Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 760,692 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 380,157 Ft
  • Cost of living in Budapest is more expensive than in 58% of cities in Eastern Europe (11 out of 24)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 78% of cities in the World (207 out of 266)

List of prices in Budapest, Hungary. Current as of Feb 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,051 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,689 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 720 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 248 Ft
12 eggs, large 608 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 569 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 910 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 322 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 245 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 256 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,756 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 417 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 156 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 284,770 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 214,761 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 47,136 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 209,641 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 147,396 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 29,393 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,674 Ft
40” flat screen tv 123,720 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,467 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,154 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,428 Ft
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 22,106 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 9,682 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,038 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,038 Ft
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,186,530 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 390 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,564 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,117 Ft
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,201 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,688 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 13,471 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,169 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 838 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 771 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 434 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 436 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,083 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,293 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,606 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,673 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 13,123 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,909 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 689 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 548 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 142,179 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 28 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,923 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,395 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,493 prices entered by 186 different people.
Latest price update: February 26, 2020

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
207th
out of 266
eastern europe
11th
out of 24

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