Cost of living in Hungary

Summary of cost of living in Hungary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 777,702 Ft
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 393,029 Ft
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 50% of countries in Eastern Europe (8 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Hungary is cheaper than in 66% of countries in the World (56 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 2,098 Ft
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 1,708 Ft
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 692 Ft
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 252 Ft
12 eggs, large 598 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 607 Ft
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 1,001 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 374 Ft
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 269 Ft
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 258 Ft
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 1,786 Ft
2 liters of coca-cola 464 Ft
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 173 Ft
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 299,072 Ft
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 223,080 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 45,869 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 208,971 Ft
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 146,361 Ft
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 29,620 Ft
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 3,934 Ft
40” flat screen tv 115,747 Ft
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 23,903 Ft
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 2,615 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) 10,887 Ft
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 25,045 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 6,420,180 Ft
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 381 Ft
Monthly ticket public transport 9,702 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) 20,780 Ft
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 1,557 Ft
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 853 Ft
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 738 Ft
4 rolls of toilet paper 457 Ft
Tube of toothpaste 544 Ft
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 3,583 Ft
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 6,447 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 11,352 Ft
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 1,721 Ft
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 736 Ft
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 541 Ft
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 149,958 Ft
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 28 Ft
1 month of gym membership in business district 12,183 Ft
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 1,414 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 91
2nd Veszprém 73
3rd Szeged 69
4th Pécs 67
5th Miskolc 66

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

  • Public transport in Budapest costs 10,000 Ft (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Budapest costs 3,500 Ft (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Budapest costs 240,000 Ft (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Budapest costs 350,000 Ft (4 days ago)
  • Public transport in Budapest costs 9,500 Ft (4 days ago)