What is the Difference Between Cabins and Lockers? – Szechenyi Bath FAQ

Tourists visiting Szechenyi Spa Baths are often puzzled by the various tickets: there are separate prices of entry for tickets with lockers and tickets with cabins. But what is a cabin in Szechenyi Baths and what is a locker? Do you need them at all?

Cabins in Szechenyi Spa Baths
Cabins in Szechenyi Spa Baths – photo: Pablo Torres

Well, first of all, there are no plain tickets without a locker or a cabin (except for the special bath tour tickets, which entitle visitors to have a short 15 minute bath tour in Szechenyi Baths).

Secondly, both lockers and cabins are for storing your belongings while you are enjoying the indoor baths and outdoor pools at Szechenyi Baths. Lockers are standard wardrobe type boxes with a lock on them (like the ones at train stations or at standard swimming pools). The size of the locker is 120x30x65 cm (1200 x 300 x 650 mm).

Cabins, on the other hand, are smallish changing rooms combined with storage facilities. In a bath cabin, you can get changed privately AND store your items in a safe place.

The cabin comfortably accommodates one person, so if you are a couple it might seem a bit tight, but you can take turns in getting changed (of course, the same applies to families or smaller groups too). As cabins take up more space and ensure your privacy, bath entries with cabin use (or more precisely, cabin hire) are more expensive than simple lockers. If you buy the cheaper bath entries with lockers, you will have to get changed in the women-only / men-only public changing rooms, and then store your bags in the lockers. If you wish to have your own privacy or are shy, cabins are definitely an ideal solution. Regular swimming pool goers will be fine with the lockers we assume.

Wall Decor on the Locker Room at Szechenyi Baths
Wall Decor on the Locker Room at Szechenyi Baths – photo: Daniel Roy

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  1. Hello, we are planning to visit your baths in July. It says in your website that the thermal spa is not advisable for 14 years old and below. But they can go to the public pools. Is it in the same area with the thermal baths? My other daughter is 10 years old. We really hate to forgo the Szechenyi Baths in our itinerary. I hope we can bring her inside as well.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Ms Jade,

      children over 14 years old can go to the baths, but for kids under 14 the pools are not recommended, but if the parents decide to come anyway at their own responsibility, they can.

      As most of the outdoor and indoor pools and baths at Szechenyi Baths are more than 33 degrees Celsius, which means increased stress for the cardiovascular system of kids, whose body is not fully developed yet to be able to cope with the heat of the bath waters.

      I am afraid, only the big, outside swimming pool is not thermal water.

      Szechenyi Bath was, and is still aimed at adult bathers, so we recommend families with children visiting one of the open air lidos in Budapest, especially Palatinus Pools on Margaret Island and Dagaly Lido close to Arpad Bridge (north of Margaret Island).

      • Jennifer Villon Sto Domingo

        Hi, thank you for your reply. i have bought 4 cabin tickets but I have yet to receive the tickets by email. Is the ticket valid for 1 day? meaning we can go in the morning and can return in the afternoon if we wish? Kindly advise.

        • Szechenyi Spa Baths

          Dear Jennifer,
          entry tickets are single passes, so it is not possible to leave the baths and return with the same ticket. Thank you for your kind understanding.

  2. Hello,

    We are planning to join Sparty next month. Can we carry a single bag with our own towels (hygienic reasons) and store it in our cabins? Also, is it mandatory for everyone to be in proper swimsuit? Is there any specific dress code?

  3. Greetings
    I want to buy tickets and a private cabin but I can not find a link, I tried to make an order and gave me only a card without a dressing room and I also want 5 tickets and it only gives me 1, can you put me a neat link here?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Yael,
      booking can be made on the following page: http://szechenyispabaths.com/booking/
      In the booking form you can choose ticket type (with locker or with cabin), and also you can enter how many tickets you wish to buy.

      • When I press the button on the entrance and the dressing room it gives me on the left a place to fill only a date and personal details without a number of guests,
        In addition, I would like to ask whether I should add to each guest a cabin or is it enough that if we are together we take 1 cabin and 5 entrance tickets?

      • this:
        Full day, fast track Szechenyi Bath Ticket.
        it is with cabin?

        • Szechenyi Spa Baths

          Dear Yael,
          these are the options that you can choose from:
          Bath Ticket + SzB Private Cabin €22
          Bath Ticket + SzB Private Cabin Weekday €21
          Bath Ticket + SzB Locker €20
          Bath Ticket + SzB Locker Weekday €19

          Unfortunately there are no tickets without cabin or locker, so if you would like to have only 1 cabin, we would recommend you to buy 1 ticket with cabin and 4 tickets with locker.

  4. Hi, can we buy ticket with cabin for 1 person, and ticket with locker for another person, and both use the cabin one after the other?

  5. Are lockers safe to store money and passport?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Merralyn,
      we usually recommend guests not to bring any valuables to the Baths, but if you wish, the best and safest option is to rent a safety box upon arrival.

  6. 1) So if I come on a Thursday, I should book Bath Ticket + SzB Private Cabin Weekday €21?
    2) Are the baths suitable for people with ezcema? Are there cases of people with ezcema conditions gets worsen after trying the baths?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Charles,
      yes, on Thursdays you can enter with weekday tickets.

      Eczema / Atopic dermatitis (AD) – please consult with your dermatologist, or health care provider as the following are for information only and do not qualify as advice for medical treatment

      Soak & Seal Approach – as recommended by NationalEczema.org
      According to recent researches, thermal waters are rich in mineral that are mostly beneficial for eczema (supposing you use it for a limited time, and then apply a very thick emollient your skin likes within 3 minutes and not later). Anyone with eczema is strongly advised to refrain from longer periods of soaking in water, especially hot water. After soaking moisturising the skin deeply is essential as if you just let it air dry and do not replenish the skin, the skin will get dryer after the soaking. The skin needs to be restrengthened and replenished with an eczema emollient that you usually use after showers or baths as prescribed by your doctor (as you are surely aware not all moisturisers work for everyone, and there are many varieties in brand, thickness, ingredients etc. where patients’ reactions widely change).

      If you visit Szechenyi Baths we would suggest consulting with your doctor first and if you get a green light, perhaps taking short dips, 1 minute at most would help see how your own skin reacts. After the dips moisturising is recommended. Rather than the hot spring pools, you may wish to try the cooled down lukewarm thermal baths rather than the hot spring baths. It’s worth testing how your skin reacts specifically before spending more time in the water.
      One you get out of the pool, only pat your skin with the towel (no rubbing, just gentle patting)
      Within 1-3 minutes you plenty of moisturiser (waiting more than 3 min quickly decreases the chances of good absorption and lets the skin dry too much)

      However, with all these approaches, we cannot provide you with legal medicinal advice, it can only be a doctor: we’d recommend you consult with your doctor / GP / dermatologist to make sure your visit to the thermal baths will not worsen your eczema, quite on the contrary.
      I hope you will have a great time in Budapest and relax well.

      Related researches on Eczema and the Benefits of Thermal Waters (Mineralization) for reading
      The Effect of Geothermal Water on Skin Condition and Body Fat Lolita Rapolienė

      Thermal waters as cosmeceuticals: La Roche-Posay thermal spring water example – points to mineralising skin (eczema, psoriasis)

      Balneotherapeutic effects of high mineral spring water on the atopic dermatitis-like inflammation in hairless mice via immunomodulation and redox balance

      National Eczema

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