Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,882 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,523 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 695 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 265 Ft
12 eggs, large 579 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 499 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,002 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 331 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 207 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 229 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,762 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 385 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 169 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 251,082 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 165,668 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 42,265 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 155,862 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 107,947 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 29,605 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,846 Ft
40” flat screen TV 120,161 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 25,597 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,709 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 1,695 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 22,598 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,401 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,963 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,458 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,675,280 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 360 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,717 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,699 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,234 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,318 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,180 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 838 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 767 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 371 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 549 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,703 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 5,692 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,326 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 12,116 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 10,827 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,586 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 564 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 499 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 167,280 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 28 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 17,121 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,205 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 76
3rd Pécs 74
4th Debrecen 74

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Budapest costs 1,100 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Budapest costs 15,000 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Budapest costs 450 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Budapest costs 1,100 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Budapest costs 3,200 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Budapest costs 5,000 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Budapest costs 1,800 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Budapest costs 350 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Budapest costs 350 Ft (about 22 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Budapest costs 350 Ft (about 22 hours ago)