Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,874 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,600 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 729 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 271 Ft
12 eggs, large 634 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 560 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 973 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 376 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 202 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 234 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,795 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 390 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 142 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 259,770 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 184,543 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 42,989 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 166,382 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 115,365 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 27,484 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,538 Ft
40” flat screen TV 122,354 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,189 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,371 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,741 Ft
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 21,774 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 11,793 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,401 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,969 Ft
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,688,530 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 369 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,745 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,165 Ft
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,938 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,690 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 12,489 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,173 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 852 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 792 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 376 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 554 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,104 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,102 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,460 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,140 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 14,064 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,629 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 649 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 547 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 150,612 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,196 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,238 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,813 prices entered by 336 different people.
Latest price update: September 21, 2018.

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