Cost of Living in Budapest

Summary about cost of living in Budapest:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,500.00 Ft 1,300.00-2,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 8,000.00 Ft 6,000.00-11,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 1,500.00 Ft 1,300.00-1,699.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 400.00 Ft 250.00-500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 450.00 Ft 300.00-650.00
Cappuccino (regular) 384.47 Ft 270.00-500.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 258.29 Ft 180.00-380.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 171.56 Ft 100.00-300.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 819.60 Ft 681.37-984.21
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 171.55 Ft 117.93-230.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 138.44 Ft 90.72-181.44
Eggs (12) 458.10 Ft 380.00-580.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 764.23 Ft 544.31-1,133.98
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 632.61 Ft 544.31-725.75
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,054.11 Ft 816.47-1,360.78
Apples (1 lb) 135.54 Ft 99.79-181.44
Banana (1 lb) 184.27 Ft 136.08-226.34
Oranges (1 lb) 174.96 Ft 136.08-226.80
Tomato (1 lb) 200.05 Ft 136.08-317.52
Potato (1 lb) 92.17 Ft 63.50-135.62
Onion (1 lb) 89.15 Ft 54.43-136.08
Lettuce (1 head) 239.96 Ft 150.00-349.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 107.45 Ft 80.00-150.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 Ft 800.00-1,700.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 232.26 Ft 200.00-300.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 322.92 Ft 230.00-500.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 1,100.00 Ft 1,050.00-1,200.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 350.00 Ft 350.00-350.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 9,500.00 Ft 9,500.00-10,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 450.00 Ft 450.00-450.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 450.62 Ft 450.62-450.62
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4,200.00 Ft 4,200.00-4,200.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1,320.51 Ft 1,230.26-1,415.74
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,500,000.00 Ft 4,500,000.00-6,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 5,400,510.64 Ft 4,200,000.00-6,060,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 46,697.57 Ft 30,000.00-65,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 33.89 Ft 20.00-45.00
Internet (60 Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,161.80 Ft 2,800.00-6,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 11,520.51 Ft 9,000.00-15,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3,462.26 Ft 2,500.00-5,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,700.00 Ft 1,500.00-2,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 83,285.71 Ft 55,000.00-120,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,929,942.81 Ft 1,600,000.00-3,500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 19,151.61 Ft 10,000.00-25,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 9,210.31 Ft 6,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 22,925.33 Ft 17,000.00-30,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 26,278.36 Ft 19,000.00-35,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 126,777.94 Ft 100,000.00-160,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 87,649.32 Ft 70,000.00-110,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 236,025.75 Ft 180,000.00-320,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 162,191.01 Ft 120,000.00-200,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 56,489.11 Ft 41,806.02-74,321.81
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 33,485.65 Ft 23,225.57-46,451.13
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 187,415.75 Ft
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.30 4.00-8.00

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Last update: May 2017
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100 Comments so far

#Luca Raafat on May 26, 2017 :
hello i would like to ask, is it enough 100 euros for 1 month without the transportation and the accomodation and the school fees, i just received a scolarship to the hungarian dance academy and school, accomodation and ffos is taken care of by my parents and the school itself, i am a 14 year old and i will pay a bunch of things in the beggining of the year but i am going to live totaly by my self, is 100 euro enough and of course i will have so extra money on the side of something happens, but is 100 euro enough for (phone bill with data for GPS, leisure during the weekend, some kind of shopping even if i dont shop a lot at all, etc)
also the annual transportation pass is also taken care by my parents.
#Tina on May 24, 2017 :
Hello, is 380 000 HUF or 1250 eur enough for having normal life in Budapest?
#Manhan on May 14, 2017 :
Hey guys,
I am a student that is willing to leave in budapest starting september. Knowing that I will pursue my studies in a private university, my parents could help with the equivalent of 600 euros per months. I want to precise that I will be renting with a friend with who I will share an appartment. I was wondering it that could be sufficient to have a basic student life, knowing that I like to party during the week end.
Thanks in advance for your help.
#Chris on May 11, 2017 :
Hello #Peter,
Yes, 1300 euro net should be more than okay based on the fact that minimal wages are around 330 euro and people survive. In my opinion you can have an above-average life plus save money from 1300.
#Peter on May 03, 2017 :
Hello! Is a net monthly salary of 1300 euro OK to live in Budapest and also save some money, if you're having a "normal" everyday life?
#Nina on Apr 27, 2017 :
Hey #marc,

Your net will be 159.600 HUF after the taxes. I have to tell, you'd do better if you wanna save some money, to rent a room somewhere outside of the city centre, otherwise it will take majority of your salary. Rooms are around 40-70.000 HUF + bills (depending on with how many ppl do you share it with can be around 10-25.000 HUF)
#marc on Apr 25, 2017 :
Hello everyone. I'm going tostart working in Budapestnext month. My salary will be HUF 240000 monthly gross. How much will it be after taxes? And how much would I spend for a nice single room + utilities?

#Nati on Apr 24, 2017 :
Hello, I´ve been offered a internship in Budapest and the salary would be of 190.000 HUF is that ok for living?
#Anonymous on Apr 18, 2017 :
3400 is considered rich. You can afford a nice city centre apartment for 800 usd, you can eat out every day. and dress from gucci and ralph.
#neeru on Apr 16, 2017 :
dear all, can someone please tell me if 3400 USD per month is enough for a small family (husband, wife, and a 4 years old child) to survive in budapest?. how much would be the tax and what would be the net salary after taxes?
#Vicky on Apr 01, 2017 :
Dear all, we wonder how mic is sufficient to live in Budapest for family with Husband and Wife and 2 secondary school Children? We would appreciate it if anyone can share all types of tax involved, education alternative and rental if possible! Thank you in advance!
# Attila on Mar 26, 2017 :
Hi all,
Can anyone inform about bank interest receivable on saving account,and if it is taxed?
#Hanna on Mar 09, 2017 :
Dear Jason, it sound extremely little if only your rent will be paid. It can be doable but just for buying food (aaauming that you never eat out) and the essentials...
#Jason on Mar 07, 2017 :
i am being offered scholorship in budapest with 40,436 HUF permonth i will also be exempted from rental costs. can anyody tell me if that amount is enough for living in budapest.?
#Anonymous on Feb 05, 2017 :
i am being offered scholorship in budapest with 40,436 HUF permonth i will also be exempted from rental costs. can anyody tell me if that amount is enough for living in budapest.?
#Farrukh on Feb 05, 2017 :
Dear All,

I am planning to register my company in Hungary, Activity of the business will be import/export of different commodities i.e. Apparel/textile export from Asia to Europe and Equipment and industrial material from Europe to Asia.. I want to know specifically the business opportunity of Apparel industry. And after one year, and how much it will cost me to live not levish life but normal with my wife and 2 year son. I also want to save monthly about 1000 Euro min. Please let me know, how much minimum i should have a earning from my business. I will work as a director and get salary from my own company.
Furthermore, hungerian residents are welcome to stay in touch for some good opportunities for them to wwork for me as a freelancer. my email address is
#Anonymous on Jan 24, 2017 :
Hi Everyone!

How much do pharmacy technicians earn in Budapest? (on average, monthly)

What's the entry-level monthly salary for pharmacy technicians?

Do they earn the "comfortable" level salary? (Assuming SINGLE wage-earner)
##RR on Jan 01, 2017 :
Are 1000£ are enough to stay in Budapest for 6 weeks ( Accommodation and food are not included ) ?
#John on Dec 13, 2016 :
The thing with BP is the apartments in the center on ground floor, first floor, second floor north side east side and basically all of them are dark all winter and very bad air quality. Ground floor is especially bad so with the prices for rent you need to take this into consideration. If your in the roof you can have loud extractor fans Same with food it can be cheap but not the best quality. If you want good apartment it is more tricky and costs more. most of the best places simply arn't available unless you already own it. So in the long term really it can cost you more to your health than the price of the rent so really it is not cheap, just cheaper than some other places but those places you might be getting better air quality, more light, better food and so on. If you can afford you can get organic food ofcours in BP like there is a market on Saturday on the Buda side where you can get some really good stuff. There is much more to see in this country than just BP. Cheap is cheap for a reason and if its cheap and your paying a lot for it then that is different than cheap and not costing so much.
#mrtz on Dec 12, 2016 :
I am a student and I want to live in Budapest witch district are better?
somebody say district 5,6,7
I go to semmelweis university
#béla on Nov 28, 2016 :
hashtag PS : (or anyone else who it may concern) basically everyone will suggest that you should rent in a close circle, which is not particularly nice and the "PEST" side is not even really safe either. If you are a short-term, than of course go to the mainstream areas, if you got job or sg else to do over here, I would suggest the outskirts,- will break down your costs, plus public transport is pretty good - especifically if compared to London underground. plus it is cheap. Try something on the end of M3 line - either way- you are in centre in no minutes, plus nighttime public transport is a hassle, but it works. If I was you I'd start with sg. like 04, 15, 19, districts. Hope this helped, and have a great time
#Geri on Oct 28, 2016 :
HU gross to net salary is 66,5% (you earn 100 gross, after tax you are left with 66,5 net). Does not depend on amount, the tax system is NOT progressive (always 66,5). For a good lifestyle (going out whenever you want, eating out wherever you want - mostly, paying your bills etc.) you could be fine with a 400k net a month. Doing the math, that is 600k gross. Which is a mid level manager salary at a multinational. If you are moving with family, multiply this the same as you would do at home (small children in the beginning not "requiring" so much etc.). If you are used to western standard, I would be cautious moving for less. Iphone, pair of sneakers etc. cost the same, and if you recalculate, 400k HUF net is around 1400 USD a month really.
#PS on Oct 08, 2016 :
Which districts of Budapest are nice and cheap to rent?
#Mano on Oct 05, 2016 :
Hi everyone, I'm going to work in Budapest and the company offered me a net salary of 300k HUF monthly.

So, I would like to live in a nice furnished apartment with 40-50 m2 in the district I, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX or XI. I'll use bike and public transport. I don't go out much but I like to stay home watching tv series with some snacks, pizza, etc. Nevertheless, in the weekends I use to go out to bars/restaurants, cinema and parties sometimes. I go to the gym. I like to buy new clothes and electronics.

So, do you think my salary is ok considering my life style?

Thank you so much.
#DD on Sep 28, 2016 :
Is 3200Euro a month enough for a family of 3 to live well in budapest? This is before taxes.
#Anonymous on Sep 23, 2016 :
Is 2500$ a month enough for a family of 3 to live well in budapest? This is after taxes.
#Zoli on Sep 07, 2016 :
In district 13 you should be able to get a good rent between 130K-150K without utilities. , are pages where you can search for. Electricity is not a big deal around 10K, heating cost varies per flat, 5K-30K, water for 2 person is about 3-4K, and there is the maintenance fee 8K - 20K.
Monthly transportation pass is 9500 Ft.
Buying a lunch is between 1000 - 1500. Sweet bakery is about 200-300/item.
Buying food is cheaper than in England, Greece or USA.
1kg of chicken breast is around 1600, 1 L of milk ~240 (ofc you can buy tesco value milk for 150), dozen of eggs 450, good bread 600-700 / kg. Beef meat is expensive.
#Rin on Sep 02, 2016 :
Dears, read your comments, cannot figure out will it be enough or not to live for 280k huf after taxes? Rent and all expenses around District 13?
pls help. Thank you.
#lelkekty on Aug 29, 2016 :
Im a student and i'll have a like 450 euro per month is it enough to live in budapest? i'll be in youth
#Anonymous on Aug 20, 2016 :
Hello all,
The real deal wage in Budapest is around 450-500k in HUF/month, which is EUR 1450. Any offer of a salary above that guarantees you an excellent quality of life, even with private healthcare.
Hope this is helpful.
#Levi on Jul 29, 2016 :
More or less correct, but salaries are higher. Imagine renting a one room apartment for 300EUR and earning 700EUR a month; you'd die on 300EUR disposable money a month (minus food, transport, bills etc.). Meals for 2 person 3 course are way more expensive, minimum 50EUR if not more.
#Dobrin Petkov on Jul 26, 2016 :
More or less the close to what the site says with one big exception - rents. For one-bedroom apartment one should be ready to pay between 120-180 depending on the location (for the center definitely 150+). Not sure about the average salary.

Taxes here are high (for this standard of living) - 35%. If you are alone, negotiate at least 600 monthly. For people with families - 900+
#éjelibagoj on Jul 13, 2016 :
#Manish, that's a good salary, but depending on your experience and skills yo could still be under/overpaid. Cafeteria can be many things, e.g. food slips you can buy food with.
#Manish on Jul 08, 2016 :

I am in discussion with an employer in IT firm as a mid-senior level employee. They are offering me around 2000-2200EUR/Mnth as NET salary. How good this offer is for Budapest? I come up with 9 Yrs of software experience. Also, they offer Cafeteria package amounts to USD 1600 per year. What is this cafeteria package? Also, how much does it cost for an international school for a kid 2-3 Yrs old?
#Anonymous on Jun 17, 2016 :
@ #jcm Yes, you can definitely get by on $1300 usd a month. I lived there from 2012-2013, and my total expenses for the year, including language school tuition, did not exceed $13000. Now, as a retiree, you might need to consider medical expenses. You should also realize that you can't simply move to Hungary and establish residency without getting permission. If you want to stay, the easiest route is to enroll in language school (which you'll need anyway, because Hungarian is a very difficult language, and a lot of people don't speak English).
#Rishu on Jun 10, 2016 :
Hi i will be moving to Budapest and will be staying for like 40 days over there.
I'll be getting 45Euros per month with my stay and breakfast been taken care by my org. Will this much money be suffice ?
#jcm on May 26, 2016 :
Hi Everyone,
I am a soon to be expat from the U.S. looking for a place that I can retire and get by on my Social Security alone, as I don't have much in savings and if I rely on it will be gone quickly. I only need a small studio apt, and don't go out much, so can I get by ok on $1,300 usd a month? Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
#Anonymous on May 25, 2016 :
We (Husband, Wife and a Baby Duck of 9) are planning to go to Budapest on a week's holiday at the end of this month. Any Do's and Do not's that anyone can give will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!!
#éjelibagoj on May 13, 2016 :
"Can anyone please guide me if a gross monthly indicative salary of HUF 1,300,000 is a good salary. After Tax I gather that net salary would be HUF 838500."

Are you a senior software engineer or an experienced senior project manager? Then it's realistic. Are you going to be the country manager at Sony? In this case it's ridiculously thin.

"Can I manage estimating total all inclusive expenses for one person would be under HUF 300000"

300k per month is more than sufficient to have a good life in Budapest, but if you make 830k per month and you manage to keep your expenses under 300k per month, I take my hat off! :)
#Kiqbal on May 04, 2016 :
Dear All, Recently, I have an offer to join in Budapest. Salary yet to be offered and agreed.
I have a spouse and 4 children. Children are in A-Level, A-Level, Grade-4 and Grade-3.

My needs are:
1) A rental independent house or apartment of 3-4 bed rooms (with drawing/ dinning, etc.)
2) Children schooling
3) Food etc
4) Transportation

Can someone guide me how much would be the range of my expenses?

Kind regards,
#auday on Apr 30, 2016 :
Hi , I am college student and I was thinking about going to Hungary or turkey for an internship , which country do you suggest and is it enough to have 1000 euros for 6 weeks ? (rent is not included ) and thank you
#Uday on Apr 26, 2016 :
Hi, I'm in the process of receiving job offer in Budapest. I'm based in India. My work location would be in Váci út 144-150, 1138, Budapest. Can anyone please guide me if a gross monthly indicative salary of HUF 1,300,000 is a good salary. After Tax I gather that net salary would be HUF 838500. Would this suffice for me alone staying to a place close to the office. Can I manage estimating total all inclusive expenses for one person would be under HUF 300000. Clarification what is cafeteria allowance and how much is it monthly typically? If somebody could please provide overall feedback based on my above details. Look forward to speed response. Thanks Salud!
#Metruriel on Apr 21, 2016 :
Hello there. I have a job offer do Budapest, which will pay me 18k per year = 1500€ monthly. How's the life of a person who gets that salary ?
#Ads Humphreya on Apr 02, 2016 :
You will certainly save money in Budapest - at the moment. However, when Hungary enters the Euro, it's Game Over!
#éjelibagoj on Apr 02, 2016 :

Unless you rent a 2-3 bedroom apartment, heating, utilities and internet shldn't cost you more than 100EUR.

Phone bill depends on how much you talk, you can check the mobile operators' sites (e.g. For medical insurance check, (The taxes you and your employer pay already gets you free healthcare, but you might have difficulties if you don't speak hungarian and private healthcare is better anyway). For food prices, if you want to cook, check tesco's webshop:
#Levi on Apr 01, 2016 :
I am looking for an apartment to rent for around a year. My work is close to the blue metro line 3 in district 13. I am earning 1200 euro netto so I thought 200-350 euro a month rent would be fine.

Other monthly cost would be 30 euro transport card, 150 for garbage, internet, water and heating. (total 530)

How much do I need to count for phone bill, mediacal insurance and food. (buy lunch and cook in the evening?).
#T on Mar 17, 2016 :
Dear Donal,

2900 Euro will be more than enough. you can rent a 2- or 3-bedroom, nice flat in the centre of Budapest for approx. 800 Euro, you can eat every day in a restaurant and live on a well-above-average life standard.

#Ziben on Mar 15, 2016 :
Can any one tell me that gross salary on month in height 3300 Euro is ok to live in Budapest? How much cost life(food/comunication ticket) in Buda for month for 1 person? 500euro for food/2person? I will need rent a flat so can any one help and put some links? How much cost rent a 40meters flat?

I have offer to move from Krakow, (POland) to Budapest and try to find info about life status.
Can any one know how is now in Budapest? It is ok to foreigners? What I need to know before I will move to Hungary? I was been only for vacation, 3 years ago....
#Barut on Mar 14, 2016 :
Hey guys, I am moving to Budapest starting 1st of April and currently I am in the stage of arranging my housing. Can you let me know which are the areas and districts to be avoided when choosing your accommodation. I want to avoid dodgy areas and unsafe places. Thanks!
#Donal on Feb 20, 2016 :
Hello my wife and I and one adult son will be moving to Budapest I have a pension of2900 euro per month would this be enough to sustain us son will Have own income.we will not be living an extravagant lifestyle. I would appreciate some advice on this matter. Thanking you. Donal
#éjelibagoj on Jan 30, 2016 :
Barut, 850k gross is around 560k net per month, unless you go crazy with expeditures, yo can livve like a king. Check out and, both of them have english versions where at least the site interface and filters are in ehglish, but you'll still need someone speaking hungarian to help you negotiating with the owner or real estate agent.
#Barut on Jan 29, 2016 :
Hey guys, how does a gross monthly rate of 850000 sound for Budapest. I am a single guy, who is looking for some fun. I am after having a private studio in a feasible distance from the city center, gym card, mobile phone, clubbing once in a while, having some good meal outside once or twice a week and some budget traveling (since BUdapest is on the crossroad for many low cost flights). I would really appreciate if you give me the most popular real estate websites so I can start my own research. Google is always there for me, but it is always better to have a view from the locals. Thanks in advance.
#éjelibagoj on Jan 28, 2016 :
Frankie, income tax is 15%, and then there is the social security, pension fund, etc., roughly another 18.5%. There are some allowances if you have children.
Also bear in mind that the value added tax is the highest in Europe at 27%!
#Frankie on Jan 27, 2016 :
Hello all,

can you please let me know what is the tax rate in Hungary. What percentage of your gross salary is take home money? Thanks!
#éjelibagoj on Jan 25, 2016 :
Michaela, for the price of a room in "city center" you can rent an entire one bedroom apartment in the outskirts if you don't mind commuting 1.5-2 hours per day. Look for rooms/apartments close to metro stations. 150k per month in BP is gonna be tough, you'll have to watch your expenses carefully, cook your own food, go to cheap gyms, don't party much, don't buy a new pair of shoe each week. :)
#Michaela on Jan 23, 2016 :
Hello guys,
I would like to ask if I will be able to live normal life in Budapest with nett salary about 150k HUF. I'm going there for an internship, so the salary is pretty bad... I used to earn twice as much in Prague and the prices of food, transports, etc. do not seem to be much lower in Budapest. I just need a room in city center, one hot meal per day, maybe a fitness pass, etc... Also, do you know how it is in Budapest with dogs? Are they allowed in apartments and city? Thank you so much in advance! M.
#AS on Jan 22, 2016 :
Plus, I'll be grateful if I can get an idea about my standard of living in District XII (basic stuff like rent, car, utility bills, food etc -- won't be going out much in the initial months at least) for two persons if I have to live on US$1000-1200 per month. How much does a small but fuel-efficient car cost? Can I get it on installments?
#AS on Jan 22, 2016 :
Hello all. I'll be moving to Hungary soon and would appreciate some help to work out my cost of living. I'm specifically interested in renting a two-bedroom furnished apartment near the University of Physical Education in Budapest. Would I get a decent place to live if I pay US$500 per month for it? Also, which district does the institute fall in? It's unclear from the given address and I have no clue about the layout of the city. Thanks in advance :)
#hungirl on Jan 15, 2016 :
hi everyone, i'm a hungarian living in budapest, hope i can answer a few of your questions:

#leon: some above average areas: I, II, V, XII. apartment prices are the highest in these areas, but there are many safe and friendly districts apart from these ones with more reasonable prices.

#Vilson: recently there was a boom in rental prices, so i'm not sure EUR 550/month would be enough to rent a quality apartment alone in the city center and live a life when you don't have to worry about prices. of course it is possible but you might have to make compromises. some useful sites to find apartments (sorry they're in hungarian, but google translate might help):,,

#PAULIE: $3200/month is definitely enough for living in budapest, since it's around five times as much as the hungarian average salary. i cant really make a monthly costs calculation because everything depends on your needs, but if you move in here you'll be able to lead an above average lifestyle. i don't know how many americans actually live here, but there are quite a few american tourists.
#PAULIE on Jan 14, 2016 :
Am 60yo.male w/monthly income of 3,200 us $ don't understand the European money system lol could u please explain my monthly costs (rent,food,utilities,trans.,entertainment)would my monthly income be enough to live in budapest? Getting tired of u.s.and would like to live abroad. Are there a lot of Americans living in budapest.thanx
#Vilson on Jan 09, 2016 :
Hi! I am in a process to work in Budapest and on next week i will have an answer about it. It is being very fast and i am not having too much time to research about it. So, do you think that with 550 euros is possible to live a "normal" life and living in an apartment alone (with one bedroom) in a city center?
#leon on Dec 30, 2015 :
so whats the best lets say ABOBE AVERAGE area in Budapest if i want to rent a one bedroom appt? i heard there are so many not GOOD STRET and ristricted area there so , whats the good ,safe and friendly district ,, tanx..
#BP expat on Nov 08, 2015 :
Marta, you can surely live with that money. It's not so great however. You don't want to live in suburbs, as I assume you don't speak Hungarian, and as an expat, you would like to live downtown. Count that you will need around 400 EUR to rent something nice downtown, can be half price if you will share with someone. There are many groups on FB of people looking for flatmates. DO NOT look for apartment in upper 8th district. Do not give and wire your money in advance to anyone.
#éjelibagoj on Oct 23, 2015 :
##Marta, I checked with two calculators, your net salary should be around 210k per month. You can find cheap studios (70-80k) in the outskirts of the city on pages like,, etc. (this one, for example:, but you'll need to take someone with you who speaks hungarian.
##Marta on Oct 10, 2015 :
Hi guys! I'm moving soon to Bp, work reasons. I was wondering, will I be able to live there witha gross salary of 310.000 huf plus cafeteria (I guess net it's something like 220.000, right?). And also, where can I find a cheap studio? the ones I found all have rent fees for 100.000 per month bills and commont costs excluded!
#éjelibagoj on Sep 24, 2015 :

"Like, you can't buy nike in Hungary"

Obviously that was a joke reply to a silly question.

"and about the eighth district. There are plenty of bad streets, but there are some good ones in there."

There are streets with new buildings that look nice and expensive, but that doesn't help if you have to go trough a few bronx ghetto-style streets to get there. Also, the "problematic minorities" don't stick to their ghettos, you can see them everywhere and district 8 has the most of them.
#éjelibagoj on Sep 24, 2015 :
#Student, while there certainly are luxury 35sqm apartments for which 140k/month is realistic, most likely you have been charged the "foreigner fee", which is fair, unless you speak hungarian, as you only have access to a small segment of the market serving foreigners. Also you might have been charged extra if you did not sign a long-term rental.

If you want to pay local market rates, find somebody who will translate for you when negotiating with the owner, I bet you'll quickly find a student who'll help you for 1000-2000huf per hour.
#Dannie on Sep 08, 2015 :
My plan is to buy 2 apartments to rent out which i would have an income of around 40.000 each (80.000 total) per month and to buy a place for myself so i will have no rent or mortgage.

Would the 80.000 be enough considering i would have to pay bills (water, gas, electric, internet. I dont need any TV subscription as i would watch everything over the internet but i would probably need a monthly ticket for public transport). I currently am living in the UK so i do not have a job in Hungary but i am hoping to find one after i move there and the rented apartments will be my security.

With all that in mind, how much would i actually need to live on?
#Paul on Sep 08, 2015 :

Prices and quality varies. I would say, there are apartments for less. An exclusive (i.e. everything is brand new and shiny) studio is about 110 000 HUF+ utilities. So 140 000 HUF/month to me is a bit much..
I made a quick search, here's what I have found.

1. 47 m2 (1 and 1/2 rooms) with furniture 90000 HUF +utilities in the 9th district. (for a fixed term of 1 year)

I also found plenty of advertisements ranging from 70 000 and up. All depends on the location, and the Equipment. Try to look around on
#bawa on Sep 01, 2015 :
i am getting a job in hungary.....i am targetting to save at least 500.000.huf per month

what should be my salary ????
#Student on Sep 01, 2015 :
Im currently staying in Budapest for studies, just moved in last month. Rent is 140.000 HUF/month for a fully furnished 35m2 apartment, excluding utilities and common cost. It's way different from the prices shown here so I'm quite surprised. The price range of the flats advertised by our school housing service were roughly there so I thought it was average. Do you think I was overcharged for the rent?
#Paul on Aug 26, 2015 :

You need at least 11 000 for the public transportation pass, if you travel frequently.
You will pay approx 11 000 HUF for a set of cable TV channels, with unlimited high speed internet.
Catering will cost approx 80 000 (You may eat at cheap diners from this amount, regularly)
Rental fee,+ utilities (water, heating, eletricity, gas),+ common charges (in a condo) would amount to approx 80-90 000 in a rented apartment (approx a 1 bedroom - 35 sqm studio aparment for 1 or 2 persons).

It means, roughly you will need at least 180 000-190 000 HUF disposable income to live by. (Of course you can manage it from less, like 120-150 000 as many ppl do live on even less.)
So 220 000 HUF net salary is enougf for one person, and you may even have something left to save at the end of the month.
#Paul on Aug 26, 2015 :
I'm new here, just saw some of the things written here about Hungary is foolishness.
Like, you can't buy nike in Hungary and about the eighth district. There are plenty of bad streets, but there are some good ones in there. Even if you may feel scared of the ppl in the stret at night, if they see your face daily they will greet you as a friend after a few weeks. There are olenty of new apartments built in the city centre and it is very good to live there if you are young. We lived in the VII district and I loved it. You have direct acces to all you need almost every time, within 5-10 min walking distance like public transport hubs, shops, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, drug store, hair dresser, etc.

Things are different if you come with children or you drive to work. This case you may want to live in the suburb, yet living in the centre has many pros, not just cons.
#Ranin on Aug 09, 2015 :
I got a scholarship in Hungry. Do u think it is better to stay at the accommodations in the university or take outside?
#Umut on Aug 04, 2015 :

How about monthly 220.000 Huf net salary?

I don't need to live in the exactly city center. I can live somewhere near center or near with public transportation. How much should I keep for rent room or studio apartment? Also other common expenses?

I saw that 70.000 Huf is enough for my food and clothes etc.

11000 for monthly trasportation card.

Is there anything more that I have to pay monthly?

Thank you!
#Dave on Jun 05, 2015 :

Areas like V/ VI/ VII are the old districts. Full with old houses with many gipsy ppl. Its not good. Check in google. You can find premium flats but on unbelievable high prices. You csnt park there, the traffic is bad, its just not nice to live in these districts. There are pubs at dvery corners... Fancy and Rich ppl are stay in Buda. Check the 2nd snd the 12th districts.
#Dave on Jun 05, 2015 :
So it looks like the salaries and the prices are a bit overestimated!

So first thing is, theres only one area in Budapest which is not recommended, and that is the 8th district. That is full with gipsy people! The can take ur money, can hit you, whatever. However, Budapest is not Harlem, so don't be afrsid if u are in the area, as it's not life dangerous. Especially if you r not alone! One thing, I think u shouldnt go there at during d night!
Blaha Lujza square is also 8th district, and that is not dangerous.

About salaries. The difference between the gross and the net is 35.5%. So gross salary * 0.655= net salary.

If you are working in a call center speaking english, ur net salary is aroung 160.000.
If you are looking for a flat in the city center, you can have a 1br apartm around 100.000 plus all bills which is around 20.000. Huf
If you are abroud, this price will be hungarians are corrupt and would like to be rich as fast as they can. Its better to get a hungarian friend and look for a flat together, otherwise if u dont dpeak the language, they will fool u.
Do not ask snybody about their salaries as salaries are so low, they will lie to you. Usually people saying they are earning 280.000 net are earning 140.000 net.
Its not good to leave in the city cdnter as that is for tourist. The buildings are old, full with very old people.

In Hungary if you are looking for a flat, you have to tell them how many rooms do you want to have in the flat. Like 2 rooms apt, that means 1br and 1 living room.
If you would like to go to outside of the center, go to 13th which is cheaper than 5/6/7. But like in 18th district, 25 mins with metro blue, you can have a flat 2 rooms, 55sqm for charges around 20.000.
The cist of living is up to you. 100.000 is enough for a month for food, for some clothes.
Let me know if you would like to know more, if I have time I can answer to your questions.
This is my email adress:
#john on Jun 01, 2015 :

You mentioned there are dodgy areas in the center of Budapest. Could you tell which those are? I'm specifically interested about the V, VI and VII districts. Conversely, could you tell what areas are considered "better" or even "premium" in the aforementioned districts?

Thanks in advance!
#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,