I am a great fan of hot baths and and animals. So when I found out that Budapest Zoo was located next to Szechenyi Baths, I just knew I had to plan a day around it!
I visited Budapest from 7-9 of June 2014 and the weather was turning warmer. In the day you will probably feel the sun stinging the back of your neck. But other than a 3-4 hour period in the middle of the day, it was pretty cool most of the time.
The Budapest Zoo (Open: 9am-5pm) is one of the oldest zoos in the world and houses over 1000 animal species. An English Audio Guide is available if you have interest in finding out more about the animals living there.
We begin our day pretty early since the Zoo is open from 9am. The Zoo is pretty big and there are outdoor shows, indoor exhibitions as well short films so it can really be fun for the entire family.
The Zoo now has a new extension called Holnemvolt Park that is included in the full price of the Zoo ticket (2500HCF – adult). If you just want to visit the extension, it is just 500HCF. The park includes rides (you have to pay extra for) and a petting zoo.
After such a fulfilling day at the Budapest Zoo, we skipped all the way to the next building for some skin loving time at Szechenyi Baths (open: 6am – 10pm).
Baths is an understatement for the place, its more like a thermal wonderland. The compound is really big and can get lively without being too congested (since they actually turn away people once their maximum quota is met). When I went at 5.30pm, they actually closed the doors a couple of minutes later since the baths was full.
Szechenyi Baths is a bitch to get tickets for mainly cause it is so confusing with so many items on its menu. But with some helpful guidance from an impatient staff (we get it, there was a long queue) we managed to purchase the right tickets. I have included the English translated board below with pricing included.
Basically, the baths is split into 2 areas, the outdoor area (heated swimming) or the indoor area (hot baths, cold baths, sauna). If you just want a place to swim, you can purchase the “Swimming” tickets which does not give you access to the indoor area.
When buying a ticket you also need to let them know if you would like to have a locker or a cabin (you can’t have neither). Both are located indoors and a cabin means that you have small private space to change. Otherwise you can use the toilet facilities to change as well. I don’t see much benefits in getting a cabin though…
But for the purpose of planning for your trip, you should note that going on a weekend is more expensive and it is cheaper if you go after 5pm. But do note that the indoor area will close at 7pm though the outdoor area will be open till 10pm.
There are actually quite a few other attractions located in the City Park where the zoo and baths are but 2 main activities a day is good enough for me ~so tired out >.<
For more information on what you can do in the park, visit this website.