You can't leave Russia without having experienced one of their most important traditions, visiting the banya. Therefore we help you by listing the best banyas in Moscow in this blog. The first time in a public banya might be a bit of shock when you have to undress at the dining table and everyone is sitting naked around you having dinner & drinks. There's a schedule when the banya "steam makers" splash water on the oven and they will come in dining hall and call everyone to join. Start on the lower shelf and move slowly up if you can handle the heat. And no talking ;) Read more about banya etiquette here.
There are many options, but here we list our favorites. We go there monthly with a group of friends and it's a great way to relax in a social and Russian way! For a smoother experience knowing some Russian will come in handy.
It has 2 separate bathing houses, one for men and one for women. The men's bathing house is like a Greek temple, with a large pool and nicely decorated entrance and dining hall. The women's part is more sober, but still quite an experience. (Tuesday is a day off in women's half).
Address: Neglinnaya Ulitsa 14/3-7
Metro: Kuznetsky Most, Tsvetnoy Bulvar
Another old, but recently renovated, banya near Krasnaya Presnya street. It boasts a larger and not-so-icy pool to swim a bit after a steam room and even a snow generator for those who love sharp contrasts. Price is from 1800 RUB for 2.5 hours.
There is also a restaurant and a beer brewery in the same building.
Address: Stolyarny lane, 7
Metro: Ulitsa 1905 Goda
This public banya is smaller than the previous two, but is much more modern, with a nice & bright atmosphere. They have good and very clean facilities like several steam rooms,
a small cold pool and a proper dressing room. You can also book spa treatments. The prices are reasonable.
Location: Bolshaya Akademicheskaya Ulitsa 13a
Trekhgornye banya - Tbani
This is a private banya complex not far from Moscow City where you can rent beautiful & spacious banya "lofts" for a very reasonable price. Women groups even get 35% discount! Modern&stylish amenities, banya, hammam, jaccuzi, treatments and good food. The perfect banya to relax with a private group!
Address: Rochdelskaya Ulitsa 15
Metro: Delovoy centr / Ulitsa 1905 Goda
This is a private banya in the North-West of Moscow. Here you can rent a banya per hour with a group of friends. The nice thing is that they have in&outdoor pools and a hot tub. The banya itself is quite small, so with a large group you have to take turns. A Great way to eat, drink & relax with friends.
Address: Volokolamskoye Highway, 89, 1
This place is a perfect private banya for a romantic night out. It's located in the eastern side of the Moscow center. You can book several 1.5-2 hours spa programs here. The atmosphere is very pleasant and relaxing. But be prepared that it is quite expensive: +/- 20000 RUB for two people.
Address: Novaya Basmannaya street 16/8
Metro: Krasnye Vorota
Have a nice time!