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Can I Drink the Tap Water Here (and How Much Is the Beer)?

Can I Drink the Tap Water Here (and How Much Is the Beer)?
Meg Butler

Now that more hotels are cutting back on complimentary bottles of water for elite customers (cough, Hyatt, cough cough) and alcohol getting lower on our list of thirst-quenching beverages, we were wondering: just where is it safe to drink the tap water?

Not that the FlyerTalk forums aren’t a great place for answers (did you know that you should even stay away from filtered water when you’re in Mexico?) but, we ran across this interactive map that not only tells you where in the world you can drink the tap water but also (about) how much a bottle of water costs and, for those who like older school methods of staying hydrated, how much a pint of beer costs.

Source: Just the Flight

But, if you want to know more details about where you’re heading like, just how much you can use Apple Pay, or what to expect on a road trip to Tasmania, the FlyerTalk forums are still your best bet.

View Comments (8)


  1. overlander_sk

    July 25, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I should be dead by now as I have been drinking tap water in Slovakia all my life.

  2. M60_to_LGA

    July 25, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Did some intern pull this together with no research? This is absolutely ridiculous.

    The tap water is absolutely fine in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Chile and Uruguay are essentially first-world countries, for god’s sake.

    Also, in the Asia map – Israel? Really? Israel *is* a first-world country. Tap water is absolutely safe. Actually, it’s probably safer than in many US cities – most Israeli infrastructure is 20th-century, so much more modern than in the US, where you still have lead in the pipes in a bunch of places.

  3. pagophilus

    July 25, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    There are certain towns in Australia where you shouldn’t drink the tap water. The water in my town doesn’t taste the best but is good for drinking. The water in Adelaide – well, you can drink it but the taste is off.

  4. BlueNordicSky

    July 26, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Apparently Liechtenstein is now a province in northern Italy.

  5. roelb

    July 26, 2019 at 5:22 am

    South Africa is marked red in the Africa map. But tap water is safe to drink in like 99% of places in SA, and in 100% of places that a tourist or business traveller will see.

  6. stanian

    July 27, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Considering Kalimantan, (Indonesian Borneo) is labelled as Singapore. I wouldn’t believe any of it.

  7. YuropFlyer

    July 28, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Liechtenstein annexed North Italy? Singapore is now in South Borneo? Whoever did this maps, jokes on you!

  8. SamirD

    August 17, 2019 at 10:54 am

    You know, what’s safe or not safe really depends on the individual and their immunity to pathogens in the water. My wife who was born in India can pretty much drink anywhere in the world short of maybe Africa. Me, unfortunately, ends up in the hospital with that same water. :(

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