Can you drink the tap water in Hungary?
In general, yes.
The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Hungary (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas.
Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
What do people in Hungary think about the tap water?
Tap water in Hungary is safe to drink.
Thermal waters abound in Hungary with over 1000 thermal springs in the country (more than 100 just in the Budapest area) many of which have been turned into baths and spas. The most famous being the Szechenyi baths in Budapest. It was completed in 1913 and built in Modern Renaissance style. This is the biggest thermal bath complex in Europe, its venue is the Budapest City Park. There are, however, hundreds of individual baths all around the country. The cave baths at Miskolc-Tapolca and the spa at Egerszalók are some nice examples. The first thermal baths were erected by the Romans more than 2000 years ago.
It should be noted though that as it is the case of most European countries, in Hungary it is safe to drink tap water anywhere, even in 'remote' settings. Bottled waters are offered in a large selection, both the fizzy (blue bottle cap buborékos) and still (red/pink bottle cap) water and it is cheap (starts from less than 100 HUF for one and half liter). The only notable exception of the drinking water are trains where the tap water is not drinkable and other places where tap water is labeled as such.
The most commonly searched cities in Hungary are:
For a full list of cities in Hungary, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization Hungary Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Hungary have access to drinkable tap water.
In 2000, 51% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 99% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.
World Health Organization's 2017 Hungary Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Hungary includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
What Do People In Hungary Think About The Tap Water?
Travelers and residents of Hungary have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.
A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||20%||Low|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||80%||High|
View our tap water report on all cities in Hungary