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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 55.58
Rent Index: 10.98
Groceries Index: 44.67
Restaurants Index: 43.77
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 33.82
Local Purchasing Power: 47.15

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,500.00 Ft
1,200.00
1,600.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 8,000.00 Ft
6,000.00
10,000.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 1,490.00 Ft
1,300.00
1,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 380.00 Ft
250.00
500.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 450.00 Ft
300.00
600.00
Cappuccino (regular) 371.16 Ft
300.00
450.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 267.21 Ft
200.00
300.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 183.12 Ft
120.00
250.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 227.38 Ft
200.00
260.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 180.87 Ft
150.00
220.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 299.49 Ft
250.00
390.00
Eggs (12) 512.30 Ft
450.00
600.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 1,677.98 Ft
1,300.00
2,000.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 1,471.85 Ft
1,300.00
1,600.00
Apples (1kg) 300.67 Ft
250.00
390.00
Oranges (1kg) 377.02 Ft
300.00
450.00
Tomato (1kg) 432.29 Ft
350.00
500.00
Potato (1kg) 203.59 Ft
175.00
250.00
Lettuce (1 head) 202.67 Ft
150.00
250.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 105.26 Ft
92.62
130.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,000.00 Ft
800.00
1,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 225.18 Ft
200.00
250.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 325.36 Ft
250.00
400.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 940.00 Ft
840.00
1,000.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 350.00 Ft
350.00
350.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,000.00 Ft
9,500.00
10,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 450.00 Ft
400.00
450.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 280.00 Ft
250.00
280.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4,200.00 Ft
4,200.00
4,200.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 416.39 Ft
409.00
428.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,123,000.00 Ft
4,100,000.00
5,670,050.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 52,993.09 Ft
42,500.00
65,384.62
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 35.71 Ft
30.00
45.00
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 3,925.82 Ft
3,000.00
5,000.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 11,711.67 Ft
10,000.00
15,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3,050.00 Ft
2,500.00
4,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,500.00 Ft
1,400.00
1,600.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 19,566.39 Ft
15,000.00
25,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 9,278.39 Ft
7,500.00
12,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 20,589.34 Ft
16,000.00
25,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 22,697.00 Ft
20,000.00
27,000.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 71,569.48 Ft
60,000.00
80,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 50,744.68 Ft
40,000.00
60,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 132,000.00 Ft
110,000.00
170,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 96,025.64 Ft
80,000.00
120,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 379,612.90 Ft
300,000.00
450,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 241,250.00 Ft
200,000.00
300,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 166,472.28 Ft
140,000.00
200,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 8.41
7.00
11.00

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Last update: October, 2014

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41 Comments so far

#Moh'd on Oct 14, 2014 :
Hi,
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 https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hrportal.hu%2Findex.phtml%3Fpage%3Dberkalkulator_2014&edit-text=&act=url (translated with google translate) to get the exact amount.
#Tiago Esperança on Oct 01, 2014 :
Hello,

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.

Regards
#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 :
#Anonymous:

"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 :
#fernando:

"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,
wawa
#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 :
#Anchal

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):

http://www.twobagsandasuitcase.com/2014/find-apartment-budapest

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 HungaryAssist.com. 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 - csiszar.imola@ic-budapest.hu - Imola spent 20 years in Los Angeles and heads the office. HunagaryAssist.com - 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 :
JIM FAWCETT:

Apartments in BP around 70k/month: http://realestatehungary.hu/lista/kiado+lakas+csak-kepes+havi-63-77-ezer-Ft+t:Budapes?page=1&sid=0

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: http://www.apartmentsofbudapest.com/en/budapest-apartment-for-rent 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
konfusion
#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):
http://www.bkk.hu/taxisoknak/
#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 www.ksh.hu , HUF):


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

http://www.ksh.hu/docs/hun/xstadat/xstadat_evkozi/e_qli030.html

#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 http://www.taxi2000.hu/#tarifa
other taxi prices: http://www.nemzetitaxi.hu/?oldal=tarifa

cheers!

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