Visit the Széchenyi thermal baths in Budapest: tickets, prices, opening hours

Széchenyi, bains Budapest

Visit the Széchenyi thermal baths, an establishment of exceptional size and reputation.

The Széchenyi thermal baths are not only the largest in Budapest, but also the most famous in the entire country. The thermal waters are naturally heated and rise to the surface at exceptionally pleasant temperatures. Loaded with minerals (calcium, magnesium), they have highly sought-after therapeutic properties. Hungarians have been taking thermal baths for centuries. Today, it’s still an integral part of their daily lives.

Why not experience it for yourself during your trip? Find out how to visit the Széchenyi thermal baths and take advantage of their virtues!

History of the Széchenyi thermal baths in Budapest

Histoire des bains thermaux de Széchenyi

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The Széchenyi thermal baths don’t have a very long history. They were built in the early 20th century on a thermal spring discovered in 1879. The water, which supplies the numerous pools, comes from a well located at a depth of 1,246 meters! The baths owe their name to István Széchenyi, an 18th-century Hungarian politician. A polymath, Széchenyi contributed to Hungary’s economic development.

Architects Győző Czigler and Ede Dvorák are responsible for the incredible beauty of the premises. At the time, neo-renaissance buildings were very much in vogue, hence the yellow walls that contrast wonderfully with the blue of the ponds. They are regularly maintained to preserve their splendor.

What to see and do in Budapest’s Széchenyi thermal baths?

Que voir et faire aux bains thermaux de Szécheny ?

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The plant

The first thing to do at the Széchenyi thermal baths is, of course, to take a tour. It lasts 20 minutes and allows you to discover the remarkable architecture of the premises. With its yellow walls and elegant neo-Renaissance style, the establishment is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in Budapest, as well as being one of the largest in Europe.

In terms of architecture, the building is remarkably beautiful, with its yellow walls and elegant neo-renaissance style. You can stroll around, discovering the building’s secret nooks and crannies. However, we recommend that you buy a ticket for the guided tour, which includes a full commentary. The tour lasts around 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the thermal baths entrance.

Please note: Tours are offered twice daily at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., in Hungarian and English. To attend a tour in another language, please contact customer service.

The baths

The Széchenyi thermal baths offer several pools for bathing. There are three outdoor pools and 13 indoor pools. The water in each of these pools is naturally set at different temperatures, between 18°C and 40°C. So take the time to enjoy the idleness that lounging by the thermal pools can bring. Take a break, refocus on yourself and your well-being. Mix with Hungarians and enjoy an authentic experience, a real window on everyday life in Budapest.

Sports and curative care

There’s also a fitness room, several saunas, aerobics and water gymnastics. In addition, a wide range of massages are available, lasting 20, 45 or 60 minutes. Wellness treatments include aromatic, thermal and refreshing massages, as well as more elaborate curative treatments using herbs, mud and even Hungarian wines! Indeed, wine is renowned for its invigorating and therapeutic virtues for the skin: it improves blood circulation. After all, who said that a visit to the Széchenyi thermal baths was all about architecture?

Széchenyi’s Sparty, spa & party combined

Every Saturday from 10:30 pm to 3:00 am, a Sparty is organized at the Széchenyi baths. It’s a big party with a very festive atmosphere, featuring DJs, scenography, light shows and dance performances. These evenings take place all year round, except in January and on a few Saturdays in winter. A perfect time to immerse yourself in Hungarian festive culture. Sparty is the perfect way to discover the Széchenyi thermal baths from a different angle! It’s also a great way to enjoy the benefits of the waters in the pools, while partying at the same time. Please note that special, fairly expensive tickets are required for the Sparty, and are available on the weekly event’s website.

How do I get to the Széchenyi thermal baths in Budapest?

Budapest is well served by public transport. The Széchenyi thermal baths are within easy reach. The main entrance is opposite the Budapest Circus.

  • By metro: line 1, Széchenyi fürdő station;
  • By bus: n°72, its stop bearing the same name as the station;
  • On foot: Unlike many others, the spa is not located on the banks of the Danube, but a little further back in the city, northeast of the Hungarian Parliament. After a hard day’s walking, you’ll enjoy the bathing or massages even more.

Széchenyi thermal baths opening times and prices

Horaires et tarifs des bains thermaux de Széchenyi à Budapest

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SCHEDULES

  • Thermal baths: daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Tours (20 minutes): daily, 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Sparty: every Saturday night, from 10.30pm to 3am. Please note that there are no events in January and on some winter Saturdays.
  • Special opening hours: December 24 from 6:00 to 14:00, December 25 from 10:00 to 18:00, December 31 from 6:00 to 18:00 and January 1 from 10:00 to 22:00.

Please note: If you are planning to visit the Széchenyi thermal baths and would like a treatment, we recommend that you arrive 40 minutes before your appointment time. If you arrive late, your treatment will be shortened, so as not to disadvantage the next customer.

RATES

  • Széchenyi thermal baths: Forint 3,000 (€9). Admission costs up to 6,000 Ft if you opt for a day cabin.
  • Combined tickets (admission + an assortment of towels, bathrobe, disposable slippers and bathing cap, ThermalSpa shower gel): between 17,000 and 31,000 Ft (between €51 and €93).
  • Massages and special treatments: between 7,000 Ft (€21) and 19,000 Ft (€57).
  • Equipment rental (sheets, towels, bathing suits, bathrobes, hats, etc.): between 1,000 and 3,500 Ft (between €3 and €10).
  • Sparty: between €53 and €78/person.

Don’t forget to buy a ticket or a Budapest Card!

With this ticket, you can visit the Széchenyi thermal baths without having to queue. A small advantage when you consider how busy the thermal baths are. Thanks to this sesame ticket, you’ll get in faster, be able to use a cabin for the day and have access to the facilities before anyone else! Having said that, don’t worry, this ticket doesn’t impose any treatment on you. You’ll still be able to choose which massage you want, and for how long.

The Budapest Card can be used throughout the capital. It costs between 22 and 67 euros, depending on the activation period. It is attractive in that it gives access to a number of advantages:

  • Free transport ;
  • Free admission to some museums;
  • Up to 50% off tickets to selected attractions, cultural programs and city sights.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Admission on Saturday and Sunday is a little more expensive (200 Ft extra, or €0.60).
  • Only forints are accepted. Don’t forget to exchange your euros or withdraw cash from the city’s ATMs.
  • The Széchenyi thermal baths offer a convenient rental service. But we advise you to bring your own things if you can.
  • Don’t forget to inform the staff in case of pregnancy, illness or allergies.
  • Thermal water is not recommended for children under 14, and babies are only allowed in the pools if they are clean.
  • Now you know how to visit the Széchenyi thermal baths!