Budapest Spas Travel Tips
Budapest Spas, Did you know that there are about 118 natural thermal springs in the city of Budapest? So it’s no wonder then, that this city was titled ” Spa City” and is now renowned the world over for its health and thermal spas. We have put together a little guide on Budapest’s Spas so read on to find out more…
How is a bustling metropolis like Budapest home to so many thermal springs you ask? Well, this city is fortunate to be located on a thin layer of earth right over thermal springs. The thermal springs are formed by a fault line at the meeting point of the Buda Hills and the Great Plain close to the River Danube.
Around the 1st century BC, the Celts settled here due to the abundance of water in the area and they actually called the area “akluk” which meant water. The Romans too called their part of the city “Aquincum” which also means water.
Then the Turks arrived around the 16th century and it wasn’t long until they discovered the wonders of these thermal springs. They occupied the city for about 150 years and during that time they built lots of Turkish baths and beautiful architecture to surround some of the springs.
The spas in Budapest are the richest mineral springs in Europe and contain calcium, magnesium, fluoride, sodium, and potassium among others, which doctors claim to have healing qualities.
Different spas are popular for different ailments like arthritis, stomach problem, locomotor disease, heart problems, and even dental problems! Of course, these famous baths are also important for relieving stress, tension, and fatigue.
There are so many different types of spas in Budapest. You can choose to take a dip in a spa, bath, or public pool, indoor, outdoor pools, male or female pools. And if the soothing warm waters do little for your aches and pains, you can also have the option of additional treatment like a massage.
We have selected three of the best Spas in Budapest so you’ll have a little idea of where to go and what to expect:
Gellért Spa, Budapest
The Gellért Spa is probably the most popular and luxurious spa in Budapest. It’s located in a beautiful hotel at the foot of Gellert hill by the banks of the River Danube on the Buda side of the city.
This spa complex has an indoor pool, 3 outdoor pools, a wave bath, a thermal bath, a sun terrace, a solarium, and a medical center. Some of the baths are for women or men only and some are for combined use.
The Gellert Baths are rich in magnesium, sodium, fluoride, hydrogen-carbonate, and calcium and so are popular for the treatments of arthritis, neuralgia, heart problems and back problems.
|Tickets: Gellert Spa Bath Ticket Prices||Prices (Ft, Hungarian currency)|
|Fast Track Bath Ticket with Cabin in Gellert Baths in HUF||7 100 HUF||7 500 HUF|
|Fast Track Bath Ticket & Private Cabin in Euro||23.5 Euro||24.5 Euro|
|Fast Track Bath Ticket with Locker||6600 HUF||7000 HUF|
|Child Ticket with Locker in Gellert Spa (free under 2)||6600 HUF||7000 HUF|
|Child Ticket with Cabin in Gellert Spa (free under 2)||7100 HUF||7 500 HUF|
|Visitor ticket (10 min visit without bathing)||3000 HUF|
|Gellert Spa Ticket with Cabin at the Cashiers (Non-Fast Track)||6700 HUF||7100 HUF|
|Gellert Spa Ticket with Locker at the Cashiers (Non-Fast Track)||6 300 HUF||6600 HUF|
Széchényi Spa, Budapest
The Széchényi Spa and Baths are beautiful. Here you can bob about in the steamy soothing waters while admiring the stunning architecture that surrounds you. This spa has no less than 15 pools!
The thermal waters here contain sodium, calcium, and sulfates with fluoride and metaboric acid contents. These waters help to soothe and heal joints and the spine, arthritis and bone disorders.
|Tickets & Massage Szechenyi Thermal Bath||Prices|
|Weekdays||Weekends & Public Holidays|
|Szechenyi Bath Fast Track E-Ticket with Cabin||HUF 6 800||HUF 7 200|
|Szechenyi Bath Fast Track E-Ticket with Locker||HUF 6 200||HUF 6 500|
|Szechenyi Bath Fast Track E-Ticket with Private Cabin||€ 22||€ 24|
|20 Min Aroma or Refreshing Massage with Fast Track E-Ticket & Cabin||€ 53||€ 54|
|45 Min VIP Massage with Fast Track E-Ticket & Cabin||€ 85||€ 85|
|60 Min VIP Massage with Fast Track E-Ticket & Cabin||€ 98||€ 98|
|Szechenyi Baths Entry Ticket at the Cashiers with Locker (Non-Fast Track)||HUF 5 900||HUF 6 200|
|Szechenyi Baths Entry Ticket at the Cashiers with Cabin (Non-Fast Track)||HUF 6400||HUF 6 800|
Király Bath, Budapest
Király Bath is located close to the Danube on the Buda side of the city. It is an old-style bath that came about during the Ottoman period.
The waters of the spa contain sodium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfates, which can help with joint and spine problems and neuralgic pains.
The spa consists of 4 baths which each have a different temperature. Ladies can have the use of the spa from 7 am to 6 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while men can have use of the spa from 9 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. The spa is closed on Sundays. During weekdays the bathing time is 1 and a half hours while at weekends it’s 1 hour.
|Kiraly Bath Ticket with Cabin||HUF 3000|
|Kiraly Bath Ticket with Cabin + a 20-minute Massage||HUF 6500|
|Kiraly Bath Ticket for Students (with valid Student ID. over 14) with Locker||HUF 2 100|
So when you visit Budapest make sure you take the time to check out one of the above spas and wash away all the aches and pains, whether it be after a long day’s sightseeing or a night out in the town.
Bathing in the spas and baths is almost considered “a national pastime” at this stage, so you’ll see lots of locals heading to one of these in the evenings after work, during lunch and in the mornings.
After you’ve checked out all the top attractions check into a spa and at such a good price you’ll find them hard to resist!