Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 1,061,434 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 496,728 Ft
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 60% of countries in Eastern Europe (6 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 69% of countries in the World (47 out of 68)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 3,368 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,502 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 959 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 488 Ft
12 eggs, large 1,178 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,160 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,161 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 553 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 404 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 367 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 2,134 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 631 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 424 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 364,248 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 256,845 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 53,146 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 207,634 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 158,372 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 33,829 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 5,125 Ft
40” flat screen tv 120,602 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 36,887 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 3,871 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 3,596 Ft
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 27,958 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 12,158 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 28,654 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 35,591 Ft
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 10,242,300 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 644 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,674 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 3,052 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 4,083 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 19,924 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 2,127 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 1,107 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,341 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,134 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 1,148 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 4,614 Ft
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 11,336 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 4,947 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 17,362 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 16,644 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 2,262 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 940 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 795 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 252,760 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 30 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 18,214 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 2,045 Ft

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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.

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