Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €2,237 (790,259 Ft)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €1,141 (403,128 Ft)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is more expensive than in 59% of cities in Eastern Europe (10 out of 22)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 72% of cities in the World (171 out of 239)

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

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Food [Edit]
HUF EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,030 Ft (€5.75)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,704 Ft (€4.82)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 688 Ft (€1.95)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 254 Ft (€0.72)
12 eggs, large 602 Ft (€1.70)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 618 Ft (€1.75)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 980 Ft (€2.77)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 369 Ft (€1.04)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 277 Ft (€0.78)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 260 Ft (€0.74)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,820 Ft (€5.15)
2 liters of coca-cola 465 Ft (€1.32)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 169 Ft (€0.48)
Housing [Edit]
HUF EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 313,930 Ft (€889)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 227,349 Ft (€644)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 47,738 Ft (€135)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 212,222 Ft (€601)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 147,475 Ft (€418)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 29,734 Ft (€84)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,956 Ft (€11)
40” flat screen tv 120,730 Ft (€342)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,936 Ft (€71)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,593 Ft (€7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,264 Ft (€6)
Clothes [Edit]
HUF EUR
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 22,563 Ft (€64)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 10,887 Ft (€31)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,611 Ft (€73)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,038 Ft (€77)
Transportation [Edit]
HUF EUR
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,366,180 Ft (€18,024)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 380 Ft (€1.07)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,723 Ft (€28)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,189 Ft (€9)
Personal Care [Edit]
HUF EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,201 Ft (€6)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,688 Ft (€8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 18,298 Ft (€52)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,152 Ft (€3.26)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 853 Ft (€2.41)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 738 Ft (€2.09)
4 rolls of toilet paper 457 Ft (€1.29)
Tube of toothpaste 514 Ft (€1.45)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,431 Ft (€10)
Entertainment [Edit]
HUF EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,577 Ft (€19)
2 tickets to the movies 3,667 Ft (€10)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,673 Ft (€42)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,721 Ft (€33)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,848 Ft (€5.23)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 758 Ft (€2.15)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 539 Ft (€1.52)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 142,179 Ft (€403)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 28 Ft (€0.08)
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,408 Ft (€35)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,406 Ft (€3.98)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,145 prices entered by 154 different people.
Latest price update: July 10, 2020

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
171st
out of 239
eastern europe
10th
out of 22

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

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