BUDAPEST is a great destination that Brits enjoy visiting during their holidays.
But while we might freely drink tap water in the UK, it is key to know what the rules are when visiting a foreign country, to avoid drinking something you shouldn’t and feeling unwell as a result.
Can you drink tap water in Budapest?
You will be pleased to hear that you can drink tap water in Budapest.
Whether you are planning on visiting as a tourist or hoping to live there permanently, it will be welcome news to hear that tap water is drinkable.
Hungary actually has exceeded EU water safety standards so you can feel at ease that the water you drink will be of an acceptable quality.
If you do decide to buy bottled water, look out for the coloured lids at the top.
Carbonated water is identified with a blue lid, still water has a pink lid and if the bottle lid is green, you can expect the water to be lightly carbonated.
Is tap water free in Budapest?
Waiters will often bring bottled water to your table which you will have to pay for when you order it at a restaurant.
To get free water, you must actively ask for tap water, which may then be provided to you.
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Be warned that you may be met with a look of slight frustration as it is not the ordinary thing that tends to be done there.
There is no law requiring tap water to be provided to customers for free, so it would be up to the individual establishment whether they choose to do so.
It could also prove difficult to refill a water bottle, so be sure to leave your accommodation with it filled up.
Locals tend to buy bottled water both still and sparkling, which is then brought to the table when out and about.
Why can’t you drink tap water in some countries?
In some countries, you are not able to drink tap water because the water quality would not be of a high enough standard for human consumption.
Drinking tap water that you shouldn’t is one of the leading causes for travellers to get sick while abroad.
The water may result in you having to lie down in bed and miss out on exciting holiday adventures as a result.
As it could contain bacteria, viruses, protozoa and chemical pollutants which can make you sick, it is best to be avoided.
It is recommended to avoid drinking tap water in most of Africa and South America, as well as all of Asia and Eastern Europe.