Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,095,559 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 528,055 Ft
  • Cost of living in Budapest is more expensive than in 69% of cities in Eastern Europe (6 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 81% of cities in the World (146 out of 181)
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List of prices in Budapest
Current as of Apr 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,494 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,510 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 1,057 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 465 Ft
12 eggs, large 1,176 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,185 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,181 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 552 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 406 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 367 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,117 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 638 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 294 Ft
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 387,486 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 286,826 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 50,473 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 248,214 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 196,316 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 32,900 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 5,743 Ft
40” flat screen tv 126,037 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 36,307 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 4,559 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 3,436 Ft
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 27,975 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 11,916 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 34,964 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 34,032 Ft
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 10,220,400 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 644 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 10,030 Ft
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 4,241 Ft
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,276 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 3,907 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 20,594 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,930 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,076 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,261 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 886 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 1,105 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 4,782 Ft
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 11,141 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 4,925 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 19,561 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 17,832 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,396 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 974 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 690 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 260,222 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 30 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 18,914 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,128 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 331 prices entered by 74 different people.
Latest price update: April 24, 2024

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
146th
out of 181
eastern europe
6th
out of 16

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

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