All You Need to Know About the Bialka Tatrzańska Termy
Whatever time of year you’re heading to the Tatra mountains region in southern Poland, you must pay a visit to the Białka Tatrzańska Termy. Whether you’re hiking in the Polish mountains in the summer months or carving up the slopes on a Polish ski holiday, the warm thermal waters, jacuzzis and saunas of Terma Bania in Bialka will have you feeling refreshed in no time. If you’re not after an active holiday, go anyway just for the spectacular views of the Tatra mountains from the outdoor pools and enjoy a social drink at the pool bar!
AD | GIFTED – We were gifted tickets and invited to provide an honest review of the Terma Bania facilities. We had an amazing time, as did our friends who were not gifted tickets and we will go back the next time we go skiing. This post also contains affiliate links. If you click on them, we may make a small commission. Thank you!
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Bialka Tatrazańska Termy.
What is a Termy?
‘Termy’ are thermal baths fed by geothermal waters and kept at a consistent year-round temperature of between 34 – 38 °C. There is a selection of hot springs in the Tatra Mountains and it’s said that the geothermal waters contain healing minerals which is just what you need after an energetic day. As well as Terma Bania in Bialka, the other main ones are:
Termy Bukovina (Bukovina Tatrzanska)
Chocholowskie Termy (Chocholow)
Aqua Park (Zakopane)
Where are the Termy Białka Tatrzańska?
The Białka Tatrzańska Bania as they are also called, are located in Bialka Tatrzanska, about 100 km south of Krakow. They are right next to the Bania ski slope and adjacent to the iconic Hotel Bania. There is a large, free car park but it was quite busy during February half term.
What is there to do at the Bialka Tatrzańska Termy?
Terma Bania has a large complex of 14 indoor and outdoor pools with slides, jacuzzis and saunas. There are snack bars and lots of deckchair seating, although you probably won’t be using them much as there’s so much to do. The different areas are:
Fun Zone – this is where the waters slides are as well as the kids play areas. Our kids had a LOT of fun here. One word of warning, it’s very noisy!
Relax Zone – this is where you will find the jacuzzi / water massage areas. It is a lot less hectic than the fun area. This is where you’ll find the indoor and outdoor pool bars.
Sauna Zone – this area has various different types of sauna. Russian, Highlander and Finnish. Some require no swimsuits. A couple allow swimsuits. At certain times there are women-only sessions.
How much are the Termy Bania tickets?
The price of your ticket will vary depending on how long you choose to stay there and which of the above areas you choose to visit. To give you a rough idea, a 2.5 hour session will cost:
Fun Zone Only – PLN 39 for children under 13 and PLN 59 for adults
Fun and Relax – PLN 49 and PLN 69
Sauna and relax – PLN 69 (no children under 16)
Sauna only – PLN 65 (no children under 16)
A 3.5 hour family leisure ticket to the fun and relax zone for 4 people costs PLN 185 **(this can’t be bought online)**
We went during February half term which is probably one of the busiest times of the year to visit. There were still tickets available to purchase for the 4 pm session upon arrival. You can buy tickets online but with the mix of Polish and English, it can seem a little confusing.
One thing to note is that if you are buying a Tatry Super Ski Lift pass and know that you want to go to the thermal baths, it might work out cheaper to buy a lift pass that includes entry to the baths. For example, If you buy a 3 of 5 day lift pass with 2 x 3-hour thermal bath entrance, you will pay PLN 345 (£70 ). If you bought them separately you will pay PLN 280 (£56 ) for a 3 of 5-day lift pass and around PLN 138 (£28 ) for your 2.5 hour thermal bath entrance. The combo ticket saves you around £15 per person.
How long do I need at Terma Bania?
If you are visiting the thermal baths to relax after a day of skiing or hiking, you probably only need 2 hours. If you are visiting specifically to enjoy all of the facilities, you could easily make a day of it. We went at 4 pm which was the perfect time after a day of skiing and before dinner.
Is Terma Bania suitable for children?
Asides from loving the skiing, our visit to Terma Bania was the highlight of the trip for our kids. There are areas dedicated to families with younger children. The Fun Zone is the main area for kids. Within this zone there are areas more suited to babies and toddlers with pools that are 35cm deep with splash zones and mini slides. Our kids are 5 and 7 and were fine in the main fun zone pool pictured below.
There are large, family-sized changing rooms and you can all change together but before you can enter the pool area, you must take a shower in your designated gender shower and toilet area. These are upstairs from the changing area and also where you enter the pool area. Once you’re through the shower area, you rejoin the rest of your family.
What do I need to take to Terma Bania?
You can lock everything away in your locker using your wristband to lock it and you don’t need to pay extra for the lockers. We recommend taking your own towels with you. You can hire them at a cost of PLN 10 (£2) with a PLN 30 (£6) refundable deposit but if you want to avoid this additional cost, consider taking travel towels with you. We love our Dock & Bay microfibre towels which are very lightweight and easy to pack. We take them on all our travels and would recommend taking them to the pool area with you as it is a little bit of a walk to and from the pool area and you’ll need it for the shower afterwards.
If you are going with small kids who are not confident swimmers and want to use the outdoor pool bar, it would be a good idea to take some kind of swimming aid for them. Even if they can swim but can’t touch the bottom, it just frees up your hands while you have a drink or take photos. Obviously we were sensible with drinking alcohol as we had to keep an eye on the kids and had one parent not drinking. In reality, once you’ve finally found the pool bar after checking out all the other areas, you won’t have a great deal of time left of your 2.5 hour ticket to have too much anyway!
Do I need to carry money in the thermal baths?
You don’t need to carry any money with you. Your entry wristband has an electronic chip that allows you to pay for items you purchase. Before you are allowed to leave you must hand in your wristband to be checked. You pay the outstanding balance and then you can leave. It’s a great system. The kids absolutely loved being able to order their own juice from the pool bar by tapping their wristband on the machine.
Where to stay in Bialka Tatrzańska
Bialka Tatrzanska ski resort is one of the largest in Poland and it has lots of accommodation options. If you’re going to make use of the Bialka Tatrzańska Termy, it might make sense to stay close by. Arguably the best Białka Tatrzańska hotel is the Terma Bania Hotel which is right next door to the thermal baths and staying at the hotel gives you free entrance to the thermal baths. We didn’t stay here but we went for dinner at their Goralska restaurant after visiting the thermal baths and had a little look around. It gets fantastic reviews on Booking.com and is right next to the slopes but it also one of the more expensive options.
For more accommodation options, take a look at Booking.com which has a large selection of hotels and chalets in Bialka Tatrzanska.
If you have questions on visiting the Terma Bania, please leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you.
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