Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 731,033 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 359,837 Ft
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 59% of countries in Eastern Europe (10 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 70% of countries in the World (67 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,982 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,686 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 728 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 242 Ft
12 eggs, large 611 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 560 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 930 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 324 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 255 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 257 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,607 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 418 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 149 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 268,967 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 198,586 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 46,788 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 185,087 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 137,957 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 29,458 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,603 Ft
40” flat screen tv 123,016 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 23,993 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,421 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,183 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 20,644 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 9,247 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,599 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 26,890 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,960,010 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 392 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,583 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,557 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,413 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 11,380 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,342 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 859 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 853 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 403 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 504 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,761 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,923 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,602 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 13,007 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,761 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,722 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 659 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 541 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 139,417 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 29 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 11,753 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,362 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 89
2nd Veszprém 73
3rd Debrecen 70
4th Szeged 69
5th Pécs 67
6th Miskolc 66

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

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Budapest costs 100,000 Ft (about 8 hours ago)
  • Ipod nano 16gb in Budapest costs 65,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Budapest costs 1,500 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Budapest costs 10,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Budapest costs 20 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Budapest costs 100,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Budapest costs 700 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Budapest costs 1,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Budapest costs 3,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Budapest costs 12,000 Ft (1 day ago)