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 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.
  • 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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  1. So i paid for a massage/cabin but i didn’t put in for a time! how do i get in contact to do that?

  2. Hi, I purchased tickets about an hour ago but haven’t recieved any confirmation as of yet? The money has come out of my account? Could someone please send me over confirmation.

    Many Thanks,

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Katey,
      thank you for your booking.
      I have resent you the confirmation, please have a look in your spam folder too!

      Enjoy your stay in Budapest!

  3. Good morning,
    Is it possibile ti rent slippers?
    Thank you

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Alice,
      unfortunately, it is not possible to rent slippers. You can buy a pair for appr. HUF 2000.
      Hope we can welcome you at Szechenyi Spa Baths!

  4. Hi,
    I’m hoping to visit on a week day. Which pools will be closed?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Sue,
      All of the pools will be open every day, except on May 4,2017: due to an event the indoor thermal pools will be closed from 8 am -11 am.
      Thank you for your understanding.
      Have a lovely time in Szechenyi Baths!

  5. Hi,
    We would be coming to the bath on Sunday morning, if I take the morning ticket, does it mean I must leave from the premises before 8 am or 6 am to 8 am means I need to enter in this time but can leave later, may be by 10 am as well?
    Also though I understand flip-flops are better to use, but is that mandatory?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Aks,
      there are available morning tickets directly at the cashiers for HUF 4600 (HUF 4800 on the weekends). The morning tickets are valid from 6am to 8am.
      As this tickets are valid only for 2 hours, we suggest you buy the regular bath tickets from HUF 4900 (valid from 9am until closing), as the price difference is about 1 EUR and you can spend there the whole day.
      The flip flops are strongly recommended but not mandatory. Slippers can be bought in the rental facility of Gellert Spa for HUF 800.
      Enjoy your stay in Budapest!

  6. Rebecca Harrison

    I’m looking to visit the SPArty next Saturday (June 16th). Whilst looking at the ticket prices I see that there is a fast track, is this needed if we are wanting to visit the baths through the day as well?
    Also, would you be able to give me a rough idea of drinks prices and locker prices?
    Thank you in advance for any help.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Rebecca,
      there will be a Bath Party on the 17th of June.
      Unfortunately, all the Sparty tickets are valid only for the event from 22:30, and it is not possible to use them during the day.
      There are available tickets with priority, so you can check in faster.
      Please follow the below link to see the tickets and prices:
      Enjoy your stay in Budapest!

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