The century-old Gellért Thermal Bath and Spa is one of Budapest’s largest and most luxurious spa complexes. Housed in a magnificent art nouveau building, it boasts a grand colonnaded indoor pool, multiple thermal baths, saunas, steam rooms, a rooftop wave pool, and a panoramic sun terrace.
Spa tickets offer full-day access to all of the spa facilities, with optional massages and treatments available. For a hassle-free experience, book tickets in advance to benefit from fast-track entry or an optional tour package that includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Another popular choice is to combine a spa day with a romantic dinner cruise along the Danube River. Guided tours of the baths are also available, allowing non-bathers to admire the historic architecture.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most tickets include either a locker or a private changing cabin; towels, swimsuits, flip-flops, and toiletries are also available to buy or rent.
- Treatments, such as massages, mud packs, reflexology, and manicures are available but must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
- The Gellert Baths are wheelchair accessible, and there are lifts to help with access to the pools.
- On-site facilities include a restaurant, snack bar, sundeck, and spa shop.
How to Get There
Gellért Thermal Bath and Spa is located on the Buda side, close to the Danube riverfront at the foot of Gellert Hill. The closest metro station is Szent Gellért tér on Line 4.
When to Get There
The baths are open daily all year, and the thermal waters make swimming in the outdoor pools possible even during the winter months. The baths can get busy, especially during the peak summer season, so opt for a weekday visit to avoid the crowds and get there early to enjoy the baths before the mid-afternoon rush.
The Thermal Waters of Gellert Spa
Rising 460 feet (140 meters) over the western flank of the River Danube, Gellért Hill stands above the complex of underground caves and hot springs that feed Budapest’s spa baths. Formed in karstic limestone, the springs provide 18.5 million gallons (70 million liters) of hot, mineral-rich water—with temperatures ranging between 70°F (21°C) and 168°F (76°C)—each day to power the seven major spa complexes in the city. The waters at Gellért Spa are believed to be especially effective in aiding joint pain and bronchial complaints.