Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,822 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,628 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 767 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 264 Ft
12 eggs, large 639 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 600 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 966 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 390 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 225 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 238 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,776 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 390 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 145 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 249,837 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 171,366 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 44,829 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 168,509 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 113,740 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 27,879 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,017 Ft
40” flat screen TV 121,029 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 28,977 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,436 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,899 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 19,544 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 12,381 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,664 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 29,283 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,474,410 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 373 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,687 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,604 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,079 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 11,741 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,237 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 944 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 781 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 358 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 537 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,993 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,723 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,310 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,744 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,966 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,608 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 654 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 540 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 148,382 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,958 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,226 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 Debrecen 73
3rd Szeged 73
4th Pécs 71
5th Miskolc 70

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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Prices recently added

  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Budapest costs 300 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Budapest costs 300,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 10,500 Ft (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Budapest costs 350 Ft (5 days ago)
  • Per minute of waiting of taxi fare per waiting time, weekday at noon in Budapest costs 4,200 Ft (5 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Budapest costs 300 Ft (5 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Budapest costs 700 Ft (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,500 Ft (5 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 4,000 Ft (5 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Budapest costs 150,000 Ft (5 days ago)