Cost of Living in Szeged, Hungary

Updated On May 10, 2022

How Much Does It Cost to Live In Szeged?

Szeged is the city in the Southern Great Plain region giving a home to 163 thousand people.

Interestingly, the city has recently got a local airport which connects it to the rest of Hungary and the world.

Szeged is a very convenient place to live with lots of local attractions, festivals, cultural and sportive events, and rich history.

It has its own observatory, the zoo, small river ports, and botanical gardens.

The other great peculiarity of the city is street names.

You will walk down the London street, then cross the road and find yourself in Paris street and so on.

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The price of the meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs only $3.62 when the average price for the three-course meal in the mid-range restaurants for two is $32.61.

McDonald’s and other equivalent fast food restaurants serve foods at a little bit higher prices than the inexpensive cafes ($5.44 for McMeal).

A cup of cappuccino is $1.37.



The prices at the markets in Szeged are slightly higher than in Debrecen and you will need $10 – $20 more to buy all the necessary products, including wine.

Of course, cigarettes are not on the list of the life-and-death articles for many citizens here, but it might be important for someone to know that a 20 pack Marlboro or similar costs $4.35.



Bikes are popular in Szeged and there are several rental points where you can take or drop your bicycle.

Local transportation infrastructure is well-developed too.

The most common means of transport are trams, buses, and trolley-buses.

The price of a one-way ticket is $1.19 and if you are planning to stay here for a long time, it is worthy to purchase a monthly pass for $24.94.



The cost of utilities in Szeged is $20 lower than in Debrecen, although the prices are average and highly depend on the size of the apartment, and consumption.

One minute of the local prepaid mobile tariff is $0.08, and the Internet connection costs only $13.48 per month.

Water, electricity, garbage collection, heating, and cooling cost an average of $133.36.

Sports and leisure


Szeged offers a full range of sports and leisure activities for everyone from kids and youth to the retired ladies and gentlemen.

Fitness clubs remain the most popular place to keep fit, while there are the adventure and extreme sports parks, swimming pools, horse riding sites, tennis courts, and go-karts, skating rinks and aero clubs.

Clothing and shoes


There’s probably a Plaza in almost every city in the world.

Szeged is no exception and its local Plaza is one of the most visited places in the city.

There are lots of shops where you can find a great variety of clothes, shoes, accessories, and gifts.

The prices in the chain stores are extremely low.

Rent per month


The accommodation for rent in Szeged is very cozy and fully furnished.

The prices range from $300 to $1200 depending on the number of room and downtown proximity.

The average price for one bedroom apartment outside the center is $229.00, and $297.03 in the city center.

Cost of Living Averages Table for Szeged

*Note: All prices are indicated in USD.
Average Restaurant Prices
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)$3.56
Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)$1.35
Water (0.33 Liter)$0.85
Average Market Prices
Milk (1 Liter)$0.69
Loaf Bread (500g)$0.51
Eggs (12)$1.80
Average Transport Prices
One Way Ticket$1.19
Monthly Pass$24.94
Average Utilities Prices
Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)$133.36
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local$0.08
Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)$13.48
Average Leisure Prices
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult$28.32
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)$7.18
Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release$4.74
Average Clothing Prices
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)$50.32
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)$20.04
1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)$70.89
Average Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center$297.03
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center$229.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center$584.28

How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Szeged?

Regarding the prices of the monthly rent in Szeged, it is easy to understand that this is not the number one issue for the citizens and permanent residents of the city.

Only 20.1% of the salary is spent on rent.

Most of the money is spent on the markets, where not only vegetables, fruits and meat, but spices, clothing, shoes, souvenirs, and accessories are bought regularly.

Therefore, the largest article of expenditure is the market.

People tend to spend more money on shopping for clothes and shoes than they do on sports.

What is more, a large portion of income is put away to cover the transportation expenses.

Although the city is not so big and most of the locations can be easily reached on foot or by public transportation, it takes 16.2%.

Then there go restaurants with a statistical percentage of 12.9% of the total income of an average person in Szeged.

And only 9% is saved to pay the bills.

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Szeged: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages

An average monthly salary in Szeged allows the citizen to pay taxes, cover utility bills, and buy food and other goods.

This salary is probably not enough to buy or rent property.

The average sum of money a person in Szeged receives as remuneration for their work monthly is $551.30, and the minimum wage around the country is fixed at $566.7 which is not much below the average figure.

Many foreign companies are looking for ways to get office space in Szeged, which is why they often get interested in housing loans.

The banks and agencies offer their mortgage loan services at the interest rate of 5.50% per annum for the period of 20 years.

Average Salary$551.30
Minimum Wage$566.7
Mortgage Interest Rate5.50%

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