Tap Water Safety in Bulgaria

Last UpdateApril 8, 2021 12:53 pm

How do People In Bulgaria Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Bulgaria 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.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30% Low
  • Water Pollution 41% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 70% High
  • Water Quality 59% Moderate

Can you drink the tap water in Bulgaria?

The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Bulgaria (source). 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 Bulgaria think about the tap water?

Bulgarian tap water is generally safe and drinkable but may have an odd taste. Bottled mineral water is widely available and cheap.


Being a staple, and quite favourite around the country, Bulgarian yogurt is also an ingredient in many dishes, the most famous one being tarator (таратор), a cold soup made from yoghurt, water, cucumbers, garlic, dill and walnuts. A drink called ayran - a salted yoghurt-water mixture - is also very popular.
There are more than six hundred mineral water springs around the country, so local mineral water is something you should try. In most regions, tap water is safe to drink, but it is better to ask the locals first.


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.