Each of Budapest’s thermal baths has different opening times and rules, so be sure to check their websites and with tourist guides before you go. Most are open every day with extended hours during the weekend.
Male-only and female-only days used to be common. These are rare now, although some baths may have male-only or female-only sections. All sessions at the Széchenyi Baths, located in City Park, are mixed – perfect for spending some quality time with your partner. The outdoor thermal pools are a wonderfully romantic experience – as the sun sets, you can relax together and enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you look up at the stars.
Where a bath is running a men-only or women-only day, men will be given a drawstring loincloth and women will be given an apron-like garment. However, a lot of people will simply wear their bathing suit instead. Bathing suits are required on mixed-sex days and can be hired if needed.
Most of Budapest’s thermal baths are laid out in a similar fashion. There is usually a large, cool pool (where there is plenty of room for swimming) together with smaller, hotter pools for relaxing and unwinding. You’ll find a number of indoor thermal pools with varying temperatures that range from warm to hot. You’ll also find saunas, steam rooms, plunge pools, massage rooms, and areas to sunbathe. Some of the baths have outdoor pools which may feature whirlpools, sprays, and fountains.