Posted by: debrecenhelp | 10/06/2009

The Costs – essentials, student’s budget of living in Debrecen Hungary

The Cost of Living in Debrecen, Hungary

This article has been designed to assist students or families who plan to move to Hungary to get a feel for the costs that you can expect.

Groceries cost about the same or less than in other parts of Europe if bought in supermarkets, and cheaper products available at local markets and some small shops.

Typical costs – a list of essentials

  • 1 kilo loaf of bread: 200-300 Ft
  • 1 liter milk: 190-240 Ft
  • 6 eggs: 200 Ft
  • 1 kilo sugar: 140 Ft
  • 1 bottle of beer: 200 Ft
  • 1 bottle of table wine: 500-3000 Ft
  • 1 litre of petrol / gasoline (octane 95): 290 Ft
  • High-speed internet per month: 6-12,000 Ft / per month
  • single bus ticket: 220 Ft
  • single bus ticket from the driver: 270 Ft
  • monthly bus pass: 4,950 Ft
  • student monthly pass: 2,350 Ft
  • single tram ticket: 220 Ft
  • monthly tram  pass: 3,490 Ft
  • student monthly tram pass: 1,650 Ft
  • cinema ticket: 1,200 Ft
  • museum entry fee: 500-1,200 Ft
  • pool entry fee: 1,200 – 3,000 Ft

Student’s basic budget:

  • Food and drink: 20,000 – 40,000 Ft
  • Mobility: 3,000 Ft
  • Leisure activity / recreation: 2,000-12,000 Ft
  • Other (phone, internet, clothing, medical expenses, etc.): 15,000-30,000 Ft

Incomes in Hungary

The minimum payable wage in Hungary is 71,500 Ft per month.

The currency used in this section is the Hungarian Forint (HUF or Ft) which is the official currency in Hungary. The Euro has been the standard currency of most of the countries of the European Community since January 2002, and it is expected that Hungary will start to switch to the Euro in 2010.

Consult the currency converter for the current rate in your currency.

The list is not completed. I will write about the utility fees (gas, water, electricity), where to shop, etc.



If you want help on this issue or other issues regarding getting settled in Debrecen Hungary, offers services in this area, including but not limited to:  finding new apartments, transportation, communication with landlords, authorities, immigration or other officials.  It can be good to have a local English/Hungarian speaking person helping out and getting things worked out faster and easier, espesially as English is not spoken by the vast majority in Debrecen.



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