Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,845 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,629 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 758 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 270 Ft
12 eggs, large 636 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 570 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 945 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 394 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 220 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 244 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,748 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 394 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 144 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 257,742 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 181,011 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 47,298 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 166,987 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 115,195 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 26,972 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,489 Ft
40” flat screen TV 124,710 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 26,483 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,636 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,754 Ft
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 21,794 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 13,007 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,477 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,549 Ft
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,633,180 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 371 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,694 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,249 Ft
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,525 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,000 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 13,381 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,154 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 862 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 788 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 364 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 555 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,833 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,608 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,496 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 15,608 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 14,032 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,629 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 642 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 525 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 14,677 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,250 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,561 prices entered by 329 different people.
Latest price update: November 18, 2018.

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250th
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10th
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