Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,887 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,496 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 687 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 258 Ft
12 eggs, large 553 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 492 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 993 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 310 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 201 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 222 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,778 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 388 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 126 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 255,249 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 161,906 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 46,374 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 154,961 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 106,807 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 27,997 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,606 Ft
40” flat screen TV 123,121 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,930 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,544 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,659 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,623 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,057 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,913 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,095 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,797,250 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 361 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,697 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,648 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,018 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,001 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,183 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 812 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 769 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 378 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 554 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,686 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,518 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,214 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 10,825 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 9,847 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,600 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 543 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 516 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 165,994 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 30 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 16,619 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,193 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 94
2nd Szeged 75
3rd Pécs 73
4th Debrecen 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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 1 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Weekly rent - 2 bedroom (85m2) furnished accommodation in expensive area in Budapest costs 4,300 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Weekly rent - 1 room (45m2) furnished studio in expensive area in Pécs costs 430,000 Ft (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Budapest costs 290,000 Ft (4 days ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,500 Ft (5 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Budapest costs 1,300 Ft (7 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Budapest costs 400 Ft (7 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Budapest costs 450 Ft (7 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Budapest costs 1,300 Ft (7 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Budapest costs 5,000 Ft (7 days ago)