Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,804 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,585 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 715 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 263 Ft
12 eggs, large 634 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 512 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 935 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 355 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 212 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 225 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,684 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 385 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 130 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 255,634 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 177,182 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 41,163 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 163,950 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 114,913 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,969 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,355 Ft
40” flat screen TV 120,516 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,213 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,392 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,004 Ft
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 21,151 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 11,293 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,721 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,218 Ft
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,572,140 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 357 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,746 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,003 Ft
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,955 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,327 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 11,199 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 986 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 836 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 793 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 385 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 477 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,968 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,397 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,371 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 13,111 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,548 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,584 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 617 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 522 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 157,473 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 28 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,346 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,226 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,981 prices entered by 350 different people.
Latest price update: June 18, 2018.

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