Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €2,277 (810,388 Ft)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,104 (392,896 Ft)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 67% of cities in Eastern Europe (6 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 74% of cities in the World (116 out of 157)
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List of prices in Budapest
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
HUF EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,431 Ft (€7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,783 Ft (€5.01)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 818 Ft (€2.30)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 329 Ft (€0.93)
12 eggs, large 692 Ft (€1.94)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 730 Ft (€2.05)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,326 Ft (€3.73)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 497 Ft (€1.40)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 299 Ft (€0.84)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 271 Ft (€0.76)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,324 Ft (€7)
2 liters of coca-cola 429 Ft (€1.21)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 150 Ft (€0.42)
Housing Update prices
HUF EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 290,667 Ft (€817)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 209,360 Ft (€588)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 36,964 Ft (€104)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 184,967 Ft (€520)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 132,788 Ft (€373)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 31,425 Ft (€88)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,866 Ft (€14)
40” flat screen tv 114,495 Ft (€322)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 27,720 Ft (€78)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,478 Ft (€7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,464 Ft (€7)
Clothes Update prices
HUF EUR
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 28,305 Ft (€80)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 11,427 Ft (€32)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,316 Ft (€71)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 26,803 Ft (€75)
Transportation Update prices
HUF EUR
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 7,175,730 Ft (€20,160)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 454 Ft (€1.28)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,746 Ft (€27)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,230 Ft (€9)
Personal Care Update prices
HUF EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,700 Ft (€8)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,975 Ft (€8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 16,979 Ft (€48)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,375 Ft (€3.86)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 891 Ft (€2.50)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 794 Ft (€2.23)
4 rolls of toilet paper 441 Ft (€1.24)
Tube of toothpaste 519 Ft (€1.46)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,949 Ft (€11)
Entertainment Update prices
HUF EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,214 Ft (€20)
2 tickets to the movies 3,982 Ft (€11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 16,681 Ft (€47)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,331 Ft (€32)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,190 Ft (€6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 771 Ft (€2.17)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 501 Ft (€1.41)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 184,370 Ft (€518)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 27 Ft (€0.07)
1 month of gym membership in business district 11,433 Ft (€32)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,625 Ft (€4.57)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 268 prices entered by 53 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2022

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
116th
out of 157
eastern europe
6th
out of 9

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