Budapest vs Istanbul - Cost of Living Comparison

Budapest Istanbul
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1070
$880
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2686
$2087
🏠 One person rent
$502
$453
🏘️ Family rent
$875
$785
🍽️ Food expenses
$338
$236
🚐 Transport expenses
$118
$108
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1051
$545
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
18 km
12 km
🎓 Higher education
93
95
😀 Quality of life
80
76
🏙️ Population
1.71M
15.5M

The cost of living in Budapest is 22% more expensive than in Istanbul. Cities ranked 4589th and 5960th ($1070 vs $880) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 1st in Hungary and Turkey, respectively. Check Hungary vs Turkey comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1 months in Budapest compared to 0.6 months in Istanbul. Budapest ranked 1st best city to live in Hungary vs Istanbul ranked 1st in Turkey, while ranked 402nd and 796th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Budapest vs Istanbul

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Budapest Istanbul
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.95
$5.24
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$51.4
$27.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.96
$5.5
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.25
$3.17
 Cappuccino
$2.48
$2.24
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.28
$1.1
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$526
$582
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$368
$345
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$953
$1032
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$665
$613
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$89.5
$50.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$77.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$12.9
$10.3
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.44%
23.77%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3777
$2638
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2497
$1306
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.96
$0.53
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$26.2
$38.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$13.9
$4.35
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.79
$1.16
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.42
$1.22
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.08
$0.56
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.38
$1.25
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.32
$2.22
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$7.97
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.27
$4.8
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.2
$11
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.42
$0.98
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$1.47
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2
$0.95
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.99
$1.16
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.14
$0.66
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$0.65
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.29
$0.25
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.66
$1.51
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.6
$9.8
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.97
$2.04
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.6
$1.87
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.4
$2.18
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.16
$3.33
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.33
$2.95
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.15
$2.16
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$47.1
$27.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$7.27
$4.35
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$64.2
$40.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$9.55
$5.56
👖 Brand Jeans
$76.8
$50.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$73.5
$91
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$406
$295
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9861
$7037

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Cities near Budapest

Distance City Cost of living
8.2 km or 5.1 mi Budafok-Teteny
$702
16 km or 9.8 mi Erd
$737
16 km or 10 mi Dunakeszi
$807
17 km or 11 mi Szigetszentmiklos
$703
27 km or 17 mi Godollo
$664
32 km or 20 mi Vac
$753
49 km or 31 mi Tatabanya
$701
58 km or 36 mi Szekesfehervar
$820
58 km or 36 mi Dunaujvaros
$666
67 km or 42 mi Cegled
$724
74 km or 46 mi Komarno
$940
82 km or 51 mi Kecskemet
$644
84 km or 52 mi Nove Zamky
$933
86 km or 53 mi Salgotarjan
$708
86 km or 53 mi Levice
$892
93 km or 58 mi Szolnok
$603
96 km or 59 mi Veszprem
$726
104 km or 65 mi Lucenec
$848
107 km or 67 mi Gyor
$729
109 km or 68 mi Eger
$697
115 km or 72 mi Nitra
$1032
121 km or 75 mi Zvolen
$1203
123 km or 76 mi Ozd
$622
130 km or 81 mi Szekszard
$670
138 km or 86 mi Banska Bystrica
$950
139 km or 86 mi Mosonmagyarovar
$703
145 km or 90 mi Prievidza
$918
146 km or 91 mi Trnava
$968
146 km or 91 mi Miskolc
$673
146 km or 91 mi Baja
$650
150 km or 93 mi Piestany
$838
153 km or 95 mi Hodmezovasarhely
$696
158 km or 98 mi Kaposvar
$634
160 km or 99 mi Petrzalka
$945
161 km or 100 mi Bratislava
$1120
163 km or 101 mi Subotica
$633
163 km or 101 mi Szeged
$761
170 km or 106 mi Pecs
$658
172 km or 107 mi Trencin
$1162
174 km or 108 mi Martin
$939

Cities near Istanbul

Distance City Cost of living
40 km or 25 mi Cayirova
$375
46 km or 28 mi Gebze
$339
73 km or 45 mi Korfez
$377
79 km or 49 mi Kocaeli
$438
83 km or 51 mi Golcuk
$377
87 km or 54 mi Izmit
$253
91 km or 56 mi Kapakli
$376
92 km or 57 mi Bursa
$586
96 km or 59 mi Kartepe
$374
98 km or 61 mi Corlu
$385
111 km or 69 mi Bandirma
$337
113 km or 70 mi Inegol
$384
121 km or 75 mi Tekirdag
$408
124 km or 77 mi Adapazari
$311
124 km or 77 mi Sakarya
$439
129 km or 80 mi Bilecik
$390
141 km or 88 mi Luleburgaz
$377
166 km or 103 mi Kirklareli
$270
176 km or 110 mi Balikesir
$385
186 km or 115 mi Duzce
$392
190 km or 118 mi Eskisehir
$410
192 km or 120 mi Uzunkopru
$375
197 km or 122 mi Kutahya
$347
207 km or 129 mi Burgas
$604
208 km or 129 mi Karadeniz Eregli
$378
214 km or 133 mi Edirne
$449
224 km or 139 mi Bolu
$309
234 km or 145 mi Soma
$375
236 km or 147 mi Canakkale
$376
259 km or 161 mi Varna
$749
260 km or 162 mi Alexandroupoli
$817
261 km or 162 mi Yambol
$498
261 km or 162 mi Usak
$422
284 km or 177 mi Afyonkarahisar
$335
287 km or 178 mi Sliven
$524
290 km or 180 mi Salihli
$378
290 km or 180 mi Bartin
$290
295 km or 184 mi Manisa
$430
296 km or 184 mi Mytilene
$864
299 km or 186 mi Komotini
$1114