Conventional oesophageal manometry and intraluminal electrical impedance measurement were simultaneously applied in eight healthy volunteers to study the effect of wet and semisolid bolus viscosities on oesophageal motility and bolus transit. Contraction front velocity measured by electrical impedance and manometry were identical for wet and semisolid swallows and highly associated. Bolus front velocity as measured by electrical impedance was significantly faster than contraction front velocity in both wet and semisolid swallows. Bolus front velocity during semisolid swallows was significantly slower compared to wet swallows. It is concluded that intraluminal electrical impedance measurement is a reliable technique to detect oesophageal motility as well as to differentiate between transit of wet and semisolid bolus consistencies.