Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,806 Ft ($7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,561 Ft ($5.63)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 721 Ft ($2.60)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 264 Ft ($0.95)
12 eggs, large 640 Ft ($2.31)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 527 Ft ($1.90)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 966 Ft ($3.48)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 381 Ft ($1.37)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 205 Ft ($0.74)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 231 Ft ($0.83)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,784 Ft ($6)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 385 Ft ($1.39)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 152 Ft ($0.55)
Housing [Edit]
HUF USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 256,697 Ft ($925)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 185,677 Ft ($669)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 41,127 Ft ($148)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 166,201 Ft ($599)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 114,355 Ft ($412)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 29,340 Ft ($106)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,535 Ft ($13)
40” flat screen TV 120,416 Ft ($434)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,137 Ft ($91)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,358 Ft ($8)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,985 Ft ($7)
Clothes [Edit]
HUF USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 19,565 Ft ($71)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,946 Ft ($39)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 21,769 Ft ($78)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 24,929 Ft ($90)
Transportation [Edit]
HUF USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,566,100 Ft ($20,062)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 362 Ft ($1.31)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,745 Ft ($35)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,105 Ft ($11)
Personal Care [Edit]
HUF USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,932 Ft ($7)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,727 Ft ($10)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 11,485 Ft ($41)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 978 Ft ($3.52)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 830 Ft ($2.99)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 791 Ft ($2.85)
4 rolls of toilet paper 385 Ft ($1.39)
Tube of toothpaste 489 Ft ($1.76)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,977 Ft ($11)
Entertainment [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,648 Ft ($24)
2 tickets to the movies 3,372 Ft ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 12,708 Ft ($46)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 12,385 Ft ($45)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,587 Ft ($5.72)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 608 Ft ($2.19)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 522 Ft ($1.88)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 152,612 Ft ($550)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft ($0.11)
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,260 Ft ($55)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,229 Ft ($4.43)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,960 prices entered by 343 different people.
Latest price update: July 22, 2018.

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