As you probably already know one of Budapest’s nicknames is the city of baths. Well people call the city that rightfully as it is full of baths, and it can immediately give you a small headache when you would like to choose from one of them. Each of them seem so good, how could you choose one to visit while you’re in Budapest? Don’t worry, I’m here to help you figure it out.

First of all, you need to make sure the bath has pools in the open, so you can enjoy the warmth of the summer sun and of course you might want to have a little tan at the end of the day. So indoor baths are a no-go, at least when the weather is too good to not enjoy it.

You also need to think of how you would like to spend your time in and near the pools. Some people would just like to lean back, relax and just enjoy the water and the weather, but some seek to have swimming opportunities, or maybe even go to the pools with children. While most baths operate with pools that work for both groups some are more like for one group than the other.

That said let’s look into some opportunities.


Palatinus beach is a more family and kid focused place, that operates with 9 pools, 2 of which are allocated especially for children. It even has a pool with a few slides, so if you’re looking for a place where your kids can play this might be the one for you.

But don’t worry if you would like to just relax in a pool filled with thermal water, as Palatinus gives you the opportunity to do just that. As I said before, most beaches aim for a wide range of customers. 🙂

One of the main benefits of this bath that it’s really easy to get to as it is located in the heart of the Margharet island. The other good thing about it’s location that it has a really nice environment.

However as this is one of the most popular beaches in Budapest it can get really crowded on a hot summer day, so you might want to think twice of going here if the temperature goes beyond 32°C.

This is one of the most expensive baths in Budapest, with a normal ticket on the weekends costing around 10$.

Római Beach

You may know that part of Budapest, to be exact Óbuda served as a Roman fort at some point in history. Well to bow to the old times we named some streets, small districts and even the beach Roman.

But that’s not the only thing that’s great about Római (Roman) Beach.

I don’t know how they did it, but you can find good spots here even on the most crowded days. You don’t need to get toe to toe with a stranger, you can have your peace while you’re relaxing.

Sadly, this is the smallest place of the three with only 3 pools: a huge one, a swimming pool and a children’s pool, with 9 slides. Yeah, you read that right, 9 different slides go into the children’s pool, with ones targeted for the very young and some for the bigger kids.

Római Beach operates with an almost equal ticket price as Palatinus, with a normal ticket costing around 10$ on the weekends.

There you have it, my recommendations for bathing in Budapest. Of course there are a lot more options that you can choose from, so if none of the above met your expectations don’t worry, I’m sure you can find just the right place.


Another great option to cool yourself down in a pool is Paskál. It has 4 outdoor and 2 indoor pools, saunas, and a water bar. A new outdoor pool is in the works with a built-in chess table. This must sound nice if you would like to just chill in a pool.

Las year they even expanded the area with a 3000 m2 lawn area, where you can have a picnic, bathe in the sun or just sleep if you got tired.

This place is not exactly in the heart of Budapest, but you can go there easily as well, so don’t worry.

A normal ticket to entry Paskál is around 9$ on the weekends.