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What Shall I Take With Me to Szechenyi Baths? – Szechenyi Bath FAQ

What should you put in your bath bag if you are heading to Szechenyi Baths? The best things to take with you to Szechenyi Spa Baths in Budapest are as follows (tips only):

the bare necessities include:

  • money for the entrance fee (and for the cafe if you get hungry / thirsty)
  • you can rent towels, swimwear, etc.
Sports Pool of Szechenyi Baths and Pool
Sports Pool of Szechenyi Baths and Pool – photo: John Murray

If you can and want to take some more, we recommend the following items to take with you to the baths:

  • swimwear (bikini is OK, onepiece is OK, speedo is OK, swim trunks are OK, etc. as long as you wear some decent swim wear, it will be fine)
  • towel: please bring your own towel, especially if you are planning to stay in Szechenyi Baths all day, rather than just hop in from your city tour. You can rent bath sheets on the premises for a small surcharge and a big deposit (cash only), often attracting queues. We recommend avoiding the queues by bringing your own towels if you can.
  • Flip flops / slippers (there are many foot baths around the pools. Plus walking barefoot on the stone pavements and non slip areas by the pools after soaking your legs in the warm thermal waters will simply harden the skin of your soles)
  • soap, shampoo (there are showers but no complimentary soap or shampoo dispensers)
  • a hairdrier if you have special hair care needs (otherwise there are public standard hair driers, which are free to use)
  • a waterproof wallet or purse if you want to take your money with you in the baths too (you can also store your money in the lockers or cabins, and small groups have the advantage to take care of  each other’s belongings)
  • swimming cap if you want to swim in the cool sports pool (to do laps), otherwise not needed in any of the thermal baths, plunge pools, etc. Only in the outdoor central swimming pool
  • you can buy drinks and foods in the simple cafe of Szechenyi Spa Baths or you can bring your own drinks and picnic basket. On hot summer days make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Being in and by the pools will not hydrate you from the inside.
  • don’t bring your cigarettes, as smoking is prohibited in Szechenyi Baths (inside and outside, by the pools too)
  • optional personal items you would miss: comb or hairbrush, body lotion, make up, hair gel, etc.
  • don’t bring your jewellery to the baths – rings may slip off your fingers, etc. We highly recommend leaving behind your jewels, wrist watches and other valuables

For winter visits we also recommend having a bathrobe as the outdoor pools can only be entered from the outside (no tunnels or other heated corridors leading to the open air warm baths). In winter time it is important to have slippers of some kind to protect your feet. The distance you need to take from indoors to the outdoor pool is quite short, but just because locals (and Scandinavians) are used to cooler temperatures by the bath, you may need some warm garment so that you can enjoy the winter baths beautifully steaming… An unforgettable experience, and one of our personal winter things to do in Budapest.

Make sure you do not lose your wristband. There is a serious penalty fee for a lost wristband. Likewise, if your bath sheet rented from the Bath, gets stolen or is taken away accidentally, we are sorry, but you will not be entitled to the hefty deposit.

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29 comments

  1. Hello, I would like to visit Szechenyi Spa Baths on Sunday 10th December. Since our time is limited I was thinking about visiting it on 7 am until 10 am. Is there the possibility to choose these hours and buy the tickets from the cashiers? How much could it cost?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Antigoni,
      you can choose to buy a morning ticket at the cashier, which is valid between 6am and 8am. The price is HUF 5300 with cabin or HUF 4800 with locker.
      If you wish to visit the Baths between 7am and 10am, you will need to buy the full day ticket for HUF 5600 with cabin or HUF 5100 with locker.

  2. Hello, I have some questions about the services, that you provide what is the fee for renting the towel and what’s the difference between the tickets Szb Locker and Szb Locker Weekday because prices are the same. Also, is one ticket valid for the whole day?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Georg,
      the fee of renting a towel is HUF 1,000 (plus a deposit of HUF 2,000).
      Yes, the price of tickets with locker on weekday or weekend days is the same.
      Tickets are valid for the whole, between 9am and 10pm (check-in with online reservations is possible only between 9am and 6pm).

  3. Hi,

    I would like to visit on Saturday the 27th of January and I would like to know what is the latest checking in time.

    Many thanks

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Chloe,
      the cashiers close at 9pm.
      If you have any online purchased ticket, you need to check-in until 6pm at the Help Desk.

  4. If I buy the full day ticket but want to leave the premises and return, is that allowed or would I need to buy another ticket to re enter?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Steph,
      Unfortunately it is not possible to enter twice with the same ticket. Thank you for your understanding.

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