How do you like to keep fit? Whether you prefer a group exercise class, getting maximum motivation with a personal trainer, or pumping iron on the gym floor, there’s a fitness center in Budapest that has what you need. Many gyms in Budapest cater to tourists and expats with English-language trainers and instructors, but here we select some of the best. These are gyms with high-quality facilities and a good selection of classes, and all in great locations – some even have added extras like a pool, sauna, yoga or Pilates classes, and other special extras as part of their offering. Now you really have no excuse not to stay fit while you stay in Budapest.
This friendly, bright gym is located at the heart of Corvin Negyed. There’s no doubt that Life1 can get busy in the afternoons and evenings, but there’s a whole floor dedicated to weight machines and another to cardio machines, like treadmills and cross-trainers. The gym features a great group-exercise schedule with classes starting at 6.30am on weekdays. Plenty of classes are available, but it’s necessary to book in advance for the more popular ones; classes are generally offered in Hungarian. although English instructions can be provided, and personal trainers are available too. A 23-meter-long pool and sauna are included here, as well as a wellness center with massages and beauticians available. Finally, just when you thought things couldn’t get better, there’s a “Vitamin Bar” where you can have a coffee with friends or pick up a protein shake between workouts. Life1 is a fresh, clean gym, and there are plenty of lockers, showers, and dry changing areas to make your visit even nicer.
Classes: The range of classes includes everything from “fat-burning”, Hot Iron, TRX, cross training, and yoga, to Zumba. There’s even a dedicated Spinning room.
Prices: A daily pass is 1,600 forints, allowing access to either the gym equipment or to take part in a class, while a monthly “all-in” membership costs 21,000 forints, which includes access to the gym, classes, and wellness facilities.
Classes: A great range of classes are held here, such as TRX, Pump, Power Yoga, Cycling, and BodyART, but there are fewer classes scheduled than at bigger gyms.
Info: The monthly fee is 19,000 forints, but if you sign up for a longer term there are discounts: for example, if you sign up for 12 months it’s 119,000 forints total (just under 10,000 forints per month). There are also great student prices: a student one-month pass is 15,000 forints.
Classes: They include Hot Iron, “fat-burning”, deepWORK, yoga, BodyART, Step, spinning, and more. “Aqua” group exercise classes take place in the pool. The only thing missing at Holmes Place in the normal timetable is TRX, which is a very popular resistance training class that can be found at most other top gyms.
Info: Holmes Place positions itself as a luxury “members only” gym, and charges a registration fee in addition to the monthly charge. The minimum sign-up period is two months, and there isn’t a day-pass option. An annual membership is relatively well priced, but any shorter period works out to be quite expensive per month. Still, the facilities, the English-language trainers, and the excellent location make this gym worth a try – especially if you can sign up for a full year.
- Holmes Place Gozsdu Club
- 1075 Budapest, Holló utca 12-14. (Gozsdu udvar)
Classes: Classes include “figure formation”, Pilates, bodyART, yoga, Hot Iron, and cycling.
Info: At the Naphegy location, a one-day pass is 8,000 forints, while a one-month pass is 50,000 forints. The Újpest and Fáy locations are much more reasonably priced, but they are also located further away from the city center.
Sun Palace Fitness
Bliss and Body
Info: A day pass here costs 1,950 forints, or 2,190 forints if you want to add a group exercise class as well. An “all-in” one-month pass costs 21,990 forints.