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. Hello,

    Is there any place you can leave your stuff? If you don’t to hire a cabin

    Thank you

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Kristina,
      I’m afraid there is no luggage storage available in the Baths. If you have more stuff, we recommend you to book a ticket with cabin.

  2. Hi, if I buy ticket 1 day earlier, do I need a printout ticket or receipt? As I will be travelling around and might not have printer.

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Dear Jessy,
      there is no need to print out the ticket, you can just show it on your phone upon arrival.
      Enjoy your time in Budapest.

  3. Hello,

    How do you lock the locker? is there a key? a code?


    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hi Jana, there is a chip with a code built into the waterproof bracelet which is like a watch with a blank watch face (hiding the chip itself) – you touch the lock to open and close the door of the locker or the cabin.
      Hope this clarifies. Please read our thermal bath FAQ for more useful information.
      Enjoy the thermal waters in Budapest!

  4. Is er een golfslagbad in szechenyispa?

  5. Hello,

    Could you please inform me about the ticket price for a 4 years child? We can take her only in outdoor pools?
    Also, if we want to stay for 1-2 hours, is there any other ticket or we should buy all day tickets?

    Thank you

  6. Hi,

    Can you use hotel slippers as flip flops?

    • Szechenyi Spa Baths

      Hi Tara,

      Thank you for your question.

      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. Please make sure that the once provided by the hotel are non-slippery and slippers made out of fabric are not recommended in the bath.

      Have a great time in Budapest!

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