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Dress Code in Szechenyi Baths, Budapest

What is the dress code of Szechenyi Baths? What should men wear at the baths, and what are women expected to wear? One of the most frequently asked questions about Szechenyi Baths Budapest is what to wear.

Szechenyi Baths Neobaroque Palace
Szechenyi Baths Neo-Baroque Palace

Some of the first time visitors have no idea what they should wear, if anything, at Szechenyi Spa Baths: can you be nude? Should you be naked in the pools of Szechenyi Baths? Can you wear speedos or swim trunks at the spa facilities? Is a bikini OK, or should you wear a more complete one piece swim suit? What about massage therapies at Szechenyi Baths, do you need to be nude for the massage?

Let’s see the dress code of Szechenyi Baths:

Cover your essentials, please

As Szechenyi Baths is a mixed thermal spa complex, you are expected to cover your most important essentials at all times. All the pools, all the baths, all the saunas, etc. are completely coed at Szechenyi Baths on every day (from Monday to Sunday, from 6 am to 10 pm). There are no exceptions.

The dress code is pretty simple about nudity: you cannot be naked at the public areas of Szechenyi Baths and Pool. The only place where you are allowed to wear nothing is the showers, the gender separated changing rooms at the lockers, the cabins (private changing rooms). In contrast, on the corridors, outside, in the pools, in the saunas and steam rooms, you will have to wear your swim wear.

Women Swim wear at Szechenyi Baths Budapest
Women Swim Wear in Szechenyi Baths Budapest – Uglyagnes Photography

Women’s Swimwear at Szechenyi Baths

Women are kindly asked to wear decent swim wears. The bare minimum is the proper bikini style swim wear, but you can don a sporty tankini, shorts (with a top), or a one piece ladies swimsuit too, if you prefer more coverage, or you are planning to do some laps in the open air swimming pool (swim caps are mandatory in the swimming pool, but not in the other 17 pools).

Please kindly note that swimming suits covering the full body (e.g. burkini) is unfortunately not accepted in Szechenyi Baths. Thank you for your understanding.

At Szechenyi spa parties, known as Szecska sparties, which start late night at 10 pm on summer Saturdays, it is customary to have more revealing swim wear for ladies: tanga style bottoms, G string thongs, tie side tanga bikini pants, designer thong swimsuits, etc. are not extraordinary. By normal day wear, however, we do not recommend the party style, more daring ladies swim wear.

Men’s Swimwear at Szechenyi Baths

Szechenyi Mens Swimwear
Szechenyi Men’s Swimwear – TijsB Photography

Men are kindly asked to wear decent swim wears. The bare minimum is the speedo style swim wear, but you can don a sporty pair of swim trunks, or shorts (with a top). If you prefer more coverage, try to get some wet suit or wet suit style T shirts. It is not unusual to see men with hairy chests and backs at Szechenyi Baths. Usually it is not an issue. Swim caps are mandatory in the swimming pool, but not in the other 17 pools of Szechenyi.

At Szechenyi spa parties, known as Szecska sparties, which start late night at 10.30 pm on summer Saturdays, it is common to have more party (i.e. more flashy) swim wear for ladies, and some fun loving gents, but the vast majority wears either speedos or trunks. If you have a more revealing men’s swimwear, expect to attract looks from the guests.

Children’s Swimwear at Szechenyi Baths

As Szechenyi Baths is more geared towards adults than children (please see our guide here: Can Children Go to Szechenyi Baths?), we should rather talk about teens than children (kids can use the pools if they are over 14 years old). What teens like wearing these days, your adolescent daughter or son will know. But in general, girls wear the same as women (the dress code is the same for both), while boys wear the same as men (again, the dress code is identical).

Tips for your Swimwear at Szechenyi Baths

Wear a hat on sunny days

Swimwear tips at Szechenyi Baths
Swimwear tips in Szechenyi Baths – Samuela Lepori Photography

Some local regulars who spend several hours in the outdoor pools (killing time with playing chess, or just fooling around in the wave pool, or chatting around), usually wear a light colored baseball cap or some kind of sun hat to protect the top of their heads from the beating sunshine on warm, shiny summer days. If you are sensitive to the sun in general or are planning to soak longer in the water and the weather is nice, it might be a good idea to take a hat with you. Especially for children / teens.

Sun-tan cream: protect your skin

Another thing that you will need from June to September at the outdoor pools of Szechenyi Baths is sun tan lotion,  sun protection. All three baths are in the open air and fully in the sun, no shades.

Talk to Your Massage Therapist

If you prefer to be naked or covered in a swim wear can be a crucial aspect of a massage therapy. In Szechenyi Baths the massage therapies are always in a swim wear, but ladies can release the bikini strings if they wish. In general, we suggest talking to your masseuse in advance about your dressing preferences.

Please wear your swimwear for your massage. Book your massage in advance to avoid having to wait hours for the popular massage therapies in our world famous thermal bath.

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  1. “If, for religious or other reasons, you want to cover more of your body, please wear something in the pools that still qualifies as a swim wear for waters.”

    This is a lie.

    I wear hijab so obviously I need to wear full body covered swimwear. But at the entrance they have signage that ban this and only allow bikini or one piece conventional swimsuit. I try to explain that I have swimsuit but it’s covered. But still they didn’t let me. Very discriminative. Their definition of swimwear is very narrow and not inclusive to many different people.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Laras,
      thank you for your invaluable feedback.

      We would like to apologise for the out-of-date information on our website. Indeed, non regular swimsuits used to be allowed in Szechenyi Baths in the past, but this policy has been changed recently.
      As per the current swimsuit policy of Szechenyi Baths, only regular swimwear is allowed (bikinis, tankinis or one piece swimsuits). Any other type of swimwear are unfortunately not accepted inside the Baths.
      We apologise for all the inconveniences caused by the misleading information on our website, which has already been removed.

      Thank you for your kind understanding.

  2. Hello, for ladies is Tanktop with Tankini shorts (not bikini) is ok? Pls let me know.


  3. Do I have to wear flip flops or can I go bare footed? There is nothing in the dress code about this

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Rob,
      flip-flops are warmly recommended to be brought to the bath, but it is not a mandatory.
      Hope we can welcome you at Szechenyi Spa Baths!

  4. Hello,

    For women, is a set of shorts and top allowed? Or it has to be a swimsuit. Kindly advise

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Guest,
      I’m afraid, only European style swimwear is accepted in the thermal baths, unfortunately (swimming costume, bikini or tankini).
      Please find all of the information on Dress Code in Szechenyi Baths following this page: http://szechenyispabaths.com/dress-code-at-szechenyi-baths-budapest/
      Enjoy your stay in Budapest!

      • Hi,

        The dress code mentions shorts with a top
        “but you can don a sporty tankini, shorts (with a top), or a one piece ladies swimsuit too, if you prefer more coverage”

        Then, is it allowed or website is yet to be updated with what you mentioned.

        Kindly inform so we can plan accordingly

        • Szechenyi Spa Baths

          Dear Guest,
          thank you for your reply.
          Sporty tankini style shorts with tops are accepted.
          I am sorry for the confusion, basically, swimming shorts and tops are accepted (not the casual shorts and tops).
          Hope we can welcome you at Szechenyi Spa Baths!

  5. Is the showers which are mandatory before entering the Baths possible to be private? Or is it normal to Wash with Bathing suit on?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Cecile,
      you can take a shower with swimwear on before entering the pools.
      Basically, it is just to rinse off your body (body lotions, deodorants) before entering the pools.
      Enjoy your holiday in Budapest!

  6. do you sell swimming trunks/shorts or can you recommend anywhere that does nearby? we’re booked to go tomorrow and realise i’ve left mine at home!! please help!

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Guest,
      you can find shops at the main hall where you can buy swimming trunks and other spa accessories.
      Please note, that only cash is accepted in Hungarian Forints (HUF).
      We are looking forward to welcoming you at Szechenyi Spa Baths!

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