Budapest is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after cities in Europe. With its eclectic combination of ruin pubs and bars, delicious cuisines, fantastic culture and incredible thermal baths, it's no wonder why millions of tourists flock there every single year.
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath is one of the most beloved and popular things to do while in the Hungarian capital city and for good reason; it's the idyllic place to spend a couple of hours relaxing and enjoying everything that this wondrous spa has to offer.
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in the whole of Europe. It's a stunning spa set in the heart of Budapest whose water is supplied by two thermal springs; consisting of temperatures of 74 °C and 77 °C.
At the Szechenyi Spa, you can expect to enjoy both medical and wellness services, providing to you by experts in the spa industry. You can also enjoy relaxing in the baths at your own leisure, and with impeccable facilities such as saunas, water aerobics and gymnastics, as well as a choice of 18 pools throughout the complex!
The Szechenyi Thermal Baths are a must-see when visiting Budapest as they originate all the way back from 1913, when they originally opened to the public.
Whether you're visiting to indulge in a relaxing and replenishing spa treatment, or you just want to explore the vast offering of thermal spa pools yourself, the Szechenyi Thermal Bath is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours while in Budapest.
Depending on when you visit the Szechenyi Baths, as well as the kind of experience that you expect from your time there, you can expect to pay different amounts of money.
You can choose from the daily ticket or season tickets option - the season tickets are probably only worth it if you live in Budapest or you're planning to visit the spa at least a few times a year.
As well as there being a difference in price between daily tickets and season tickets, you can also expect to pay more money to visit the spa on a weekend.
Prices (Hungarian Forint)
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As well as the above, you can also pay for the Spa Beauty Package at Szechenyi Baths, which will cost you a total of 22,000 Ft.
These thermal baths also offer an incredible range of spa services and treatments such as mud-cures, massages and underwater physiotherapy. Prices for these types of treatments range from 800 Ft to 2,200 Ft.
One of the great things about the Szechenyi Baths is that they're open every day, meaning that regardless of when you visit, you can be sure to enjoy a long and relaxing time there.
The Baths are open every single day from 6am until 10pm; meaning you can enjoy them both at sunrise and sunset should you wish to.
Szechenyi Thermal Baths are even open on public holiday such as Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but with slightly shorter opening hours during the day.
What's more, at the Szechenyi Baths, you can expect to enjoy a plethora of events throughout winter and the festive period; including a New Year's Eve party as well as Magic Bath Parties that are held throughout winter.
The Szechenyi Baths are not only the largest thermal baths in Budapest, but they're also the most popular. Celebrating their 106th birthday this year, the Szechenyi Baths have welcomed over 100 million people into their spas and pools over the last 100 years.
There are 18 pools to be enjoyed at the Szechenyi Thermal Baths, which are open every single day throughout the year; even on bank holidays and public holidays!
Even if you're not planning to stay long in Budapest, a visit to the Szechenyi Baths is still an absolute must. While at the Thermal Bath, you can enjoy frolicking in the whirlpools, indulge in an underwater massage and soak your body in the springs of the many pools throughout the complex.
The Thermal Spa part of the Szechenyi Baths is where you can enjoy a plethora of luxurious spa treatments and services.
There are so many incredible treatments, medical services and luxury packages to enjoy at the spa at Szechenyi.
Opt for a swim in one of the many pools, then head to the sauna or steam rooms to really revitalise your skin. Once you've finished that, luxuriate in a mud treatment or medical massage and finish off with a spot of Aquafit.
One of the incredible benefits and features of the Szechenyi Baths is that you can obtain plenty of treatments that are of specific medical prescriptions only. While there are still so many spa activities to enjoy even without medical necessity, it's nice to know that you can head to the spa at Szechenyi if you require the likes of a carbon dioxide bath or a specific medical massage.
The cabins at the Szechenyi Baths are small changing rooms that are combined with storage facilities. The price of these are slightly more expensive than the standard locker prices but it means that you have a place to get changed, as well as to store your belongings in a safe and secure place.
While it's certainly not a necessity to have your own cabin while visiting Szechenyi Baths, it does mean that you're entitled to a little bit more privacy than if you were to just use the standard male/female changing rooms.
There are dozens of parties that are housed at the Szechenyi Baths throughout the year, including almost-weekly parties throughout the summer months, as well as Christmas and New Year parties too.
When purchasing tickets to the bath parties, it's important to note that the price of your ticket will include your entrance to the party which lasts from around 10.30pm until 3am. It will also include the price of your locker storage throughout the evening, so you can rest-assured that your belongings will be safe.
The bath party season runs from the beginning of February, until the end of September, with most events occurring on a Saturday night, nearly every week.
There is also the pre-New Year's Eve party to enjoy at the Szechenyi Baths which is held every year on the 30th December.
Tickets for parties at Szechenyi often sell out very quickly, so it's imperative to reserve your ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
When it comes to planning a visit to the Szechenyi Baths, it can be quite overwhelming at first as you're sure to want to fit as much as possible into your time there.
There are a few things to keep in mind when planning your visit, including how long you should stay, what you should wear and whether the thermal bath or spa is better.
How much time you wish to spend at the Szechenyi Baths really depends on your own personal preference; there isn't really one set period of time.
Many locals may choose to visit the baths for just 15 minutes on a morning before they head into work, but if you want to truly make the most out of your stay then a good few hours is probably advisable.
The length of time you should spend there also depends on what you plan to do at the Szechenyi Baths. For example, if you just want to explore the range of pools there then you won't require as much time as if you were to indulge in a few spa treatments, for example.
Many first-time visitors to the baths have no idea of the correct thing to wear when swimming and visiting the spa at the Szechenyi Baths.
The dress code is relatively simple, in that there is to be no nudity at any time. However, if the most important and private parts of your body are always covered, then your choice of swimwear is entirely up to you.
Women are advised to wear bikinis or full piece swimsuits that suitably cover their private areas and may also wear shorts and a top if they wish to.
Men are also required to the most basic standard of swimwear, including the likes of Speedos, as long as everything important is covered appropriately.
Swimming caps are compulsory in the main swimming pool but are not required in any of the other 17 pools.
Furthermore, these dress code standards also apply to children over the age of 14 (as children under the age of 14 are not permitted in the Szechenyi Baths).
It's also advised that you should wear appropriate hats and sun cream on hot days throughout the summer
If you're planning to visit the Szechenyi Baths for a good few hours, then it's a good idea to factor in both the thermal bath and spa.
The thermal baths are the more relaxed areas of the Baths, where you can enjoy the hot thermal water without feeling too much pressure to just sit and relax; you can make the experience your own.
However, if you're looking for a more dedicated relaxation experience whereby you can enjoy a vast range of spa experiences then the Szechenyi Baths Spa will be better suited to you.
The Spa includes an offering of medical services, thorough treatments and plenty of in-depth experiences that will relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate you.
Of course, the main difference between the Szechenyi Baths and its Spa, is the price. You can expect to pay more if you want to use the spa services such as indulging in a thermal massage, pedicure or specific medical treatments.
It goes without saying that weekends at the Szechenyi Baths will be much busier than during the week as both locals and tourists descend upon them.
If you're looking to visit when it's much less crowded and not filled with tourists, then early morning (between 6am and 8am) is the best time to go.
The summer months (June to September) are also the busiest times of year for the Szechenyi Baths so it may be best to avoid visiting during these months if you want a less crowded experience.
It's entirely dependent on your personal preferences as to whether private cabins or lockers are the best option.
Lockers are the cheaper option when visiting the Szechenyi Baths, but private cabins offer more privacy as you'll also be equipped with your own personal changing space.
When it comes to food and drink while visiting the Szechenyi Baths, you'll be pleased to know that there is a plethora of options for you to enjoy.
You can bring your own food and drink to the baths (providing that you don't eat while in the pools) or you can pay a visit to the cafeteria where you'll find a range of snacks, small meals and plenty of cold drinks to keep you hydrated.
Below you can find our recommendations for the best Széchenyi Baths tours and tickets options. Our criteria for choosing the best tours is based on customer reviews and ratings, as well as making sure you get the best value for your money.
This skip-the-line full day entrance pass to the Szechenyi Baths is one of the best tours on this guide.
For less than £18 per person, you get access to one of the most popular thermal spas in Europe, which is home to 18 different thermal spas and pools. Make use of your own locker so you can rest-assured that your belongings are safe while enjoying your visit.
Duration: 1 day
This tour is such great value for money as it allows you to get a true experience of Budapest for such an affordable price.
With your ticket, you'll be able to experience everything that the Szechenyi Baths have to offer with their 18 different thermal spa pools. You'll also be able to indulge in a delicious river cruise meal or drinks at night time along the Danube River.
Duration: 1 day
The Szechenyi Spa Visit with Hotel Pickup tour is great value for money while in Budapest as you can enjoy the luxury of being picked up from your hotel without worrying about making your own way to the baths.
Once you're there, you can enjoy all 18 of the pools, including both the indoor and outdoor ones.
Duration: 2 hours
This Szechenyi Spa Entrance Pass with Massage allows you to fully relax and unwind while at the spa as you'll have full use of all the pools as well as an indulgent massage.
The Szechenyi Baths are famed for their impressive thermal spring spas as well as their impeccable spa services such as massages so make sure you take full advantage of your time there!
Duration: 1 day
This tour is ideal for those looking for something a bit more fun when visiting the Szechenyi Baths as you get the option to take home a range of spa goodies including flip flops, shampoo and shower gel and an I Love Spa towel.
As well as that, you'll also get to spend a full time enjoying all the pools and facilities of the baths.
Duration: 1 day
This skip-the-line tour of the Szechenyi Baths is excellent value for money as you get to enjoy a full day of exploring the baths, without wasting time queuing for entrance.
You'll also be able to enjoy both the indoor or outdoor pools, regardless of the time of year you visit.
Duration: 1 day
This tour is perfect if you want a taste of what the Szechenyi Baths have to offer. You can spend the whole day relaxing in the many pools, steam rooms and saunas, with the option to upgrade your ticket so you can enjoy a 20-minute massage as well.
Duration: 9 hours
While this might be one of the most expensive tours on this list, it's also one of the very best. This is because you're able to enjoy everything that the spa offers, with the ability to indulge in a luxury VIP massage as well.
Duration: 12 hours
For your convenience, this skip-the-line tour allows you to benefit from the pick-up service that will take you directly to the Szechenyi Baths.
Once you've arrived, you can enjoy a full day of relaxing in the many pools and spa facilities.
Duration: 1 day
If you're looking for a decadent experience, then look no further than this VIP massage tour of the Szechenyi Baths.
Your experience here will be relaxing and invigorating, with the thermal pools allowing you to relax as well as indulging in a VIP massage from the expert spa team.
Duration: 60-minute massage (1-day entrance to baths)
The Szechenyi Baths in Budapest are one of the best things to do while in the Hungarian capital city. There are so many free things to do in Budapest, but a visit to the Szechenyi Baths will inevitably be one of the very best things you can enjoy.
If you want to spend a full day at the Szechenyi Baths but are a little short on time, then the best way to get around the city is to make use of the Budapest Hop on Hop off bus tour. This way you'll be able to explore more of the city from a unique perspective.
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