Budapest travel budget

Budapest: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Budapest

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Budapest for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 48 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.8 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1050* (309848 Ft)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 77 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 10.2 per person
  • $ 6.7 per person

Total budget:

$ 2100* (619878 Ft)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 104 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3346* (987840 Ft)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Budapest compared to Hungary in 2021

On average, the cost of living in Budapest in 2021 is 22% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Budapest in 2021 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Budapest by expense type

Restaurant budget in Budapest

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Budapest is 45% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.2/person
($ 5 to $ 13)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 22/person
($ 15 to $ 28)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.9/person
($ 5.4 to $ 7.2)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.8 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 2.5)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.4 for 330ml
($ 1 to $ 2.3)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.7/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.2/can
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1/bottle
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Budapest

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Budapest is 6% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 59/night
($ 38 to $ 97)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 84/night
($ 39 to $ 194)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 81/night
($ 55 to $ 115)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 127/night
($ 89 to $ 188)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 254/night
($ 150 to $ 407)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 87/month
($ 40 to $ 200)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 564/month
($ 527 to $ 634)

235% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 200/month
($ 95 to $ 353)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 90/month
($ 54 to $ 132)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 180/month
($ 94 to $ 321)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Budapest

On average, the price of supermarket food in Budapest is 51% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.8/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 2.2)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.3/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 6)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.4
Apples
Apples
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.2)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.4)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Public and private transport budget in Budapest

On average, the price of transport in Budapest is 11% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.2/ticket
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.1/km
($ 1.1 to $ 1.4)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.4)

104% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 2.5
($ 2.5 to $ 2.6)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 17/24hrs
($ 4.8 to $ 120)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Leisure activity budget in Budapest

On average, budget for leisure activities in Budapest is 24% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.7/ticket
($ 5.7 to $ 9)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 10.4 to $ 22)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Budapest

On average, shopping budget in Budapest is 6% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 5/pack
($ 4.4 to $ 5.4)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 76
($ 36 to $ 108)

66% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 35
($ 18 to $ 54)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

London → Budapest
London → Budapest
London → Budapest
$ 76
(fair price: $ 59)
Manchester → Budapest
Manchester → Budapest
Manchester → Budapest
$ 130
(fair price: $ 109)
Dublin → Budapest
Dublin → Budapest
Dublin → Budapest
$ 141
(fair price: $ 124)
Edinburgh → Budapest
Edinburgh → Budapest
Edinburgh → Budapest
$ 137
(fair price: $ 108)
New York City → Budapest
New York City → Budapest
New York City → Budapest
$ 758
(fair price: $ 564)
Los Angeles → Budapest
Los Angeles  → Budapest
Los Angeles  → Budapest
$ 803
(fair price: $ 682)


About this information on the cost of living in Budapest

The information about the cost of living in Budapest shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including: Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

The information about the cost of living in Budapest was updated on 12-09-2021.

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