Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,914 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,548 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 707 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 262 Ft
12 eggs, large 612 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 505 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 972 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 347 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 205 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 232 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,735 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 387 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 162 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 251,232 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 165,763 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 44,427 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 157,556 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 110,276 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,012 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,750 Ft
40” flat screen TV 122,271 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,521 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,572 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,912 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,312 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,403 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,880 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,062 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,627,980 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 352 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,750 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,750 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,396 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,771 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,075 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 828 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 778 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 373 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 534 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,694 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,759 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,279 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 12,159 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,161 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,557 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 565 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 500 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 162,927 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 35 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 16,965 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,228 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 95
2nd Szeged 75
3rd Debrecen 74
4th Pécs 73

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 3,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,500 Ft (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Debrecen costs 1,500 Ft (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Debrecen costs 13,000 Ft (2 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Debrecen costs 300 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Debrecen costs 550 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Debrecen costs 1,000 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Debrecen costs 5,500 Ft (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Debrecen costs 2,100 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Debrecen costs 3,000 Ft (2 days ago)