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). Hungarian Forint is accepted at the cashiers, as well as the major bank cards (Visa, MasterCards).
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, one-piece is OK, speedo is OK, swim trunks are OK, etc. as long as you wear some classical swim wear, it will be fine. Unfortunately, full body swim wear is not allowed. Burkini, long sleeved or long legged swim wear are not accepted either. Apologies for the inconvenience.)
- 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. Towel rental at the Baths has been suspended due to Covid restrictions. If you do not wish to buy a towel on the spot, please bring your own towel to the baths. Purchase options include a cheaper, more affordable towel and a more expensive gift towel.
- 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)
- Hairdryer if you have special hair care needs (Please note that 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. Additionally there is an option to rent a safe. If you store valuable items in the cabin or locker, they are not insured. If you rent a safe, it is insured, so there is a difference when it comes to values. Preferably, however, please do not bring any valuable items to the baths (like jewellery, special electronic items, etc.). If you arrive with friends / family / with your own group, it will mean to have the advantage to take care of each other’s belongings)
- Swimming cap is only needed in 1 of the pools out of the 15 public pools at Szechenyi Baths. It is necessary to wear it if you want to swim in the cool-watered 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.
- No Cigarettes – Please don’t bring your cigarettes, as smoking is prohibited in most places in Szechenyi Baths (inside and outside, by the pools too). In a spa environment most guests would like to enjoy wellness and fitness, so it is common sense politeness to forget about smoking in the baths, at least for the duration of your visit.
- Optional personal items you could miss: comb or hairbrush, body lotion, make up, hair gel, etc.
- No valuables: please 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.
- Optionally – for a longer stay you may wish to bring a mobile charger – e.g. if you plan to stay at the thermal bath all day and you are a heavy mobile phone user too.
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 activities / sights in the long list of popular things to do in Budapest.
Make sure you do not lose your wristband that you receive upon checking in. There is a serious penalty fee for a lost wristband.
Pre-Covid times there was towel rental. If this service ever returns: 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.