Szechenyi Bath FAQ

Szechenyi Baths FAQ: frequently asked questions about Szechenyi Baths and Pool, Budapest, the number 1 thermal bath complex, and one of the beautiful historical palaces in the Hungarian capital. Let’s see some of the questions tourists usually ask about Szechenyi Bath (Szechenyi Furdo).

Is it worth going to Szechenyi Baths?

Szechenyi Baths and Pool, Budapest - Aerial photo

Szechenyi Baths and Pool, Budapest – Aerial photo by Civertan

Based on Budapest tourists’ reviews, professional bath reviews and travel guide writers’ accounts, the general Ratings of Szechenyi Spa Bath are truly good, so it is well worth a visit, or more. We strongly encourage tourists to see some more baths in Budapest, as each has a historical architecture and its own strengths. For time constraints, if you are on a short visit in Budapest, perhaps the best choice is Szechenyi Bath. Many tourists say it was the highlight of their stay in Budapest, but some tourists expected something different, dim lights, more quiet. Szechenyi Bath gets quiet and dim in the evening, and at night. But by day time, do not expect serene tranquility. And yes, one more thing: natural spring waters have a special smell due to the mineral content. Some tourists found the smell strange. So be warned, the waters are smelly, and wonderfully smelly, hence their healing property.

If you hesitate between Gellert Baths and Szechenyi Baths, here are some ideas and help to compare them: Szechenyi Bath or Gellert Bath, which is better?

How much are tickets to the Szechenyi Baths?

Swimming Pool and Thermal Bath Szechenyi Bath Budapest Mikep

Swimming in Thermal Szechenyi Bath – Mikep Photography

Szechenyi Baths entrance fees are affordable and flexible. Admission fees can be as cheap as HUF 4,600 up to HUF 6,200. That is, the bath ticket prices range from roughly 16 to 21 Euros. See the detailed pricelist of Szechenyi Baths tickets here.

In general, early morning (6 am – 8 am) and late evening (7 pm – 10 pm) tickets are cheaper. Weekend fees are more expensive than weekday ones. Szechenyi Baths – just like the rest of the Budapest Baths – have a slightly complicated rate chart based on the following parameters:

  • Weekdays: weekdays are cheaper
  • By Day: by day tickets are more pricey
  • Lockers / cabins: lockers are cheaper. See what is a cabin and a locker.
  • Massages: 20 min aroma massages start at HUF 6,200 (approx. 21 Euros).

Can I buy tickets in advance?

Yes, you can buy tickets in advance on the spot (at the bath) and via internet too. You can make your online ticket purchase here: Szechenyi Bath Online Tickets. The online tickets come with a private cabin, and fast track entry, which is especially comfortable in the peak hours.

Note: Szechenyi Bath Party Tickets are different from the day time bath tickets!

Can I go to Szechenyi Bath with my spouse?

Szechenyi Baths and Pool on Budapest Tourist MapSzechenyi Bath pools are fully coed.

All the 18 pools, inside 15 specialty pools and outside 3 bigger ones. You can enjoy bathing together.

Where is Szechenyi Bath? Is it far from the city centre?

Szechenyi Bath is on the Pest side, in District 14 (XIV on maps), in the biggest park of Budapest called the City Park (Varosliget). Although it’s slightly off the city centre, it is very easy to get there fast and without any hassle with the metro from Deak square (or Vorosmarty square at the river Danube): the trip is about 15 minutes, and it takes you right there to the Szechenyi Bath. Metros (in fact, quirky old-fashioned underground trains) go every 5-8 minutes very reliably. Note: don’t forget to validate your tickets as ticket inspectors are the worst in Budapest. Sorry. Here’s Szechenyi Bath on Budapest Tourist Map:

 

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Underground (Millenary metro) Budapest

Underground (Millenary metro) Budapest

As you can see on the Budapest tourist map, Szechenyi Baths is just a few minutes walk from several top Budapest attractions, like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Heroes’ square, the Millennial Monument, Andrassy Avenue, the art nouveau Budapest Zoo and botanical garden, the Amusement Park, the House – all scattered around the big green area of the park.

The very same metro will take you to the House of Terror Museum in 5 minutes.

How can I get to Szechenyi Bath?

Szechenyi Bath is in the City Park (Varosliget) in Budapest. The easiest way to get there is to get on the metro: there is a metro station called Szechenyi Furdo, so you cannot miss it – you will need the yellow line metro.

Trolley Bus Budapest

Trolley Bus Budapest

Alternatively, you can take the trolleybus number 72 (only trolley buses, also known as trackless buses or electric buses run in the City Park to reduce fumes)

Address:
Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő és Uszoda
Allatkerti krt. 11. Budapest H-1146
Phone: +36-1-363-3210

What are the opening times of Szechenyi Baths?

Opening hours: there are separate opening times for the pools and for the steam at Szechenyi Baths:

  • The pools open at early morning, 6am and close quite late at 10pm.
  • The steam is open from 6am to 7pm.

When should I go to Szechenyi Bath?

Budapest Winter Sights Szechenyi Spa Baths

Budapest Winter Szechenyi Spa Baths – Natalie Wilson Photography

Szechenyi Bath is pretty popular all year round amongst locals and tourists of all ages alike. Even in winter you can safely and easily swim in the warm waters of the pools, including the outside (!) pools while the weather is chilly. As you would expect, summer weekends tend to be the most packed at Szechenyi, so go to the bath on a weekday if your schedule is flexible. (in this respect we do not share what Frommer’s guide writes “Crowds of bathers including many families and tourists visit the palatial unisex outdoor swimming pool, but due to its size, it never feels overcrowded.” – italics added.

What should I take with me to Szechenyi Baths?

Grab your swim suit, towel, flip-flop / slippers, and if you want to do laps a swimming cap (you can also rent them for extra charge on the spot). And don’t forget to take a robe if you visit Szechenyi Bath in cooler-colder weather. The bathing cap is only needed for the cool water pools if you want to swim laps, not needed in the thermal baths and the pool with the whirlpool.

Leave your valuables at home. Seriously. There are lockers in Szechenyi Bath to keep your belongings while soaking in the pools, but some tourists reported missing items in the last few years, so you had better be proactive.

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How many pools are there at Szechenyi Baths?

Szechenyi Spa Baths Indoor Pool

Szechenyi Spa Baths Indoor Pool

Szechenyi Bath has 18 pools of various sizes and special effects. There are 15 pools inside and 3 pools outside (1 normal swimming pool, 1 thermal water pool and one with airjets / jacuzzis). Altogether the 18 pools can accommodate approx. 1,500 people (including kids in the special kid pools). According to Frommer’s travel guide “From the outside, you’d never believe its enormity, but once inside it is humungous with a variety of water temperature pools including a whirlpool that spins you around.”

What is the temperature of Szechenyi Bath Pools?

The temperature of  the 18 baths at Szechenyi Baths ranges from 20°C – 38 °C (68-100 degrees Fahrenheit). The thermal sitting pool is the warmest, 38 °C, the swimming pool is 27 °C.

Are there any good restaurants by Szechenyi Baths?

I got hungry. Where can I eat after Szechenyi Baths? Here’s a short list of restaurants next to Szechenyi Spa Bath

Can I book massages at Szechenyi Spa Bath in advance?

Massage Therapy in Szechenyi Spa Baths

Massage Therapy in Szechenyi Spa Baths

You can book the official Szechenyi Bath massage treatments online at a fair price. The massage packages include:

  • 1 massage treatment of your chosen length (0.5 – 1 hour)
  • 1 bath entry
  • 1 bath cabin (to store and to get changed)
  • 1 fast track admission (skip the queue)

For a cheap and short massage, you can get the 30 minute Aroma massage in Szechenyi Baths in a little private massage room. Couples / friends can save 5-6 Euros by choosing a couple’s massage package, like a Harmony Massage therapy. Double the items above.

Another option is to book a massage at one of the massage companies at Szechenyi Bath rather than using the massage facilities offered by the bath itself. Click the link to get contact info on each of the massage parlours at Szechenyi Spa Bath.

Are there any fun spa parties in Szechenyi Bath?

Big smile Budapest Sparty Cinetrip Szechenyi Bath

Big smile Budapest Sparty Cinetrip Szechenyi Bath

There are Saturday late night parties in summer time. They are called Szecska sparties (spa parties) organised by Cinetrip, or the more spectacular ones are dubbed Water Circus or Future Disco with all kinds of performances, e.g. the New Year’s Eve Szechenyi Party

What is a cabin at Szechenyi? Why is it more expensive than a locker?

Cabins are like changing rooms in a shop, but at the Szechenyi Spa Bath: you can get changed in a cabin, and also store your belongings in the cabin – both in your own privacy . The spa bath personnel will open and close the door of the cabin for you, and during your stay the cabin is only yours.

Lockers, on the other hand (cheaper) are just like normal shelves with lockable doors (as a locker should be) and you get changed like most visitors to the bath in front of each other (men and women separately of course). Lockers take up less space, and require self-service, so they are considerably cheaper.

Is Szechenyi Bath suitable for children?

Szechenyi Bath August Whirlpool

Szechenyi Bath August Whirlpool

No, Szechenyi Baths isn’t suitable for under 14 children, including toddlers. We have our own small children, so trust us, there are better places for kids than Szechenyi Bath. And yes, it is, for teens. There are many local families and tourists at Szechenyi Baths. Kids can enjoy the airjets of a bigger pool outside, and it’s fun. Mind you, Szechenyi Bath is not an aquapark with slides and all. There is a bigger exterior pool whose depth is 0.8 metre (2.62 feet). Please note: children under 14 years of age are not allowed to go into the thermal water pools, but they will be allowed to enter the bath facilities. And no one will keep you back from letting the kids into the pool, it is your parental responsibility.

Is Szechenyi Bath suitable for babies?

As kids under 14 years of age are not allowed to go into the thermal water pools, which are basically the most fun and are relatively shallow, you could only take your baby to the normal swimming pools (temperature around 27 °C), so this option does not sound a lot of fun with a baby, for whom the ideal depth would be approx. 40cm and a water temperature of about 31-34 °C. If you wish to soak your little one in warmer waters in Budapest, we would recommend Dagaly open air lido (open in the high season) or Aqua World Budapest (open all year round).

Are there any sun decks at Szechenyi Spa Bath?

There are some sundecks at Szechenyi. Not many, and the ones that are available get quickly booked by early birds (just like the wooden chairs on the terraces). So you had better bring a fluffy towel or a picnic blanket. You can find the complete list of services on the official site of Budapest thermal baths.

Can I smoke at Szechenyi Baths?

No, smoking is not allowed in Szechenyi Baths. The whole area, including the outdoor pools and gardens are non-smoking.

Sorry, how did you say?

Szechenyi Bath is a mouthful: the pronunciation is Say-Chain-Nee. If you want to say the whole word in Hungarian, it is Szechenyi Furdo (say Say-Chain-Nee Fur-deux), where Furdo means Bath. (Of course, locals love the bath so much that it has its own nickname, Szecska, say ‘sech-ka’)

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