Rudas Baths

Rudas Baths is one of the most popular baths in Budapest, Hungary, frequently mentioned together with the bigger size Szechenyi Baths and Gellert Baths as a third, probably more intimate and historical option for soaking in thermal waters in Budapest. Rudas Baths is only mixed at weekends.

Rudas Baths Budapest

Rudas Baths Budapest

Turkish Bath at Rudas Baths Budapest (photo by Guillaume Baviere)

Even though the fame of Rudas Baths might be the third, the ratings of Rudas  (rate: 4.5) are better than the ratings of Gellert Baths (rate: 3) on Budapest travel sites, and sometimes even supersede the ones of Szechenyi Baths (4.5 vs 4-4.5, respectively, out of the max 5)

Rudas Baths and Pool is undoubtedly the most popular Turkish Bath in Budapest (emphasis on ‘Turkish’): the thermal bath was originally built in the 16th century, while the pool and the sauna were added in 1896 (when the Hungarian state turned 1000 year old).

Octagonal Pool at Rudas Baths

The central piece of Rudas Baths is the octagonal bath where the 10 metre cupola is supported by 8 columns.

The octagonal pool is the most amazing part of Rudas Baths due to the special light effects: colourful tiny glass drops on the dome let the sunlight break through the roof in distinctive coloured rays, leaving the bath half lit and intimate, yet filling the air with unparalleled warmth.

The bath looks like an enchanted scene from One Thousand and One Nights in one of Scheherazade’s tales, and the only problem with the simile is that Scheherazade was Persian, not Ottoman Turkish, but you know what I mean. The facade of Rudas Baths facing the river Danube has been restored in 2012 beautifully, after many years of neglect and sharp contrast with the quality interior of the bathing facility. Now all is shiny and beautiful.

Swimming Pool at Rudas Baths Budapest

Swimming Pool at Rudas Baths Budapest

There are 6 thermal steam baths and 1 bigger pool (see the image of the pool at Rudas Baths built in 1896).

Mixed or Not Mixed: Rudas Baths and Pool is coed on Saturdays and Sundays. In contrast, weekdays are split between men only days (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – yes, it is not a typo, 4 days for men) and women only days (Tuesday). It may sound less harsh from a historical point of view: traditionally, between 1936 and 2005 Rudas Baths was a men only bath.
Opening hours at Rudas Baths:

  • Pool opening hours at Rudas Baths: Mon – Wed 6 am – 6 pm, Thu – Sun 6 am – 8 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays Rudas Baths is open for the night: from 10 pm to 4 am. (Rudas Baths used to be the most frequent host of Cinetrip Spa Parties with DJs, but now their venue is Szechenyi Bath as ‘Szecska Sparty‘)
  • Steam bath opening times at Rudas Baths: Mon – Sun 6 am – 8 pm (On Fridays and Saturdays also open from 10 pm to 4 am)
Rudas Baths Budapest: Cinetrip Party

Rudas Baths Budapest: Cinetrip Party

Water temperature at Rudas Baths: 16, 28, 30, 33, 36, 42 °C (Pool: 29 °C)
Thermal Waters are recommended for: damaged joints, arthritis, slipped discs, sciatica.

Phone: 00-36-1-356-1322
Address of Rudas Baths: Dobrentei square 9, Budapest Hungary
Getting there: Rudas Spa Bath is close to Elisabeth Bridge, on the hilly Buda side of Budapest, right beneath the huge rocks of Gellert Hill. See Budapest Tourist Map (interactive customized Google map) for the exact location, more details and tips.

  • Buses: 5,7,8, 86 (e.g. number 7 bus connects you with Ferenciek tere, Astoria and Blaha Lujza squares and metro stations on the blue and red lines, respectively)
  • Trams: 18, 19
  • Metro: Alternatively, you can take the blue line metro and get off at Ferenciek tere metro station. Then a 15 min walk over Elisabeth Bridge and along the river Danube on the promenade.
Rudas Baths on Budapest Tourist Map

Rudas Baths on Budapest Tourist Map

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New Facade of Rudas Bath, old Tram in Budapest - Gabor Krisztian Photography

New Facade of Rudas Bath, old Tram in Budapest – Gabor Krisztian Photography

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Last update: November, 2012

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Prices of Bath Tickets at Rudas Bath:

Rudas Bath Ticket Prices from 7 January 2013

Tickets and services Prices (Ft)
Daily thermal ticket with cabin usage on weekdays 3 000 Ft
Daily thermal ticket with cabin usage on weekends 3 300 Ft
Combined ticket with cabin usage on weekdays 3 900 Ft
Combined ticket with cabin usage on weekends 4 200 Ft
Night ticket (Friday, Saturday: 10 pm – 4 am) 3 600 Ft
Morning ticket with cabin usage on weekdays (between 9-12 am) 2 300 Ft
Morning water massage (15 minutes, between 9-12 am) 2 000 Ft
Morning aroma relax massage (15 minutes, between 9-12 am) 2 000 Ft
Water or aroma relax massage (20 minutes) 3 000 Ft
Water or aroma relax massage (30 minutes) 4 000 Ft
Water or aroma relax massage (40 minutes) 4 900 Ft
Aroma relax massage, paid in advance (20 minutes) 3 000 Ft
Aroma relax massage, paid in advance (30 minutes) 4 000 Ft
Pedicure (30 minutes) 2 200 Ft
Hydrus package (ticket and 20-minute massage) 6 000 Ft
Thermal family baths on weekdays 5 800 Ft
Body peeling (15 minutes) 1 900 Ft
Sheet rental 1 400 Ft
Bathing suit rental for man 3 100 Ft
Bathing suit rental for woman 5 200 Ft
Tickets for the swimming pool
Swimming ticket with locker usage on weekdays 2 000 Ft
Swimming ticket with locker usage on weekends 2 300 Ft
Morning swimming ticket for adults with locker usage on weekdays (between 9-12 am) 1 350 Ft
Morning swimming ticket for adults with locker usage on weekends(between 9-12 am) 1 500 Ft
Discounted swimming ticket for children and seniors with locker usage on weekdays 1 750 Ft
Discounted swimming ticket for children and seniors with locker usage on weekends 2 100 Ft

 

 
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Is it possible to use the baths during pregnancy? Thanks

Hi LM, that is a tricky question, and I think you had better discuss it with your midwife, gynaecologist, etc. as it depends on many factors, e.g. if the cervix is open you will be advised against and public baths. Hungarian OGs usually do not recommend the baths in the first 3 months, and if there is any problem with the cervix.
One of my preggie mum friends (about 6 month at that time) went to Szechenyi Baths and I remember how surprised I was that she would suggest us going to the baths but she said her OG was fine with that and she was using some cream after the bath to strengthen her vaginal flora. But as I said, the best is to consult with your OG who knows exactly what state you are in.
Hope this helps somewhat. And all the best! It is not easy to be pregnant, I know. :)

I was at Rudas today and the exterior was beautiful. They’re doing a lot of work, so you might want to update your comment on their exterior!

HI Marlayna, thank you for helping us keep up to date. Yes, luckily the facade of Rudas Furdo is as new as ever!

Can you book services online?

Top Budapest Baths

Hello Mrs Jones, unfortunately you cannot reserve services online in Rudas Baths at this moment. Online reservation is available for Gellert Spa and Szechenyi Baths in Budapest.

Friday night is also male only?

Top Budapest Baths

Hi John, no, it is not male only. Friday night is mixed with late night opening hours in Rudas Baths.

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