Hajós Alfréd Nemzeti Sportuszoda és Széchy Tamás Uszoda
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Bring your own lock or leave a key deposit of HUF 1,000 (official documents are no longer accepted in lieu of a cash deposit).
Hair dryers require HUF 20 coin.
Caps are required for the 25m pool, but not the 50m pool. (The caps requirement may not be in effect anymore, as a 2015 visitor noted that there were people not wearing caps during his swim.)
The pools are heavily used by swimming and water polo clubs, lessons, etc. from 2 PM, but there are always lanes for lappers.
A swimmer who visited the pool in September, 2017, got a more complete explanation, resulting in the update to the prices shown above, as of that date.
On my 6:30 AM weekday visits, the outdoor, 50 metre pool and the indoor, 25 metre pool were being used by squads in serious training and were not readily available to the casual swimmer. They were available at weekends, but during the week the 8-lane 33.3 metre pool (like the 50 metre and 25 metre pools, fully set up for lap swimming) was an adequate substitute. As befits the source of supply (a thermal spring), the water was crystal clear. On no occasion did I have to share a lane with more than one other swimmer. Lane discipline was good: even swimmers alone in lanes rigidly observed the keep right rule.
(a) When you arrive inside the grand entrance hall, pay your fee at the cashier’s small window, which you will find directly on the left of the main doors. You will be given a receipt and a bar-coded voucher;
(b) Men enter the facility through a turnstile in the far left corner of the entrance hall – women through a turnstile in the far right corner. The turnstile is operated by holding the bar code against an optical reader mounted beside the turnstile. An assistant is to hand to help you if (like me) this presents you with difficulties, also to lend you a padlock if (unlike me) you haven’t brought one with you;
(c) Although the men’s locker room is directly beyond the turnstile, once changed, you will have to walk a considerable distance to get to any of the pools. Thus, you might want to bring flip-flops;
(d) I’m uncertain whether there are rules concerning the use of Speedo style swimwear and bathing caps, but that seemed to be very much the norm;
(d) There is plenty of space pool-side for stuff that you want to keep with you;
(e) There are not particularly adequate showers adjacent to the 50-metre outdoor pool. Better that, on your way back to the locker room, you use the signposted very generous arrangements on the upper floor of the facility, near the 25 metre pool, adjacent to the indoor 50 metre pool;
(f) The outdoor pools are surrounded by trees so you might encounter the odd floating leaf, particularly if the weather has been stormy. This, however, does not impair the water quality.
I've been there three times over lunch now and each time I had a lane to myself or shared one with one other person.
The front-end business of getting in is confusing - even after reading the first review, which explains it very accurately. Figuring out the pools after the changing room is a bit of a task. For showers, definitely use the ones on the 1st floor, by the indoor pool.
Regarding the price: on a Thursday afternoon I was charged 1,800 HUF and on Friday midday 800 HUF.
The pool has switched to a bracelet system for access to the change rooms and lockers. The signage looked fairly new and there was English on the signs providing direction to the various pools. This was a great facility.