Post Office Prices

The post office has a nice Post Office Prices PDFPricelist PDF that details its postage and packaging fees and other services.

Post Office Budapest

The current price of a stamp for a letter or postcard that will be delivered to an EU address, from Hungary, is 305 HUF.

Postage Stamp

To send a postcard or letter within Hungary only currently costs 115 HUF.


Post Office Box

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

Media Mart is the equivalent of PC World in the UK. It sells household electronic goods.

Media Mart

Check their Store Finder that covers Hungary.


Shopping Centre

The Árkád Centre is a huge shopping centre like Westfield in the UK.

Árkád Centre Szeged

It consists of food, electronic, clothing, shoe, utility and book shops among others.


British Food

The British Pantry WebsiteBritish Pantry is an online shop, aimed at expats, that sells British products.

British Pantry

The British Corner Shop WebsiteBritish Corner Shop is another online shop, aimed at expats, that sells British products.



2017 Monthly Cost Of Living In Hungary

Monthly Maintenance Fees - Shopping Prices - General Services

Below and within web pages on 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.

Cheaper CIGARETTES

If you are a smoker you will love Hungary because the price of cigarettes is more than half the price as those in the UK. A ream of 200 Marlboro cigarettes for example fluctuate around £30 (11,250 HUF), compared to the UK price of £85 (31,875 HUF). Better still, you pay the same price in a Hungarian tobacco shop as you do in a duty free shop.

There is a similar scenario with raw tobacco, which you cannot buy in the duty free shop for some strange reason. 110g of Golden Gate Blue tobacco costs £7.49 (2,810 HUF) and 250g costs £25 (9,375 HUF).

Tobacco Shop

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 designated Tobacco Shops whose windows and entrances must be covered up so that the general public cannot see any Tobaccos/Cigarettes through them.

Affordable DENTAL WORK

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 (dependent on the size of the hole, etc)

White Filling: 12,000 Ft – 20,000 Ft (dependent on the size of the hole, etc)

Gold Filling: 24,000 Ft plus gold (dependent on karat, size of the hole, etc)

Extraction: 5,000 Ft – 8,000 Ft

Root Canal: 14,000 Ft - 18,000 Ft (dependent on difficulty/position/number of treatments/etc)

Cap/Crown: 28,000 Ft

The above prices are based on one tooth (per tooth)

Denture: 21,000 Ft – 26,000 Ft (one initial denture) - 7,000 Ft per extra tooth on that denture.

Monthly Housing MAINTENANCE FEES

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.

Expense HUF GBP Comments
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
Cleaner 600 Ft £1.50
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

Weekly / Monthly SHOPPING ITEMS

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.

Item Quantity Amount HUF GBP Keyword Search
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
Cheerios 1 Box 425g 999 £2.82 Cheerios
Lettuce (Iceberg) Whole 350g 479 £1.35 Saláta, Friss Saláták, Jégsaláta
Cucumber Whole N/A 279 79p Uborka, Kígyóuborka
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
Broccoli 1 Loose 500g 369 £1.04 Brokkoli
Cauliflower 1 Loose N/A 599 £1.69 Karfiol
Runner Beans 1 Frozen Packet 450g 251 71p Zöldbab
Cabbage 1 Large N/A 213 60p Fejes Káposzta
Carrots 1 Bag 750g 199 56p Sárgarépa
Onions Small 1Kg 139 39p Hagyma, Vöröshagyma
Garlic 1 Bulb N/A 84 24p Fokhagyma
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
Bananas Loose 1Kg 429 £1.21 Banán
Pears 1 Punnet 1Kg 554 £1.56 Körte
Lemons Loose 1Kg 469 £1.32 Citrom
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
Marmite 1 Jar 125g 1,169 £3.30 Marmite
Gerkin 1 Jar 680g 345 97p Csemegeuborka
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
Whole Chicken 1 Large 1,128 £3.19
Szalami 20 Pieces N/A 395 £1.12

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.


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