Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: AU$3,189 (872,647 Ft)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: AU$1,437 (393,252 Ft)
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,279 Ft (AU$12)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,184 Ft (AU$8)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 830 Ft (AU$3.03)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 407 Ft (AU$1.49)
12 eggs, large 834 Ft (AU$3.05)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 955 Ft (AU$3.49)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,727 Ft (AU$6)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 545 Ft (AU$1.99)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 335 Ft (AU$1.23)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 291 Ft (AU$1.06)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,778 Ft (AU$6)
2 liters of coca-cola 497 Ft (AU$1.82)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 216 Ft (AU$0.79)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 273,907 Ft (AU$1,001)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 194,959 Ft (AU$712)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 49,310 Ft (AU$180)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 186,297 Ft (AU$681)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 143,644 Ft (AU$525)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 31,120 Ft (AU$114)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,945 Ft (AU$14)
40” flat screen tv 99,130 Ft (AU$362)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 38,811 Ft (AU$142)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 3,435 Ft (AU$13)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,523 Ft (AU$9)
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 24,099 Ft (AU$88)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 11,301 Ft (AU$41)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 29,391 Ft (AU$107)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 34,084 Ft (AU$125)
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 8,238,990 Ft (AU$30,109)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 576 Ft (AU$2.11)
Monthly ticket public transport 9,084 Ft (AU$33)
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,044 Ft (AU$11)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,408 Ft (AU$12)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 15,081 Ft (AU$55)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,987 Ft (AU$7)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 983 Ft (AU$3.59)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 971 Ft (AU$3.55)
4 rolls of toilet paper 491 Ft (AU$1.80)
Tube of toothpaste 881 Ft (AU$3.22)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 4,225 Ft (AU$15)
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,577 Ft (AU$28)
2 tickets to the movies 5,021 Ft (AU$18)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 12,511 Ft (AU$46)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 19,689 Ft (AU$72)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,160 Ft (AU$8)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 688 Ft (AU$2.52)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 639 Ft (AU$2.33)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 167,224 Ft (AU$611)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 24 Ft (AU$0.09)
1 month of gym membership in business district 16,180 Ft (AU$59)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,584 Ft (AU$9)

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Map of Cost of Living in Hungary


This map shows only the top cities in Hungary. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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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.

Prices recently added

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Budapest costs 292 Ft (3 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Budapest costs 40,000 Ft (7 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Budapest costs 2,059 Ft (8 days ago)

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