You may wish to pack the following when visiting one of the major Baths of Budapest for a pamper day (tips only):
the most important bits include:
- money for the entrance fee (and for the cafe if you get hungry / thirsty), or the confirmation email if you have previously booked your ticket
- swimwear (bikini is OK, onepiece is OK, speedo is OK, swim trunks are OK, etc. as long as you wear some decent swim wear),
- you can rent towels, swimwear, flip flops etc.
We recommend the following items to take with you to the baths:
- towel: it is best if you bring your own towel, especially if you are planning to stay in the Baths all day. You can rent bath sheets on the premises for a small surcharge and a big deposit (cash only), if you are patient enough to queue for it.
- Flip flops / slippers: perfect for use in wet areas – slippers can quickly become soggy when lounging by the pool. Did you know that walking barefoot on the stone pavements and non slip areas by the pools after soaking your legs in the warm thermal waters will simply harden the skin of your soles?
- Soap, shampoo (there are showers but no complimentary soap or shampoo dispensers). Shampoo can be purchased with special bath kits in certain spas.
- Hairdryer: there are public standard hairdriers in the changing rooms.
- A waterproof wallet or purse if you want to take your money with you in the baths too (you can also store your money in the lockers or cabins).
- Swimming cap: mandatory when swimming in the swimming pools (to do laps), otherwise not needed in any of the thermal baths, plunge pools, etc.
- Drinks and foods: there are simple cafes in every Budapest Spa Baths but you can bring your own drinks and picnic basket too. On hot summer days make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Smoking is prohibited in every Baths of Budapest (inside and outside, by the pools too), you may leave those nasty cigarettes at home.
- Optional personal items you would miss: comb or hairbrush, body lotion, make up, hair gel, etc.
- Don’t bring your jewellery to the baths. While those enjoying a spa day will be provided with a locker, it is usually best to leave valuable items – such as electronic devices and jewellery – at home.
For winter visits having a bathrobe – as the outdoor pools can only be entered from the outside – seems to be a good idea. In winter it is also important to have slippers to protect your feet. The distance you need to take from indoors to the outdoor pool is not long, but just because locals (and Scandinavians) are used to cooler temperatures by the bath, you may need some warm garment so that you can enjoy the winter baths beautifully steaming… Believe us, it is an unforgettable experience.
Please make sure you do not lose your wristband. There is a serious penalty fee for a lost wristband. Likewise, if your bath sheet rented from the Bath, gets stolen or is taken away accidentally, we are sorry, but you will not be entitled to the hefty deposit.