Rudas Bath (Rudas Fürdő)

The Most Beautiful Turkish Bath in Budapest

rudas_bath_budapest_octagonal_interiorLocation:

Döbrentei tér 9., Buda, Erzsébet Bridge, district I.

Getting There:

tram 18, bus 7, 7a
Tel: (+36 1) 356 1322

 

NEW: Renewed Bath with Fantastic Panoramic Views

the view from the new JacuzziThe refurbishment of the southern part of the bath started last year and was finished in September 2014.

Four new pools (with temperatures 11 °C, 32°C, 36°C and 42°C, and a jacuzzi (36°C) with fantastic panoramic view have been also added to the complex.

You can enjoy Turkish-Hungarian fusion cuisine in the restaurant on the first floor.

Lots of modern architectural and design elements including vast glass surfaces enhance the experience in the Rudas.

Rudas cafe

 

rudas_bath_02Opening Hours:

  • Swiming pools: every day: 06.00-20.00, wellnes & sauna centre: every day: 08.00 – 22.00, night opening hours on Friday-Saturday: 22.00-04.00 (except for the panorama pool on the rooftop and the saunas)
  • Steam Bath: every day: 06.00 – 20.00, night opening hours on Fri-Sat: 22.00 – 04.00
  • Ladies’ day: Tuesday
  • Gentlemen’s days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Mixed Days (bathing suit is compulsory): Saturday, Sunday

Cashier closes 1 hour before the bath’s closing time.

Ticket Prices in the Rudas Bath:

20% discount with Budapest card on the morning ticket with cabin use on weekdays. Note: children under 14 are not allowed to use the thermal pools.

As with other baths prices are fairly complicated (there are more options that you can find on the bath’s official website):

Weekdays
Weekends
Morning Thermal ticket with cabin use on weekdays (09.00-12.00)
2 600 HUF
Morning Swimming ticket with locker use (weekdays from 9.00 till 12.00)
1 500 HUF
All-day thermal ticket with cabin use
3 300 HUF
3 700 HUF
All-day swimming pool ticket with locker:
2 000 HUF
2 300 HUF
Swimming pool + Thermal pools (with locker use)
4 000 HUF
4 400 HUF
Swimming pool + Wellness (with locker use)
3 100 HUF
4 200 HUF
Thermal + Swimming + Wellness Ticket
4 500 HUF
5 500 HUF
Night Ticket (Fri-Sat: 22.00-04.00, excl. panorama pool and saunas)
4 800 HUF
Wellness + brunch (lunch or dinner in the restaurant)
5 490 HUF
Retirees/students/children swimming pool ticket with locker
1 450 HUF

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rudas_bath_octagonal_poolThis fine bath was built around 1550. Sokoli Mustafa Pasha rebuilt it in 1566.

Eight columns support the cupola under which lies the octagonal Turkish pool.

This still functions as the centre of the bath. The light shafts shining through the stained glasses of the cupola openings cause a colourful, vibrant effect inside the pool.

The Rudas used to be a men-only bath (since 2006 women can use the bath on set days), tough it had a swimming pool for both men and women.

The pool, which is filled with 29°C medicinal water, was built in 1896 and it was Budapest’s second indoor swimming pool. In the hall of the bath you can drink medicinal waters supplied by the Hungaria, Attila and Juventus springs.

You have to pay some money for it at the cashier. A complete physiotherapy department operates on the second floor of the spa complex.

The Rudas has opened its doors to women:

Since 1st June 2006 women can enjoy the Turkish bath without a swimming suit on Tuesdays between 6.00 – 20.00. Moreover, on weekends both men and women can bath in in bathing suits.

Rudas is the only original Turkish bath in Europe that provides this service. There are also bathing parties in swimsuits on the weekends.

Water temperature ranges between 16 – 42 °C

rudas_bath_01Massages and Services:

  • 6 thermal bath basins and 4 wellness pools (temperatures: 11 °C, 32°C, 36°C and 42°C) and a jacuzzi (36°C) in the loft offering a dazzling view of the city,
  • underwater jet-massage,
  • complex balneotherapy treatment,
  • new service is the aromatherapy massage in the steam unit of the bath,
  • foot care,
  • dry and steam saunas, and
  • buffet.

You can also get various types of massages for example

  • a 20 minute manager massage to relieve stress: 3 300 HUF,
  • aroma relax massage 20 (3 200 HUF), 30 (4 200 HUF) or 40 minutes 5 100 HUF) or
  • a 60-minute VIP massage if you really wish to pamper your body: 14 300 HUF

Read more details at the official site of the bath.

Related:

  • Budapest Spas – a bit of spa history, bathing etiquette and some useful tips.