Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 779,132 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 372,307 Ft
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 50% of countries in Eastern Europe (4 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 68% of countries in the World (46 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,200 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,890 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 828 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 327 Ft
12 eggs, large 683 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 733 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,334 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 473 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 294 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 273 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,291 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 456 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 151 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 279,246 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 184,192 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 34,467 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 203,999 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 133,315 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 29,555 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 4,822 Ft
40” flat screen tv 120,072 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 32,138 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,582 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,988 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 20,578 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 9,811 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 28,362 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 25,168 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 7,477,440 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 455 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,359 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,206 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,934 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 10,208 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,206 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 735 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 866 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 771 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 803 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,116 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,747 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 4,044 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 29,961 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 9,142 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,917 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 706 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 503 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 181,730 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 21 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 11,228 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,621 Ft

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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.

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