Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,913 Ft ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,493 Ft ($5.65)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 695 Ft ($2.63)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 261 Ft ($0.99)
12 eggs, large 552 Ft ($2.09)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 491 Ft ($1.86)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 995 Ft ($3.77)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 312 Ft ($1.18)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 204 Ft ($0.77)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 222 Ft ($0.84)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,798 Ft ($7)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 388 Ft ($1.47)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 134 Ft ($0.51)
Housing [Edit]
HUF USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 255,194 Ft ($966)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 164,141 Ft ($621)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 42,422 Ft ($161)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 161,313 Ft ($611)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 112,652 Ft ($426)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,680 Ft ($109)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,623 Ft ($14)
40” flat screen TV 117,306 Ft ($444)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,293 Ft ($96)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,457 Ft ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,745 Ft ($7)
Clothes [Edit]
HUF USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,593 Ft ($86)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 9,976 Ft ($38)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 23,549 Ft ($89)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,384 Ft ($107)
Transportation [Edit]
HUF USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,822,580 Ft ($22,039)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 361 Ft ($1.37)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,704 Ft ($37)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 2,892 Ft ($11)
Personal Care [Edit]
HUF USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,656 Ft ($6)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,212 Ft ($8)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,523 Ft ($40)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,197 Ft ($4.53)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 798 Ft ($3.02)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 775 Ft ($2.93)
4 rolls of toilet paper 383 Ft ($1.45)
Tube of toothpaste 564 Ft ($2.13)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,713 Ft ($10)
Entertainment [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,709 Ft ($22)
2 tickets to the movies 3,237 Ft ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 11,546 Ft ($44)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,071 Ft ($38)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,559 Ft ($5.90)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 552 Ft ($2.09)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 511 Ft ($1.93)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 164,076 Ft ($621)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft ($0.11)
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,781 Ft ($67)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,187 Ft ($4.49)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,020 prices entered by 446 different people.
Latest price update: November 18, 2017.

Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
249th
out of 335
eastern europe
10th
out of 33

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

eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
4th

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