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Cost of Living in Szekesfehervar

If you're moving to Szekesfehervar, understanding the the cost of living in Szekesfehervar helps you know what to expect when it comes to apartment or house hunting, grocery shopping, transportation, dining out, utilities and more.

Monthly Budget for Retirees in Szekesfehervar

“The cost of living in Szekesfehervar is considered to be relatively affordable compared to other European cities. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center is quite reasonable, while outside the city center, it is even cheaper. The cost of utilities such as electricity, heating, cooling, water, and garbage is also quite low. Groceries are also affordable, with local markets offering fresh produce at reasonable prices. Eating out at restaurants is not expensive, with a meal at an inexpensive restaurant being quite affordable. A three-course meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant is also reasonably priced.Public transportation in Szekesfehervar is efficient and affordable, with monthly passes available at a low cost. Gasoline prices are on par with the European average. Healthcare in Szekesfehervar is of good quality and is affordable. Fitness club and gym memberships are also reasonably priced. Entertainment options such as cinema tickets, theater performances, and museum entries are also quite affordable. Overall, the cost of living in Szekesfehervar, Hungary is quite low, making it an attractive place for both locals and expats,” said one expat living in Szekesfehervar.

Category Cost
Apartment Rentals
  • 1-bedroom apartment in city center: 90,000 – 120,000 HUF/month
  • 1-bedroom apartment outside city center: 70,000 – 100,000 HUF/month
  • 3-bedroom apartment in city center: 150,000 – 200,000 HUF/month
  • 3-bedroom apartment outside city center: 120,000 – 170,000 HUF/month
Apartment Purchases
  • Price per square meter in city center: 300,000 – 400,000 HUF
  • Price per square meter outside city center: 200,000 – 300,000 HUF
  • One-way local transport ticket: 350 HUF
  • Monthly local transport pass: 11,000 – 15,000 HUF
  • Taxi starting tariff: 600 – 700 HUF
  • Taxi 1 km tariff: 300 – 400 HUF
  • Gasoline (1 liter): 350 – 400 HUF
  • Milk (1 liter): 200 – 300 HUF
  • Bread (500g): 200 – 300 HUF
  • Rice (1 kg): 400 – 600 HUF
  • Eggs (12): 400 – 600 HUF
  • Chicken breasts (1 kg): 1,200 – 1,800 HUF
  • Beef round (1 kg): 2,000 – 3,000 HUF
  • Apples (1 kg): 200 – 400 HUF
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): 300 – 600 HUF
  • Water (1.5-liter bottle): 100 – 200 HUF
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: 1,000 – 2,000 HUF
  • Meal for two at a mid-range restaurant: 5,000 – 10,000 HUF
  • McMeal at McDonald’s: 1,500 – 2,000 HUF
  • Domestic beer (0.5-liter draught): 300 – 500 HUF
  • Imported beer (0.33-liter bottle): 400 – 600 HUF
  • Cappuccino: 300 – 500 HUF
  • Soft drink (0.33-liter bottle): 200 – 300 HUF
  • Basic utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) for 85m2 apartment: 25,000 – 40,000 HUF/month
  • Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable/ADSL): 4,000 – 6,000 HUF/month
Private School Tuition
  • Preschool: 150,000 – 300,000 HUF/year
  • Elementary School: 300,000 – 600,000 HUF/year
  • Middle School: 400,000 – 800,000 HUF/year
  • High School: 500,000 – 1,000,000 HUF/year
Please note that the costs provided are approximate and may vary depending on various factors such as location, time of the year, and individual preferences. It is always recommended to research and compare prices before making any decisions.

Can I live in Szekesfehervar on $1,500 a month?

“I’ve been living in Szekesfehervar for a while now, and I can tell you that it’s definitely possible to live comfortably on $1,500 a month, even if you’re used to modern amenities. However, you might have to make some sacrifices to make it work. For example, you might need to choose a smaller apartment or live in a more affordable neighborhood. In terms of neighborhoods, I would recommend looking into the Belvaros area, which is the city center. It’s quite affordable and has a lot of amenities, such as shops, restaurants, and public transportation. Another option is the Palotav├íros neighborhood, which is a bit more upscale but still within your budget. I would avoid the more expensive neighborhoods like Varoshaz Square and the area around the Cathedral, as they can be quite pricey.When it comes to transportation, you can save money by using public transportation or even biking, as Szekesfehervar is quite bike-friendly. Owning a car can be expensive, so it’s best to avoid that if you’re trying to stick to your budget.Eating out can also be quite affordable if you stick to local restaurants and avoid the more touristy areas. You can find a decent meal for around $5-$10, and groceries are also quite affordable if you prefer to cook at home.In terms of entertainment, there are plenty of free or low-cost activities to enjoy, such as visiting the city’s parks, museums, and historical sites. You might have to cut back on more expensive hobbies or activities, but there’s still plenty to do on a budget.Overall, living in Szekesfehervar on $1,500 a month is doable, but you’ll need to be mindful of your spending and make some sacrifices in terms of housing and lifestyle choices,” commented an expat living in Szekesfehervar.

Can I live in Szekesfehervar on $3,000 a month?

“I’ve been living in Szekesfehervar for a while now, and I can tell you that it’s definitely possible to live comfortably on $3,000 a month, even if you’re used to modern amenities. However, there might be some sacrifices you’ll have to make to ensure you stay within your budget.Firstly, you’ll want to choose an affordable neighborhood to live in. I’d recommend looking into areas like Belvaros, Palotavros, or Mogyorodi, as these tend to have more reasonably priced apartments. You can find a nice one or two-bedroom apartment in these areas for around $500 to $700 per month. I’d avoid neighborhoods like Varoskozpont or Sosto, as these tend to be more expensive and might not fit within your budget.When it comes to transportation, public transport is quite affordable and efficient here. A monthly pass for buses and trains will cost you around $30. If you prefer driving, keep in mind that gas prices can be a bit higher than what you might be used to, so you’ll want to budget accordingly.Eating out can be quite affordable if you stick to local restaurants and cafes, where you can get a decent meal for around $5 to $10. However, if you prefer dining at more upscale or international restaurants, you might find that the prices are closer to what you’d pay in a more expensive city. To save money, I’d recommend cooking at home as much as possible, as groceries are relatively inexpensive.As for entertainment and leisure activities, there are plenty of affordable options in Szekesfehervar. You can visit local museums, parks, and historical sites for little to no cost. However, if you’re into more high-end experiences like spa days or luxury shopping, you might find that these activities can quickly eat into your budget.In general, I think it’s definitely possible to live comfortably in Szekesfehervar on $3,000 a month, as long as you’re mindful of your spending and make some adjustments to your lifestyle. By choosing an affordable neighborhood, using public transportation, cooking at home, and enjoying the many low-cost activities the city has to offer, you should be able to make it work,” said one expat living in Szekesfehervar.

Can I live in Szekesfehervar on $5,000 a month?

“I’ve been living in Szekesfehervar for a while now, and I can tell you that it’s definitely possible to live comfortably on $5,000 a month, even if you’re used to modern amenities. In fact, you might not have to make too many sacrifices at all. The cost of living in Szekesfehervar is generally lower than in larger cities like Budapest, so your money will go further here.When it comes to housing, you’ll find that there are plenty of options available in various neighborhoods. If you’re looking for something more affordable, I’d recommend checking out the Belvaros area, which is the city center. You can find nice apartments there for around $500 to $700 a month. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, the Varoshaz Square area is a bit more upscale and has some beautiful apartments and houses for around $800 to $1,200 a month.As for other expenses, groceries and dining out are quite affordable in Szekesfehervar. You can find fresh produce at local markets for reasonable prices, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that offer delicious meals for under $10. Public transportation is also quite cheap, with a monthly pass costing around $30.In terms of entertainment and leisure activities, there’s a lot to do in Szekesfehervar without breaking the bank. There are several museums, galleries, and historical sites to visit, as well as parks and outdoor spaces for recreation. The city also has a vibrant cultural scene, with regular events and performances that are often free or low-cost.The main sacrifice you might have to make is adjusting to a smaller city lifestyle, as Szekesfehervar doesn’t have the same level of hustle and bustle as larger cities. However, it’s a charming and welcoming place with a strong sense of community, so you might find that you enjoy the slower pace of life here.Overall, I think you’ll find that living in Szekesfehervar on $5,000 a month is not only doable but also quite comfortable. You’ll be able to enjoy modern amenities and a good quality of life without having to make too many sacrifices,” commented an expat living in Szekesfehervar.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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