Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 772,330 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 380,679 Ft
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 50% of countries in Eastern Europe (6 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 67% of countries in the World (51 out of 76)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,155 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,656 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 704 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 264 Ft
12 eggs, large 596 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 634 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,043 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 430 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 279 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 248 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,696 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 447 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 161 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 295,399 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 197,370 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 41,361 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 198,968 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 133,998 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 30,012 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,151 Ft
40” flat screen tv 116,834 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 27,922 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,471 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,269 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 26,741 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 10,909 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,088 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 26,580 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,385,690 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 388 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,805 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,355 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,745 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 20,094 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,218 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 829 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 819 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 451 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 494 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,676 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,912 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,558 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 19,346 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,171 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,202 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 664 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 508 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 159,516 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 30 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,368 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,435 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:
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 88
2nd Veszprém 69
3rd Szeged 66
4th Pécs 64
5th Miskolc 62

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.

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Prices recently added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 5,000 Ft (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 10,000 Ft (6 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Budapest costs 1,300 Ft (6 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Budapest costs 10,000 Ft (6 days ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Budapest costs 175,000 Ft (6 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Budapest costs 800 Ft (6 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Budapest costs 350 Ft (6 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Budapest costs 2,500 Ft (6 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Budapest costs 7,000 Ft (6 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Budapest costs 15,000 Ft (6 days ago)