Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,931 Ft ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,556 Ft ($6)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 707 Ft ($2.80)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 265 Ft ($1.05)
12 eggs, large 620 Ft ($2.45)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 510 Ft ($2.02)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 979 Ft ($3.87)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 347 Ft ($1.37)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 209 Ft ($0.83)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 231 Ft ($0.92)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,765 Ft ($7)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 385 Ft ($1.53)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 166 Ft ($0.66)
Housing [Edit]
HUF USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 255,041 Ft ($1,010)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 171,690 Ft ($680)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 41,029 Ft ($162)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 160,579 Ft ($636)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 113,213 Ft ($448)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,593 Ft ($113)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,642 Ft ($14)
40” flat screen TV 122,503 Ft ($485)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,807 Ft ($102)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,429 Ft ($10)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,943 Ft ($8)
Clothes [Edit]
HUF USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,396 Ft ($89)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,586 Ft ($42)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 23,742 Ft ($94)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,427 Ft ($113)
Transportation [Edit]
HUF USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,668,610 Ft ($22,441)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 356 Ft ($1.41)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,748 Ft ($39)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,012 Ft ($12)
Personal Care [Edit]
HUF USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,826 Ft ($7)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,426 Ft ($10)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 11,192 Ft ($44)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,112 Ft ($4.40)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 823 Ft ($3.26)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 781 Ft ($3.09)
4 rolls of toilet paper 369 Ft ($1.46)
Tube of toothpaste 539 Ft ($2.14)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,732 Ft ($11)
Entertainment [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,893 Ft ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 3,338 Ft ($13)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 12,731 Ft ($50)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,096 Ft ($44)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,581 Ft ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 582 Ft ($2.30)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 497 Ft ($1.97)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 161,785 Ft ($640)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 35 Ft ($0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,650 Ft ($70)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,221 Ft ($4.83)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,773 prices entered by 410 different people.
Latest price update: April 22, 2018.

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