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 3,290 up to HUF 4,800. That is, the bath ticket prices range from roughly 13 to 18 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: 30 min aroma massages start at HUF 4,200 (approx. 15 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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Hello,

Is the bath open to baby from 6 months ? We practice pool for baby in France in warm pool, so we want to know if we could go with our baby in the pool of Szechenyi ?

Thank you in advance for your help,

Best regards,

Muriel

Hello Muriel, I’m afraid I have no good news for you. Budapest Spa baths are not baby friendly places. Thermal pools can only be used by children who are older than 14 years old at (the most popular) Budapest Baths, including Szechenyi Furdo. Although some of the pools may contain non-thermal waters, I think their temperature is not high enough for your tiny baby (approx. 27 degrees Celsius). For instance, at Szechenyi Baths you could go with your children / baby to the baths, you will be let in, you can use the cabin locker (the bigger and more expensive one) to store the buggy / pram, etc. but the only pool you could let your children in is the normal, deep adult swimming pool used for laps … Some of the Hungarian spa baths in the country side (e.g. in Zalakaros or Kehidakustany) are indeed baby, toddler and kid friendly but Budapest thermal baths in general are far from that. Sorry about that. We would wholeheartedly recommend some of the Budapest open air lidos like Palatinus on Margitsziget, but they close at the end of the summer (or Indian summer).

just a quick update: Dagaly open air lido is open until September 30 and it has a Children’s pool with off season water temperature 30 °C (normal temperature in the summer is 28 degrees Celsius). Dagaly is open every day from 6 am to 8 pm (closes earlier on Fridays at 7pm).
Dagaly Spa Baths and Swimming Pools is at Arpad bridge in the 13th district (about 20-25 min ride on M3 blue metro line from Deak square)
Address: Dagály Strandfürdő és Uszoda. 1138 Budapest, Népfürdő u. 36.
Hope this helps

Hello, Do men have to wear speedo style trunks or can they wear baggy board shorts?
Thanks!
Lola

Hello, you can wear any style of swimming trunks at Szechenyi Bath in Budapest as long as they ‘decently’ cover the front and back thingies.
Cheers, Anna

Hey!
I want to go to the Szechenyi baths on Saturday next week at around 8 pm.
I checked their site and it says it’s 3650 on weekends with cabin use. What’s the difference between cabin and storage?
What do they understand as “discount”? I’m a European student so I have an ISIC card, does that count?
And are the Szechny pools still warm at 8 in the evening?
Thanks!

Hi Bocadillos,
8 pm is a great time to visit the Szechenyi baths in Budapest, and yes the temperature of the thermal baths are even all day, they will be warm until 1o pm (and onwards as the springs that supply the waters of the Szechenyi come from underground heated – they are natural spa waters).

Szechenyi Cabin – well, the ticketing and cabin system is quite complicated at the spa baths but it shouldn’t deter you. There are more entrances to the building, several cashiers, and they may offer tickets to various baths in Szechenyi, so make sure you pick the right queue (there are warm baths, steam baths, and standard sport swimming baths or pools to be more precise in the bath complex). No matter which cashier you pick, eventually you will get to the same place, but if you can, pick the rear entrance, which is just opposite the Budapest Circus.
Now back to the cabin at Szechenyi Bath: you can get changed in a common room and place your items in a standard storage box (imagine a wall to wall wardrobe with pigeonholes where each hole is a box with a door to lock it), or you can upgrade your ticket and basically hire a tiny private room or private changing cabin for a surcharge of 4oo HUF (which is suitable for a couple too). You will need to decide
a, which baths and pools you want to go to
b, if you are OK with a box for your clothes and stuff and changing in a common room (separate room for ladies and gents of course) or if you want to have your own little freedom and have a changing room called ‘cabin’. If you go for the cabin, it will be more expensive and you will not have your own key or card for the cabin: the bath staff will have key to the cabin, so whenever you wish to get access to your privately rented cabin, you will need to contact the staff (a lady dressed in white) to come and open /close your cabin for you. (you will be given an ID tag for the cabin with a number on it, which you must show the staff member each time you wish to get your cabin locked or unlocked. Thinking carefully through what you leave in the cabin is a sensible precaution. People visiting the bath usually carry their bags into the bath areas with them (mobile, suncream, magazine, drinks, sandwiches, towels, etc.) Preferably, don’t take any valuables to the baths with you (neither for the cabin nor for the outside area).

Discount tickets at Szechenyi Baths – I think the discount goes for the time frame you pick, for instance the thermal bath is cheaper after 5 pm for all (not only for students) – the Hungarian page for the English version is slightly more detailed, reasons for discounts given in brackets:
English prices: http://www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/en/szechenyi/prices
Hungarian prices: http://www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/hu/szechenyi/arkalkulator
(maybe try Google translate tool to get a fuller price version, sorry about the inconvenience)
Mind you, if you buy tickets for the thermal baths, your ticket is not valid for the swimming pools.

Hello, I’m visiting Budapest in a few days and i would very much like to come to the spa, but i have a few things i don’t entirely understand.

Since I’m coming alone I’m a bit worried about how to keep my things safe, if i understand correctly, if i take a cabin i won’t have my own key to it, and if i take a locker, do i need to bring a lock with me or will i be given a lock when i buy the ticket? basically, what i need to know is that i am the only one with access to my cabin/locker so that i can make a choice.

One more thing i don’t quite understand, does the ticket give access to all facilities at the spa other then the massage?

Thank you for your answer
Naama.

Hi Naama, the locker can be locked by you yourself and keep your items in the metal locker. Once you buy your bath ticket to the Szechenyi Baths you will be given a silicon wrist band with a chip. This is what opens or closes the door of the locker. The locker looks like this
http://www.flickr.com/photos/szechenyibaths/7943556734/
(read the info below the picture)

The cabin is similar but more like a little chamber room than a metal wardrobe. You can lock it too. For safety reasons I think the management of the Szechenyi Baths has a way to open the door of both lockers and cabins (authorised personnel can do so) but your things should be OK in both compartments (lockers or cabins too). There are hundreds of thousands attending the bath and compared to this huge number, we have not heard, read about problems with the locker – cabin storage in the last few years.
That said, don-t take very valuable things with you (diamonds, Rolex, etc.) I usually leave my iphone and simple Kodak camera in the locker and there is no problem with it. I also leave my purse there and take only a 1000 Forint banknote to the pool, in case I want to buy something in the cafe there. But we usually go with friends so that we can watch out for our stuff (no problem again, for many years now).

Read this related post on Szechenyi Spa Baths http://szechenyispabaths.com/szechenyi-baths-interior-pools-video/
your ticket includes the saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, etc. all the 18 pools and the steam section in the baths, even water fitness classes, but not the massage and facials.
Hope this helps! Have fun at Szechenyi Baths!

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