Cost of living in Hungary

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 1,862 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 1,602 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 733 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 247 Ft
12 eggs, large 611 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 542 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 942 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 365 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 225 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 232 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,644 Ft
2 liters of Coca-Cola 393 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 142 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 245,456 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 162,063 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 43,292 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 172,985 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 116,751 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 28,163 Ft
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 2,779 Ft
40” flat screen TV 118,588 Ft
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 26,890 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,748 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,689 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 17,008 Ft
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 11,661 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 23,118 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 29,543 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,666,030 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 379 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,565 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,324 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,861 Ft
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 11,715 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 1,237 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 942 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 780 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 372 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 514 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,428 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,179 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,355 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,853 Ft
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 11,238 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,567 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 657 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 528 Ft
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 151,126 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 27 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,461 Ft
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 1,266 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 95
2nd Veszprém 81
3rd Szeged 75
4th Debrecen 75
5th Pécs 73
6th Miskolc 72

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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Prices recently added

  • 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 12,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Budapest costs 400 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Budapest costs 2,500 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Budapest costs 4,300 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Budapest costs 8,000 Ft (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Budapest costs 350 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Budapest costs 330 Ft (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Budapest costs 440 Ft (1 day ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Budapest costs 6,000,000 Ft (1 day ago)