Budapest offers many public bath houses and we were definitely a bit nervous about going to one. But, when in Budapest a visit is a must.
Here are some tips to help should you be in a similar and nervous situation like us.
1. Check the Budapest Baths website for information on the many options. We chose Szechenyi Baths because it was closer, larger and most popular. We assumed correctly that it would also be easier to navigate.
2. Pack your own towel to prevent a rental fee, a change of clothes, sunscreen for the outdoor pools and flip flops. Most places have electronic bands you wear that also lock your locker, so you won't need a luggage lock.
3. Don't be fooled by the pretty girl at the front trying to sell an expensive spa package. Head to the counter to pay the cheapest fee of 4,500 Forint. As long as you don't need a private changing room (which you essentially will get anyway) you don't need the additional cost.
4. In Szechenyi, it is co-ed all the time. You enter a locker room and walk into a stall. The stall connects the entrance to the locker area. Close both doors and pull the seat down. This locks the door. Change and exit to find a locker for your things.
5. Rinse off. Showers are located on either side. Once rinsed, you enter the indoor portion of the baths.
6. The temperature is on a sign above each bath. One cold pool is available as your final plunge to refresh you.
Shower off, grab your towel and change in the stalls again and you've enjoyed your day at the baths!
Note: some baths allow outdoor food and photos, but check before you enter.