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
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.
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)
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.
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.
See Budapest Tourist Map in large.
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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|