Can you Drink the Tap Water in Europe?

Tap Water Safety for Every Country in Europe

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One of the most common causes of sickness for travelers on the road stems from being exposed to contaminated food and water. And one of the easiest ways for these bacteria and parasites to enter your body is through the local tap water. One thing you should definitely research before every trip is whether the tap water is safe to drink -- it's something so simple, but so important for staying healthy.

While the majority of countries in Europe do have safe drinking water, there are few where you'll need to take precautions, and some where you'll want to avoid the water at all costs. In general, Western Europe has safe tap water and Eastern Europe is less likely to have it. If you're unsure, take the time to ask a member of staff at your hostel if the water is safe to drink or not.

When you're visiting any of the countries without safe drinking water, you should either rely on bottled water or you can take a look at how you can purify contaminated water on the road

Albania: 

You should not drink the tap water in Albania. Instead, buy bottled water and use the tap water for brushing your teeth and cooking with.  

Andorra: 

The tap water in Andorra is perfectly safe to drink! 

Austria: 

You can drink the tap water in Austria -- it's some of the best in the world! 

Belarus:

You should not drink the tap water in Belarus.

 Instead, buy bottled water, and use the tap water for brushing your teeth and cooking with. 

Belgium: 

You can drink the tap water in Belgium.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Sarajevo, but you should avoid drinking it outside of the capital. 

Bulgaria: 

The tap water is safe to drink in all the main cities and towns.

If you'll be visiting more rural areas, it's best to avoid it. Just ask the staff at wherever you're staying if you're unsure. 

Croatia: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Croatia

Czech Republic:

The tap water is safe to drink in the Czech Republic. 

Denmark:

The tap water is safe to drink in Denmark. 

Estonia:

The tap water is safe to drink in Estonia.

Finland:

The tap water is safe to drink in Finland.

France: 

The tap water is safe to drink in France.

Germany:

The tap water is safe to drink in Germany. 

Gibraltar: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Gibraltar, but has been chlorinated so don't expect it to taste very nice. It's a bit like drinking water from a swimming pool! 

Greece:

The tap water is safe to drink in Athens and many of the major cities in Greece. Avoid drinking it on the islands, though, as it's rarely safe there. If in doubt, ask a local.

Hungary: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Budapest but you should avoid it outside of any major cities. 

Iceland: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Iceland. 

Italy: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Italy

Ireland: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Ireland. 

Liechtenstein: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Liechtenstein

Lithuania: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Lithuania.

 

Luxembourg: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Luxembourg. 

Macedonia: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Macedonia. 

Malta: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Malta.

Monaco: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Monaco.

Montenegro: 

You should not drink the tap water in Montenegro. Instead, buy bottled water, and use the tap water for brushing your teeth and cooking with -- it's perfectly fine for that.

The Netherlands: 

The tap water is safe to drink in The Netherlands. 

Norway: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Norway. 

Poland: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Poland. 

Portugal: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Portugal. 

Romania: 

The tap water is safe to drink in all major cities in Romania. Outside of the cities, you'll want to be a little more careful and stick to bottled water. Ask your hostel owner if you're unsure whether you can drink it or not.

San Marino: 

The tap water is safe to drink in San Marino. 

Serbia: 

The tap water is safe to drink in all major Serbian cities. If you'll be heading out into the countryside, it's best to stick to bottled or purified water.

Slovakia: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Slovakia. 

Slovenia: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Slovenia. 

Spain: 

The tap water is safe to drink in all Spanish cities. 

Sweden: 

The tap water is safe to drink in Sweden. 

Switzerland:  

The tap water is safe to drink in Switzerland.

United Kingdom: 

The tap water is safe to drink in the United Kingdom.

Ukraine: 

Ukraine has the worst water quality of Europe. You should not drink the tap water in Ukraine, and you should also avoid using it for brushing your teeth.