Cost of Living in Budapest

Summary about cost of living in Budapest:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.99 $ 5.03-7.74
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 32.90 $ 23.22-46.45
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.81 $ 5.03-6.97
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.55 $ 0.97-1.94
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.94 $ 1.16-2.52
Cappuccino (regular) 1.52 $ 0.97-1.94
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.05 $ 0.70-1.55
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.71 $ 0.39-1.16
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.24 $ 2.64-3.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.67 $ 0.44-1.05
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.51 $ 0.35-0.70
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.78 $ 1.53-2.17
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.96 $ 2.37-4.34
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.36 $ 1.93-2.81
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.18 $ 3.16-5.27
Apples (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.35-0.70
Banana (1 lb) 0.70 $ 0.53-0.79
Oranges (1 lb) 0.69 $ 0.53-0.88
Tomato (1 lb) 0.78 $ 0.53-1.23
Potato (1 lb) 0.34 $ 0.24-0.53
Onion (1 lb) 0.33 $ 0.21-0.44
Lettuce (1 head) 0.94 $ 0.58-1.34
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.42 $ 0.31-0.58
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.64 $ 3.48-6.58
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.90 $ 0.77-1.16
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.22 $ 0.85-1.74
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 4.45 $ 4.10-4.64
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.35 $ 1.35-1.35
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 36.77 $ 36.77-38.70
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.74 $ 1.55-1.74
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.74 $ 1.74-1.74
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 16.26 $ 16.26-16.26
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.19 $ 4.91-5.57
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,287.51 $ 17,417.05-23,222.74
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,221.06 $ 17,417.05-23,996.83
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 183.03 $ 123.37-246.74
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.08-0.15
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 16.67 $ 11.61-23.22
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 43.73 $ 34.83-58.06
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.13 $ 9.68-19.35
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.58 $ 5.81-7.74
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 315.24 $ 193.52-464.45
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 11,207.13 $ 6,192.73-15,481.82
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 72.67 $ 38.70-96.76
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.38 $ 23.22-58.06
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 89.13 $ 65.80-116.11
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 99.74 $ 73.54-135.47
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 506.63 $ 387.05-657.98
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 353.37 $ 270.93-464.45
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 925.80 $ 696.68-1,238.55
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 621.52 $ 464.45-774.09
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 238.52 $ 179.79-305.64
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 137.31 $ 97.09-179.79
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 749.57 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.95 0.01-0.03

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Last update: September 2017
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100 Comments so far

#Ozge on Aug 31, 2017 :
Hi All,

A company offers me 1000 euro net salary in Budapest. Is it enough for me, my wife and 4 years old son? I mean, can we live a 'normal' life in BP?
#Amary on Aug 22, 2017 :
I just want tk share my on going journey.

We decided to move here in Budapest 3months ago after partner got a job and is based in Budapest. I luckily was offered a job too and will start in September. Our daughter will be attending a bilingual program in a state school paying roughly 75,000 huf a month.

We found a flat with 85square metre floor area in District 2, Pasareti Ter and just moved in 2days ago.

So, let's start with the first cost. 2months rent deposit and 1month rent and common cost in advance. Flat is a bargain 155,000 per month partly furnished. 24,500 common cost (does not include gas and electric). Total 489,500huf, the landlady paid for the notary cost.

Then we bought a monthly pass, 22,450huf for 2adult and 1child

We were told that winter fuel can be as much as 25,000huf so on our budget i put 20,000huf

Our first shopping costed us 65,000huf (please bear in mind this are stuffs that will last for more than a month i.e bulk buy of washing powder, fizzy, water, beer, cupboard foods, cleaning products, cereals, etc) and we are working on (will try to) a 100,000huf grocery budget a month

We just got in touch with UPC and took the trio M deal that will coat 9,499huf a month with a fast internet and cable service

I am still unsure if our figures make sense to atypical Hungarian family living in Budapest but we are not spending on anything luxurious.

I would say we do have a habbit to pop in a cafe and have a cake and coffee or have it to take away and eat maybe once or twice out for dinner or lunch in a local restaurant but other than food we dont spend on any other stuffs.

Our monthly outs (tentative figures expect rent and internet package) are as follows.

Rent: 155,000huf
Common cost: 24,500huf
Gas and electric budget: 20,000huf
Monthly pass for 2adults and a child: 22,450huf
Internet package: 9,499huf
Child's tuition: 75,000
Eating out budget: 50,000huf (just local resto and cafes)
Miscellaneous: 20,000huf (for hair cut, school supplies, train tocket to visit parents in country side twice a month etc)
Child music lesson: 3,000/hr approx 8hours a month

So roughly 400,500huf a month so far... does not include school books and school food yet and our personal lunch money


#Britasia on Aug 22, 2017 :
Hi I was wondering if £200 is enough for a 7 day holiday in Budapest??
#Wages on Aug 22, 2017 :
Search for a small studio which will cost with utilities between 110k-150k. Best site for renting is Alberlet and I highly recommend it.

You should be able to live ok with that, but absolutely no luxury.
#Rick Sanchez on Aug 19, 2017 :
Hi, my fiance and I are moving to Budapest in September and I wanted ask you guys for your opinion on whether 400.000 Huf salary net will be enough for both of us. We are not expecting to save money or achieve a very high standard quality life with this kind of income but will we struggle? Is this a tight budget or can we afford to have some fun?
#Wages on Aug 11, 2017 :
The average wage of Budapest entitled on this page is not correct, not even close. Of course, there are many people that have less than that amount, but the Hungarian minimum wage became 110k since this January (it will be 120k net in 2018) and now the national average is approximately 210k since June this year (15% raise in comparing with the previous year), and although I have no exact numbers to prove this--> when taken into consideration that Budapest has dozens of HUGE multinational companies in which usually you get more just for an entry-level job (plus Szep card, beautiful benefit), and when taken into consideration I saw an ordinary Accountant(with 5-years experience, but still just ordinary) with 557k net (which also means the team leader has at least 700k, but probably even far more with all bonuses) in a normal (not the wealthiest in any way) American company, I am going to presume the Budapest average is at least 250-270k net. I must mention, average does not mean half of the people earn that kind of money so don't attack me with that presumption. Median and average are not the same, but here we are talking about average.

But don't get me wrong, as I said, many people have much less. Unemployment is not an issue anymore in Hungary (maybe in the eastern parts?) and definitely not in Budapest. The wages are sky-rocketing, but also the cost of living. Just this week our lunch menu got 40 forints more expensive in comparing with when I came to Budapest. Rent is going crazy, but to be honest, you have to be lucky and smart and you can get a good offer from some landlords. The problem is, and trust me about this, if somebody posts that they are renting out a room or apartment for some average price (bigger than what is mentioned on this page, the prices are also higher than that), at least 20-30 people will contact the landlord. And thats a minimum. The city has too many people considering its actually quite small in square kilometers( just to make a comparison, the city where I am from-Zagreb, has 3 times less people than Budapest and is actually BIGGER than Budapest in surface.

Food. The cost of food is debatable. Many Hungarians with whom I talked said its very expensive, but this is not exactly true. The food can be considered expensive when you have a bad wage, but when comparing with almost any country, food is much cheaper (especially stuff like chicken). Drinks and alcohol are crazy cheap. I buy normal beer like Soproni for 199 forints or Kozel for 160 which is approximately 50/60 cents. Shittiest beer costs 90 forints (less than 30 cents). Water is also VERY cheap, just today I saw 1,5 liter of water in Spar for 50 forints (15 cents) which is nothing. Tap water is also perfectly fine of course.

All in all, I am a foreigner and currently I am very happy in Budapest. As an Intern I had a bit more than minimum wage plus Szep card and I managed to survive with that in Budapest (plus a bit savings I must admit). Now after just 6 months of a very good internship, I was offered in 2 companies (a bank and a gas company) 400k/420k gross/270k net/880 euros net plus Szep card which practically gives me an additional 100 euros net/30k forints, and I even get another 25k forints for transportation to my home country every month....both offers are related to finance
The only issue with multinational companies here is that is very rare that they pay overtime. In one of these 2 which I mentioned, if I choose it, even that will happen which is also a very nice perk :)

I must say that Hungarians that do not know any foreign language or are bad with them are mostly poor to extremely poor in this city. Sometimes I go to shops and I think to myself how do you survive. I hope they at least have accommodation because with it, its really not easy.
Hungarians with a foreign language and an attractive degree (currently these are degrees related to Finance, Engineering and ESPECIALLY IT) can obviously have a completely normal average life since the 1st day they start working. Most of my colleagues had to choose between 3-5 offers after finishing their Masters, all offers above 200k net.

So basically Budapest is a city of differences. You have a load of people with low wages, no perspective, no anything, and on the other half you have educated people who easily pick between well payed jobs with a great perspective. In this way I love this city and the opportunities it gives people, it just depends on the people themselves to use these opportunities.
Personally I will definitely not stay in Budapest more than 5 years. After this time it will be too much in my comfort zone and I am an adventurist, but other than that, Budapest with all its perks also has cons. Biggest of them is family life. I simply cant see myself raising a child in a city which is so overpopulated and in some parts quite dirty. So go to Budapest when youre young, have fun and move on. Its a great place to start your international career and I advise it to everybody who wants a real adventure !
#Somebody on Aug 11, 2017 :
It would be sufficient even if food was not covered. This way you have enough money to party a couple of times a week.
#Inès Nahedh on Aug 05, 2017 :
Hi, I was accepted as a Global Volunteer among the AIESEC committee of Budapest..
My 6 weeks journey will start by the beginning of september.. so i was wondering whether 500 euro are enough or not!!
PS: Food and accommodation are covered.
#Mark Brittain on Jul 23, 2017 :
I live just outside New York City, in the Bronx, and was pleasantly surprised during a visit to Budapest in April 2017 just how beautiful a city it is, and how amazingly affordable it is! I had days where I really splurged and spent a whopping $30. Because my hotel included a free and very hearty breakfast, which meant some days I only spent $8 or $10! I am a senior citizen so I went to the local museum near my hotel, and spent a good 4 hours there, and the admission fee was only $3. I stayed near the Market, a huge building w tons of food vendors, and found the area good for being a tourist, especially being a few blocks from the Danube River. My only sticker shock was having to spend about $1.75 to mail each of my postcards to the US, and it took a month for people to get them. I also felt very safe there, and walked miles and miles across bridges and to the incredible National Gallery, which had beautiful paintings and other works of art. I missed going to Heroes Square and doing a day trip by train to Vienna which costs only $40 round trip US. Next time! Some estimates show the cost of living difference between NYC and Budapest means one can live for 50% less than NYC. I put back hundreds of dollars in my bank account when I got back to NY. I never felt cheated by anyone there, but having my hotel arrange for a driver to meet me at the airport and also take me back there meant the cost was nominal. I think it was at most $30 each way and the airport is way out in the countryside. Taking a boat ride on the Danube River was a wonderful experience. I get the sense one could relocate there and live quite frugally. I figured out their money and avoided any possible exploitation. I found most people were friendly, but some were cold, possibly it might have been a touch of anti- Americanism. I was shocked how often people spoke English when I approached them. Best time of year to go there would be April or Oct to avoid crowds and higher hotel prices.Avoid Nov and Dec, too cold! It is city of outstanding beauty with tons of amazing buildings, bridges and statues!!
#Anonymous on Jul 22, 2017 :

The other towns in Hungary are much cheaper but very small (Debecen 200000 inhabitants being the 2nd biggest town in the country) and people are more reserved with foreigners. Only a few expats live outside Budapest and Budapest has a much richer cultural life. But if you love country life and nice scenery you might try them (eg. Szeged and Pécs are beautiful and friendly places). In Romania Nagyvárad or Oradea is said to be a good place to live offering a lot of cultural programs and you can hike in the beutfiful neighbouring mountains as well. Of course Romania is much cheaper but less organized and chaotic.
#JC on Jul 14, 2017 :
thanks for your response...btw, it's just me, so a small studio is fine and simple food needs for one person & very little for entertainment required..I am also curious however if you or anyone else may have opinions on how Budapest compares to other decent sized cities in Hungary, Romania, etc..basically anywhere else across Eastern Europe...some have suggested to me regardless of what numbeo or expatisan may indicate, that Budapest is a lot more expensive to live than other cities in the region, and but still others say it's only slightly more...
#Balazs on Jul 14, 2017 :
Depends on your needs, if you don't live in the middle of the city, USD 1400 can be enough for a modest standard of living, renting some normal apartment, and let's say feed 2 people with some spare money for entertainment.
#JC on Jul 13, 2017 :
I am from the U.S. and recently retired. I had visited Budapest a few years ago and loved it. I am just starting to research options for finding a place to live in Central or Eastern Europe, but it would be nice if Budapest is doable for me. I have just over $1,400 USD a month in S.S. So first, I am wondering if I can afford Budapest on that income, but also if other large cities in Hungary or Romania for example, are a lot cheaper? Thanks!
#AGA on Jul 12, 2017 :
Could you tell me please if 4000 Euro/month is good for living in Budapest for family with 5 members (me, wife, 3 kids) or not.
#BugsBunny on Jul 01, 2017 :
Morteza, you can easily live on 500 EUR a month if you don't have to pay for rent. You won't even need a part-time job.
#MK on Jun 27, 2017 :
Hi all,

I've just receive job offer in Budapest with monthly salary gross 650.000 HUF including gross cafeteria budget 10.000 HUF/monthly. I want to know whether I could save money with that amount after considering the rent and living cost? What is cafeteria budget anyway? is it like meal budget in a company? It would be nice if you could share some rent website in Budapest with English language so I also could find place to stay.

Best regards
#Morteza on Jun 20, 2017 :
Hi to all

I've just received a scholarship from Budapest university of science and technology for PhD, monthly approx.500 euro plus university dormitory. I'd like to know if I can handle a an average life there. Since I have no saving in my account, it is really challenging for me to decide. Is there any possibility to find a part-time job while studying? please give me some advice. I am waiting for your comments. Thank you very much
#Chann on Jun 05, 2017 :
I think 600euro -1000 euro is more than enough in hungary I have been living in hungary for 3 years. One bedroom apartment is just 80000-90000 huf with the extra charges if people go night club it's cheap you need someone who is here long so they know all the good place and cheap place. Anyway it's the best night club I have ever come across.
#Anonymous on Jun 05, 2017 :
I think 600euro -1000 euro is more than enough in hungary I have been living in hungary for 3 years. One bedroom apartment is just 80000-90000 huf with the extra charges if people go night club it's cheap you need someone who is here long so they know all the good place and cheap place. Anyway it's the best night club I have ever come across.
#John on Jun 05, 2017 :
Hi, how much you spend for a 1 week holiday in budapest going out in night clubs etc
#Izabella on Jun 02, 2017 :
Hello Luca, 100 EUR equals to appr. 30000 HUF which is hardly enough for food for a month. Unfortunately the prices listed above are correct. I would suggest to have at least 170-200 for shopping and going out on weekends. However, if your lunch and dinner is covered (not included in the 100 EUR), then 100 EUR might be enough.
#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