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.

Dress Code Baths Budapest Szechenyi Bath Gellert Spa
Dress Code Baths Budapest

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.
Please also note that flip flops /slippers are required to be worn in the whole area of the bath. If you do not have your own, you can buy a pair in the entrance hall shop.

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.

Related Info about Budapest Thermal Baths:
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  1. Hello
    1. Can I wear my dry fit (the tankini kind) sleeveless shirt over my bikini?
    2. Can I pay for the bath robe rental at the front check out with credit card along with the entrance ticket? Or the bath robe has to be rented inside in cash only? It says about towel rental but I am not sure about bath robe.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Aria,

      thank you for your email.

      Please find everything on the dress code on:

      Bath Robe Rental Fees: HUF 3,500 (deposit: HUF 3,500).

      Bank cards and credit cards are accepted at the cashiers at the entrances, as well as at the VIP Help Desk at the Private Entrance. In contrast, the internal sales points in Szechenyi Baths are not equipped with card paying facilities, so you can only pay by cash inside.

      At the cash desk at any of the bath entrances of Szechenyi Baths (there are 3 entrances each with its own cashiers), you can pay for your bath ticket, the extra optional cabin (see cabin vs. lockers at Szechenyi) and the towel rental fee at the cashier.

      The advantage of letting the cashier know about your intention of renting a bath robe is that you can pay by card (or by cash). However, if you enter the bath, and then once inside, you go to the Bath Rental Office, you will only be able to pay for the rental in cash.

  2. Hello.
    Is it nessesary to wear flip flop, or Can we go barefoot?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Vivian,
      we recommend you wear flip-flops, but you can be barefoot too.
      Slippers can be bought for appr. HUF 2,900.
      Hope we can welcome you at Szechenyi Spa Baths!

  3. Dear Szdchenyispabaths,
    I’m so sorry for having to cross out of my visit your beautiful baths. I’m sorry, but I won’t give my money to an institution that prohibits and unables women to dress in a full coverage swimsuit in what is, and nothing less, a discrimination based solely on religious prejudice. I urge you to change and update to more decent ways. Until then, me and many other sympatizing people won’t visit you.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Irene,
      thank you for your invaluable feedback, we will make sure to forward it to the management.

      • I agree with Irene. It’s absolutely ridiculous, not to mention disgusting and discriminatory that you would not allow someone to wear a burkini. If it’s the right material,I don’t see why they shouldn’t be able to wear it. Let’s face it, the fact that you claim a swim suit must be above the knee (even if it is an appropriate fabric) due to health and safety reasons is an absolute lie and is instead, an opportunity for you to mask your discriminatory behaviour. We’re supposed to be living in a tolerant society but you certainly aren’t, are you? Shame on you!

        • I agree. You can spot people wearing a cotton t shirt that is not hygienic but you don’t allow people to wear a suit that is suitable for swimming? I also find it very discriminating.

  4. Hello,

    During the night bath parties are men allowed to wear thongs too?


  5. Hi I am planning of visiting in April. Are woman allowed to wear swim skirts in the baths?

  6. Male 40 yr
    1.)Can i buy ticket on the spot..say I want to have a bath on coming monday morning or evening? or do i need to prebook
    2.)Swimming shorts,cap,flipflop and towel is enough or do I need anything else

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