Széchenyi Baths and Pool
Széchenyi Baths and Pool
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 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
About
Szechenyi Baths and Pool in Budapest is a beloved Neo-Baroque spa complex that has been around for over a century. With 15 indoor pools, saunas, massage and facial facilities, and three outdoor pools featuring whirlpools and water jets, there's plenty of relaxation to be had. The mineral-rich hot springs that feed the pools are believed to have therapeutic benefits, too. Unique experiences include the beer spa and the summer 'Sparty', a mega party held on the premises. Get there early for fewer crowds, and don't forget to bring your own towel and flip-flops. To skip the lines, consider booking a tour, which may even include a massage. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Zugló
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  • Széchenyi fürdő • 3 min walk
  • Állatkert • 5 min walk
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  • ElinJanitz
    Moss, Norway212 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sadly disappointing
    Oh, how I would have loved to visit this establishment when it opened 110 years ago, what a magnificent experience that would have been! Today it's grandeur has sadly fainted a fair bit, although I still appreciate the faded beauty. But all in all it was a disappointing visit. We went quite late in the afternoon but the place was still packed. The showers and locker rooms in the basement smelled like a place where it's never dry. I quite enjoyed the outdoor hot pool despite all the people, but the indoor section was the biggest letdown for me. Extremely crowded, every pool was packed, and because of the acoustics the noise from all the people talking loudly amongst themselves was deafening. Worst of all, the water in the indoor pools looked really dirty, no way was I going in any of those. I think you need to visit when they open at 7AM to avoid the crowds, the noise and the dirty water. Bring slippers and a towel, what they sell you on site is a ripoff with poor quality. Bathing cap is only mandatory in the cold swimmingpool. outside.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • tmp0010
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive historic building with large complex of baths
    An impressive building and big complex of Baths. Entry is quite pricey but worth it. We had on our own locakable changing room to leave belongings. Wide choice of indoor thermal pools from 20 to 40 degrees. Large outdoor pools including lanes swimming pool. It does quite crowded so best to get there early.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Juan C
    Las Vegas, Nevada456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience!
    Better than expected. I bought the tickets on the Széchenyi Baths website in advance without any problem. I got to the Széchenyi Baths, and everything turned out to be smooth. They assigned me my cabin and from there I went to enjoy the baths. Lots of indoor baths with hot springs at different temperatures to enjoy. Three huge outdoor pools, two thermal and one for swimming. The day I visited the Széchenyi Baths was a weekday at the end of June, although there were many people it was not overcrowded, so I was able to enjoy all the baths magnificently. Despite the number of people, it turned out to be a safe place. Every employee I interacted with, from the front desk staff, cleaners, and baths attendants, were all friendly and informative. Everything was immaculately clean and hygienic.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Yocelyn a
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice pools, disgusting food at the restaurant inside the place
    The pools and saunas are great but the food that the restaurant inside the place is extremely expensive and disgusting! We paid 62 euros for one schnitzel with fries and two goulash that were just fast! The most expensive food that wasn’t worth it at all! Please be condescend with people that have to pay a high price just to get in!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • ErnestC
    Hong Kong, China12 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long queue to enter
    Easily accessible by subway M1. Arrived and found 2 long lines - 1 for those who bought on-line tickets and 1 for walk ins. We did not buy tickets in advance but looking at the crowd turned me off. Left rightaway.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • TravelDad75
    New York63 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early, Leave Early
    I don't think this is a great place to spend all day, probably a couple of hours is good enough. I would recommend you go early to get the discount tickets and have almost no crowds. Bring a towel and flip flops. The outdoor area is stunning. The indoor areas are from a high school gym, or the start of an 80s horror movie. The men's changing rooms are perfectly fine but my wife and teenage daughter really did not like the women's changing stalls. My wife said a few men even entered the women's room a couple of times! This is probably because the directions and signage aren't always clear. There are some workers wandering around so you can try to flag them down for questions. Overall, this isn't a great value but probably worth doing in Budapest. Most importantly: go early.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Colin Y
    228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do baths and saunas
    A must do in Budapest, get there early for the full value of a full day because you could spend a whole day here. The architecture and surroundings outside are stunning and it is lovely but busy in a sunny day. The interior saunas and baths are well worth wandering round and you will find the one for you! You could spend hours in some of them. Food is fine, not too expensive but more than most places. And prepare to get shouted at in the changing area for no apparent reason.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Mini on tour
    Glasgow, United Kingdom291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A historic building and a great experience
    Arrived at 7am for the Good Morning Budapest discounted ticket. It was initially very quiet, but started to get busy (and less enjoyable) after 9. Magnificent building - the outside pool area is star of the show. The inside pools are worth exploring. Most of the Sauna’s don’t get turned on until after 10am. Inexpensive massages available. Easy to get to from the metro (line 1 stop next to the building). Some people spend the entire day here - a couple of hours was fine for us - the perfect start to the day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • SallyGil
    Brough, United Kingdom129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great pool on a sunny day
    The spa was kind of what we expected. There was a huge queue outside but we had prebooked so could enter through the online ticket door rather than the ‘today tickets’ queue which was cool. The Sziget festival is on so maybe that’s why it was so busy on a Monday? Even being busy I still managed to find a locker easily and though there was no spare loungers, there was places I could leave my towel. The pools were busy but manageable. The really warm pool inside was gorgeous, like a big hot bath! I wouldn’t say it was relaxing, but it was fun to be in a pool in the sun!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Haitch
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underwhelmed and expensive spa trip
    The Spa was ok - wouldn't say was a full day experience! Told needed a hat - you dont need hat and flipflops were expensive (i left my at the hotel in error). Signage is limited and didn't really know what each of the pools were. Queue for food was long and expensive and not worth it. We were overcharged by 8000 but was hard to decipher what was what on the bill. The best bit was the really warm outdoor pool other than that a very expensive trip out.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
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declan molloy
Exeter, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
We decided to visit the Széchenyi Thermal Baths on our last day in Budapest in the morning. The tickets were relatively cheap and we bought them online to avoid queuing when we were there. The outdoor pools are very warm and a very unique experience. The whole complex has beautiful architecture and it is a very relaxing experience. The only downside is the sulphur smell that is very strong in the inside pools but other than that it was fantastic. I would recommend going in the morning as it’s less busy and leaves you feeling very refreshed for the rest of the day.
Written 11 February 2020
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Libby B
Limassol City, Cyprus22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Incredibly crowded, it took over an hour to get a ticket and the pools/saunas/etc were VERY crowded. If there was a lower limit to the amount of people gaining entry i feel it would greatly benefit the experience. Also the staff seemed a little grumpy and arent the most helpful. We asked for cabin tickets and got locker tickets so then had to pay for a cabin on top of that which took about 15 minutes because the staff were so u helpful.
That being said, it is a beautiful place and worth a visit. If we did our trip again would definitely still go.
Written 7 January 2020
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Carina
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Too much money for what it is. We were excited to come here because it’s very popular however I wouldn’t go again. The staff weren’t friendly, they didn’t greet you like you’d expect. There was 2 of us and we asked for 2 tickets when the woman behind the counter said there’s 2 different types of tickets one for a locker or for a cabin so as we are a couple we asked for a cabin which she charged us £21 each but as we shared we didn’t need the extra cabin so ended up spending more money than necessary. The pool is over crowded but it was a nice temperature which we both enjoyed. However, when walking into the indoor pools there was a smell of sewage straight away, very unpleasant odour all the way through we had to go back out as it was too strong to cope with. The Sauna rooms were also really smelly and crowded. The bar outside did not accept cash and as I’m coming on holiday from abroad I had to use my card which was not ideal as I get charged a fee via my bank so for 1 beer and a hot chocolate ended up costing over £10.

Not very happy to spend £42 for 1 hour in the outside pool for the both of us. The only lucky thing is we bought our own towels and slippers otherwise we would’ve spent a lot more and you are obligated to buy them off from there if you haven’t got your own which are ridiculous prices!
Written 18 January 2020
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tomparker44
Budapest, Hungary77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
First and foremost I can’t stress enough that if you can pay for the cabin it means you get a private place to change and it means that you have somewhere that you can keep your belongings the whole time you are there and it is less than £2 so it really should be done.
This was a really nice place to spend a couple of hours in Budapest in the afternoon. We really enjoyed relaxing in the outside pools the water was really nice and warm and the pool seemed clean there were handy lockers that you could keep any towels or other belongings in and this was all included with the price and you can access the lockers using your wristband at no extra cost.
The inside pools although there are 15 of which are all rather smaller and can get very busy creating a slightly awkward environment especially in the warmer pools and the inside had a rather unpleasant smell.
I would recommend bringing your own towels and flip flops. The later are compulsory and you are made to buy them when you arrive if you haven’t brought some and the towels are available to hire but are charged 3.000ft (5.000 ft deposit - 2.000ft returned) so this is a must to save unwanted spending.
You are also able to top up your wrist band to spend money at the bars/cafes I thought this was a very clever idea as it means you can keep your bank cards safe in your bag with the rest of your belongings.
Written 5 March 2020
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Ruth A
London, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I loved my visit to the Szechenyi baths. It is definitely a must do when in Budapest if only for the experience of the grand old building! Visiting during the colder months seemed a good choice as the place wasn't too crowded and being able to warm up in the outdoor pools was lovely.
At first we thought the entrance fee quite expensive - especially compared to the cost of other things in the city, but then once inside it is a large complex and you could easily spend the much of day there. Additional spa treatments looked quite pricey as well so I think it is very much the 'tourists' baths and priced as such. I would advise saving money by taking your own flip flops, towel and swimming cap (for large outdoor swimming pool). Even on the cold day we visited I am not sure hiring a robe is needed unless you really feel cold.
The place is a bit 'tired' and could probably do with a bit of a deep clean and spruce up. Some of the pools seemed not as clean as they might be with bits floating in them, perhaps more regular cleaning is required given how many people use the baths each day. (Having said this I am an anxious cleanliness obsessive and it wasn't enough to put me off so really not too bad!).
Overall, I loved my relaxing morning and can't wait to return at some point.
Tip - make sure you try out a couple of the saunas.
Also, don't let any of the reviews on the internet that mention finding your way around confusing or staff being rude. Staff were friendly and helpful and it's easy to find your way around and to work out lockers/ cabins etc.
Written 23 February 2020
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Bel92
United Kingdom77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
When visiting Budapest this has to be on your list of things to do, we came here in the afternoon after visiting Budapest Zoo (across the road)

We chose to share a cabin, roughy cost around £16-18 each and didn’t give any time limit on this. We didn’t pack any towels with us but luckily there is a renting service located downstairs. We paid a couple of pounds for towels and had to pay a refundable deposit!

Cabins are very basic and abit of a squeeze for 2 people, lockable with an electronic device which is on a wristband.

Fantastic experience in the thermal spas great on a cold day.

We brought a couple of drinks which were reasonably priced.

Tips

*Outside bar only takes card payments - no cash
*Take flip flops or sliders to wear outside
*We visited around 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, it was really busy and maybe quieter on weekdays
Written 6 April 2020
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traveladdict
Sunbury, UK157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
As the largest and most often pictured spa in Budapest I felt it needed a visit during a short break. I booked online before I went and believed I had booked a cabin, along with the package of flip flops, towel, shampoo and bottle of water. However, when I arrived they said I had only paid for a locker. Too tired to argue and needing to immerse myself into the hot waters of the spa, I hurriedly got changed in the changing rooms instead. Lockers are found all around the edge of the changing areas as well as outside. It was confusing how to lock the locker using the wristband but luckily one of the people working at the spa was on hand to help. Flip flops are a must; outside it was cold on the stone floor and inside very slippery, so they help to make your visit a little safer and also cleaner!

The pools themselves..... there are 3 pools outside. One is for lane swimming and you must wear a swimming hat. The other two are warmer, around 34 degrees, and are for relaxing, with a superb view of the spa buildings, the sunset and then the changing colours of the lights in the pools after dark.

Inside are numerous pools, from an 18 degree cold plunge pool through to 40 degrees in the hottest pool. Saunas and steam rooms are also included in the entrance ticket, although massages and entry to the beer spa are extra.

Outdoor pools are lovely, warm and clean, although crowded at times. Indoor pools are very dated, not dirty as some reviews state, but more in need of a spruce up - a coat of paint and new tile grout would help! Yes, the indoor pools are smelly, but it's not of urine, rather of sulphur and minerals along with a general damp smell. Nothing too pungent though!

So, along with flip flops you should take 2 towels as the one you wrap yourself in between pools and to move between indoor and outdoor pools will get soaked. Leave a fresh one in your locker for afterwards. The towel included in my package was an ample size and a nice souvenir, embroidered with the spa name.

To sum it up, the spa was easy to find and walk to from the city centre and I spent a relaxing few hours there. To earn a 5th star they need to be clearer with their online booking so you know what is included and there could be better signage and instructions around the place to help visitors.
Written 19 February 2020
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JollyRungay
London, UK443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visiting in February it was 7 degrees outside with cold wind. However you forget it is cold outside when you are in the thermal spa at 28 degrees. We took the bus 72 from the city which takes you outside the spa. We paid about £25 for a small cabin (changing room) which can be locked. Take swimming costume, towel and flip flops. Otherwise you end up buying at the spa. Food area only took card no cash. Enjoy for 3 or 4 hours of jumping in and out of the spa outside, inside and sauna rooms.
Written 7 February 2020
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Nick W
Birmingham770 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Beautiful old buildings with numerous indoor pools at differing temperatures and of course the 2 large outdoor pools at 38c. I you can afford it get a private's booking which comes with a private room to change and shower and complementary champagne and robes etc. The pools are crowded and the water can get rather "murky" as the day wears on so my advice is to go early! We went on Christmas day. Staff were lovely BTW.
Written 2 January 2020
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ian m
swansea55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Had an enjoyable morning with my wife here in february. The outside large pool is very warm at 38c. It wasn't too cold outside, the air temp being about 7c, but transitioning from inside the building to the outside would be chilly without a robe.

There are numerous pools inside, with the warmest being 38c, although i enjoyed the one at 34c

It's very easy to get here, as there's a metro stop just yards from the baths. It's very straightforward to gain entry, just pay your money and you get a electronic wrist band for your lockers.There are cabins to change out of your clothes into your trunks, etc.
Written 8 March 2020
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