The post office has a nice Post Office Prices PDFPricelist PDF that details its postage and packaging fees and other services.
The current price of a stamp for a letter or postcard that will be delivered to an EU address, from Hungary, is 305 HUF.
To send a postcard or letter within Hungary only currently costs 115 HUF.
A P.O Box currently costs 2,275 HUF (£6.06) per month or 6,820 HUF (£18.18) per quarter, which is very affordable.
Media Mart is the equivalent of PC World in the UK. It sells household electronic goods.
Check their Store Finder that covers Hungary.
The Árkád Centre is a huge shopping centre like Westfield in the UK.
It consists of food, electronic, clothing, shoe, utility and book shops among others.
The British Pantry WebsiteBritish Pantry is an online shop, aimed at expats, that sells British products.
The British Corner Shop WebsiteBritish Corner Shop is another online shop, aimed at expats, that sells British products.
If you need a one-off laundrette wash whilst in Hungary, try Bubbles Laundrette WebsiteBubbles laundrette.
At 1,100 HUF for a 11Kg wash and 1,100 HUF for a 16Kg 37 Min dry, I think their prices are reasonable for one-off ocassions.
Below and within this website (Utility Payment Schemes, Internet/TV/Phone Package and Mobile Phone Package) you will find information about the cost of living in Budapest, and Hungary in general, in relation to utility bills, maintenance fees, shopping, property renovation costs and general services.
If you are serious about living in Hungary, you should visit all of the main supermarkets as well as some local shops to get a feel for prices; and to familiarise yourself with basic Hungarian food, drink and shop related words. And if you are thinking of living in Szeged, or have recently moved to Szeged, here are a few Local Cafes, Bars, Restaurants And Nightclubs to try.
If you are a smoker you will love Hungary because the price of cigarettes is more than half the price as those in 'rip-off' Britain.
A ream of 200 Marlboro Gold cigarettes for example are currently 12,600 HUF (£35.83), compared to the UK price of 34,986 HUF (£100+). Better still, you pay the same price in a Hungarian tobacco shop as you do in a duty free shop. A single packet of Marlboro Gold is 1,260 HUF (£3.58) compared to 3,743 HUF (£10.70) in the UK. There is a similar scenario with raw tobacco, which you cannot buy in the duty free shop for some strange reason. 40g of Golden Gate Blue tobacco currently costs 1,260 HUF (£3.58).
Tobaccos and Cigarettes are only sold in Tobacco Shops, NOT Supermarkets.
Tobaccos and Cigarettes are not sold in Supermarkets, Convenience Stores and so on because they can only be sold in a designated Tobacco Shop (Dohány Bolt) whose windows and entrances must be covered up so that the general public cannot see any Tobaccos/Cigarettes through them.
Just in case you are wandering how much private dental treatments could cost in Hungary, or in Szeged at least, here are prices taken from a real private dentist (as advertised in their waiting room, on their “services pricelist” board).
|Metal Filling||8,000 Ft - 14,000 Ft||£21.33 - 37.33||Dependent on the size of the hole, etc|
|White Filling||12,000 Ft - 20,000 Ft||£32 - 53.33||Dependent on the size of the hole, etc|
|Gold Filling||24,000 Ft||£64||Dependent on karat, size of the hole, etc|
|Extraction||5,000 Ft - 8,000 Ft||£13.33 - 21.33|
|Root Canal||14,000 Ft - 18,000 Ft||£37.33 - £48||Dependent on difficulty/position/number of treatments/etc|
|Denture||21,000 Ft - 26,000 Ft||£56 - £69.33||One initial denture|
|Extra Teeth||7,000 Ft||£18.66||Extra teeth on denture|
Driving in Hungary can be expensive for a worker, tourist or expat for example if travelling most of the week - Example: It costs roughly 3,500 HUF (£9.33) to travel from Szeged to Budapest (roughly 175 Km), travelling an average 120 Kph on the M5, taking roughly 1 Hour 47 Mins; dependant on traffic, etc. If you were working whereby you needed to do that return trip five days a week, it would cost you 35,000 HUF (£93.33).
|Petrol||353 Ft||94p||Per Litre|
|M.O.T||19,000 Ft - 25,000 Ft||£50.66 - £66.66|
|Car Insurance||40,000 Ft - 62,000 Ft||£106.66 - £165.33|
|Car Tax||140 Ft - 300 Ft||37p - 80p||Per Kilowatt - Example: 11,000 HUF|
|Driving Lessons||3,300 Ft||£8.08||In Szeged - Per hour (based on 30 Hours or less)|
|Driving Lessons||3,500 Ft||£9.33||In Szeged - Per hour (based on 31+ Hours)|
|Driving Lessons||4,500 Ft||£12||In Budapest - Per hour|
|Car Wash||500+ Ft||£1.33+||In Szeged - Manual, Quick, Spray Wash|
|Parking Ticket||480 Ft||£1.28||In Szeged - Up To 4 Hours|
|Car Hire||84,000 Ft||£224||2 weeks with free motorway trips|
|Motorway Ticket||4,780 Ft||£12.74||Monthly Ticket - Autópálya Matrica|
Just like in the UK, car insurance depends on a number of factors to do with the driver (i.e. age and years of experience) and car (i.e. age, make, model and parking locaion).
Burger King Small Meal - Cheeseburger: 449 HUF (£1.19). Small Fries 100 HUF (26p). Small Cola 1 HUF.
Burger King Medium Meal - Double Whopper: 1,599 HUF (£4.26). Medium Fries 1 HUF. Medium Ginger Ale 120 HUF (32p).
Pizzatorony - 10" Pizza: 1,099 HUF (£2.93). 12" Pizza: 1.220 HUF (£3.25).
Below is a breakdown of the monthly maintenance fees I pay for my apartment in Szeged, Hungary (in 2016). 29,699 HUF (£74.24) in total, without adding Gas, Electric and Digi TV costs yet. With Gas, Electric and Digi TV costs I normally pay around 38,869 HUF (£97.17) per month.
The costs should give you a general idea of average bills plus what to charge a tenant, as a tenant normally pays the rent plus all bills when you rent out your whole property to them. Any renovation fees might be considered yours though!
As an example: If the 'average' person pays 88,000 HUF (£220) per month to rent an outer-city centre apartment, which includes rent and bills, your profit (based on my maintenance fee + bills: £97.17) would be £122.83 per month (£220 minus £97.17) or £1,473.96 per year. Hence why many people buy two or more apartments in order to live off the profits.
|Hot Water||1,380 Ft||£3.45||Per Unit - 1-2 people normally use 2 Units|
|Cold Water||480 Ft||£1.20||Per Unit - 1-2 people normally use 2 Units|
|Power (Hall/Stairs)||650 Ft||£1.62|
|Rubbish Disposal||2,751 Ft||£6.87|
|Bank Cheques||350 Ft||87p|
|Home Insurance||562 Ft||£1.40|
|Renovation Fee||9,914 Ft||£24.78||For the next 8 Years|
|Heating||13,012 Ft||£32.53||Basic Radiators Fee / Usage Discount -40%|
|Maintenance Fee||29,699 Ft||£74.24||Includes Other Fees Not Itemised Here|
|Gas||1,180 Ft||£2.95||Ridiculously cheap!|
|Electric||3,000 Ft||£7.50||Variable Prices - Variable Usage|
|Digi TV/Net/Phone||4,990 Ft||£12.47||Does NOT include phone calls|
|TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES||38,869 Ft||£97.17|
Below is a snapshot of some basic, common, food and drink items you might buy at Tesco within a weekly or monthly shop. The prices below were taken in February 2017, at an exchange rate of 354 HUF to 1 GBP, and are nationwide in Tesco shops. As other big brand shops (such as Coop and Lidl) have very similar prices, you should take the prices below as guidance only; especially as in the summertime Fruit & Veg prices for example can drop as much as half price to the prices stated below.
The larger Tescos in Hungary sell pots, pans, stationery and household products amongst other things and is a great 'all-in-one' shopping complex. The snapshot should give you an idea as to how much it might cost you to stay in Hungary, shopping at Tesco.
|Coffee (Gold Blend)||1 Jar||100g||1,809||£5.11||Gold Blend|
|Milk (Magyar) 2.8% Fat||1 Carton||1 Litre||289||82p||Magyar Tej|
|Milk (Tesco)||1 Carton||1 Litre||185||52p||Tej|
|Brown Sugar||1 Bag||1 Kg||649||£1.83||Barna Cukor|
|White Sugar||1 Bag||1 Kg||319||90p||Cukor|
|Bakery Bread (50/50)||1 Loaf||1 Kg||199||56p||Kenyer|
|Butter (Lurpak)||1 Packet||200g||745||£2.10||Lurpak, Vaj|
|Butter (Mizo)||1 Packet||250g||699||£1.97p||Mizo Vaj, Vaj|
|Rama Margarine||1 Tub||500g||464||£1.31||Rama, Rama Margarin|
|Rama "Olive Oil" Margarine||1 Tub||400g||464||£1.31||Rama, Rama Margarin|
|Blackcurrent Jam||1 Jar||300g||537||£1.52||Ribizli, Ribizli Dzsem|
|Chivers Marmalade||1 Jar||340g||719||£2.03|
|Quaker Oats||1 Box||1Kg||1,299||£3.67||Quaker|
|Lettuce (Iceberg)||Whole||350g||479||£1.35||Saláta, Friss Saláták, Jégsaláta|
|Vine Tomatoes (Organic)||5 Pieces||500g||450||£1.27||Paradicsom, Fürtös Paradicsom|
|Eggs (Free Range, Medium)||10 Eggs||N/A||349||99p||Friss Tojás, Tojás|
|Eggs (Free Range, Medium)||15 Eggs||N/A||519||£1.47||Friss Tojás, Tojás|
|Eggs (Free Range, Large)||10 Eggs||N/A||449||£1.27||Friss Tojás, Tojás|
|Eggs (Free Range, Large)||15 Eggs||N/A||659||£1.86||Friss Tojás, Tojás|
|Mushrooms||1 Box||500g||449||£1.27||Gomba, Csiperkegomba|
|White Potato||1 Bag||3 Kg||699||£1.97||Burgonya, Sárga Burgonya|
|Various Pastas||1 Packet||500g||419||£1.18||Tészta, Colavita Tészta|
|Rice (Basmati)||1 Packet||500g||548||£1.55||Riceland|
|Runner Beans||1 Frozen Packet||450g||251||71p||Zöldbab|
|Cabbage||1 Large||N/A||213||60p||Fejes Káposzta|
|Mince Beef||1 Packet||500g||999||£2.82||Darált Marhahús|
|Mince Pork||1 Packet||500g||649||£1.83||Darált Sertéshús|
|Mince Pork-Beef||1 Packet||500g||799||£2.26||Sertés-Marha Darálthús|
|Pink Lady Apples||Loose||1Kg||849||£2.40||Alma, Pink Lady|
|Granny Smith Apples||4 Pack||N/A||469||£1.32||Alma, Granny Smith|
|Heinz Baked Beans||1 Tin||415g||469||£1.32||Heinz|
|Chopped/Plum Tomatoes||1 Tin||400g||359||£1.01||Paradicsom, Parioli|
|Chopped/Plum Tomatoes||1 Tin||400g||459||£1.30||Paradicsom, Cirio|
|Hellmann's Mayonnaise||1 Jar||400g||799||£2.26||Hellmann's|
|Branston Pickle||1 Jar||520g||799||£2.26||Branston|
|Black Pepper Refill||Seeds Only||20g||219||62p||Bors|
|Black Pepper Grinder||With Seeds||45g||1,399||£3.95||Bors, Fekete Bors|
|Rock Salt||1 Grinder||92g||489||£1.38||Só, Kősó|
|Table Salt||1 Packet||1Kg||41||12p||Só, Asztali Só|
|Walkers Crisp||6 Pack||N/A||739||£2.09||Walkers|
|HP Brown Sauce||1 Bottle||285g||1,019||£2.88||HP, HP Barnamártás|
|Heinz Tomato Ketchup||1 Bottle||450g||699||£1.97||Heinz|
|Coleman's Mustard||1 Jar||170g||859||£2.43||Mustár|
|Red Cabbage||1 Jar||710g||399||£1.13||Vöröskáposzta|
|Pickled Onions||1 Jar||320g||329||93p||Ecetes Gyöngyhagyma|
|Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)||1 Jar||500ml||1,379||£3.90||Olivaolaj, Filippo|
|Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)||1 Jar||500ml||1,099||£3.10||Olivaolaj|
|Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)||1 Jar||250ml||878||£2.48||Olivaolaj, Bertolli|
|Dolmio Pasta Sauce||1 Jar||500g||599||£1.69||Dolmio|
|Venusz Sun Flower Oil||1 Bottle||2 Litre||975||£2.75||Napraforgó Olaj|
|Chicken Drumsticks||12 Pieces||N/A||957||£2.70|
In general I find most international brand name products to be the same price as in the UK, sometimes 50p to £1 more expensive but very rarely cheaper, which soon becomes expensive when buying a few extra products; regardless if you think in pounds or forints. Example: Nescafe Gold Blend coffee (200g) in the UK is currently £5 whereas in Szeged 100g is £4.98, so £9.96 for 200g.
Although fruit, vegetables, bread and pasta tend to be affordable, I do find Coffee, Packaged Fish, Meat, Cereals and Jars (i.e. Coleman's Mustard and Branston Pickle) to be expensive. Hence why I try to import certain products from the UK, via a Hungarian courier service, when ever I find it cheaper to do so and/or can not find a certain product in Szeged. The average price to pay a Hungarian courier is currently £1 Per KG.
You can half a lot of the above prices if you are prepared to buy local brand name products and the supermarkets own brands, but then you have to adjust to the taste and quality; or lack of them, depending on your perspective. The milk and mineral water are examples.
NOTE: Jam is known as Dzsem (Pronounced: Gem), Marmelade is known as Narancs Marmelád (Pronounced: Mohr-Meh-Lad) and Lekvár (Pronounced: Leck-Vahr) is a spreadable gel (i.e. Peanut Butter, even though it is classed as a cream!).
If you want to compare prices between supermarkets and/or local shops, download my Hungarian_Food_Prices.xlsx comparison file. You can change the exchange rate and calculations are done for you.