Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Budapest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 778,650 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 393,757 Ft
  • Cost of living in Budapest is more expensive than in 59% of cities in Eastern Europe (10 out of 22)
  • Cost of living in Budapest is cheaper than in 72% of cities in the World (171 out of 239)

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

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,001 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,698 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 713 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 259 Ft
12 eggs, large 607 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 626 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 981 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 361 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 276 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 262 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,790 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 458 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 172 Ft
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 307,562 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 216,442 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 47,738 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 211,555 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 146,760 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 29,734 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,956 Ft
40” flat screen tv 120,730 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 24,936 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,602 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 6,366,180 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 380 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,715 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) 17,524 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,105 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 823 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 738 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 435 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 507 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,159 Ft
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,696 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 11,627 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,848 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 698 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 539 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 12,408 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,406 Ft
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,109 prices entered by 152 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2020

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Budapest position in our World Ranking

the world
171st
out of 239
eastern europe
10th
out of 22

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

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2nd
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
2nd
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