Cost of Living in Budapest, Hungary

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 45.35
Rent Index: 10.52
Groceries Index: 34.36
Restaurants Index: 36.89
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 28.38
Local Purchasing Power: 67.74

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,500.00 Ft
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 7,550.00 Ft
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 1,500.00 Ft
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 350.00 Ft
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 400.00 Ft
Cappuccino (regular) 371.95 Ft
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 251.54 Ft
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 167.46 Ft
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 241.60 Ft
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 184.98 Ft
Rice (white), (1kg) 281.11 Ft
Eggs (12) 495.19 Ft
Local Cheese (1kg) 1,734.58 Ft
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 1,439.54 Ft
Apples (1kg) 293.05 Ft
Oranges (1kg) 354.44 Ft
Tomato (1kg) 452.20 Ft
Potato (1kg) 197.84 Ft
Lettuce (1 head) 210.00 Ft
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 103.67 Ft
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,150.00 Ft
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 236.03 Ft
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 333.48 Ft
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,015.00 Ft
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 350.00 Ft
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 9,500.00 Ft
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 450.00 Ft
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 280.00 Ft
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4,200.00 Ft
Gasoline (1 liter) 390.71 Ft
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,200,000.00 Ft
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 48,635.12 Ft
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 34.89 Ft
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,929.57 Ft
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 10,956.52 Ft
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,950.00 Ft
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,500.00 Ft
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 19,272.73 Ft
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 10,793.33 Ft
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 22,800.00 Ft
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 22,380.95 Ft
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 78,035.71 Ft
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 53,600.00 Ft
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 153,478.26 Ft
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 109,523.81 Ft
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 386,074.18 Ft
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 231,250.00 Ft
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 176,335.84 Ft
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.82

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Last update: March, 2015

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52 Comments so far

#éjelibagoj on Mar 28, 2015 :

For 240kHUF per month you can rent a one br apartment pretty much anywhere in the city. Depending on where you rent and what kind of other expenses you have, you might or might not to save money. Hell, you might even starve to death! :S
##éjelibagoj on Mar 28, 2015 :

it is not possible to buy nike in budapest.
#Andi on Mar 28, 2015 :
Hi everyone,

i've got a job offer from Budapest, net salary is around 240.000HUF. would you recommend to rent accommodation in the city centre or in outskirts?
Also, is this salary enough to save money (obviously i think of little amount of money)? Could i even think of renting a one room apartment and if yes in which area? Thanks a lot
#Andre on Mar 25, 2015 :
í want to buy nike in budapest it is possible?
#zoltanradics on Feb 15, 2015 :
Dear #sso!

"What is a very good salary in Hungary for a software professional."

This question is like you go into a car saloon and ask the sales person that what is a good price for a car? But what car? How many doors, what engine etc.

Budapest is really a buzzing place at the momen accorindg to software development and startups. If you run a company in budapest and produces value / services abroad the expenses could be realitvely low. We have talented and enthouastic people. Most of the famous startups have lot of hungarian creatives and technical folks on board.

The salary of a software engineer is really up on his eperiences and range of knowledge. A basic / standard web developer (PHP and stuff) can earn 200.000 HUF / 650 EUR nett per mo. however a skilled experienced Javascript full stack or frontend developer (NodeJS, Angular and stuff) can earn 600.000 HUF / 2000 Eur nett and these numbers still can go up if you develop Java or .NET or something exotic what fewer people knows.

I hope this few notes gives you some good overview for your mission.
#troc on Jan 25, 2015 :
HUF 170 000 , EUR 550.
After Tax less than eur 400.
#Alex on Jan 24, 2015 :
What is the salary for museum worker, librarian, archivist in Hungary?
#éjelibagoj on Jan 24, 2015 :
#sso: some "software professionals" in hungary are happy with a net salary of 150.000Ft per month, others will either laugh or get offended if you offer them 600.000. It depends.
#sso on Jan 10, 2015 :
Hi ,

What is a very good salary in Hungary for a software professional. Including accommodation,living, Food and travel, medical .

#éjelibagoj on Oct 26, 2014 :
#ss_mikey101, don't go full retard, man, use the information that has already been posted below and the table above to figure it out yourself!
#ss_mikey101 on Oct 24, 2014 :
hey all,

I'm planning to move to Budapest and am just wondering what monthly budget I should have for the following:

1 bedroom flat fully furnished in district 5 in a newer building
1 restaurant meal per day (basic) + cooking all other meals
partying one night every weekend

I am alotting 400k HUF per month for the above including all other basic ameneties.

#Moh'd on Oct 14, 2014 :
I want to know how much money a student need to live in Budapest if his residence and university premiums secured? thanks in advance (^_-)
#éjelibagoj on Oct 09, 2014 :
SR, that's at least 600k net per month, you should be able to afford an apartment even in district 5 (100-120k / month + utilities for 1br). If you're new to Budapest I'd suggest to get an apartment as close to your workplace as possible, the newer, the better. There are many dodgy areas around the center, if you narrow down your workplace location, we could give you more specific examples...
#SR on Oct 09, 2014 :
Realistically, can I afford to live comfortably in a nice area of Budapest on a gross salary of 930000 HUF per month? Also, which areas should I consider with an easy commute to the centre of town? Which areas should I avoid?
#éjelibagoj on Oct 01, 2014 :
Tiago, your net monthly salary would be at least 230.000HUF, more if you have children, you can use the calculator at (translated with google translate) to get the exact amount.
#Tiago Esperança on Oct 01, 2014 :

I would like to know a bit of information i currently have a job offer from Hungary, in wich the income will be 350,000 HUF gross. With that amount of earning what kind of conditions can i have, and also how much would i be charged in regards to taxes.

#éjelibagoj on Sep 19, 2014 :
Nikita, you should never pay any recruiter to get a job, they get their fee from the company to which they successfully place you.
#Nikita on Sep 17, 2014 :
HOw much is the recruitment charges in Hungary?
How much we need to pay to consultant to get job over there?
#zsuzsanna on Aug 23, 2014 :
Leaving for Budapest on September 8th, very excited about going - I have managed to rent a flat for the month through a friend of a friend, researching modes of transportation etc. I would also like to take a few day/days trips to Austria, Croatia etc., does anyone have any suggestions and to an idea of costs. Thank you.
#éjelibagoj on Aug 20, 2014 :

"I also would like to move to Hungaria, can anyone of you tell me how exactly is living expenses for middle class income?"

Look at the table above!

"Is Hungarian languange difficult to learn?"

It is.

"I like friendly people very much, i am looking forward to live in a country that people lead their live humbly and like to help each other spontaniously."

Avoid Hungary, lol!
#éjelibagoj on Aug 20, 2014 :

"Is 150.000 HUF enough to rent a good and small studio 1 room fully furnished downtown (walk distance from main points) and cover all others expenses such as food, transportation, eventually some dinner out, coffee? "

Nope. You can live confortably out of 150kHUF if you move to the outskirts and cook your own food, don't have any other expenses, don't travel, don't party...

"I heard that in hungary I have to pay for the rent and also other fees that can double the rent cost? What is this? Is it true?"

You have to pay the utilities - electricity, water, heating, etc. You also have to pay a condominium fee/common charges, which can range from 5kHUF per month to 20-30k for more upscale apartments.
#Anonymous on Jul 27, 2014 :
Dear everyone,

I also would like to move to Hungaria, can anyone of you tell me how exactly is living expenses for middle class income? I also plan to buy a small house with a small garden so that i can grow my own vegetables, fruits etc, thank you. Is Hungarian languange difficult to learn? I like friendly people very much, i am looking forward to live in a country that people lead their live humbly and like to help each other spontaniously. I hope i will receive a warm reply from you very soon.

Best regards,
#fernando on Jul 22, 2014 :
Dear guys...

I am getting my hungarian citizenship =) and I will move to live out Budapest.

Is 150.000 HUF enough to rent a good and small studio 1 room fully furnished downtown (walk distance from main points) and cover all others expenses such as food, transportation, eventually some dinner out, coffee?

I heard that in hungary I have to pay for the rent and also other fees that can double the rent cost? What is this? Is it true?

Any recomendation will be very helpfull.

Best Regards.
#Ana on Jun 30, 2014 :
Can you tell me the monthly price of Foldes Ferenc Dormitory and Kinizsi Dormitory, and is 85,000 HUF enough for me to live in Budapest as a student?
#localguy on Jun 26, 2014 :

70000 is enough only if you have very cheap accomodation (for example student dormitory) and you don't want to spend any money on partying, going out etc. It is only enough for survival...
#Anchal on May 31, 2014 :
Hi is 70,000 HUF enuf for an individual to survive in Szegad.
#Martijn on May 29, 2014 :
This guide explains how to find a rental apartment in Budapest (in English):

Apartments in Budapest start around $150 for a total dump, and around $500 for a nice furnished apartment. I'd say 70k Ft. for a one bedroom in the city centre is optimistic.
#Greg on May 21, 2014 :
Hello -

Jim Fawcett: I would try IngatlanCafe-Budapest or IC-Budapest. They specialize in english speaking clientele and are affiliated with They are well known for their exceptional service that is hard to find in all of Hungary. They usually do what ever it takes to find the affordable housing you are looking for. Here are some contact info.

Csiszár Imola - - Imola spent 20 years in Los Angeles and heads the office. - Has helped many foreigners get acquainted with the big city and offers many services that help with the settling period. Good luck!
#prem on Mar 30, 2014 :
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#Anonymous on Mar 15, 2014 :
Forgot to add that you can switch to english in the upper-right corner of the page.
#Anonymous on Mar 15, 2014 :

Apartments in BP around 70k/month:

666 matches (lol).

You should be able to find an owner who speaks English and is willing to rent his apt to a foreigner...
#Teil Jorgensen on Mar 12, 2014 :
"Jim Fawcett:" Check this website: The prices (excluding common charges and utilities) don't seem too outrageous. That is, of course, if you're not looking for a super-deluxe penthouse with gym, pool, concierge, limo service etc.;-)
#JIM FAWCETT on Mar 07, 2014 :
There is no way one can find a decent apt. in Budapest for under 200,000 HUF! Since the home ownership rate is around 90%, very few apts. are available. Most apts, 1-2 bedrooms, go for at least 300,000 HUF!
#Bmb on Feb 20, 2014 :
Budapest used to be very affordable western tourists, visitors. Not as much today.,prices are rising like crazy, political situ is crazy, most Hungarians are just running around unhappy and very unsure about their future. Unemployment rate is high, quality of education is going down the hill... ( still better than US).
Being part of EU did not have a positive affect so far, maybe for future generation.
Today's population is rapidly aging, and the young educated people leaving the country for decent wages in the western world.
All is said tho, it is still a beautiful country, wonderful museums, theaters, decent night life. For a visit yes, but permanent move I would say no!
#konfusion on Jan 15, 2014 :
ich suchte eine versandapotheke in budapest od. umgebung...
konnte aber nichts findenleider!!
weiß einer wo ich eine od. mehrere adressen finden kann????
danke für eine antwort
#éjelibagoj on Dec 04, 2013 :
In my previous post I didn't consider the difficulties of finding an apartment if you don't speak hungarian. Unless you have a local friend, you will probably have to pay a lot more than the locals...

Franklin: maybe I misunderstood you, but it seems to me that you're comparing the bills of a 85m2 apartment with the rent of a 1 bedroom apartment. Most 1br aptms are around 30m2.
#public worker on Nov 22, 2013 :
I is held back for manual review, so I confirm the amount of net salary that you get for public work (közmunka) is on average 43500Ft. About 300000 people do that, some with a degree.
#Franklin on Nov 16, 2013 :
Could it be true that the cost of monthly rent for a 1-bedroom flat NOT in the downtown is the same as the monthly bills for gas/electricity/water/apartment building services? I had heard that rent cost about half the monthly post-tax wages of a typical English teacher.

It seems that either the rent is too low here or the utilities too high, otherwise how would all these teachers survive? It`s too great a jump from the estimate here of just 11% of the average net income to the nearly 50% of such income I keep reading about on current blog/forums. I ask because I will be moving to Budapest very soon and need to negotiate a salary once I am there. Many thanks in advance for your feedback.
##Ocean# on Nov 05, 2013 :
Oooh budapest is much expensive I can't move dawn there... I'm sorry.
#reem el sham on Oct 24, 2013 :
hi, i would like to ask you, what the cost of living in hungary for me,my husband, and my son( 1 year ago). We are going to moive there after 1 month, so can we find apartment quickly. Thanks
#a_mark on Oct 04, 2013 :
hey, taxi prices per kilometres changed from 1st of September to 280 HUF/km, this is now a regulated central price! Here's the official information (only Hungarian):
#éjelibagoj on Sep 15, 2013 :
#pityesz: the restaurant prices seem fine to me. The rents are also okay for the "average quality apartment" (well, maybe 5k more, but very close anyway). If you're coming from a richer country, you might have higher standards, in that case you might want to add ~20k for an apartment that suits you...
#Zoli on Aug 26, 2013 :
i would recommend Budapest, for Canadian money it's ok, nice girls, nice summer lots of cultural programs, well developed nightlife, lots of students, (depends how old are you), Vienna, Prague just hours from there to visit. The winter is a bit long and shitty, but thats my personal stuff, you can travel that time :DD. A 2 room beautiful apartment in a new build house is about 500 USD, and i would not say the center is the most expensive. Budapest is a good place to live if you have money, but thats true for each bigger city in the world, anyway i recommend...
#Sean on Aug 22, 2013 :
I have been checking Budapest as a place to live. I currently from Canada and looking to move to another country. Would you recommend Budapest?
#Xx on Aug 18, 2013 :
I cannot find a clean 3 room apartment for 250K huf ?
#Genorge Brandhuber on Jul 28, 2013 :
Cappuccino 500-700 forint
#pityesz on Jun 16, 2013 :
Update please!

Budapest unfortuately is much more expensive... For example restaurants, but if you want rent a noral flat/room, is much more exőensive as well. :(
#Danosk on Mar 13, 2013 :
update about the Budapest monthly pass (BKV) from 1st January 2013 is 10.500 HUF
#Mladen on Nov 20, 2012 :
TH, thanks for your comment. I entered those data to improve quality of information at the website. I'm glad to hear that people in Hungary do think that their statistical office is doing a good job regarding calculating average salary. That is not the case in all countries.

The quote from 'Damned Lies and Statistics' - statistical information is misused by people and organizations interested in shaping the national policy debate to their own ends.
#TH on Nov 19, 2012 :
Net salary data of 141 100 HUF is correct, but it reffers to population of Hungary in total. Here you are some local salary data of major hungarian cities (as of dec 31. 2011, official statistics of , HUF):

Budapest 175 784
Debrecen 129 551
Győr 136 737
Miskolc 118 023
Pécs 120 651
Szeged 117 974

#chewbie on Apr 23, 2012 :
my bad! 50 HUF / minute and not hour. Now I understand
#chewbie on Apr 23, 2012 :
I updated the transportation section of this list and the 'taxi waiting' price got caught in the SPAM filter.

I entered 50 HUF which is rounded up looking at
other taxi prices:


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