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If you do not want to pay for two seperate transport rides (350 HUF each ride/ticket), you can buy a Transfer Ticket (530 HUF) valid for two rides within 90 minutes.Budapest Transfer Ticket
The transfer ticket is valid for one trip with one change-over in one direction on buses, trams, metro, etc. See Section 3 of the Transport T&Cs.
This 24 Hour travel pass is valid on the metro, tram, trolley bus, bus and boat in and around Budapest city centre.Daily Travel Pass
It is ideal for visiting residential areas as well as tourist areas.
The Riverride Bus in Budapest drives by the main tourist attractions.....
.....giving you the chance to map-out Budapest city centre whilst taking photos.
The ride is around 1 Hour 45 Minutes and costs 1 Adult 8,500 HUF (£24.12).
The Széchenyi Gyógyfürdő HistorySzéchenyi Gyógyfürdő (Therminal Spa & Swimming Pools) in Budapest is located in City Park, behind Heroes Square (Hősök Tere). To its left is Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden WebsiteBudapest Zoo & Botanical Garden and Fővárosi Nagycirkusz (Capital Great Circus).
The good thing about Széchényi Baths is that it is OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND (even on public holidays) with the summer season (1st May to 30th September) being its busiest period. It is one of Budapest's main tourist 'must visit' attractions. Prior to visiting the baths, familiarise yourself with its Map Of The Széchenyi BathsLayout simply because its huge size means it has a labyrinth of corridors and rooms to navigate through.
There are 18 Pools within the Szechenyi Baths, whose waters are provided via 2 naturally thermal water springs; one at 74°C (165°F) and the at 77°C (171°F). The overall pools and services are:
There are also Massage services and Pedicure/Manicure services available among other services.
Locals tend to visit the Széchenyi during the winter season, away from the overcrowded tourists. If you do not like busy, overcrowded, times too I would recommend visiting Széchenyi before noon on a weekday, preferably between March and June or late August onwards; especially as really overcrowded times (i.e. in July and August) can mean no room to swim, no pool areas to relax in and no cabins/lockers available.
Visiting Széchenyi early will at least give you plenty of time to change in the open locker room area or in your private cabin and then have space to swim and relax for a couple of hours before it really gets busy. Look at some YouTube videos to see how busy and overcrowded Széchenyi can become.
NOTE: Weekends are generally busy and overcrowded, especially as some weekends in peak season (late June to late August) are Party Weekends.
A Private Locker is simply a traditional tall locker (120 x 30 x 65 CM / 1200 x 300 x 650 MM) within an open space/room that has ample storage space to store a pair of shoes, your clothes and personal belongings. At 4,900 HUF (£13.84) for a day pass (on a weekday), that includes a private locker, this option is great for a single person who is not shy for example.
If you are looking for somewhere more private and spacey to get un/dressed and dried in, I would recommend a private cabin; which is like a small closet with enough space for two people to comfortably share and store their belongings. Yes! You are allowed to share a cabin. You do NOT need to hire a private cabin for each person. Each cabin has multiple clothes hooks and a bench to sit on. A 5,400 HUF (£15.25) day pass (on a weekday) includes one private cabin.
Private Cabins are opened and closed (locked) by the digital wristband you are given after purchasing your ticket. It will get swiped by an attendant after you go through the turnstyle whereby it will then get programmed with the unique code for a certain cabin number. This means only that wristband will be allowed to open and close that (your) particular private cabin. If you forget your cabin number, there are wristband readers (machines) around that can tell you its door number.
Private Lockers are also opened and closed (locked) by the digital wristband you are given after purchasing your ticket, but it will only get programmed with the unique code assigned to the locker you choose; when you lock that locker. Meaning: You can pick any open locker you like, but once you lock that chosen locker with your digital wristband, your digital wristband will then only open and close (lock) that chosen locker.
NOTE: There is NO 'Ticket Only' price. You MUST buy a 'Thermal Baths & Pools' ticket that also includes the hire of a private locker or private cabin.
Here is the full set of Széchenyi PricesCurrent Prices, including massage prices, valid from January 2018 onwards.
You can get to the Széchenyi baths, from Deák Ferenc Tér in the city centre for example, by taking Metro M1 to the station called Széchenyi Fürdő. You can also take Bus #72, from outside the Nyugati Pályaudvar metro station for example, which stops at the Széchenyi Fürdő metro station. And you also have the option of walking down Andrassy Út towards City Park and then heading off to the Széchenyi Baths (around 40 minutes of walking). Cycling there is another option.