Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,825 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,565 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 714 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 257 Ft
12 eggs, large 621 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 514 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 942 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 358 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 209 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 225 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,658 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 383 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 146 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 248,046 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 167,774 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 40,412 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 159,985 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 110,858 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,178 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 3,631 Ft
40” flat screen TV 119,455 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,536 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,337 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,054 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 21,728 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 10,914 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 22,212 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,495 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,537,590 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 359 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,753 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 1,855 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,309 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 10,894 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 950 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 889 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 805 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 385 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 481 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,800 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,323 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,322 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 12,273 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,370 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,503 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 590 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 510 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 158,972 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 28 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 14,629 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,227 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 91
2nd Szeged 74
3rd Pécs 71
4th Debrecen 71

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Zalaegerszeg costs 50,000 Ft (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Zalaegerszeg costs 450 Ft (3 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Zalaegerszeg costs 600 Ft (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Zalaegerszeg costs 200 Ft (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of boneless chicken breast in Zalaegerszeg costs 680 Ft (3 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Zalaegerszeg costs 800 Ft (3 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Zalaegerszeg costs 1,200 Ft (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Zalaegerszeg costs 389 Ft (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Budapest costs 250,000 Ft (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,500 Ft (7 days ago)