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Living conditions

Subsistence costs


The cost of living includes the following main expenditure items:

  • food,
  • housing and household expenses (cost of electricity, water and natural gas),
  • transport and telecommunications, 
  • education and culture,
  • services (clothing, hairdressing, restaurants, dentist, entertainment, etc.).

Data from the KSH shows that in the first quarter of 2017, the monthly per capita consumption was HUF 79 600. Hungarian households spent 26.8 % of their total personal expenditure on food. The second highest outlay was on household maintenance (21.6 %), but for those renting a home the figure was much higher, reaching 50-60 %. The cost of daily travel accounted for 11.2 % of personal expenditure, while telecommunications-related expenditure represented 6.6 %. The amount remaining for other needs was spent on clothing, culture, hotel accommodation and entertainment. 

The price of fuel is around HUF 350 per litre. A family of four spends approximately HUF 20 000 on groceries every week, while a decent pair of shoes costs anywhere between HUF 5 000 and HUF 15 000. Cinema and museum tickets cost HUF 700 to HUF 1 500 on average.

A visit to the hairdresser ranges between HUF 1 500 and HUF 3 000, though obviously there may be considerable differences between prices in Budapest and outside the capital. Dinner in a medium-range restaurant costs between HUF 2 500 and HUF 3 500 per person. 

Text last edited on: 10/2018

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