My dear Lola,
Budapest is world known as the city of spas. Dozens of them can be found throughout the city. From the most elegant one, such as the Hotel Corinthia (where it has been said that the “The Grand Hotel Budapest” story was based) to the Turkish style ones; like the Rudas Spa & swimming pool, through the mythical; Gellért spa bath.
Without any doubt, a perfect place to relax during a getaway to the Hungarian capital.
One of the city most visited baths and recognized for appearing in thousands of Tv advertisements and films. With its Art Nouveau style, the Gellért baths are one of the most elegant city spas.
Inside Gellért Spa. Source
Where? Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4, Budapest. Castle Hill
How much? The cheapest entry costs about 5100 HUF (16€/17$) on weekdays (Monday-Friday) with locker. The most expensive entrance fee is 5700 HUF (18€/19$), during weekends and with private cabin included.
1€ = 314 HUF and 1$ = 295 HUF
Opening hours: From 6.00 am until 8.00pm on each day of the week. Tickets are sold until 1 hour before closing, and guests should leave the pool areas 15 minutes before closing.
Tip: Although during winter time you can enjoy the baths tranquility thanks to the decrease of tourists visiting the city, as well as the small outdoor pool that exceeds 40º and which it is difficult to leave from due to the outside temperature contrast; Summer is undoubtedly the best time to enjoy the baths and the huge outdoor wave pool (closed in winter time).
Rudas bath is characterized for being one of the few Turkish style baths in Budapest. Its 8 swimming pools (one of them outdoors with views over the city) and its wide variety of dry and humid saunas, plus the large octagonal steam room conserved in its original style of 1566 make it one of the most spectacular baths in Budapest.
Turkish bath. Source
Where? Döbrentei tér 9, Budapest
How much? Rudas baths offer a great variety of prices according to the spaces that the visitor wishes to get admission to. To access the whole site, the most economic fee is the “Daily thermal-pool-wellness ticket with locker usage on weekdays: 4700 HUF”. For those wishing to use only the indoor pool, there’s a morning (9am to 12pm) and evening fee (from 6pm onwards) for about 1400 HUF.
Opening hours: Most of the Rudas Bath spaces open at 6am and close between 8pm and 10pm. For more information it is recommended to visit the website before visiting the baths.
Tip: The vapor bath section is open each day from 06:00 AM until 8:00 PM. SEE THAT: on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday gentlemen ONLY are welcome, and on Tuesdays ladies ONLY can enjoy the vapor bath; on Saturday and Sunday groups are welcome, during which time bathing suits are compulsory.
Turkish baths. Source
Some other city Turkish baths are:
Undoubtedly, Szechenyi are the biggest baths in the Hungarian capital and in Europe. With a total of 18 pools that reach up to 40 degrees, 3 of them outdoor, this Neo-Baroque style spa is perfect for a cold winter day.
Its water, with therapeutic properties recommended for arthritis, joints pain or for orthopedic and trauma recovery treatments, it contains great diversity of chemical components like calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, chloride, among others.
Szechenyi Spa Bath during winter time
Where? Kerület Állatkerti körút 9-11, Budapest
How much? The cheapest entrance for a full day use costs 4700 HUF (from Monday to Friday) with locker included. The most expensive entrance is about 5400 HUF, during the weekend and with private cabin included.
For those who wish to access only in the morning (6am to 8am) or in the afternoon (5pm to 10pm) there are special tickets at a reduced price.
Opening hours: Daily from 6am to 10pm. Indoor pools are open until 7 pm, outdoor until 10pm.
Inside Szechenyi Spa Bath. Source
Szechenyi Spa Bath Outdoor pool during summer time. Source