Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 919,224 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 453,639 Ft
  • Cost of living in Budapest is more expensive than in 72% of cities in Eastern Europe (9 out of 29)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 76% of cities in the World (205 out of 271)
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List of prices in Budapest
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,217 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,025 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 907 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 352 Ft
12 eggs, large 783 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 984 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,552 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 491 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 278 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 292 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,374 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 465 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 235 Ft
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 364,602 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 229,914 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 44,214 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 193,284 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 152,317 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 30,492 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,761 Ft
40” flat screen tv 113,262 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 36,081 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,706 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,515 Ft
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 28,009 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 11,373 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 24,585 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 30,380 Ft
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 8,048,940 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 487 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,486 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 5,042 Ft
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,763 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,303 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 20,112 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,409 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 783 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 831 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 505 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 550 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,990 Ft
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 10,005 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 4,468 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 16,879 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 13,248 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,044 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 931 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 578 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 192,472 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 24 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 13,120 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,711 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 482 prices entered by 69 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
205th
out of 271
eastern europe
9th
out of 29

Cheapest and most expensive products in Budapest compared to other cities:

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2nd
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
3rd
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3rd

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