Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 759,246 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 375,339 Ft
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 47% of countries in Eastern Europe (8 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 69% of countries in the World (62 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,086 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,724 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 727 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 258 Ft
12 eggs, large 596 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 576 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,045 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 328 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 260 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 269 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,775 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 427 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 167 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 277,897 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 210,720 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 48,706 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 201,447 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 142,767 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 31,018 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,934 Ft
40” flat screen tv 126,676 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 23,903 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,358 Ft
Hourly rate for cleaning help 2,134 Ft
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 21,545 Ft
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 10,053 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,599 Ft
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 27,140 Ft
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 6,510,560 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 388 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,597 Ft
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 2,584 Ft
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 2,413 Ft
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 11,169 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,405 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 911 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 778 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 446 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 514 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 2,933 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 7,064 Ft
2 tickets to the movies 3,668 Ft
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 13,228 Ft
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 12,614 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,806 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 667 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 533 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 148,747 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 30 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,748 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,393 Ft

Map of Cost of Living in Hungary

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

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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Hungary

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Budapest 92
2nd Veszprém 74
3rd Szeged 70
4th Pécs 68
5th Miskolc 67

Price 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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Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Budapest costs 350 Ft (about 13 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 3,000 Ft (7 days ago)