Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,919 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,493 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 698 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 261 Ft
12 eggs, large 550 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 490 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 983 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 311 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 203 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 221 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,801 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 387 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 135 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 255,299 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 164,141 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 42,422 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 160,295 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 112,652 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,680 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,623 Ft
40” flat screen TV 117,306 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,293 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,457 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,745 Ft
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,593 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 9,976 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 23,549 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,384 Ft
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,822,580 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 361 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,704 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 2,892 Ft
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,656 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,212 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,523 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,197 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 798 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 775 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 383 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 564 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,713 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,709 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,237 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 11,546 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,071 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,559 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 552 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 511 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 164,076 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,781 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,187 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,035 prices entered by 445 different people.
Latest price update: November 22, 2017.

Budapest position in our World Ranking

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252nd
out of 335
eastern europe
10th
out of 33

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4th

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