Cost of Living in Debrecen, Hungary

Updated On May 10, 2022

How Much Does It Cost to Live In Debrecen?

Debrecen is the economic, cultural, administrative center, and industrial city.

It produces pharmaceuticals, furniture, agricultural machinery, and pottery.

Livestock markets, fairs and agricultural trade has always been the main features of the city.

The second largest city in Hungary impresses with its architecture and the rebellious spirit of the locals.

This is also famous for a large national park which is an open-air museum where families love spending their weekends.

Debrecen is cheap when it comes to recreation, markets, and restaurants, but the utilities may seem high compared to the minimum wage and average salaries.

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Debrecen has both expensive and cheap places to eat.

A typical mid-range restaurant offers the national Hungarian, European, vegetarian and gluten-free meals at affordable prices ($28.99 for a three-course meal for two).

Also, you can check for the Belgian, Italian or French restaurants in the city.

A regular cappuccino is only $1.52 per cup.



Most locals enjoy shopping for food in the central market.

They buy farmer products, homemade goods and also souvenirs.

The prices in the market are very low for foreign visitors.

For instance, a bottle of mid-range wine is $3.62, a pack of cigarettes $4.44, and a kilo of chicken breasts $4.80.



Despite all of the major places and attractions in the city can be easily reached on foot, the fastest and easiest ways to get around Debrecen are trams, buses, and trolleybuses.

The adherents of taxi services can take a cab which costs $1.05 per kilometer of travel.

If you have come to buy a new car here, you should be ready to pay from $17,755 to $21.137 on average for a new car like Volkswagen Golf or Toyota Corolla.



Monthly utilities are rather expensive, but of course, the sums in the bill would highly depend on the amount of consumption water or gas or electricity.

The average bill is $150.84 per month.

The Internet and the mobile phone are cheap too: $13.72 per month for unlimited data cable/ADSL Internet connection and $0.12 per minute on the phone.

Sports and leisure


Not only arts are able to get together young and old generations, but sports and leisure are able to make wonders.

Debrecen people have created all the necessary conditions for themselves, the guests of the city and their kids to live actively and enjoy living.

A sports center, a skating rink, a swimming pool, the site for hot-air-balloon flying, golf and horse-riding clubs are at your service.

Clothing and shoes


Debrecen is a cheap city and shopping here is also a real pleasure.

The largest shopping center is Debrecen Plaza with more than 50 store selling clothes, shoes, accessories and other goods at reasonable prices.

There are always discounts and sales when you can get as much as 50% off on jeans, summer dresses or shoes.

Rent per month


Hotels, hostels, and camping are the most obvious premises that most of the tourists book for the period of their stay in Debrecen.

But what about the local citizens?

The flats and houses for rent are waiting for the students, young couples, families and business partners.

The prices are one of the lowest in Europe.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Debrecen

*Note: All prices are indicated in USD.
Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)$7.12
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)$1.42
Water (0.33 Liter)$0.68
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter)$0.73
Loaf Bread (500g)$0.65
Eggs (12)$1.64
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket$1.25
Monthly Pass$23.51
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)$150.84
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local$0.12
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)$13.72
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult$31.81
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)$10.24
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release$5.34
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)$62.60
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)$32.89
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)$66.16
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center$341.99
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center$246.87
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center$594.72

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Debrecen?

Debrecen is among the few EU countries which have that big gap between the two articles of expenditure, the markets and the rent per month.

The first one takes as much as 31% from an average person in Debrecen, while the other demands only 19.8% per month.

This is obvious because the prices for rental are rather low, and the salaries are often higher than average.

Two equal items of expenditure are restaurants and transportation which are paid 14.2% monthly.

The rest of the income is divided between the utilities, sports and leisure, and shopping.

Healthcare is not included in the following statistics.

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Debrecen: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

The average salary per month for an educated and qualified employee who has some job experience in their field is $638.34 which depends on the industry and position.

At that, the national minimum wage does not go below $566.7 per month.

Monthly costs for a four-person family are $1,754.66 on average while a single person spends $518.34 per month where the rent is not included.

The cost of living in Debrecen ranks 299th out of 448 world cities.

The mortgage interest rate in the city of festivals is 4.29% but the citizens do not advance to take the loans because of the complex bureaucracy.

The ratio of the rental prices is 17.76 for the center of Debrecen and 19.25 for the distant regions.

Average Salary$638.34
Minimum Wage$566.7
Mortgage Interest Rate4.29%

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