The baths of Budapest are part of the Hungarian tradition and culture not only for their medicinal (rheumatism, osteoarthritis, muscle pain) and relaxing properties, but also because they have always been a meeting place for friends, family and businesses.
To help you discover this unique experience, here are our Top 10 best baths of Budapest!
1Széchenyi Thermal Baths
The Széchenyi Baths are the largest baths in Budapest, located in Pest in the “City Park” (“Városliget”). They are first on the Top 10 Budapest Baths because of their unique architecture, huge neo-Baroque yellow courtyard and 21 baths, all mixed.
Find full information on our dedicated article about Széchenyi baths on this link.
Prepare your visit and avoid long lines (especially during school holidays, on weekends and end-of-year holidays) with skip the line tickets for Széchenyi baths in Budapest!
BEERSPA Session at the Széchenyi baths
Discover the BeerSpa: Relax for 45 minutes in 36 degree thermal water enriched with malt, hops and yeast. At the same time, you can drink as many pints of beer as you like thanks to the taps on the side of the vats! (High quality craft beer with 4% alcohol). You can also enjoy an entrance to the Széchenyi bath complex before or after your BeerSpa for as long as you like:
Address: Széchenyi Baths, Állatkerti krt. 9-11, XIVth district, Pest – map –
Open hours: from 07:00 to 19:00 every day. Christmas hours: December 24th from 6:00 to 14:00, December 25th: 10:00 to 19:00, December 31st: 07:00 to 18:00, January 1st: 10:00 to 19:00.
The Széchenyi Baths host the Sparty parties on Saturday evenings in their outdoor baths. In this impressive setting you will experience animations, dancers, 3D projections and DJs live sets for a unique party !
Information SPARTY event and Tickets – click here
Video of the Sparty event:
The Széchenyi baths can be reached by public transport via the Metro M1 – Széchenyi fürdő station – and the trolley bus 72 – Széchenyi fürdő station.
Address: Széchenyi baths, Állatkerti krt. 9th – 14th district, Pest.
The Gellért Baths are an institution in Budapest for their Art Deco architecture and the many thermal baths and services offered. You will discover its famous entrance with glass roof, Art Nouveau style gallery and pools made by the famous Hungarian porcelain and ceramics company, Zsolnay. Outside you will find a large wave pool (every 30 minutes) at 26 °C and smaller pools. Inside is a mixed swimming pool and a dozen hot pools, as well as saunas and steam rooms. Further information is on this link.
Information and ticket for Gellért bath – click here
Address: Gellért Baths, Kelenhegyi út 4, 11th district, Buda – map –
Open hours: from 09:00 to 19:00 every day.
Christmas hours: December 24th from 9:00 to 14:00, December 25th: 10:00 to 18:00, December 31st: 9:00 to 18:00, January 1st: 10:00 to 19:00.
On our Top 10 Best Baths in Budapest, the Lukács Baths in Buda offer a unique opportunity to discover the Hungarian bathing tradition. These thermal baths offer 3 outdoor pools and several indoor pools, all mixed, and a sauna, steam room, roof terrace and massage services.
These baths are a meeting place for Hungarian intellectuals and artists in a building certainly less flamboyant than other baths, but they are also quieter and less frequented by tourists. Find complete information on this link.
Beer Spa (45 min)+ Massage (20 min) + Lukács Thermal Bath ticket (full day)
An original and relaxing experience! With the Beerspa, relax for 45 minutes in a 36 degree hop thermal bath and enjoy unlimited beer. Then enjoy a 20-minute massage and access to the pools and saunas of the Lukács Baths. Ideal for couples or friends:
Address: Lukács baths, Frankel Leó út 25-29, 11th district, Buda – plan – website –
Open hours: from 07:00 to 19:00 every day. Christmas hours: December 24th from 7:00 to 14:00, December 25th: 10:00 to 19:00, December 31st: 7:00 to 18:00, January 1st: 10:00 to 19:00.
Rudas Baths retain many features of Turkish baths such as a superb octagonal basin, imposing columns and Turkish cupola. These baths offer a large indoor pool, various thermal pools with temperatures between 10 and 42 ° C, and a sauna and steam room.
In addition, a new mixed area called the Wellness-world of Saunas was renovated in 2017. Very modern (too?), this location also offers a hot bath (36 °C) on the roof of the establishment with a view unique on the city: an unforgettable experience!
Note: the indoor pool and the wellness area are mixed but the thermal baths are mixed only on weekends. Find complete information on this link.
Rudas Thermal Bath and Dining Experience:
Discover the world-famous Rudas Thermal Bath
and enjoy a full-day spa experience + Dine on a 3-course meal at the bistro while enjoying panoramic views over the Danube River:
Address: Döbrentei tér 9, 1st district, Buda – plan – website.
Swimming pool: 06:00 – 20:00, Wellness-world of Saunas: 08:00 – 20:00.
Thermal baths: from 6h00 to 20h00 every day but reserved for women: Tuesday. Reserved for men: Monday and Wednesday, Thrusday and Friday mornings. Mixed: Saturday-Sunday. Night swimming (mixed): from Friday to Saturday from 22h00 to 3h00 (except the World of Saunas).
Christmas hours: December 24th from 6:00 to 14:00, December 25th: 10:00 to 18:00, 31st December: 06:00 to 18:00, 1st January: 10:00 to 20:00.
The Király Baths in Buda were built in 1565 during the Ottoman reign. Its main pool is marked by a dome that lets rays of the sun penetrate to immerse you in a unique atmosphere. These small Turkish baths are mixed and can accommodate sixty people in 3 pools and a sauna. The Király Baths are under renovation and closed in 2023.
Address: Király Baths, Fő u. 84., 2nd district – Map – website –
Open hours: from 9h00 to 21h00 every day. Mixed baths.
Christmas hours: December 24th from 6:00 to 14:00, December 25th: 10:00 to 21:00, 31st December: 06:00 to 18:00, 1st January: 10:00 to 21:00.
Opened in 1919, the Palatinus Baths on Margaret Island were Budapest’s first outdoor baths. They offer a dozen pools including giant slides, a wave pool, hot baths, thermal baths and saunas in a park with an area of 75,000 m2. This very popular aquatic complex fills during the summer with children who include it any Top 10 Baths of Budapest. The outdoor baths are open from June to mid-September.
The Dandár Baths are located in Pest in the 9th district. It offers three thermal baths at 20, 36 and 38 ° C, two outdoor pools and a sauna. Frequented mainly by locals, they are a family alternative if you are nearby.
8Veli Bej Baths
The Turkish baths ’Veli Bej’ in Buda offer 5 indoor pools, a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Massages are available. Its small size means a limited capacity for visitors; if you want to avoid a wait, visit it at the beginning of the day.
9Paskál Baths -Top 10 baths of Budapest
The Paskál Baths in Pest are a family destination in summer for those who want to enjoy its 9 indoor and outdoor pools, and the wellness area with several saunas. Sports and restaurant areas are also available.
10Aquaworld – Top 10 baths of Budapest
The Aquaworld in Budapest is one of Europe’s largest indoor aquatic theme parks, with more than 20 pools, 11 water slides, wave and surf pools, and a wellness area for adults. This facility does not include a thermal bath but is still included on our Top 10 Baths of Budapest because it offers many activities and attractions appeal to children.
Note: it is a distant location about 15km from the center of Budapest.