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Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience

Budapest, Hungary
Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience

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Skip the line at Széchenyi Spa, the largest public bath Budapest with 18 indoor and outdoor pools. Under neo-baroque domes, enjoy full-day access to a handful of steam rooms, saunas, and springs-fed baths. Dip in the impressive outdoor pool or soak up the sauna in the city that is famous for its relaxing baths. This ticket includes your own locker or changing cabin and the option to upgrade your experience with a massage.
  • Skip-the-line private entry to Széchenyi Baths in Budapest
  • Indulge in 18 warm pools, plus steam rooms, saunas, and outdoor amusement pool
  • Pamper yourself with an optional massage
  • Enjoy the luxury of a private changing cabin

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This comes with multiple visiting options, including fast-track private entry with your own cabin, and entry only.
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Full day entrance to Széchenyi Spa
Cabin or locker use
Guided visit of the Palinka Museum
Tasting a shot of palinka OR choice of alcohol free beverage /In the Palinka Museum!/
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 11, 1146 Hungary

The bath is located in the City park, in front of of the City Circus and it can be reached by subway line number 1 (station of the same name Széchenyi fürdő) Cashier 3 is in the main hall of Szechenyi Baths, which can be approached from the main entrance.

Departure Time

Entrance+Palinka Museum & Meal
1/5/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Entrance with Cabin + Palinka
6/18/2021 - 11/9/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Entrance with Locker + Palinka
6/18/2021 - 11/9/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Located in Budapest’s City Park, the Széchenyi Baths were built in 1913 and completed in 1927. Locals and visitors alike come to enjoy the city’s largest and warmest thermal spa, with a plethora of indoor and outdoor pools, including spring-fed baths.

Begin your day by skipping the long lines of the main entrance and heading to the rear, where an English-speaking host greets you. You’re led to your own locker or changing cabin so you can prepare for a full day of relaxation. Under the stunning interior domes, make your way from pools to saunas and steam rooms at your own pace. The temperature varies for each of the 18 pools, with the large outdoor swimming pool at a temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) or the steaming pool at 106 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), a fine place to sit back and treat your muscles. Don’t worry about the time while you pool hop; this ticket provides full-day access.

If you’re in the mood to top off the day with a little more luxury, upgrade to include a relaxing massage, which includes a spa gift bag.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • In case you book the massage option, please add your preferred appointment time and gender of massage therapist in the section 'special requirements' at time of booking
  • Pool, sauna and steam cabins at the spa are coeducated
  • Towels and swimsuits are available for rent or purchase at the Szechenyi Spa (own expense). Please note that the rental place only accepts cash in local currency
  • The thermal water in the spa is not recommended for infants
  • Minimum age for the massage is 18 years
  • Opening hours - entering hours : Monday - Sunday 9 am - 6 pm
  • Important: Please note that between Christmas and New Year holidays the spa is more popular then usual and tickets are only possible to puchase at the venue.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • It is forbidden to wear swimsuits that are covering the full body.
  • the booked time spot for the massages is not final but an approximate value of the preferred starting time. We will notify guests by email in case of any schedule changes, please check all folders including 'Spam' as well.
  • Spa is not recommended and massage is not available for pregnant women
  • You must have flip flops to enter the spa (street flip flops are not allowed). It is possible to buy them at the venue for 10EUR/pair. Please note that the shop only accepts cash in local currency.
  • The outdoor swimming pool can only be used in swimming cap which is possible to purchase at the venue for 7EUR. Please note that the shop only accepts cash in local currency.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • IMPORTANT - Széchenyi Spa and Palinka Museum are two different venues. You will not recieve the gratis spirit drink in the spa. You will recieve it in the center where the Palinka Museum is located (Király street 20.)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hungaria Koncert Kft.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the meeting time?
A:Please notice, that you should be in the spa 40 minutes prior to your appointment time. It is recommended in order to change your clothes and get to the massage room in no hurry.
Jul 2019
What is the policy on sanitization during Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience.
What is the social distancing policy during Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Make sure you wear your plastic wristband at all times as you need it to clock in when you go for your massage and to lock or unlock your changing cabin." See review
  • "Great indoor and outdoor pools.. bring your own towels and flip flops to avoid the huge hiring costs!" See review


976 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Very nice
, Oct 2021
Great place to relax with friends after a long flight. We all enjoyed the spa. Would recommend and go back.
Not worth the money
, Oct 2021
Waiting in line with no help. Terrible service. It is better to purchase the tickets at site. The tickets pick up was very annoying and confusing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
You can't not visit this when in Budapest
, Oct 2021
You have to visit this place, amazing g, weather in outdoor pools 28 degrees, so relaxing and well worth it
1 traveler found this review helpful
The spa was fine and...
, Sep 2021
The spa was fine and enjoyed the experience. But Viator was a total rip off. There WAS a line we had to wait in to get their email converted to ticket. And this line was probably 1 minute faster than the regular line. We also signed up via Viator to get the Optional massage. But guess what...? NOT AVAILABLE. Viator should have made this clear. so we paid an extra $60 dollars above base price FOR NOTHING. I travel alot and this was first time I tried this service but will never use Viator again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
awesome and fresh
, Sep 2021
Beautiful place for family relaxation, modern and clean facilities, highly recommended. the pools with regulated temperature are exceptional, and the sauna fantastic
A Simple Pre-Order
, Aug 2021
A simple pre-order so you have a ticket before you get to Széchenyi Spa. Wonderful customer service because I had to change the day of my visit and it was an easy process. Please bring your own slippers and towel. Get the massage and a private cabin for your belongings and changing. Both are worth the money. I pretty much spent the whole day here. I didn't really like the indoor pools. So I enjoyed the tan that I received.
Good Spa
, Mar 2020
The spas are good, especially the sauna. We went off-season so “skipping the line” was totally unnecessary. But I’m given to understand that it gets crazy busy later in spring and summer. If you’re traveling without flip flops or a towel you’ll either need this package or to buy them at the spa. So that saved a little trouble.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Széchenyi Spa
, Mar 2020
The swimming pools, baths and changing rooms are all rather dingy, grubby, lack privacy and are very over crowded. We didn't realise the extra expensive costs of getting robes, towels, flip-flops and bathing cap which together with the entrance fee makes for a rather expensive experience. Ultimately it is just a hot pool with far too many people in it and the indoor pools are not very inviting. Some of the staff are not particularly helpful and almost surly in their attitude. Better signage is needed. Go if you want to see the baths but personally I think they are overrated and there are other better value experiences in Budapest.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Mar 2020
Fast entry & nice cabin for storing stuff securely. Clean & well maintained. Not too busy, the outdoor pool was definitely the best & the hottest
You don’t get what they advertise
, Mar 2020
We checked in at the desk where we were then sent to the regular check in line when we did not upgrade to a massage package. It said we would be led to a private changing cabin which we were not. We were told to go downstairs to the regular locker room where it was a madhouse, no changing cabins in site. No one there to ask and couldn’t go back to front desk without exiting the entire complex and going through process again. Ended up changing in front of a million people. Very disappointed we did not get what was advertised.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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