Cost of Living in Budapest

Summary about cost of living in Budapest, Hungary:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2,000.00 Ft 1,500.00-4,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 12,000.00 Ft 8,500.00-19,268.49
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 1,600.00 Ft 1,470.00-2,000.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 500.00 Ft 300.00-850.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 550.00 Ft 400.00-900.00
Cappuccino (regular) 501.89 Ft 250.00-800.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 334.39 Ft 250.00-500.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 264.07 Ft 200.00-400.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 963.33 Ft 757.08-1,135.62
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 231.88 Ft 136.08-408.23
Rice (white), (1 lb) 185.21 Ft 122.47-294.84
Eggs (regular) (12) 582.67 Ft 420.00-720.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 986.87 Ft 680.39-1,723.65
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 702.88 Ft 480.35-907.19
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,222.10 Ft 907.19-1,814.37
Apples (1 lb) 223.02 Ft 136.08-294.84
Banana (1 lb) 203.54 Ft 180.98-271.70
Oranges (1 lb) 243.38 Ft 158.76-362.42
Tomato (1 lb) 287.17 Ft 136.08-453.59
Potato (1 lb) 129.69 Ft 68.04-181.44
Onion (1 lb) 130.51 Ft 81.65-181.44
Lettuce (1 head) 325.45 Ft 190.00-499.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 116.60 Ft 80.00-150.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,500.00 Ft 1,000.00-2,132.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 271.20 Ft 220.00-350.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 386.82 Ft 250.00-600.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 1,600.00 Ft 1,440.00-1,800.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 350.00 Ft 320.00-380.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 9,500.00 Ft 9,500.00-10,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 700.00 Ft 500.00-750.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 482.80 Ft 482.80-724.21
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4,500.00 Ft 4,200.00-4,800.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1,518.18 Ft 1,374.10-1,703.44
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 7,021,861.04 Ft 6,000,000.00-8,133,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 6,861,656.64 Ft 6,310,000.00-7,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 50,217.27 Ft 35,000.00-74,375.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 27.43 Ft 19.00-35.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,371.41 Ft 3,000.00-6,000.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 13,086.75 Ft 9,000.00-20,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3,753.30 Ft 2,500.00-5,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,950.00 Ft 1,600.00-2,500.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 104,531.25 Ft 80,000.00-200,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,682,293.04 Ft 1,500,000.00-6,500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 21,833.71 Ft 7,000.00-35,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 9,766.36 Ft 5,990.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 23,672.56 Ft 15,000.00-30,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 27,769.49 Ft 19,000.00-40,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 151,307.69 Ft 120,000.00-200,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 118,652.93 Ft 95,000.00-150,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 290,273.11 Ft 235,000.00-400,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 210,760.96 Ft 170,000.00-300,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 97,002.72 Ft 83,612.04-130,063.17
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 64,153.01 Ft 55,741.36-83,612.04
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 305,122.51 Ft
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.68 3.30-6.00

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100 Comments so far
Gab on Jun 23, 2021:
Also, BP is far from my favorite city, but these comparisons with Tunis and France gave me a good laugh. Yes, everywhere is safe during the day, but you should avoid the shadiest areas at night (they are not in the city center).
Definitely safer than West EU cities. Also, there is practically no gun violence, the french guy much have been high as a kite and confused them with fireworks or something.
Gab on Jun 23, 2021:
I don't know what the standards of some people are, but minimal wage is 167 000 HUF in Hungary currectly, so you can scrape by with that (somehow). Accordingly, anything over 500 000 HUF would be enough to rent a nice flat and live a comfortable life, without having to worry about money too much. If that is not enough, then ask yourself why you need to spend several times as much money on yourself than the average local.
Ankush on Jun 19, 2021:
How much salary will be better to live a good life in budapest. My employer offered me 1200k as a monthly out of which 66% will be my take home.
Calamity Jane on Jun 03, 2021:
What kind of crazy nonsense is this about BUD being "dangerous"?? Tbh I can see why foreigners from certain countries would think so based on what they see when wandering around at night. Sure, it can be quiet outside the central area especially during certain seasons, and you might come across a ranom person here or there which can startle some people, but I wouldn't call it dangerous and as a single female, I would say Tunis, while the ppl there are generally very friendly, I don't feel safe wandering around on my own as much as I would in BUD.
Some districts not far outside the centre can seem seedy at night and there are homeless ppl making all kinds of noise but just walk past, don't make eye contact, and remember: homeless ppl are eveywhere in the world, especially in any big city.
I live in Toronto where there are shootings and stabbings almost everyday. It wasn't always like this, and no one I know has been shot or stabbed but it goes to show that it really depends where you are. Here, it can happen anywhere, and in BUD if it's going to happen, it's not likely to happen in some random place. Not to mention, shootings and stabbings are pretty rare.
BUD is an incredible city, and Hungary is beautiful! Even if your salary doesn't cover your monthly expenses, find a way to make it work or even just go for as long as you can last! BUD is that great~ I've been a few times and it's amazing!
Anonym on May 28, 2021:
If you spend 2000 euros on renting an apartment, that must be a very luxurious one. I was renting 2 apartments in the 11th district (both around 40 sqm, 1 bedroom, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, with small entry hallway, excellent conditions) for 130k and 160k each (unfurnished and furnished, with all bills covered). They were close (1 busstop away) to Allee shopping centre and the M4 metro, a 100m away from the #4 and #6 trams. My food expenses were around 60k, but i don't go to restaurants a lot (aside from fast food), so no luxury eating.
We are now at 220k. Add 10k for the monthly pass for public transport. I did this on a 300k ft salary. No car. Single guy.
Even if i bump the numbers up to, let's say, 250k for the apartment, and 100k for the food, that's still well under the 500k ft (around 1400 euros) most people ask of here (unless ofc you're used to top luxury, which i'm not lol).
True, the closer you get to the heart of the city, and the more luxurious and less cheap the apartments get. But i still had leftover money to go to bars, concerts, do sports, ect.
The numbers on this site are fairly accurate.
As for safety: relatively safe, with a few places you should not go late at night (like Hős street, avoid even during the day :'D). But avoiding run-down places is generally a good idea, not a unique problem IMO.

Source: me, a born-and-raised resident of budapest.
Anonymous on May 04, 2021:
I don't know why anybody says bullshitts, what an interest drives him to say these silly words here about Budapest, but Budapest is definitely not a primitive place and if you compare Budapest with Tunis, it is a different dimension. Budapest cleaner and safer than the most of west European cities. There is not a bad, or dangerous "no go " zone. There are advanced commercial and cultural facilities. There is no as same maintained building as in Germany or Austria but significantly more developed than Tunis or most of the place around the world. Budapest is not as cheap as was 10 years ago but, Budapest is still a cheap place compare with the west European cities.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2021:
Sharing your name and work place isn't a wise thing to do especially here.
Christie Gee on Mar 23, 2021:
I need tips where I can search for studio apartments for rent within 9th district in Budapest. Or, places near 9th district. Workplace will be Mill Park Office Building. Thank you
Anonymous on Mar 18, 2021:
My wife and I visited Budapest May 2018.We planned on staying two months but we left after five days.Compared to the UK it's very primitive we were told by our friends in the UK.Just the same we wanted to see for ourselves and our friends were right.So we ventured onward to Tunis,Tunisia which was like night and day overall compared to Budapest in every way. Medical care is top knotch in Tunis and cheap extremely clean and safe modern roads infrastructure and a good command for the English language.We purchased a beautiful spacious summer home in Tunis for a measly 32,000 pounds while there.
Anonymous on Mar 16, 2021:
A basic search on any website like Ingatlan, Alberlet or even Facebook groups are enough to see that the prices on here are very relatable to the actual market. Go seek help :)
Anonymous on Mar 11, 2021:
Anyone claiming that rent is on average 2000 euro per month is nothing but mentally retarded. It's so out of touch with reality that it's incredible that any can even consider putting those words on the internet.
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2021:
Hi, does 825,000 HUF (Gross salary) good enough for a family of 2 persons to have a healthy life in Budapest?
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2021:
I'm opening a strip club 2021 in Budapest I'm naming it BOOTYPEST.
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2021:
I'm not sure where some of the commenters live but it's certainly not Budapest that's for sure. The reason there isn't anybody out nowadays is the nationwide curfew from 8 pm. In the before times, the city centre was packed every night non stop.

There are no random groups of people going around shooting stuff. That is simply a lie and it's amazing how you can even write such things down. Contrary to popular belief, the cops aren't quite so bribable, as many of them are young and despise bribery. Use your common sense people, don't believe such egregious made up lies from people that never lived in the city.
Anonymous on Feb 06, 2021:
Hi Anonymous

I've lived in Budapest for 21 years now but I'm originally from Hampshire.€1300 would've been more than enough 10 years ago for all expenses including rent but not anymore.Fortunately I bought my house many years ago cheap in Budapest.€1300 would get you an efficiency unfurnished apartment quite far from downtown Budapest.Apartments average €2000 and up for a one bedroom apartment within 6km of the metro unfurnished.When I say unfurnished it's really unfurnished. A stove and refrigerator will be needed too which is normal.In answer to your question about €1300 being enough for two people to live the answer is NO.Thats not enough for one person,honestly.
Anonymous on Feb 05, 2021:
Hi everyone,

My wife and I are moving to Budapest. Just us to. I met €1300 and she would still need to find work there.

Is it possible to survive on this?
Anonymous on Feb 04, 2021:
France is much safer than Budapest always has been for this reason.Large unknown groups of people circulate throughout Budapest the majority unchecked. Security looking the other way only requires a small amount of money People run rapid.Notice how few locals are out at night on foot or driving.Theres a very good reason for that it's unsafe. I've never met anyone who could outrun a bullet but gunfire is normal especially at night.
Anonymous on Feb 02, 2021:
When some commenter from France says Budapest is dangerous (it is not) and goes back to Paris where there was bombing, cathedral set on fire, and vandalism by protesters. :D
Anonymous on Jan 01, 2021:
I worked in Budapest for a company
that requested my expertise. as a foreigner from France for 7 months.But I left before my 12 month contract ended for this reason. Day or night Budapest is really dangerous.
Anonymous on Dec 19, 2020:
800,000 huf net minimum for a single person would cover all expenses depending upon lifestyle but 950,000 huf net each month would be much better. If you wanted to live an hour out of Budapest 546,000 net each month would allow you to scrape by barely.The numbers here aren't correct,I've lived in Budapest 5 years so I know.
Gabriela on Dec 16, 2020:

A single can live in Budapeste with 546.000 HUF (net) montlhy? Including rent
Anonymous on Dec 13, 2020:
None of costs listed here are accurate from food, entertainment rentals or even monthly salaries. Bump salaries 30% lower,food costs 25% higher, entertainment 50% higher depending upon the venue.Utilities should be 40% more.
I'm from Budapest and I know the costs of things.The only things that are accurate here are transportation via busses or taxies,and internet costs each month.Anyone can post anything online,however it's much different when one needs to budget for daily expenses as I do.
ellayesszedello on Dec 02, 2020:
Hi YD,

I am assuming that you will be making 2700 EUR net and your wife is not working. This is around 965,000 HUF, which puts you well into the top 3% of earners in Hungary. Generally, this amount of money is the combined earnings of both parents for a middle class family in Hungary.

Rent for a nice flat with two children will be about 250-300k HUF in a decent area, including bills.
Groceries for a family of four will be at least 150k, but if you want to eat healthy, then it is closer to 200-250k. If in addition you also want to eat out regularly, then around 300-350k will be needed.
Maintaining a car is relatively cheap, I think 50k a month should be enough if you only drive on weekends.

Entertainment and holidays are relative, so I'm not going to give numbers. Basically, once you pay for a good flat, decent food and a car, you'll have about 1000EUR left over for holidays, entertainment, etc.

If your wife doesn't work, you won't be exactly rich off of your salary, but it will be a good middle class life.

I hope this helps.
YD on Nov 26, 2020:
Hi guys,

I am planning to move to Budapest with my wife and two daughters (2 and 5 y.o).
I'm trying to calculate if the salary around 2700 euro (net) would be enough to live comfortably.
Including house bills, grocery, entertainment, rent apartment, driving on the weekends, Preschool/Kindergarten for children and medicine, holidays, etc

Joan on Oct 02, 2020:
The information above is really quite out of date after the last 8 months
Subimal on Sep 06, 2020:
I am planning to move to Budapest with wife and 9 years daughter. Let me know cost of leaving and howmuch salary I need so that i can accomadate daughter school and all other daily grosary and etc...end of the month i want save few mone
Lila on Aug 16, 2020:
Price for a 50g packet of Golden virginia tobacco? 10 pack?
Anonymous on Jun 08, 2020:
@Pawan Kohli - hope this helps!

Pawan Kohli on Feb 27, 2020:

Please help me on below points -

1. How I can apply for Jobs in Budapest (any specific website)
2. Cost of living for 2 Adults and 2 Kids below 10 years
3. Scope of teacher (English Language) in Budapest

Sandra M on Feb 24, 2020:
We are a family of three (me, hubby and our pre teen) I’d say to live in a decent area Rose Hill in a decent space 90sqm. We dont drive just either public transport or taxi and still have the freedom to live comfortably- monthly running cost is about 1.4M all in rent, grocery, entertainment, school fees and house bills but does not include holiday budget or Christmas pressies
Janos Ster on Jan 20, 2020:
That average salary is NOT what an outlender, leader, flight driver ... get. The average what the most people can get.
Anonymous on Jan 20, 2020:
That average salary is NOT what a teacher, nurse, doctor or fire fighter gets...
Janos Ster on Jan 19, 2020:
The average expenses are around 300.000 Ft in Budapest for 2 people which can contains this cost : basic 40 square meter accomodation rent , food, transportation) and not more.
Janos Ster on Jan 19, 2020:
The salary is real what is here on numbeo. Hungarian poeople in average can earn around this 250.000 Huf. This is usually start from 130.000 Huf to 350.000 Huf but the most hungarian people can earn under 300k. If you are from abroud or you have higher position or you are leader you can earn more. There are some professsion what can pay you over 400 but is not typical. So average hungarian people can earn from 130-350 so average net 220-270. It means the data is correct net 250.000.
Rafa on Jan 17, 2020:
Hey guys,

I am planning to move to Budapest with my family (Me, wife and 2 years old baby).

We both are planning to work and from what I can see we can bring home roughly 600/650k HUF net per month.

My question is... Do you think a family of 3 can live ok (without luxury) with 600k HUF?

Thanks in advance.
Aboriginal on Jan 16, 2020:
OK guys,

So you consider this thread updated for 2020, whereas you do not take care of your data at all..

Anyways I tried to dig out the latest data regarding the salaries for Budapest.

These are official data from the Statistical Office for Q1-Q3 in 2019, you can see the regional figures here. (Since, there is a general salary hike in the country and the CEE region, this will be higher for the whole year.)

So average gross salary was around 450 000 HUF in Budapest in the aforementioned period. In net terms:300 000 HUF. Quite a difference..
Mic on Jan 09, 2020:
Mrx, your mentioned euro (Gross) is around 890 000 gross. It is around 600 000 net in forint.
Well, you may survive, but with full family, I would not count for a long run. A flat minimum 200 000 from that, plus additional costs. As a start, may be good, but long run, not the most safeties. Much more, what Hungarians are earning there, so you should feel lucky anyway
Mic on Jan 09, 2020:
George, you may survive from that money, even two of you. Not super convenient, but manageable. If you want comfortable life, then also your partner should get a job.
Mic on Jan 09, 2020:
Aboriginal: do not count just expats salaries, but talk to locals. Average if reaches - not bank or business man, or language bonus payed french citizen for example - is around net 230 000 -270 000. Trust me, been there, done that. If you need to pay rent (150 000/200 000) then good luck living there.
Wekerle Tamas on Dec 26, 2019:
Well no,It is a little bit lower actually,thats what you get from this shithole. If you dont believe it than come and see
Aboriginal on Dec 22, 2019:
Guys,data regarding average Budapest net salaries are very outdated. It should be around 350 000-400 000 HUF.

What u actually highlight that would rather reflect to the net average of the country as a whole but the salaries are a lot higher in the capital.

Please,correct this mistake.

Anonymous on Nov 26, 2019:
2000 USDis quite enogh to live and additionale save money in Budapest But here in Budapest salaries are definitely lower Dont believe anyone you can get such high money per mounth in Budapest if you are not high qualified specialist Basic selary in Butapest is in the range of 500-600 USD.If you are planning to come and work in Central Europe you should consider Prague or Warsaw
George on Nov 20, 2019:
Hi guys, a just got a job offer in hungary with a 2000usd tax free salary, we are a just a couple and i was wondering if is that salary enough for both of us paying rent and services etc? i will apreciate the help.
Mrx on Nov 19, 2019:
Hi guys I have offered a job with 2680 euro gross, we are a couple with a child that is about 6 month, Does this salary is the good one and we are able to cover expenses?
Smat on Oct 13, 2019:
Hi everyone,

I am in contact with an organization in Budapest for a position of Software Engineer and the interviews are in progress, they are asking me to tell them my expected salary. But i am confused to tell them a figure.
I am from Pakistan and if everything goes well, I will relocating alone. I am single but I have family to support here in Pakistan.
Can anyone tell me what should be my ask, keeping in view that I have to live in Budapest and support my family back in Pakistan?

Any help is appreciated.
BPbase on Sep 06, 2019:
Dear all,

After 2yrs of living in Budapest- i can share you some basic things I figured. We are a family of 3.

We live in the Buda side- 2nd District

Property type: 2bedroom, 1 kitchen dining, living room, bath, toilet, 95sqm flat in an old but
Maintained building, double glazed not carpeted

For the common cost: 24,500

Electric: (summer-no AC with occasional use of 2blowers) average of 15,000
Electric During winter: 18,000
•we have 2 fridge freezer and the normal appliances constantly running; washing machine, electric hob /oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher etc.

Gas (summer) average 7,000
Winter: 22,000
We run hot water all year and during winter it heating is on all day maintaining a room temperature of 21degrees

Monthly pass for 2 adults: 9,500 each (19,000 both)
1child month pass: 3,450

UPC family bundle 300mbps w/ tv and landline: 9,990 mo ty

Grocery: this varies depends on what I obviously cook or prepare. Ours is between 280-380k in a month. We are a mix household and I cater for 2picky eater! My main diet is seafood (thus increases the budget a lot) i order from a supplier with an average cost of 18,000 weekly spent on seafood alone. Hubby loves red meat and daughter is in between. This also includes things such laundry and cleaning materials etc and other household stuff

Eating out: again varies every month. Range from 60-80k in a month

Recreational: we dont have any gym membership or such but we do go out to see movie, concerts, circus, exhibitions regularly. This can be between 50-100k a month depends what you want to watch or see

School: our daughter is bilingual. She attends a bilingual program and it cost just about 800,000 in a year or a monthly instalment for 90k extra on her tuition alone. This is A LOT cheaper than international schools that can cost as little as 1.8m to 7m in a year! This does not included school meal of which is approx 12,000 a month, class money 20,000 in a year, field trips 80,000 a year etc

Extras: for 2hour violin lesson cost us 12,000
Private tutoring per hour 3,500 (math, Hungarian)

Holidays: we go for 3holidays in a year during summer break, autumn break and winter break

I do not work in Budapest but has an income from abroad. I was offered a job here but turned it down coz wage was a joke! 350k net for a full time in Finance sector and was an insult when got an offer in education sector for 180,00”net. It would cost me more to hire somebody to look after our daughter and run the household with our crazy routine and schedules. Hubby works in aviation and we can’t complain with how much they give as a wage.

Point is: depends on your lifestyle and cost will change. If we would eat salami everyday and kifli then we would save loads but we are quite happy how we live here compare to the pressure we had back when living in London.

I know families of 3 that lives on a 380k a month but they are a proper Hungarian household that eats only if not mainly Hungarian diet. That is good for them but for us it won’t work.
#restaurant manager on Aug 22, 2019:
Hello everyone,

Please i just want to know the cost of living for a single person. I got an offer in budapest for a restaurant manager for 1200 euros is it good if I'm single?

Thanks in advance.
#FS on Aug 10, 2019:

one small flat with utility rate + 2 monthly ticket for publick transport is around 200k.
the food price in supermarkat is little bit cheaper or similar like wet EU. If you are cooking it can be stop 100-150k. So you can alive :)
Developer on Aug 09, 2019:

Me and my husband are thinking to move to Budapest. I am an SAP developer, and I got an offer 395k HUF net. My husband is a mechanical engineer, and he is also looking for a job, and lets say he will start 2 months later. Is that 395k enough for us to live a normal life for 2 or 3 months. (Of course we will rent an apartment, and according to my reasearch it's around 160k.) Some of them said that 500k HUF is not enough to live in Budapest, some of them said you can live normally in Budapest with 400k (I mean 2 person). We are confused about these comments. What would you recommend?

Thank you in advance
Steven on Jul 31, 2019:
@Rachel: the costs of an international private school varies greatly, so no estimation on that, but its expensive (minimum 300-500 per child per month, but can be much more). Also I don't know if you plan to rent or buy, but renting a 2-3 bedroom flat will be above 700 euro minimum with bills(in an old block flat). Check out( ). Personally I wouldn't even think about Budapest in your case with a monthly net salary below 3000 EUR (1.000.000 HUF after tax). For taxes check ( )

To "#Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019":
Rent prices have increased a lot since 8 years. Also HUF lost a lot to EUR (sitting around 330 HUF/EUR). Regarding the job it really depends on you area of expertise. For example with junior IT jobs its not uncommon to get 350k HUF after taxes, but I'm not familiar with other jobs. For a start you could check for job search. It is used here in Hungary. Also LinkedIn is popular, so you can get up to relevant job offerings there. Also you can check Hays salary guide 2019:
The estimations are a bit high (10-20 percent depending on different areas) but the relation to of wages to each other are fair. Hope it was helpful!
Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019:
Hi all,
I am a British / Hungarian nationality who is planing to move to Budapest. Is there any advise one how to look for a job which pays at least 350000.00 HUF/PCM ? I used to the London wages and I know that it will be a big difference in between the lifestyle I used to but if I make at least a £1000.00 I think it is good to start but I haven't lived there over 8 years and I am clueless how things work over there.
I am happy for any advise
Anonymous on Jul 14, 2019:
How much is the cost of staying in Budapest for 15days on tourist visit
Rachel on Jun 16, 2019:
Hey we r moving from Toronto to Budapest with 3 primary school kids ...they would need to attend an international school there ...please help what would be a decent Salary for ya to move there with kids
Gabriel81 on Jun 13, 2019:
Hi All,

To answer the recent questions about the living costs in Hungary: it really depends on your needs. If you live prudently, Budapest is a very cheap city despite the increasing rent prices. but if you want to enjoy the bars, restaurants and various programmes, want to eat healthily and so on, you will need more money. Expect good places to rent above 500EUR plus costs. Apart from that 500Eur per person should cover any basic needs. Of course if you want to enjoy the city to its full you'll need a higher salary. A gross salary of ~12 mil a year will allow you a fantastic life here.
Ish on Jun 09, 2019:
Hi All

I got an offer of 11,500,000 forints gross (annual). Is it ok to move to Budapest along with wife and 6 years old child? Can there be any savings? Thank you.
Tina on May 25, 2019:
Hi, I'm a student who would like to continue education in Hungary, if possible in Budapest. How much would it cost me to rent a flat? I'm not looking for anything supermodern or anything, just good conected with center.
Niwan on May 21, 2019:

I have been offered 600000 HUF after tax is good salary in Budapest?, Myself and my wife going to live and we need to rent a apartment also there, Kindly suggest

val on May 20, 2019:

we are a couple in 60' hoping to retire into Budapest , please advise what will be the cost of living and how much will it cost to buy an apartment in possible city ?
Budapest Mike on Apr 22, 2019:
Hey Eli!
Very good salary. An average Tesco or Audi worker salary is around 700-1000 euro. Three thousand enough to rent a quality apartment + utilities, quality international school for the kid and you have left around 1700 euro.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019:
Hi Eli,

Please find one of the biggest estate site here:

3000 EUR gross is a pretty good salary in Hungary, but it isn't the heaven. It highly depends how do you define good life. :) You can check here how much you will have after taxes:

It's around 650.000 HUF. You can compare it with the expenses above. Assuming that you are one income family, you won't have huge saving potential, but you can cover all your expenses for sure.

Also it's recommended to double check, if you will have health insurance. In Hungary it is included in your taxes, but you get state health service for that. In average it's much better than state services in other countries and worse, than private health services. Beside some languege support, you'll have to know how the system works.

Hope this helps.
Eli on Mar 30, 2019:
My husband is an engineer in telecomunication and he has offer abot 3000euro gross.we have a child and she has 6 years and she is going to school .Can we have a good life in budapest?We should rent aparment there,but we dont have any information about price & location there .please help me.
Om prakash on Dec 09, 2018:
I lived in Budapest from 1982 to 1986. We were getting scholarship of 3000 forints which was just sufficient for living.
I want to take my family to Budapest to revisit old memory lanes. Want to know exact living cost know and whether we can live in guest house of Hungarian Academy of sinces or hostel of Budapest Technical University at krusper utca.
Anonymous on Nov 23, 2018:
I'm an IT professional from India, got an offer from Budapest MNC for net 600,000 huf per month, after tax.
I have 2 adult dependents and one child less than a year. Wanted to check few things, how much does baby day care costs? How much does pvt health insurance for senior citizen would cost?
Considering rented house, and we do not really go out much and prefer eating at home, how much can I save? Will it it worth moving with entire family and sustaining a decent life with this salary? Probably twice a year euro budget trip could be added.
Anonymous on Nov 19, 2018:
Restaurant prices have a large variation. Tourist places can cost 4 times of a normal cheap restaurant
János on Nov 19, 2018:
European people travel by tram, bus(local and long distance), train with no charge at all, if they have an age over 65.
Tamas on Nov 07, 2018:

I totally agree with you, but still the description says "average salary", not "median salary" ;)
Gabriel81 on Oct 30, 2018:
Dear Tamas,

I find this net salary figure also too low. But!

Please don't make the mistake to think that an average employee in Budapest earns around 270K just because the average wages show this figure. E.g. if you add a janitor's wage of 120000HUF plus a millionaire's wage of 1 billon HUF and you count average of the two you'll get around 500 000 000 HUF as average wage but the janitor still stays poor. Median wages (of the middle class) are usually better at representing the average salary.
Tamas on Oct 25, 2018:
Dear Numbeo!

The average net salary for Budapest is outdated on the site. According to the latest statistics, it is 272 254 HUF (2018 1st half). The salary on the site is 17% lower. I think it was better if the average salary would come from the statistics and not from the users.

Jim on Oct 16, 2018:
One thing you need to be really careful of when moving to Hungary is being aware of all deductions from your wages - although when you google it the Hungarian gov say income tax is low (15%), this actually does not include anything - and by the time you have added compulsory pension (which you can never get back unless you stay in Hungary 10+ years) 10%, health 4%, something else health related 3%, labour market cont. 1.5% - so you actually pay 33.5% and there is no tax free allowance, so even if you have a low wage you pay that crazy amount.
Me Alb on Oct 07, 2018:
I aim to move soon in Budapest. I will start a job with Net 700 Euro monthly. Rent is covered by employer but electricity and water bill are not. First two months they said I have to be on a testing period and if they decide to keep we they will sign a year period contract. I am an IT engineer. Somebody who knows better the procedures of employment, an the common salaries, and the cost of living what is suggesting me about this situation?
Alex on Sep 18, 2018:
What is the rent for a one bedroom apartment in budapest.
What would be an average cost for food, transportation, utilities like electricity, internet, etc for budapest.
Anonymous on Sep 12, 2018:
Hey Benjamin, of course you aren't saving any money if you go on vacation once per month. Duh
Gan on Sep 03, 2018:
Based n the comments, i understood the cost of livings. Can you please confirm my understanding
Accommodation - EUR 700 (Decent hotel in City)
Living Expenses - EUR 500 (2 Adult & 1 Child - )
Tax for Non-EU Citizen - 15 %

Note: IT - Professional Software with 10 Year experience
Any other major expense I missed?
Benjamin on Aug 21, 2018:
Budapest is a fun city to live in however, be careful. If you haven’t got a good salary, you will struggle a lot at the end of the month. I wouldn’t suggest anyone under 450-500k net to live there. Unless you work in IT, are a consultant or a manager then it’s tough. I used to live in Budapest, I wasn’t a manager but I had a good skilled job and so did my partner. We were both making around 280k net each, we lived at her parents house, so we didn’t have to pay for rent however, we struggled to save up. We had a car that needed to be fixed from time to time, we went out to restaurants maybe twice a month, we bought maybe one clothing item per month, we went away on weekends once per month, yet we still ended up with no money. The thing that people don’t understand is that as soon as you would like to travel outside of Hungary in the Euro zone, it’s game over. Simply because the price of a coffee in Vienna or Berlin is in line with the euro salaries. So it reallt depends what you would like to do in Hungary. If you’re going to go to work, then come home, not have a car, and stay at home on weekends then yes, if you make around 500k you’ll be fine. But for young couples who like to do other things, Hungary isn’t the best country to live in. We used to live in London with my partner and even though the rent is outrageous, we still managed to save up around £700 together per month. I think you want to live in Hungary, you will have to restrict yourself more than in any other European countries unless you’re making more than 500k. So if you’re making 600k or 700k which is quite unusual unless you’re high up in the market, then yeah! Go for it! You will absolutely love it!
MIg on Aug 13, 2018:
This site is very helpful, thank you in advance for your replies. For a single person (just me), is 1100 Euros enough? I see that after taxes, it will reduce, so will it still be enough after tax deduction? If you have any suggestion on where to live (Budapest or outside the city for a cheaper flat), that would be great!
Mike Budapest on Aug 11, 2018:
If you rent an apartment outside of the city 400 euros + utilities 150 euro. You have left 550. That enough to
buy food and shoping as well.
Samy on Jul 25, 2018:
I have a job offer with 1100 Euros gross / month.... Is It enough to live in Budapest as a single bachelor with normal life style?
Mike Budapest on Jul 14, 2018:
Hi For those who wants move in Hungary. The rent plus the overheads 200.000 (700 euro). To living fine you need plus 200000 (700) euro per month.
Mike Budapest on Jul 14, 2018:
If you have an apartment 1000 euro is enough if you rent its not.
Mike Budapest on Jul 14, 2018:
#Amine (answer for Amine)
700 euro is not enough. 450-500 euro the rent in the city plus the cable, inernet, electricity , gas after all you need food pay the transport. 1500 euro is enough.
Ahmed Matar on Jul 11, 2018:
I have a job offer with 1100 Euros gross / month.... Is It enough to live in Budapest as a single bachelor with normal life style?
BudapestExpatJordan on Jun 30, 2018:

I've got great news for you, that's plenty. 1.2 mln HUF gross a month comes out to around 810 thousand HUF et after income tax, pension fund and health insurance, considering you're a parent, which is more than plenty to rent a decent apartment and support a child, even save up a decent amount on the side.
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2018:
@Amine Hey there, I’m an expat currently studying in Budapest myself. If you plan to live alone in a rented apartment in the city, don’t spend much or don’t have high life expenses and don’t mind eating at home from time to time, 700€ is definitely enough. I can’t promise you that you’ll save up much, but you’ll get by. Picking a place in the suburbs just outside the city would be a wise move as you could potentially cut your rent in half and get a cheaper yearly public transport pass that is excellent, well connected and cheaper than driving in Hungary.
BudapestExpatJordan on Jun 30, 2018:
@egen Hey there, I’m an expat currently studying in Budapest. Is 1.2 mln HUF, your annual salary? If so, that’s definitely not enough to support oneself, another adult and a child as it is less than 400€ per month. You’d need at least 800€ a month for that, excluding renting.

@Croat Hey there, I’m an expat currently studying in Budapest. In my opinion, 1200€ for two person would be more or less enough for a thrifty but secure life in the city, if we exclude rent that is. I’d say for a comfortable life for two, pref. a couple in a lofty apartment in the suburbs, you’d need at least 2200€ per month, including rent and utilities. Keep in mind that that number can be cut in HALF if you don’t mind living just outside of Budapest and take the public transport or drive into the city every day as I do.
#egen on Jun 29, 2018:
Hi guys, i m about to receive an offer from Budapest, appx gross salary will be 1.200.000 huf. I m married and have a 3 year old toddler. Considering kindergarten and 2 bedroom apartment expenses, is this salary would be enough? Can we save money?
Thanks in advance.
Croat on Jun 11, 2018:
Hey guys, can someone tell me is 1200 euros net (around 385k forints) sufficient salary for 2 people to normally live in Budapest? We are not really used to eat outside or have high expenses. Just normal, usual everyday life.
Thanks for any help.
Amine on Jun 07, 2018:
Hello all,
i'm a recent graduate and i have an internship offer in budapest for a year
my salary will be aroud 700 euros
will that be enough ?
PS : i will be living there alone
Thank you.
Daniel Rock on May 26, 2018:
No Paulo, 1054 EUR is not a good ANNUAL salary.
Ostra on May 12, 2018:
Hi all, regarding the white collar salaries in Hungary you can find an useful guide here:

The salaries are gross, tax is around 33 % (depends on your family status, children, etc.)
Paulo on May 04, 2018:
I received a job offer of 1054 euros (gross) and I would like to know if it is enough to live more or less comfortably in Budapest.

Maria on Apr 13, 2018:
I want to apply masters in Budapest. Is it possible for a female to bear all her expense by working part time while studying there? I can cook myself and not into clubbing.
Andy Buttery on Apr 03, 2018:
Hi There.
I Have a potential job offer at Director level with an investment bank in Budapest. The role will be residential, so will have to sort accommodation. Am struggling with identifying a reasonable, liveable salary. This is all new to me, so forgive me if I come across as a bit 'naive'!!

Thanks in advance.
Ariful Haque on Apr 01, 2018:
We are three (me+wife+2 year old daughter) are planning to settle in Budapest. Is there any options to get business visa by investment to a existing company as a partner or director. If anyone interested for giving me the opportunity please email me to with details.

Tracie Smith on Mar 18, 2018:
I am doing a project for my online course and I found your site to be very informative.
sheida on Mar 13, 2018:
Good time
My wife and I intend to migrate from Iran to Hungary
We want to apply for an education visa
Please give us some guidance on how we can take action
Anonymous on Mar 06, 2018:
Alena, considering that rent priced have been steadily increasing, 450dollars won't be enough in Budapest. If you speak foreign languages you could work for an SSC like 10-20 hours a week and with that wage (at least 500usd) and personal savings life will be easy in Budapest.

Hamed: 580Eur is not sufficient for a family either so check the advice above!
Hamed on Feb 24, 2018:
Hi everyone

I am going to study in BME and i have a wife and a child to be soon !

The Scholarship is covering my expenses up to 580 Euro .

Is it enough ? considering student style of living
Alena on Feb 11, 2018:
I plan to study at CEU in Fall 2018. However, they didn't give me scholarship. My own savings allow me to spend about 450$/month. I plan to rent a room not in the center of the city and to cook mostly at home. Do you think it will be enough for me?
Somebody on Dec 25, 2017:

Im not in IT, but salaries are on Western European standard in this field. You can comfortably ask for one million forints gross which will be over 2k euros.
But it also really depends on the company, so its not easy to tell. I am confident some people get a lot more, and some get of course less. It also depends on your skills.


Mineral water costs like basically nothing. One and a half liter of it is 80 forints and can be even less, which is like 25 cents.

Other expenses really depend on a lot of stuff.
Alycia on Dec 22, 2017:
5 days 4 nights what will be the expense if hotel & flight is paid off. Eg. what is the cost of a bottle of mineral water