Are you dreaming of visiting a thermal bath while in Budapest? Would you like to combine hot springs, saunas, and swimming pools with a stunning view of the Danube and the Liberty Statue at the Gellert Hill? Rudas Thermal Bath might be precisely what you have been looking for.
Rudas Thermal Bath combines the feeling of a traditional Hungarian thermal bath with a fantastic beach experience as you enjoy the sun terrace on the roof of the building. There are several indoor pools with temperatures between 32 Celsius and 42 Celsius, and there is also a big pool for those who want to swim in quietness and peace. If you enjoy even higher temperatures, there are several saunas of all sorts, a salt chamber, and a steam bath. Rudas also has a Turkish bath which has a long history.
The bath was constructed in 1550 during the Ottoman rule. It has a rich history, and it is one of the few Turkish baths remaining in Budapest. It has gone through big renovation work, but the Turkish bath still gives an authentic old Turkish bath experience.
For many reasons, Rudas Thermal Bath has lived in the shadows of the more famous Szechenyi Thermal Bath and the Gellert Bath, but many tourists will find the Rudas experience to be even better. Why is that? What are the cons and pros of Rudas?
The cons and pros of Rudas Thermal Bath in Budapest.
Why should you consider visiting the Rudas Thermal Bath as you come to visit? Here you have some of the main reasons.
- It is located in the center of Budapest, making it easy to access if you live in the city center of Budapest (not far from the Gellert Bath).
- It isn’t as famous as the Szechenyi Bath and the Gellert Bath. As a result, there are fewer tourists and it might not feel as crowded.
- The prices are quite similar, but Rudas is still a bit cheaper than the other two famous baths.
- The bath has a fantastic sun terrace with beds where you can relax, sleep, enjoy the terrace pool, and enjoy the view towards the Elisabeth Bridge, the Danube, the Gellert Hill, the Liberty Bridge, and other beauties. As a result, it is for sure the bath in Budapest with the best view!
- The bath has bars next to the sun terrace pool. There you can buy beer and other drinks, which you can bring along as you enter the sun terrace pool.
- Rudas has its own restaurant, which you can enter directly from the thermal bath. Here you can eat a tasty Goulash soup and other traditional and tasty Hungarian dishes. That makes it easy to spend a full day in the complex.
- A part of the Rudas complex is an authentic Turkish bath from centuries of history.
- Every Friday and Saturday, you can come to Rudas for night fun between 22:00 and 03:00. Enjoy thermal water, the view from the terrace, and Budapest by night at the same time!
There are many reasons to visit the Rudas Bath. Are there any minuses if you compare it with the Szechenyi and the Gellert Bath?
- It only has one outdoor pool, and it isn’t very big. As a result, you will have much more space and a bigger selection of outdoor pools if you visit the Szechenyi Bath or the Gellert Bath.
- The Turkish bath is only available to men on certain days (and times) and to women only on certain days). It is open for everyone from opening till the bath closes on Saturdays and Sundays and most of the day on Thursdays and Fridays.
- Some might say the entrance is expensive. But, if you consider the fact that you can spend the entire day in the complex, you still get a very long-lasting and high quality program for your money.
- The thermal bath requires all guests to be 14 years or older.
Rudas opening times
- Monday – Sunday: 06:00 – 20:00
- Friday – Saturday: 22:00 – 03:00 (in addition to the normal opening times)
The prices will for sure change in the future, but we will try to keep them up to date.
- Adult entrance weekdays: 8,600 HUF
- Adult entrance weekends: 12,200 HUF
- Night bath (Fridays/Saturdays): 12,200 HUF
Tickets online: Would you like to buy your ticket online and combine it with a three-course lunch or dinner in Rudas? You can read more about the program and buy your tickets and skip the line right here.
Rudas Thermal Bath-based information
Address: 1013 Budapest, Döbrentei tér 9.
How to get to Rudas by public transportation? You can reach the complex using the following trams and buses.
Tram: 19, 41, 56, 56A
Bus: 7, 8E, 108E, 110, 112