love it for its friendly people, beautiful architecture and rich history. With a population of over 1.7 million poeple, one expat in described why he likes living in Budapest, “There is a richness of stimuli of every sort, which just isn’t in the US. This city both gorgeous and is ALIVE. However, winters are pretty cold and can be dreary past New year.” Another retiree in Budapest said, “Retiring in Hungary is great. It’s inexpensive. And Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”
With a population of more than 60,000, is located just across the border from Austria and about an hour by car from Vienna. Sopron is a picturesque city which dates back to Roman Empire. One member explained how have impacted rental prices, “Sopron apartments for rent are not the cheapest one because lots of Hung coming there from around the country. They are living in Sopron but they are working in Austria. From Sopron to Vienna is only 40 min by car. And takes you 5 min drive to be in Austria. The rent for a 2 room apartment in Sopron furnished will be around 80-90K HUF/month. You can also look on the small places (villages) around the Sopron. In Sopron, it’s an easy city to live. People are friendly there.”
With a population of over 125,000, is another city that expats recommend. An described living there saying, “I have lived in the Gyor area since 2008 and enjoy it very much. The city is more like a town, and the pace is slower than Budapest, which is why I like it. I teach at the university and enjoy all the people I have come in contact with. Housing is very reasonable, shopping is similar to most US places, just not the sprawl you are used to. You can get around by bike and bus everywhere as well. Like most Hungarian towns the transition to countryside is abrupt, and there are outlying villages that are just that. Very little suburbia.”
is located on Lake Heviz about 2 hours southwest of Budapest and 5 miles from Keszthely. According to Wikipedia, Lake Heviz is the second largest thermal lake. dates back to the late 18th century. “Heviz is a retirement community. A small tourist town of 5000, lots of small mom an pop shops and fruit and vegetable stands, 2 big supermarkets, lot of stores, restaurants, movie theater and churches. Bus to most anywhere, including Keszthely to catch the train and big box stores. English is spoken most places and by many of the populace. Plus the biggest hot spring lake in Europe, all year round,” described one expat.
With a population of over 150,000, is a beautiful city in southwest Hungary, near the Mecsek Hills and the border of Croatia. offers a Bachelors, Masters, Medical, Dental and Pharmacy degrees in English. They also offer Hungarian language courses.
With a population of over 170,000, is the third largest city in Hungary. It is located in southern Hungary near the borders of Serbia and Romania. “Visit Szeged for example and you will find a very peaceful place with almost zero crime (in fact I have only ever seen car accidents whereby the police were called), but I have never seen muggings, shootings or burglaries take place. Even the police are almost redundant,” said one expat.