The 5 best hot springs and spas in Budapest


This list of best spas in Budapest It will help you choose the one that best suits your preferences, knowing all the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
Recognized as a spa town thanks to its more than 100 natural and artificial springs Budapest has become a world reference in thermal and therapeutic baths.
In addition to this, for travelers, these baths and hot springs, which have their origin in the Roman Empire, are the best option to relax after touring all these essential places to see in Budapest.
Something important before choosing a spa to relax for a few hours, is to decide if you prefer the tranquility of a local bath with few people or a more touristy one in addition to checking if the pools are mixed in case you need it.

Based on the time we spent in the city during our trip to Budapest in 4 days, we have made this list of what we believe are the 5 best hot springs in Budapest. We start!

1. Széchenyi Spa

The Széchenyi spa of 1913 is the most famous in the city and one of the largest neo-Gothic hot springs in Europe. Enjoying its 15 swimming pools (3 outdoor), numerous saunas and massage rooms, is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Budapest.
One of the best times to bathe in the hot springs is at night, at which time you can feel the pleasant sensation of the cold outside combined with the heat of 40 degrees of water. Also if the day is clear you can contemplate a starry night while you bathe outside, which can become the icing on a trip to this jewel of the Danube.
In this case, all the spa pools are mixed and the ticket office for storing your belongings is included in the ticket price.
Remember that it is essential, in this and the other spas of Budapest, to take your swimsuit, flip flops, hat (only mandatory in some swimming pools) and even the towel, although the latter can be rented.

A good option to avoid queues, especially in high season, is to book this ticket in advance or this ticket that includes a relaxing massage.
When you buy the ticket they will provide you with a bracelet that allows you to leave the premises and re-enter.

Visiting hours: every day from 6 am to 10 pm
Price: varies between 15 and 19 euros, depending on the day and time

2. Gellért Spa

The Gellért spa is one of the most beautiful in the world and another of the best spas in Budapest to enjoy magnificent thermal bath.
These Budapest baths, opened in 1918 and located in the mythical Gellért hotel, are famous for having filmed several advertisements such as the Danone Corps in its impressive main pool, located in a two-story atrium with a glass roof and surrounded by columns Roman
In addition to the main pool, the Gellért Spa has several outdoor pools, some of them with artificial waves, thermal baths, massage rooms, children's pool and mud baths.
If you want to enjoy this, you should keep in mind that some of the thermal baths are not mixed and some of the facilities are a bit dated.

Being one of the most visited spas in the city it is advisable, especially in high season and on weekends, to reserve this ticket without queues in advance or this one that includes a relaxing massage.

Visiting hours: every day from 6 am to 8 pm
Price: around 19 euros, which increase on weekends

Gellert, one of the best spas in Budapest

3. Rudas, one of the best spas in Budapest

Although the spas began to be built during the Roman occupation, it was not until the Ottoman era when the majority were inaugurated, among them the Rudas.
East Budapest spa 16th century has an architecture very similar to the Turkish baths that you can find for example in Istanbul.
Its most prominent place is the octagonal central pool located under a large dome supported by 8 columns and surrounded by 4 swimming pools. It also has 6 steam pools to make the traditional Turkish bath and an outdoor pool on the terrace from which you can enjoy fantastic views.
One of its biggest drawbacks is that it is only mixed on weekends and women can only enter on Tuesday, during the week.

Visiting hours: every day from 6 am to 10 pm
Price: from 9 euros, which increase according to the schedules and services included

4. Lukács Baths

The Lukács thermal baths, located near Margarita Island and considered another of the best spas in BudapestThey are very popular among locals thanks to the healing benefits of their waters.
Keep in mind that hot springs are rich in minerals and have been shown to help treat different diseases such as muscle ailments or digestive disorders.
These old bathrooms that have their origin in the twelfth century, were rebuilt in the nineteenth century and have up to 8 swimming pools, some thermal and other outdoor, an exclusive for men, another for women, sauna, spa and different treatments.
One of the advantages of these bathrooms is that the entrance is included if you have the Budapest Card, which includes unlimited public transport and great discounts on the most important attractions of the city.

Visiting hours: every day from 6 am to 10 pm
Price: around 10 euros

5. Csaszar Veli Bej

Very close to Lukács is the Csaszar Veli Bej spa, one of the most modern and best hot springs in Budapest.
If you are looking for a more relaxing and peaceful experience than in other famous Budapest baths, we recommend this Ottoman spa from the 16th century, completely restored with first class facilities and a great cleanliness.
In these hot springs, considered another of the most recommended spas in Budapest, they are located in the Hotel Csaszar and in them you can enjoy a large octagonal thermal pool located under a Turkish dome and surrounded by 4 other pools at different temperatures, steam baths , jacuzzi, saunas and majes, which will leave you as new.

Visiting hours: every day from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: from 8 euros

Map of the best hot springs in Budapest

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