This baths is located in Buda, directly located on a bus line (take 7 or 7A, which drops you off at the door). I had a curious incident buying my ticket; a lady, speaking in English, was guiding all the tourists to buy the combination thermal + pool ticket (4200HUF), her explanation being that the thermal tickets had “sold out” for the day. That didn’t make any sense to me, so I asked her to clarify, and she mentioned something about it being crowded and there weren’t any lockers left (it still didn’t make much sense, unless the locker vs. cabin situation was tied to the thermal ticket only being allotted a locker). Anyway, as I prepared to pay at the counter, the cashier there asked if I wanted the thermal ticket, then quoted 3600HUF. I tried to explain what the first lady had mentioned, but she didn’t speak English well enough to understand. When the first staff member intervened, they ended up selling me just the thermal ticket (rather than combination), and it rings up at 3300HUF. I was confused how the price of the ticket could have changed 3 times within 10min; I’d like to think the staff at this bath wasn’t trying to upsell tourists to a higher-priced ticket, but I don’t know how else to account for the discrepancy.
Anyhow, the bath itself is rather nice. It’s known for being quite old, dating from the 15th century. Inside, it is Turkish in style, with stone walls, a domed ceiling with cutout glass windows (it was night when I went, so there was no light streaming through the colored glass). It’s dimly lit, and foggy. There is one big circular bath in the middle, then 4 smaller baths to the sides (2 cooler, and 2 hotter). Bars surround this center pool, and people were hanging towels off it; some men were also doing pull-ups, which only adds to that archaic, gymnasium feel. There is a steam sauna that I didn’t use, and a dry sauna, that’s partitioned into 3 rooms (getting progressively hotter); the hottest dry sauna was a mere 80C, so traditionalists of the Finnish styled sauna probably wouldn’t approve. There is also a cold dipping pool after steaming. I went on a weekend, which is for co-ed use. My bracelet actually unlocked a cabin, and I saw no locker room anywhere (leading me to think there is no locker room -- this makes sense, because most days of the week, this bath is reserved for single-sex use). In the end, for 3300HUF, I’d recommend a visit. The baths are historic, and you do get that sense of stepping back in time. But if you end up paying over 4000 forints, then you might as well go to a bigger bath with nicer facilities like Szechenyi.
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