. its a third of the price tho and no where near as busy. we did both and the bigger one was better but more. at least there's one for each budget
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • leandarock
    Wishaw, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    FABULOUS FAMILY FUN DAY OUT
    We had a wonderful day here! Everything was open. Food & drinks cheap. Everywhere was clean. Could be doing with more shady places to sit. Sun loungers ran out really fast, need to be in the queue for it opening if you want one. Complimentary shuttle bus was perfect. There needs to be better sign posted toilets & more of them! Overall, great day out but don’t expect too much of the life guards, all teenagers with their faces stuck in phones.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • HGW76
    London, United Kingdom61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun for all
    Excellent facilities for all ages. Fun wave machine and slides, nice food and drink options, and really good value especially the family ticket. Positioned on a gorgeous island in the Danube
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Tiffeny M
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Worth a visit a lot cleaner than other thermal spas in the area. Few of the pools closed get there early for a sun lounger. Difficult to navigate round some of it including cafes if you don’t speak Hungarian. Overall would recommend and in a lovely location
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Natasha I
    Nairn, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family baths
    Great baths to visit with a family (15 and 11 year olds). Went on a weekday so it wasn't too busy and we all got sunbeds. Staff were all nice and chilled. You only need a swim cap for the lengths pool. We didn't have flip flops (slippers) and no one questioned it. Definitely recommend.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 11, 2024
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Becky E
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Was good for a hot day and it’s a huge place but the indoor pools smell really off and unclean. The guy making cocktails in the roof top bar was so so lovely and made unreal drinks for 3£ definitely recommend. It feels very very outdated though and half of the pools including the slides and waves pools were closed. One of the girls on the front desk was very nice and welcoming. Very relaxed vibe about this place staff turn a blind eye to bringing drinks in the pool, not wearing sliders etc. To be honest it wouldn’t be worth the full price tickets at the moment but if your a broke student on the last day of your holiday needing a wee pick me up I would recommend, wouldn’t go again though. Rudas baths are so so much better.
Written May 19, 2022
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Francesca H
Camborne, UK340 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited in March 2024 and it was half closed. Of the outdoor pools, only the thermal pool was open but it was lovely. Inside there were a few more baths of different temperatures and a couple of jets. Palatinus is cheaper than the other thermal baths so it's a good budget option. It has a nice setting in the Magrit island park. We visited Szechenyi, Rudas and Veli Bej and preferred them all to palatinus. In addition, the baths are very unfriendly for people with disabilities. There are lifts but they individually only go to certain floors so we found it impossible not to use the stairs despite trying! Also when we arrived there was a big no entry sign at the way in which seems rather strange! We almost gave up because we thought it was closed. It's probably more fun in summer when I presume more of it will be open. It was as though it was asleep for the winter and hadn't realised it was spring!
Written March 17, 2024
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Ian G
Liverpool, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Just can't understand any poor review. The baths are very cheap if you're going for the day. Me, my wife and little girl who was free cost around £15. They have loads of outdoor pools, the kids areas are fantastic and shallow and safe enough. We couldn't get my daughter out. There's tonnes of snack bars selling street food, burgers, langos, beers, cocktails, ice cream, even accessories and many more at prices you'd pay on the streets.

The indoor area is also great, steam room, hot sauna, aroma sauna, cold and hot plunge, thermal pool and all very clean. Loads of free lockers, large changing rooms, lifts, everything! Even walking round the complex is nice.
Written June 4, 2022
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Martina B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Pools are quite good, water was nicely warm as is usual in thermal pools. Line for the slides was too long, water in them cold. There were too many people but that is no wonder in July and hot weather.
Bad situation happened to us by trying to buy drinks and food. After waiting about 15 minutes in line we were told to pay only with credit card. I didnt notice a sign saying payment in cash is not possible. We left with two thirsty and hungry children right away.
Terrible experience for us.
Written July 9, 2023
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243laidbacktraveller
Lancaster27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Spent the day with the family at Palatinus Strand baths on Margaret Island Budapest and had a fantastic day.

Margaret Island is a beautiful place to visit and the baths are the icing on the cake.

The baths offer changing facilities, lockers and a variety of indoor and outdoor pools including a wave pool, water slides, swimming pool, activity pool, children’s pool’ thermal pools and main relaxation pool.

Lots of sun loungers around the ‘beach’ area and all for the price of less than £7pp for the entire day - unbelievable!!!

Booked online on their own website which has an English version so booking was easy.

Food and drink was readily available, good choice and good price but you can also bring in your own food/snacks and drinks if that suits your family or your budget.

Card payment only but can load cash onto a payment card at reception which can be topped up throughout the day and any balance left will be refunded prior to leaving.

I have travelled to many places in Europe and further afield and never found anything that was better value for money and in such a beautiful setting in the park (which is free) where you can stay into the evening and have a drink, food and enjoy the entertainment on offer
Written June 3, 2022
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Katy
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Myself and my friend visited here this week and we were grateful to have found somewhere like this as the sun exceed 40 degrees on most days, it was very cheap and we got to use our student cards for discount the grounds surrounding are beautiful. There are lots of food places to choose from and reasonably priced. There is probably about 7 pools doted around and a small water park, however they are very dirty and lots of stagnant water and thick black slime which you will find floating about so this was very off putting. Not sure what the cleaning regime of the pools are but as I say the grounds are lovely and people didn’t seem that bothered by the dirty water.
Written July 21, 2022
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Georgia G
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Definitely the most fun and kid friendly of the thermal baths. Outside baths were great and clean. The slides were a lot of fun as was the wave pool. Good selection of food on site, could easily spend the whole day. Inside baths were limited - quite small and only one sauna was open but didn’t affect our visit
Written August 18, 2022
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Girl Takes Mundo
Manchester, UK149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
As a returning visitor to Budapest and travel writer for Girltakesmundo .com, I’ve visited many of the iconic thermal spas in the city. If you are looking for a more local family friendly thermal spa then Palatinus is a great option for you. Less architecturally beautiful than many of the others such as Gellert and Lukacs but comes with a wave pool, multiple food vendors (accepting only credit cards) and set in the pretty Margaret island.
Written August 27, 2023
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Piotr Imielski
Gdynia, Poland12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Pools are ok but Staff is dramatic. Almost nobady speak English in this International place and they are Talking every day other infotmations. In ticket office I Got information that I can go with 6 years doughter on slides. We Got tickets, doughter want to go there very much and Staff on pool sad No!!!! When I spoko with other gay with nown English he sad ok. Two days later the same situations and supervisor with stupid smile sad No even we use it 2 days before!!! In Poland in aquaparks she can go on bigger and Foster even slids. Any discount for that , any sory even want to say that I'm laying becouse in he's opiniom nobady could agregaty for that and any ask to check it coldnt help becouse he nown I'm right.
Complete lack of professionalism and it is disappointing. On Photo wife and doughter on this
Written July 17, 2021
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umlaith
oman326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We spent 4 hours here and it was very enjoyable. The kids enjoyed the water slides (my kids are teens and a tween so pretty self sufficient however if you have younger kids you need to keep an eye on them at the base pool of the slides as the "life guard" there seemed very easily distracted). The staff at the top of the slides seemed a little hap-hazard with the distance between two people entering the slide but then I guess I depends what kind of safety rules you are use to. The wave pool is announced over the PA 5 mins before it starts and it gets very crowded so watch your little ones but lots of fun. We only spent time in the outdoor pools and thermal baths so I can not comment on the others but all was good with these. you need a swimming cap if you are wanting to swim in the "lap pool". Goggles come in handy but not required. Make sure you bring flip-flops and a towel. It was very easy to get a small token card (you can attach it to the wristband and swim with it) that you can add money to and this is used at the food outlets then what ever is remaining on the cards is refunded to you when you return the token. (side note the lady working the cash counter on Fri 12th Aug was so very nice and helpful) Also when you buy your ticket you all get a wrist band that allows you to use a vacant locker and it will lock using the code in your wristband only so i felt very safe. Don't bother to rent a "cabin" it is basically a change room and there are plenty on the locker room floor for you to use (no communal changing here). If you want sun-loungers / chairs then you need to get there early, otherwise there was plenty of areas to thrown down your towel. Then near the pools there are more smaller lockers if you want to put in your valuables while swimming, again these seemed to go pretty quick. we got a txi to Margaret Island but be aware that they can only drop you at the entrance and from there is was about a 15 minute walk down to the entrance of the pools via a lovely park. Overall a really satisfying and pleasant experience.
Written August 14, 2022
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