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Gellert Baths vs Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi Baths or Gellert Baths

Gellert Baths or Szechenyi Thermal Baths - Which Is Best?

The city of Budapest is famed for its beautiful architecture, incredible food and its offering of thermal baths and spas.

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Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi is the largest thermal baths in Budapest, as well as the largest medical bath in the whole of Europe. Consisting of 18 pools, as well as saunas, a steam room, spa facilities and immersion pools, Szechenyi Baths are one of the most popular destinations for both tourists and locals in Budapest.

Gellert Baths

Gellert Baths

While the Gellert Baths are quite as large as the Szechenyi Baths, they're still an incredibly popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. Opened in 1918, the Gellert Baths are home to a range of thermal pools, ranging from temperatures of 19°C to 40°C, and have a selection of immersion pools, spa treatments and facilities as well as plenty of thermal baths for you to enjoy.

When it comes to choosing which one to visit, however - Szechenyi Baths or Gellert Baths - it can be quite hard to make your decision unless you can thoroughly compare them both.

The table below will show you a brief comparison of both thermal baths to help you make your decision about which one is best.

Compare between Szechenyi Baths and Gellert Baths

Szechenyi Baths

Gellert Baths

TripAdvisor 4/5 stars

26,684 reviews

#1 of 137 spas and wellness in Budapest

3.5/6 stars

9,285 reviews

#23 of 137 spas and wellness in Budapest

Architecture Palace-like structure (largest thermal baths in Europe) complete with outdoor pools and marbled architecture Most famous Art Nouveau-style building home to thermal baths in the whole of Budapest and Europe. Often referred to as the “Palace of Baths”
Experience
  • Largest and most popular thermal baths in Budapest - with millions of visitors every year
  • 18 pools, including indoor, outdoor, immersion pools and spa facilities
  • Luxury spa treatments such as VIP massages and couple's private treatment rooms
  • Private cabins and lockers available
  • New Year's Eve and winter parties hosted here
  • Thermal pools, immersion pools, saunas and steam rooms to enjoy
  • Spa packages and treatments available
  • Medicinal treatments for prescribed patients
  • Incredible outdoor wave pool for both children and adults to enjoy
  • Sunbathing terrace overlooking Gellert Hill and the Danube River
How Long It Takes to see Locals spend as little as 15 minutes here, but you can spend as much as 8 to 12 hours experiencing every that it has to offer Depending on the experience you want to have, you can spend as little as 30 minutes (in the thermal pools) all the way to all day if you want to experience the spa packages and treatments
Opening Times 6am to 10pm every day

Open 365 days of the year

6am to 8pm every day

365 days per year

Best Times to Visit Early morning or late evening, especially during the weekend as the baths are incredibly busy on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Low season months from November to March are less busy Early mornings or later in the evening are the best times to go. Low season, particularly in the winter months are also much quieter and less crowded with tourists
How Much Does It Cost?
  • Szechenyi Bath ticket with cabin: 6,300 Ft - 6,500 (weekdays and weekends, respectively)
  • Szechenyi Bath ticket with locker: 5,800 Ft - 6,000 Ft (weekdays and weekends, respectively)
  • Gellert Bath ticket with cabin: 6,600 Ft - 6,800 Ft (weekdays and weekends, respectively)
  • Gellert Bath ticket with locker: 6,200 Ft - 6,400 Ft (weekdays and weekends, respectively)
Is It Right for Me? Children over the age of 14 are permitted in the baths, children who are not fully toilet trained are not permitted in any pools, children under 14 are permitted in some pools but not in pools that are more than 33°C The same rules apply for almost every thermal bath in Budapest - children over the age of 14 are permitted in the baths, children who are not fully toilet trained are not permitted in any pools, children under 14 are permitted in some pools but not in pools that are more than 33°C
How to Get There? Hotel pick-up with your ticket

Several buses and metro links available

Within walking distance from Charles Bridge and Gellert Hill

Hotel transfers and pick-up available

Metro links and bus routes

Things to do Nearby
  • Vajdahunyad Castle
  • Heroes Square
  • Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Gellert Hill/ Liberty Statue
  • Danube River
  • Chain Bridge
  • River cruises
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