Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,870 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,506 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 699 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 252 Ft
12 eggs, large 548 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 481 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 957 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 296 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 208 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 222 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,725 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 388 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 133 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 251,969 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 158,619 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 45,088 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 153,129 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 103,657 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,205 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,561 Ft
40” flat screen TV 119,005 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,422 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,493 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,557 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,183 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,692 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,664 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 28,481 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,984,970 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 359 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,675 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,746 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,427 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 9,623 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,178 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 808 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 817 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 362 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 560 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,423 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,143 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,163 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 10,713 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 8,957 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,492 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 555 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 497 Ft
iPad Air 2, 64GB 163,515 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 31 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 15,762 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,184 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 97
2nd Szeged 77
3rd Pécs 76
4th Debrecen 75

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Budapest costs 0 Ft (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the theater (best available seats) in Budapest costs 0 Ft (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Budapest costs 0 Ft (about 15 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Budapest costs 0 Ft (about 15 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 10,000 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Budapest costs 6,000,000 Ft (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Budapest costs 2,000 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,000 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,200 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 21,000 Ft (2 days ago)