Cost of Living in Budapest

Summary about cost of living in Budapest:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.44 $ 4.83-9.66
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.42 $ 22.54-48.30
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.15 $ 4.51-6.12
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.61 $ 0.81-2.25
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.93 $ 1.13-2.58
Cappuccino (regular) 1.50 $ 1.13-1.93
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.10 $ 0.71-1.45
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.89 $ 0.48-1.29
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.87 $ 2.32-3.66
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.70 $ 0.44-1.02
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.34-0.73
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.65 $ 1.29-1.93
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.79 $ 2.19-3.51
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.12 $ 1.83-2.34
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.69 $ 2.92-5.11
Apples (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.44-0.66
Banana (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.58-0.73
Oranges (1 lb) 0.57 $ 0.44-0.73
Tomato (1 lb) 0.90 $ 0.51-1.30
Potato (1 lb) 0.42 $ 0.29-0.58
Onion (1 lb) 0.43 $ 0.29-0.58
Lettuce (1 head) 1.05 $ 0.64-1.61
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.37 $ 0.29-0.49
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 4.35 $ 3.22-6.44
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.84 $ 0.68-1.13
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.20 $ 0.90-1.93
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.36 $ 3.86-4.83
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.13 $ 0.97-1.13
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 30.59 $ 30.59-32.20
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.25 $ 1.93-2.25
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.55 $ 1.55-1.81
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 14.49 $ 14.49-14.49
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.82 $ 4.63-4.88
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,080.28 $ 14,491.35-22,542.11
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,499.44 $ 16,745.56-22,542.11
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 160.30 $ 109.49-222.40
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 $ 0.06-0.13
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 14.39 $ 9.66-21.90
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 42.37 $ 32.20-63.76
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 13.36 $ 8.05-19.32
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 5.80 $ 4.83-7.08
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 293.28 $ 193.22-470.16
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,261.74 $ 3,864.36-17,355.27
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.91 $ 32.20-93.39
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 29.90 $ 16.10-48.30
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.56 $ 54.75-96.61
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.17 $ 64.41-119.15
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 526.49 $ 434.74-644.06
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 391.11 $ 322.03-483.05
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 978.35 $ 772.87-1,449.14
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 684.41 $ 515.25-901.68
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 300.55 $ 239.34-359.01
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 190.41 $ 149.59-239.34
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 816.62 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.83 0.01-0.02

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Last update: February 2020
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100 Comments so far

#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
#SP on Dec 15, 2017 :
Hi Guys!

with 5 years of experience in IT as Software Engineer what realistic but MAXIMUM salary I could ask company to offer me?
please be honest while replying because I have no Idea about salary standards in Budapest, Hungary for IT profile .

#Somebody on Nov 25, 2017 :
Oh and night life is quite nice and when you get used to it its not that expensive. Usually I spend 5k on a very fun night out on Saturday or Friday evening. So thats a maximum of 20k for that, but usually its half of that since I dont go out every weekend.

Transport outside of Budapest is crazy cheap. Thats one of the best things about this city.
Extremely cheap to travel to Berlin for example. I payed only 12k for a return ticket.
Buses, especially those to Prague, Bratislava, Krakow etc. are really a nice bargain.
This month (November) you could travel to Tel Aviv (Israel) for only 7-8k forints return ticket.
Tickets to Dublin and some other European cities are also ridiculously cheap mostly. Wizair, Ryanair and Easyjet are all in Budapest.
The bus station is new and beautiful, the airport is also really nice. Personally I don't like any of the train stations, but people travel with trains a lot as well.
#Somebody on Nov 25, 2017 :
350k is a comfortable salary at the moment. You can expect to pay for a studio between 120-150k with utilities and as a single person you have enough to drink, eat in restaurants and even save some for rainy days.

Personally I have 300k plus cafeteria money (which basically eliminates 80% of my food expenses) as an Accountant with a Masters degree and my expenses are like this:

1)60k for rent and utilities between 15-20k. Were paying 180k for a 110 sq meter apartment plus utilities 40k....I would say we got a real bargain, were not in the city center but more than close enough (25 min to Vaci utca walking).
All in all 80k per month, but I get some money back for gas since its a fixed cost in my case and it gets lower if we dont consume a lot of I could even say 75k.

2)Food is cheap. Next to my company there are many restaurants with a classic lunch package for 1000 forints (soup plus main dish).
Since I dont spend almost anything for breakfast and my cafeteria expenses are greatly deducted, I dont spend more than 40k per month for food, but without my deduction on business lunches I would say between 60-80k is normal per person.

Gym is quite expensive and thats something I hate, although now I know about some nice packages where you can go to every gym, swimming pool and sports terrain for cca 10k per month. Thats great. Other than that gyms are usually 11k or even 12k.

Public transport is a must and its 9.5k

All in all with my salary I save approximately 100k per month. Mind the fact Im also single and that I did not want a studio flat, but obviously with this kind of salary you can afford a studio.
#Sandman on Nov 22, 2017 :
Hello to everyone. I see that we wave different prices on the rental fees than the locals which is relatively normal. I need to know if the amount of 350K per month is enough to cover a studio rent with self expenses for a single person with an average lifestyle.
#Maria Fejes on Nov 17, 2017 :
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#Amary on Nov 11, 2017 :
Hi everyone,

Just to update the figures a bit (of course finances vary according to individual earnings and expenses)

Ours are as follows: based on the last 3months of living here

Rent and bills (common cost, gas and electric) = 200,000

Monthly pass for 2adults + 1child= 22,450 (we save on this as partner works at the airport and can use the pass too!

Grocery= 160,000 (we cook international cuisine thus a bit higher than average

UPC subscription= 9,499

Out and about expenses= 60,000-150,000 (dine out concert tickets etc) concert ticket makes it expensive as it can be as much as 32,000 per person for a decent seat or can be as cheap as 13,000 for an okay-ish. Of course this is based on your lifestyle, we tend to watch concert, live performances, musicals at least once a month and pop in exhibitions or small events whenever we can

Child education fee= 2,500,000 in a year (school fee, meal, uniform, supplies)

Hungarian language private lesson for our child= 4,000 per hour

violin private lesson at home= 6,000 per hour

Going to neighbouring country can be as cheap 100euro or roughly 30,000 for a family of 3 i.e Prague via train or bus, in our case this would the same cost for us to fly with a discounted ticket (staff tickets)
#Anonymous on Oct 23, 2017 :
1) Depends on your spending and if your wife works as well. If she doesn't that's less than average wage per person. If you take into account that you don't have housing, it's not too much for 2 people.
2) You can expect around 3000 HUF/sq meter prices for used apartments (utilities not included).
3) As per above, depends whether your wife works or not.
4) You should ask your landlord for specifics as fees vary by district.
5) Cannot answer, I usually eat out all the time.
6) You can expect from 2000 HUF (suburbs) to 3000 HUF (downtown area)/sqm monthly prices. Also from November metro line 3 is getting renewed, so you won't be able to use it for 3 years - which means from VI and XIII districts you will have increased travel times. But it's a very hard question without knowing where you will work and how important for you is having entertainment in walking distance. Your best bet is looking for apartments with affordable prices and check on google maps how long it will take for you to get to work.

I personally would recommend minimizing cash and using credit/debit cards. I also don't know your drinking habits, a mild drinking party with some food usually ends up at 5000 HUF for me (1 person). A heavy one about double, granted I do not go to tourist traps which can be considerably more expensive. A meal (per person) can cost anywhere between 1000 (hash house) to 3000 HUF (cheaper-mid restaurant).
#Brittany on Oct 19, 2017 :
Hey everyone!

I'm going on a city break to Budapest, in November for three nights with my boyfriend. I was wondering how much money would you recommend to take? Hotel is all paid for.. we do like to go out a lot drinking ( going for my 21st birthday haha) and eat out three/two times a day.

can someone suggest something please? as I have no idea!

Thank you!!
#Andres on Oct 18, 2017 :
Hi there!!

First off, this site has been an enormous help! I really appreciate you taking time to help people like me with our concerns. I have been offered a job in Budapest, 600k per month before taxes (so 400k) net salary.

My questions are:

* Is 400k enough for me and my wife?
* Are we going to be able to find a apartment around 150k per month (does that include utilities?)
* Is it enough to get to know your beautiful country and maybe the rest of Europe if possible.
* How much in utilities per month?
* How much is the average spend in the supermarket (meals) monthly?
* I will be working in Pest, what district do you recommend in terms of rent fees, safety and proximity to the center of the city?

Again, I really appreciate your help.
#Anonymous on Oct 06, 2017 :
@Rick Sanchez
400.000 HUF net is okay for living in Budapest with your fiancé. Please keep in mind that the monthly rental fees can be insane now! (50 sqm in 8th district - bad neighbourhood - can cost you 140.000 HUF)
If you find a good deal on rented flat you should have no problem with the rest of the expenses.
#Piettro on Sep 27, 2017 :
Hi, would 230.000HUF be enough for a living considering a single person? :)
#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.