Can you drink the tap water in Poland?
In general, yes.
The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Poland (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 Poland think about the tap water?
Tap water is generally safe to drink, though bottled water is cheap and readily available.
Drinking water with a meal is not a Polish tradition; having a tea or coffee afterwards is much more common. If you want water with a meal, you might need to ask for it - and you will usually get a choice of carbonated (gazowana) or still (niegazowana) bottled water, rather than a glass of tap water. As a result water is never free, and is pretty expensive too compared to the average price of a meal (about 4zl for one glass). Beware that even "still" bottled water, while not visibly bubbly, will still contain some carbon dioxide.
For travellers preferring to drink water from the tap, tap water is safe and drinkable across the country.
The most commonly searched cities in Poland are:
For a full list of cities in Poland, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization Poland Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 99 percent of Poland have access to drinkable tap water.
World Health Organization's 2017 Poland Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Poland 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 Poland Think About The Tap Water?
Travelers and residents of Poland 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||30%||Moderate|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||70%||High|
View our tap water report on all cities in Poland
- Ustrzyki Gorne
- Stary Sacz
- Szklarska Poreba