Isten hozott to Hungary

Hungary is a moderately sized country located in the Carpathian Basin, just 2 to 3 flight hours away from other European Union cities. Due to the country’s membership in the EU, its stunning natural landscapes, and recreational opportunities it is counted among top travel destinations for European citizens.

Affordable prices

Hungary is one of the most affordable countries in the European Union when it comes to accommodation, transportation, and food expenses.

Healthy recreation

There are popular ski resorts just 2 to 3 driving hours away, in Austria and Slovakia. Also, Hungary has the longest hiking trail in Europe, the National Blue Trail.

Food culture

Food culture is important in Hungary. The most favored local specialties are the goulash soup, dobos torte, langos and many varieties of paprika.

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Key facts

Hungary was founded in 895, which makes it one of the oldest countries in Europe, older than France and Germany. It is also one of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world. While the country is landlocked, it is home to Balaton — the largest lake in Central Europe — and Lake Hévíz, which is the largest European thermal lake.

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Roman Catholic

Dominant religion


Official language

Hungarian forint / HUF




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Hungary is famed for its Romanesque architecture, Baroque towns, Renaissance-style theater, good old wines, and profound musical heritage, from Frans Liszt Rhapsodies to Roma music and classical jazz. Once a nomadic people, Hungarians still have the csikós — the country’s very own brand of cowboys, which can be seen patrolling the vast steppes of the region.

Climate and nature

Located in the Carpathian Basin, Hungary is a lowland region of steppes and prairies with lots of greenery, forests and rivers. The mighty Danube river, which once served as a frontier for the Roman Empire, divides the country in two almost equal halves.

Thanks to its location, Hungary enjoys four distinct seasons in the course of the year with cold, humid winters, warm to hot summers and mild springs and autumns. The shoulder seasons bring a bit more rain than usual, but are most pleasant overall.


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Hungary can boast a Western-standard quality of medical services. Public healthcare is managed by the National Health Insurance Fund and entails no additional costs for employees of Hungarian organizations. The waiting times for the public sector are slightly lower and appointments have to be scheduled in advance.  

The private sector offers less bureaucracy and often better equipment. Most of the expats coming to Hungary opt for private healthcare, and even the locals prefer it when it comes to dental services. 

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Hungary has both state-funded and private kindergartens. Children go to a kindergarten between 3 and 6 years. They spend most of the day playing. Parents can enroll their kid for additional courses, such as music or foreign languages. In their last kindergarten year, children are prepared for attending elementary school.

Most public kindergartens offer tuition in Hungarian. In Budapest, there is a number of international kindergartens offering tuition in English.


The primary education cycle consists of 4, 6 or 8 years, where 8 years is the most popular option. All children start their primary school at the age of 6 or 7 years. After the first 4 years, they can decide whether to stay or transfer to a grammar school. This same opportunity is offered to them after 6 years of primary education.

Secondary education usually lasts for 4 years. However, it may also last for 6 or 8 years, depending on the age at which the child left primary school.

Foreign students can be assigned either to a same-age class or to a class one or two years below their age. This way, they get an opportunity to learn Hungarian before they have to study new material.

There is a number of international private schools offering tuition in English, German or French languages. Most of them are located in Budapest.

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Key facts

Budapest is one of the oldest European cities and the biggest city in Hungary. Built on the Danube river, it was named one of the 80 most liveable cities in the world by the Economist. It is also the home city of Franz Liszt and Harry Houdini.

Budapest holds the reputation of the Capital of Festivals. Events such as Sziget Festival or Budapest Spring Festival are a constant source of excitement and merriness for locals and tourists alike. Not to mention a system of thermal caves underneath the city, making Budapest the capital of the European spa culture.

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Cost of living

Monthly expenses estimate

Single person (rent excluded)

$ 566.47

Family of four (rent excluded)

$ 1,962.59


Monthly food expenses per person (average)

$ 194.66

Rental cost per month

Apartment in the city center (1 bedroom)

$ 437.47

Apartment in the city center (3 bedrooms)

$ 820.33

Utilities (monthly)

Basic (electricity, heating, cooling, water, garbage) for 85m2 apartment

$ 145.97


$ 12.97


Preschool or kindergarten (private, full-day, per child per month)

$ 372.59

International primary school (per child per year)

$ 9,192


Meal, inexpensive restaurant

$ 7.52

Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three-course

$ 39.57


One-way ticket (local transport)

$ 0.92

Monthly pass (regular price)

$ 25.06

Taxi 1km (normal tariff)

$ 1.06

Gasoline (1 liter)

$ 1.27

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Budapest has an extensive network of public transport, including trams, buses, trolley buses, four-line subway, suburban railway lines for commutes, and even boat services. 

Night buses, which course through the streets between midnight and 4 am, can take you to almost any area of the city. 

There is also a bicycle rental service, the MOL Bubi, which has a park of over 1,000 bicycles at about 100 docking stations. 


Budapest has a humid continental climate with warm to hot summers and  freezing, cold winters. There is a fair amount of rainfall or snowfall during the year.


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