Facts about the quality of Budapest’s tap water

Most of our guests ask me during their check-in if the tap water is safe to drink.  The good news is that it’s not necessary at all to buy bottled mineral water for drinking or washing your teeth, as the tap water in Budapest is of excellent quality.

I’ve been drinking it since my childhood and during my travels I haven’t been to many places where the water tasted better than in Budapest.

In order to provide you with facts, I got hold of a brochure from the department  responsible for the Budapest’s water supply.


In summary 76 % of the water supplied  comes from the Szentendre Island, which is north of Budapest.  The water is of excellent quality and does not need cleaning. It is treated  with UV radiation and chlorination. The drinking water is  checked every day of the year. Department experts perform 211,000 tests  from 11,000 samples each year.

Data concerning the hardness of the water shows that in the Budapest area the drinking water is moderately hard.

Some say that the tap water in Budapest tastes better than the bottled water. Let me know how you find it.


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About the authors: Virág and János

Virág, a native of Budapest, and János, who’s been living in the city since 1999 are real fans of the capital of Hungary and try to awake the enthusiasm of others. They are dedicated to helping tourists to make most out of their stay.

Here you can read more about them: http://katonaapartments.hu/


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