Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $U115,915 (802,640 Ft)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $U58,732 (406,687 Ft)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is more expensive than in 65% of cities in Eastern Europe (7 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 71% of cities in the World (141 out of 198)

List of prices in Budapest, Hungary. Current as of Feb 2021.

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Food [Edit]
HUF UYU
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,101 Ft ($U303)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,649 Ft ($U238)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 698 Ft ($U101)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 270 Ft ($U39)
12 eggs, large 604 Ft ($U87)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 679 Ft ($U98)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,033 Ft ($U149)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 420 Ft ($U61)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 289 Ft ($U42)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 249 Ft ($U36)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,762 Ft ($U254)
2 liters of coca-cola 456 Ft ($U66)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 164 Ft ($U24)
Housing [Edit]
HUF UYU
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 330,928 Ft ($U47,792)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 212,341 Ft ($U30,666)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 46,534 Ft ($U6,720)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 205,802 Ft ($U29,721)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 140,425 Ft ($U20,280)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 30,341 Ft ($U4,382)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,220 Ft ($U609)
40” flat screen tv 123,339 Ft ($U17,812)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,823 Ft ($U3,729)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,496 Ft ($U360)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,269 Ft ($U328)
Clothes [Edit]
HUF UYU
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 25,510 Ft ($U3,684)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 11,228 Ft ($U1,622)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,895 Ft ($U3,740)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 26,057 Ft ($U3,763)
Transportation [Edit]
HUF UYU
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,787,470 Ft ($U980,225)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 383 Ft ($U55)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,851 Ft ($U1,423)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,326 Ft ($U480)
Personal Care [Edit]
HUF UYU
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,313 Ft ($U334)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,807 Ft ($U405)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 18,799 Ft ($U2,715)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,092 Ft ($U158)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 835 Ft ($U121)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 770 Ft ($U111)
4 rolls of toilet paper 456 Ft ($U66)
Tube of toothpaste 502 Ft ($U73)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 4,068 Ft ($U588)
Entertainment [Edit]
HUF UYU
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,006 Ft ($U1,012)
2 tickets to the movies 3,687 Ft ($U532)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 17,290 Ft ($U2,497)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,649 Ft ($U1,538)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,237 Ft ($U323)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 660 Ft ($U95)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 492 Ft ($U71)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 155,377 Ft ($U22,439)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 27 Ft ($U3.90)
1 month of gym membership in business district 11,262 Ft ($U1,626)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,435 Ft ($U207)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 624 prices entered by 83 different people.
Latest price update: February 27, 2021

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
141st
out of 198
eastern europe
7th
out of 17

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

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3rd
eastern europe
3rd
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