Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,861 Ft ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,619 Ft ($5.79)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 753 Ft ($2.70)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 274 Ft ($0.98)
12 eggs, large 635 Ft ($2.27)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 559 Ft ($2.00)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 935 Ft ($3.34)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 378 Ft ($1.35)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 205 Ft ($0.73)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 238 Ft ($0.85)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,747 Ft ($6)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 393 Ft ($1.41)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 143 Ft ($0.51)
Housing [Edit]
HUF USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 258,343 Ft ($925)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 184,263 Ft ($659)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 45,992 Ft ($165)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 164,965 Ft ($590)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 115,814 Ft ($414)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 26,768 Ft ($96)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,483 Ft ($12)
40” flat screen TV 124,005 Ft ($444)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,708 Ft ($92)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,467 Ft ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,739 Ft ($6)
Clothes [Edit]
HUF USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 21,805 Ft ($78)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 12,126 Ft ($43)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,335 Ft ($80)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,609 Ft ($102)
Transportation [Edit]
HUF USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,652,110 Ft ($20,227)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 374 Ft ($1.34)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,702 Ft ($35)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,228 Ft ($12)
Personal Care [Edit]
HUF USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,938 Ft ($7)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,690 Ft ($10)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 13,287 Ft ($48)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,245 Ft ($4.45)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 852 Ft ($3.05)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 807 Ft ($2.89)
4 rolls of toilet paper 376 Ft ($1.34)
Tube of toothpaste 554 Ft ($1.98)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,006 Ft ($11)
Entertainment [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,087 Ft ($25)
2 tickets to the movies 3,491 Ft ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,144 Ft ($51)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 14,032 Ft ($50)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,629 Ft ($5.83)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 642 Ft ($2.30)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 549 Ft ($1.97)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 150,612 Ft ($539)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft ($0.10)
1 month of gym membership in business district 14,677 Ft ($53)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,247 Ft ($4.46)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,590 prices entered by 333 different people.
Latest price update: October 22, 2018.

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