Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 772,817 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 386,439 Ft
  • Cost of living in Budapest is more expensive than in 58% of cities in Eastern Europe (11 out of 24)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 76% of cities in the World (195 out of 257)

List of prices in Budapest, Hungary. Current as of Apr 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,042 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,753 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 725 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 260 Ft
12 eggs, large 601 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 579 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,025 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 333 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 255 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 272 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,814 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 424 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 158 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 292,601 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 215,391 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 47,822 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 210,892 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 147,591 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 30,433 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,956 Ft
40” flat screen tv 123,720 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,936 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,306 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,264 Ft
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 22,563 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 9,868 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 26,028 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,038 Ft
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,463,120 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 386 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,617 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 3,189 Ft
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,201 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,688 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 13,471 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,105 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 874 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 788 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 435 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 495 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,159 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,357 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,667 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 14,673 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 13,167 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,957 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 721 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 546 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 142,179 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 28 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 13,390 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,393 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,337 prices entered by 173 different people.
Latest price update: April 08, 2020

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
195th
out of 257
eastern europe
11th
out of 24

Cheapest and most expensive products in Budapest compared to other cities:

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1st
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
4th

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