Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,935 Ft ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,500 Ft ($5.94)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 680 Ft ($2.69)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 268 Ft ($1.06)
12 eggs, large 567 Ft ($2.25)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 499 Ft ($1.98)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,026 Ft ($4.06)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 323 Ft ($1.28)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 205 Ft ($0.81)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 226 Ft ($0.89)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,779 Ft ($7)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 388 Ft ($1.53)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 135 Ft ($0.53)
Housing [Edit]
HUF USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 253,693 Ft ($1,004)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 167,710 Ft ($664)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 41,314 Ft ($164)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 160,449 Ft ($635)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 112,680 Ft ($446)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 29,088 Ft ($115)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,687 Ft ($15)
40” flat screen TV 116,983 Ft ($463)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,641 Ft ($102)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,436 Ft ($10)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,726 Ft ($7)
Clothes [Edit]
HUF USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 21,787 Ft ($86)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 9,888 Ft ($39)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 23,970 Ft ($95)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,759 Ft ($114)
Transportation [Edit]
HUF USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,766,430 Ft ($22,826)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 361 Ft ($1.43)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,703 Ft ($38)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,007 Ft ($12)
Personal Care [Edit]
HUF USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,765 Ft ($7)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,245 Ft ($9)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,475 Ft ($41)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,208 Ft ($4.78)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 835 Ft ($3.31)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 770 Ft ($3.05)
4 rolls of toilet paper 379 Ft ($1.50)
Tube of toothpaste 555 Ft ($2.20)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,716 Ft ($11)
Entertainment [Edit]
HUF USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,531 Ft ($22)
2 tickets to the movies 3,333 Ft ($13)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 12,442 Ft ($49)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,625 Ft ($42)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,599 Ft ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 564 Ft ($2.23)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 503 Ft ($1.99)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 168,554 Ft ($667)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 27 Ft ($0.11)
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,576 Ft ($70)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,209 Ft ($4.78)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,891 prices entered by 430 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2018.

Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
249th
out of 337
eastern europe
10th
out of 33

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

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eastern europe
3rd

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