Cost of living 2019 in Hungary

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Hungary.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Hungary will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Hungary? How about buying an apartment or a house in Hungary?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Hungary?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Hungary?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Priscilla :

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

Still 250 HUF to get to the local town to shop.

Priscilla :

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

About 300 to 400 HUF depending on brand (about-ish 1.25 EUR/USD on average) per bread, rice kg or package of pasta.

Priscilla :

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Hungary?

Still nothing. I am on National Health.

Priscilla :

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

About 8,000 HUF (about-ish 26 EUR/USD) on National Health as the basic minimum fee (may be higher depending on personal income).

Priscilla :

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

Our electricity bill is about 6,000 HUF (about-ish 20 EUR/USD) per month.

Our yearly water bill ( I just paid it today) was 12,000 HUF (about-ish 40 EUR/USD)

Priscilla :

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

Wireless Internet, about 8,000 HUF (about-ish 25 EUR/USD) a month for 20 GB.

Priscilla :

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

As we're close to Budapest, it's 250 HUF (local ticket) within the village on Budapest buses and 350 HUF (I think) for individual tickets for a ride within Budapest (boundary is 500m away).  3000 HUF cash (or was last year) for a book of 10 tickets out of the Budapest transport automated machine. 

Priscilla :

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

Cable TV company (PR Telekom - no Magyar Telekom here) supplied "triple play" including:

200+ TV channels including "science/animals/history" extra TV package and many rubbish channels

1 x house phone line (almost never used)

120 Mbps/10Mbps internet unlimited usage

All for just a tad under 10,000 HUF per month (includes one cable TV receiver and a "stupid" but quality cable TV internet modem). 

Unlimited all networks mobile calls, about 30K a month with Vodafone - we use this for nearly all outbound calls.

Fuel (it's volatile with volatile pricing):

333 HUF/litre 95 unleaded

358 HUF/litre diesel

Source: Auchan

Wat is the Gas (heating at home) per unit price

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee: 330-400 HUF.

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?- 1800 huf. (Budapest)

How much do you pay for health insurance per month-  private insurance 9000 huf (28 EUR)

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Hungary? I pay 180.000ft for a 50sqm apartment in oktogon, with a separate kitchen and livingroom, including all the costs ( common costs, water, electricity, heating and internet)

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)? 1 single ticket is 350ft, but if you use it daily it's worth to pay the monthly pass which is 9000ft and let you take every transport as much as you want in that period.

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta? Jasmine rice around 500ft, Italian pasta around 800ft.

What is your monthly budget for groceries? I spend like 8000ft per week.

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Hungary? If you go for public health it's free while working here, and a private specialist could be around 15000ft, it depends of what you need.

How much do you pay for health insurance per month? Nothing at the moment, my company pays it for me, it's around 8000ft per month the basic package, only includes some examinations like blood test, dermatology, allergy, etc.

How much does childcare cost on average per month? Don't have kids.

What is your child's schooling budget per month? Don't have kids

How much does it cost to fill up your cars fuel tank? Don't have a car

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month? It's includes in the rental price, but everything it's usually around 20-30k ft.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription? Fixed internet around 8000ft, mobile phone around 7000ft for 5GB.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays? 1200ft for a menu

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee? 500-650ft in a nice coffee shop

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket? 1500-2000ft

How much does a gym membership cost in Hungary? Depends of the gym, medium range one around 9000ft

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