Visiting the thermal baths in Budapest is a timeless experience that has captivated visitors for centuries. On your trip to Budapest take time to unwind and relax in one of the many thermal baths in the city. The baths are popular amongst locals as well as tourists depending on which you pick.

Here’s a list of the 6 best thermal baths in Budapest for you to enjoy…

The Gellert

Gellert baths Budapest

The Gellert Art Nouveau Budapest Baths are part of the famous hotel of the same name, which opened its doors in 1918. They are some of the oldest, largest, and most famous thermal baths in Budapest. The Gellert is located on the Buda side, near the castle and tram station.

A day at the Gellert baths is such a special and historical experience and most definitely worth it. There are 10 pools of all sizes to choose from, a sauna and even an outdoor wave pool to enjoy in the summer! You also have the option to treat yourself to some treatments or massages to get the full experience. Adult tickets start at € 27 with locker space included.

Király Turkish Bath

Kiraly baths budapest

The Király Thermal Bath is one of the oldest baths in Budapest, dating back to the 16th Century where it was built during the Turkish occupation. This gives the baths a unique feel as the architecture is a mix of Ottoman and Hungarian. There is a range of facilities with thermal pools, steam rooms, saunas, and massages. Whether you want to relax or seek therapeutic benefits then this is the place for you to rewind and take in the history.

Unfortunately, the Kiraly Thermal Bath is currently closed for restoration however it should be reopening soon. A fabulous alternative is the Veli Bej Bath which is another Turkish style bath. These baths are in the Buda district and have a more local feel. They have many similar amenities and come at a great price, starting at just €5.62!

Szechenyi Thermal Bath

Szechenyi thermal Baths budapest

The Szechenyi thermal Baths are some of the most popular baths and for good reason! It has 15 indoor baths, saunas, steam rooms and 3 outdoor pools including a swimming pool. A day ticket starts at €27. From the stunning architecture to the amazing facilities this is a must visit. It’s also located in the lovely City Park on the Pest side of Budapest. Whether you want to relax, swim, or party, there is something for everyone!

Szechenyi thermal Baths swimming pool Budapest
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The Szechenyi thermal Baths come alive on the weekend and throw an adult only party or ‘sparty’ almost every Saturday night. It turns into the ultimate nightclub with DJs, music, and vibrant lights. The tickets to the sparty start at around €60. It’s worth it for a unique experience and a night to remember!

Rudas Thermal Bath

Rudas thermal budapest baths

Take a swim in the Rudas Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool, while enjoying stunning views of the Danube river and Pest’s picturesque skyline. In addition, there is a drinking hall where you can taste the natural spring water in its purest form. Also, check availability before you go as the facilities are open to different genders on different days. Rudas Thermal Bath is located on the Buda side near the castle, overlooking the Danube and Pest’s stunning skyline.

Lukacs Thermal Spa


Get an in with the local crowd at the Lukács Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool. With a long history, the Lukács has been transformed into a modern bath with all the amenities you could ever ask for. Don’t miss the wellness area equipped with a steam room and sauna. Another great feature is the Himalayan salt wall. Lukács Thermal Spa is located near Spirit Színház és Kozpont and the tram on the Buda side.

Palatinus Baths

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The Palatinus baths are often forgotten however they are our personal favourite! Walk the Margaret Bridge or take the tram until you reach the beautiful Margaret island. Margaret island is a peaceful escape from the busy city. Enjoy the lovely walk from the islands entrance to the baths or even rent a city bike!

Palatinus baths have a range of facilities with an open-air bath, a wave bath, and 15 pools. The baths are even nicer during the summer as they turn into pools. This is the ideal place to spend a warm summers day in Budapest. There is a range of restaurants to choose from, so you never have to leave. The price is also much more affordable than other baths in the city. Adult tickets cost €8, if you’re a student don’t forget your student card to get a student ticket at just €5.50!

Water fountain in Margaret Island Budapest

Make sure to check out one of these amazing baths on your Budapest trip! Finally, if you want to experience the healing waters of Budapest baths, check out Click&Go Holidays for more information.