Budapest is not called the „city of baths” by accident. There are nearly 100 medicinal springs all over, or rather under, the area; Hungarians are great believers in the positive powers of thermal bathing indeed.
The first baths are dated from the Roman times (2nd century), but the real bathing culture was developed during the period of the Turkish occupation in the 16th-17th century. The four remaining Turkish baths (Császár, Király, Rác and Rudas) are real masterpieces of the Ottoman architecture, with wonderful octagonal pools, cupolas and colored glass windows – adding a bit of Oriental atmosphere to the city.
The Széchenyi is a public bath common for men and women from the beginning. It was renovated in 1999 last time. The outside thermal pools are opened all over the year, even when it is snowing. There are 3 big pools outside, a lot more inside and a steam sauna inside as well. Total number of pools: 18.
Address: 14. district Budapest, Állatkerti körút 11.
Tel.: +36 1 363 3210, +36 1 363 3210.
Open: every day 6:00-22:00.
Entrance: 3100 HUF ~ 12 EUR (weekdays) and 3650 HUF ~ 14 EUR (weekends). Massage from 2900 HUF. This bath is common for men and women, swimming dress is compulsory.
The Gellért bath is in the building of Hotel Gellért, at Buda side, very close to the Liberty bridge. It is in a lovely art nouveau style building built in 1918, inside the renovated thermal spa part is covered by famous Hungarian art nouveau Zsolnay tiles, statues and decorative elements. It was recently renovated by original plans and Zsolnay coverings. Thermal bath and sauna area is separated for men and women, except for Sundays, when every area is common, so Sundays are the best for families. In the thermal bath area you have to wear swimming dress or apron that you can get at the entrance for free. It is a very popular, nice, elegant and clean thermal spa.
The outside part (swimming pools and garden) is opened every year from 1st May till 30th September. There are special nights in August, when you can go musical night swimming.
Total number of pools: 13.
You can go there by bus 7, 173 and by tram 47, 49, 18.
Address: 11. district Budapest, Kelenhegyi ut 4.
Tel.: +36 1 466 6166, +36 1 466 6166.
Entrance: 3900 HUF ~ 14 EUR (weekdays) and 4050 HUF ~ 15 EUR (weekends). Massage from 2800 HUF.
The place of Rudas bath was a popular thermal bath in the medieval times. The Turkish building over this thermal spring was built around 1560 by S. Mustapha pasha. The original Turkish interior is restored. It was used as a military hospital during World War II. The Rudas is not common for men and women (Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri for men only), common (family days) only at the weekends. In the thermal spa area you have to wear swimming dress or apron that you can get at the entrance. After you finish your bath, you can get a towel for free. But at weekends you have to bring swimming dress and towel also. So during the week you do not have to take anything with you, towel and apron is given to you, it is the most convenient thermal spa in Budapest.
Total number of pools: 7.
It is at the Buda side of the Elizabeth bridge, on the bus line 7.
Address: 1. district Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
Tel.: +36 1 356 1010, +36 1 356 1010
Open: Mon-Fri 6:00-20:00, night bathing only at Fri, Sat 22:00-04:00.
Entrance: 2520 HUF ~ 9 EUR (weekdays) and 2900 HUF ~ 11 EUR (weekends), there is a repay system: if you finish within 3 hours, as it is calculated by the entrance card, repay 400 HUF at the entrance. Entrance for night bath is 3300 HUF ~ 13 EUR, there is no repay system at night bath. Massage from 2900 HUF.
Men days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Women days: Tuesday
Family days: Saturday, Sunday
Király bath is built in 1565 by Turkish S. Mustapha pasha. They built this bath close to the Buda castle, because they needed a place where they could wash during siege. The Kiraly bath has not got its own thermal water, it is fed from the Lukács bath. It was damaged during the WW II. and it was renovated in 1950. Today its more known as a gay thermal bath, almost only gays and lesbians visit. Király baths: We do not recommend you to try this bath. It is obligatory to wear swimming suit.
Total number of pools: 4.
It is at the Buda side of the Margaret bridge (tram 4 and 6), close to the Batthiányi sq. M2 (red line) metro stop.
Address: 2. district Budapest, Fő u. 84.
Tel.: +36 1 202 3680
Open: 8:00-20:00. Monday, Wednesday only for women. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday only for men.
Entrance: 2200 HUF ~ 8 EUR. Massage from 2800 HUF.