Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,920 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,506 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 708 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 255 Ft
12 eggs, large 544 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 486 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 953 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 299 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 215 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 223 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,722 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 389 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 138 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 255,876 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 162,222 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 43,094 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 159,428 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 111,721 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 27,956 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,644 Ft
40” flat screen TV 115,818 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,632 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,483 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,727 Ft
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,705 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,544 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 23,716 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 29,931 Ft
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,114,780 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 359 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,687 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 2,919 Ft
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,703 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,115 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,484 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,240 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 809 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 801 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 372 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 572 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,487 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,269 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,280 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 11,941 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 9,197 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,616 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 562 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 510 Ft
iPad Air 2, 64GB 163,065 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 16,953 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,172 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,761 prices entered by 451 different people.
Latest price update: September 20, 2017.

Budapest position in our World Ranking

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238th
out of 318
eastern europe
10th
out of 35

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

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