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Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience Combo Ticket

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Overview

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

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This comes with multiple visiting options, including fast-track private entry with your own cabin, and entry only.
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Entrance to Széchenyi Spa
Whole-day cabin/locker usage included in price
Free guided tour in the Pálinka Experience
1 shot of pálinka for tasting (In the Palinka Experience venue!)
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Towels and swimsuit
Állatkerti krt. 11 , Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 11, 1146 Hungary

Exchange your voucher for a ticket at the main entrance CASHIER 5 at Széchenyi Spa. Please state your name and say "Hungaria Concert." Public transportation: take the yellow subway line (M1) from Vörösmarty tér to Széchenyi fürdő, direction „Mexikói út”.

Entrance with Cabin + Palinka
7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Entrance with Locker + Palinka
7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
  • Pool, sauna and steam cabins at the spa are coeducated
  • The thermal water in the spa is not recommended for infants
  • Your ticket is valid only for one-time entry.
  • It is forbidden to wear swimsuits covering the full body.
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.)
  • Palinka Experience address - 1061 Budapest Király street 20. (opposite of Gozsdu Udvar)
  • Palinka Experience opening hours - Monday: Closed/Tuesday: 17-23/Wednesday: Closed/Thursday: 17-23/Friday: 17-24/Saturday: 17-24/Sunday: 17-23
  • Pálinka Experience guided tours start at every hour past 30 minutes (first tour: 17:30, second tour: 18:30..., last tour starts 90 minutes before closing time)
  • Your booking date is the entry date for the Széchenyi Spa. Pálinka Experince can be visited on different days as well, your ticket is valid for 5 days after your entry date to the Széchenyi Spa.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Vaccination card is mandatory for entering the spa!
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
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
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience Combo Ticket?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience Combo Ticket.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience Combo Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience Combo Ticket.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Entrance to Széchenyi Spa & Guided Palinka Experience Combo Ticket?
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 Combo Ticket.

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  • "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

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star-5
Fun in the warm waters
Susan_C
, Sep 2022
This was classic Budapest and what a fun,relaxing place to enjoy the thermal pools.Would definitely recommend to anyone who visits the city and wants to take S break at a historic venue
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Dirty
Jose_J
, Sep 2022
The place is dirty and no maintenance and chaotic we did not even go to palinka tour facility need improvements
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star-2
Not worth the money
Pericles_R
, Sep 2022
I went there with a friend under the impression that we where going to have the best day ever. I was so mistaken. The pictures does not correspond to the truth. You can’t go to the pool without a head cap, the water is not that warm. The facilities are a bit poor. Very disappointed
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. The different pools' tempratures vary between 26 and 40 Celsius.
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Full external pampering
Christopher_B
, Sep 2022
Being able to sauna, swim and soak in the same venue. I wish I had booked a massage now, I went to the beer spa instead, no regrets.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Thank you!
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Difficulty checking in
Linda_P
, Aug 2022
Unfortunately using Viator to book these tickets in advance was problematic. We had to stand in a very long and hot line to exchange our email confirmation for tickets. When we reached the front desk they had to check repeatedly online and make several phone calls to verify our reservation. After all that she still wasn't able to get through so she let us in anyway. We considered ourselves lucky, but in the future we would book directly with the baths, which were wonderful.
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star-3
A little under whelmed.
Tracey_K
, Aug 2022
Pleased we experienced the baths but felt it was over booked, not great sign posting once in there and felt it was a little bit dirty. Didn’t do the palinka experience as it wasn’t at the same place, which was a bit misleading when booking.
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star-1
It was so crowded we had...
Margaret_S
, Aug 2022
It was so crowded we had to wait in a long line. I thought by buying the ticket in advance we might have a guide to bring us in but we didn’t. We just gave up after waiting outside in the heat for over 45 minutes. I’m sure the pools are great but we didn’t see them
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star-3
Not worth it
Rachel_F
, Aug 2022
Just go on your own and pay for it there. There was no cues and plenty of places to leave you’re things
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star-5
A must for visitors to Budapest!
Shirley_D
, Aug 2022
A very peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. A real chance to have a “beach day” in the middle of the city!
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star-5
It is a must
Raphael_S
, Aug 2022
There isn't any guide or visitor of Budapest that will not recommend these baths. But we believe that we found the most enjoyable way for these baths. There are indoor and outdoor pools. We firstly went to the indoor pool. The temperature of the water there was 28°. Then we went to to the first outdoor with the spinner the temperature of the water there was 32°. Then we visited the the last pool with a astonishing 38° temperature. Finally we went to the sauna and we melted
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star-4
Beautiful place for Pools
Karisa_D
, Jul 2022
Lots of different pools with many thermal temperatures give you a unique experience. Try each one is what we did. Make sure to get the cabin so you can change your clothes in private and put your clothes in a private location. You should visit this facility while you are in Budapest.
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Bad Experience
Shawnika_D
, Jul 2022
It was overwhelming and disorganized. I think we would have enjoyed it more if we received guidance on how to navigate throughout the spa. We were unsure of how to locate the different pools and hot tubs; which was largely due to the language barrier. There was also no place to sit. We took a few pics and left. Our ticket came with a palinka drink and tour, but we were so disappointed that we left after 20min. I also did not see the benefit of purchasing this voucher in advance. The details of the voucher were inaccurate. For example, it mentioned retrieving tickets at window #5 and to state “Hungarian Concert.” There wasn’t a 5th window and when I said “Hungarian Concert” the clerk seemed confused.
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star-5
Would do it again!
RhiannonC_E
, Jul 2022
Highlight of our trip coming and visiting the spa and Palinka experience. The spa was gorgeous and filled a good couple of hours if you try every pool. I would advise taking food with you as we qued for an hour at 3 o clock for food as only one place selling food but 2 additional selling drinks. The cabins were a great size. You get one each which was a nice suprise. The locking system was great and we felt our belongings were secure. The palinka experiences was wonderful too. We arrived before the tours started (8.30 pm was the first) so we went around on our own. Lots of clear information displayed and the staff at the bar were very knowledgeable. We stayed for an extra drink and they happily answered any questions we had (was a quiet evening). One thing to note is that from May time they open everyday but viator state it's closed on a Monday, so worth checking the palinka website.
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star-5
Great
Storm_P
, Jul 2022
The place is fantastic but don’t book with viator it is cheap to book when u are there the water is so warm
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star-1
Scam
Hilde_H
, Jul 2022
me and my husband had been looking forward to a stay in the spa with its own entrance and optional massage, which was a package we ordered from Viator several weeks ago. but when we got there we were told that we had no massage or private entrance but entrance to some kind of museum. Viator customer service would not help us because they do not understand Norwegian (we are from Norway and the tickets are in Norwegian). We feel cheated.
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Booking
Una_C
, Jul 2022
The bathsxwere okay. But booking online awful.service. I arrived and after a big que they said my online booking had been cancelled...unbeknown to.me!
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star-5
Refreshing experience
Alfredo_V
, Jul 2022
The pools and the massage … a must. There should be someway to buy a chair however… every chair has a towel and nobody there…
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star-5
Bathday
Gerald_S
, Jul 2022
Wanderung pools in and outdoor, busy but always place inside the pools. Many people from all oder the World.
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star-5
Easy peasy
John_W
, Jul 2022
Prepaying the entrance fee via the Viator app made life a lot easier than reading the menu at the cashier booth of the Spa. We just handed the paperwork to the receptionist and she gave to wristbands. We highly recommend getting a cabin to change and store your belongings, unless you like getting naked in front of bunch of strangers in the locker room. The Spa was amazing, even though was pretty crowded on the day of our visit. The many thermal baths was quite a unique experience. I highly recommend you visit to this facility while you are in Budapest.
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star-3
Lots of choices for pool...
Theresa_T
, Jul 2022
Lots of choices for pool temperature. Don’t need to buy their flip flops. Many people were wearing their own forms of water shoes. Bring your own towels otherwise you have to buy one. Staff doesn’t speak any English or limited so hard to ask questions. Would have liked map of all the pools
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