Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,846 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,615 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 759 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 267 Ft
12 eggs, large 640 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 555 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 956 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 382 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 209 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 238 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,710 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 396 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 139 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 249,101 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 170,755 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 42,772 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 163,392 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 112,874 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 27,201 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,255 Ft
40” flat screen TV 123,711 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 26,353 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,463 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,800 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 19,974 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 11,990 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,789 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,939 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,456,090 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 370 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,689 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,058 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,584 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 12,606 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,205 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 911 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 825 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 380 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 558 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,086 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,977 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,371 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,354 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 12,514 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,567 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 620 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 530 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 151,262 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 13,617 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,242 Ft

Map of Cost of Living in Hungary

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This map shows only the top cities in Hungary. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Hungary

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Budapest 93
2nd Szeged 73
3rd Pécs 71
4th Debrecen 71
5th Miskolc 71

Price 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.

Are you moving to Hungary? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Hungary of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Short visit to private doctor in Miskolc costs 15,000 Ft (about 19 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Budapest costs 300 Ft (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Budapest costs 350 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,500 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Budapest costs 150,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Budapest costs 250,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Budapest costs 300 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Budapest costs 300 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Budapest costs 350 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Budapest costs 1,300 Ft (1 day ago)