Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,680 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,514 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 759 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 248 Ft
12 eggs, large 583 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 526 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 979 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 298 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 203 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 231 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,649 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 383 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 140 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 238,166 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 156,637 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 38,172 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 151,701 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 99,096 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 26,810 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 4,163 Ft
40” flat screen TV 112,531 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,465 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,519 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,314 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 21,243 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 11,135 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 23,834 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 29,126 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,361,750 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 341 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,828 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 2,961 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,903 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 1,997 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 11,258 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,145 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 816 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 846 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 355 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 496 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,487 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,181 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,486 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 11,487 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 12,068 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,442 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 597 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 515 Ft
iPod nano 16GB 55,432 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 37 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,933 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,110 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,552 prices entered by 313 different people.
Latest price update: December 08, 2016.

Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
191st
out of 237
eastern europe
8th
out of 26

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

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3rd
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3rd
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4th

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