Szechenyi Baths Open at Christmas

Is Szechenyi Baths open at Christmas? In the last 10 years, it has been, so it will be open this year too. Szechenyi Bath Christmas opening hours are slightly different from the normal Szechenyi Bath opening hours. But, most important of all, you can celebrate your Christmas in Budapest at Szechenyi Baths! Most of the 18 pools and other thermal services are open on both days of Christmas (Dec 25 and 26).

Szechenyi Bath in Winter
Szechenyi Bath in Winter – photo by Phil Calvert

Christmas Opening Hours in Baths

Christmas opening hours at Szechenyi Spa Baths, and further Budapest baths will be as follows:

  • Dec 22-23: 7am to 8pm
  • Dec 24: planned opening hours from 7 am to 2 pm (all the facilities in Szechenyi Baths). Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 1 pm.  The rest of the major thermal baths in Budapest like Gellert Spa, Rudas Bath, etc. are open from 6 am to 2 pm. Kiraly Bath is closed on this day.

Note: the entry price on Dec 24 and Dec 25 requires weekend tickets as Dec 24 is already part of the holiday season in Hungary (even though it is generally a half day only).

  • Dec 25: planned opening hours from 10 am to 8 pm (all 3 outdoor pools, and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths). Check-in for online reservations: 10 am -7 pm. Also from 10 am to 6 pm on December 25 other Budapest baths are open: Lukacs Baths, Kiraly Baths, Gellert Bath.
  • Dec 26: planned opening hours from 10 am to 8 pm, as usual (all 3 outdoor pools and most of the thermal section in Szechenyi Baths). Check-in for online reservations: 9 am – 7 pm. Further thermal baths in Budapest will also be open on Dec 26: Rudas Bath, Lukacs Baths and Dagaly Baths are open from 6 am to 8 pm, Kiraly Baths from 9 am to 8 pm, Gellert Bath from 9 am to 8 pm.

Budapest December 24  – Dec 24 is a semi bank holiday for Hungarians: please note that public transport and city life usually quiets down by mid-afternoon (let’s say by  3-4 pm). Budapest Metro usually runs until 4 pm, then the metros are replaced with buses on the routes of the metro lines. Shops also close by 2-3pm, so local last-minute shoppers who will run around to find some gifts will have to finish their Christmas gift chase by 2 pm to get home with the precious ‘loot’.

Ideas for what to do during the Christmas days in Budapest:

Dec 25 Budapest Activities: Christmas Day events, concerts, tours, cruises, walks

Dec 26 Budapest Activities: Boxing Day events, concerts, tours, cruises, walks

Dec 30 Budapest Winter Party in Szechenyi Baths: the pre- New Year Bath Party is traditionally on December 30, organized by Cinetrip, the Sparty is an international greatest hit among party goers

There is a wonderful Budapest Christmas Market, one on Vorosmarty Square, and there is another market, which is right in front of the St Stephen’s Basilica – both in the city centre of Budapest.

Budapest Christmas - Festive Trams
Budapest Christmas – Festive Trams (photo by justbecause)

December 24 may not be called ‘Christmas’ by you, but this day is the traditional ‘boxing day’ in Hungary, when families visit each other, come together to sing around the Christmas tree, have a festive dinner of fish soup, beigli (a Hungarian cake with walnut and poppy seed, etc., and give each other Christmas gifts). In fact, Dec 24 is the most festive day in Hungary, so Szechenyi Baths personnel is also celebrating on this most cherished day of love, Christmas Day “a la Magyar”.

Hence the shortened opening times on December 24. Please note that the metros usually stop running at about 3-4 pm on Dec 24, the first day of Christmas in Hungary. So if you are planning to use the M1 metro to Szechenyi you will be fine until 2-3 pm but then you will need to use the buses that replace the metros along the metro lines (and run infrequently).

More ideas for Budapest Christmas:

Budapest Baths Christmas

Budapest Christmas Boat Tours

Budapest Christmas Concerts

Budapest Christmas Sights

Budapest Restaurants at Christmas

Budapest Christmas Opening Hours

Budapest Christmas with Kids

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  1. Hi,
    How can I book tickets for the days of Christmas?
    I tried booking online, but from the 24 it is not possible (there are no tickets available).

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Gal,
      for the festive season, online tickets are not available on our website. You can buy entries upon arrival.I am sorry that I could not be more helpful at this moment. Have a nice Christmas Holiday in Budapest!

  2. Hello,

    Will you be open between 27th to 30th December as I can’t seem to find tickets?

    If you are, what are your opening hours on those days?


  3. hello are you open on january 1st? where can i buy tickets please and what are the times?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Jane,
      Unfortunately, there will be no fast track entries or cabins (changing cubicles) sold during the upcoming Winter Holiday Season (between Dec 24, 2019 – Jan 7, 2020) based on a managerial decision. Please note that the baths will be open, however, we kindly suggest that you go there early because tickets/massages will be sold on the spot on the first-come-first-served basis.
      Festive guides recommended during the month of Dec:

      Budapest Christmas ideas, activities, programs and events
      New Year Budapest things to do

      Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hello Jane,

      Thank you for your question.

      Yes, the bath will be open on 1st January, 2020 from 10 am until 10 pm.

      Online Fast Track tickets are not sold during the Festive Season (between 24th December and 7th January, 2020), however, you can get the tickets on the spot upon arrival. Please be aware of that this is a very busy time so tickets are sold on first-come-fist-served basis which means that getting there early might be a good idea to secure your entry.

      Have a wonderful bath time in Budapest!

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