Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,049,831 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 486,798 Ft
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 60% of countries in Eastern Europe (6 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 71% of countries in the World (48 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,413 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,497 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 969 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 485 Ft
12 eggs, large 1,142 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,245 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,136 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 543 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 400 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 367 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,127 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 638 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 394 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 346,882 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 255,163 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 54,044 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 202,195 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 160,627 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 35,170 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 5,316 Ft
40” flat screen tv 126,233 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 37,403 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,459 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 3,830 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 27,804 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 12,238 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 29,735 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 37,726 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 10,249,600 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 622 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,797 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,160 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,214 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 20,303 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 2,403 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,128 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,229 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 850 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 1,147 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 4,753 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 10,182 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 5,014 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 16,653 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 16,679 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,589 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 816 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 806 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 246,317 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 30 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 18,268 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,082 Ft

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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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