Teaching English in Hungary

Teaching English in Hungary

Hungary Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Budapest$900 – $1200

Budapest used to be a great place to teach English not only in Hungary but the world.

Unfortunately, the demand has declined over the last few years and it is becoming harder to find employment on anything other than a freelance basis. However, few vacancies are advertised so if you are intent on working in Hungary then you will certainly find work, even if the working conditions and pay are not quite what you had hoped for.

Hungary is full of wonderful architecture, art and music so culture vultures will feel very much at home here.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

Try, try and try again. Work is out there if you are persistent enough in your search.

Students generally learn English in order to pass an examination of some kind. Don’t be surprised by the flood of requests for help with grammar!

Some language centers can be rather unreliable when it comes to payday. You are advised to do as much research as possible and ask to speak to the present and previous employees before signing a contract.

As with most countries in Europe, it is easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.

The accommodation, food, and transportation costs are reasonable. This is reflected in some degree in the salaries but certainly not enough to enable the average TEFL teacher to save money each month.

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Hungary


  • Moderate demand for English – particularly for examinations
  • One of the most exciting countries in Europe
  • Opportunities are there to set up your own language center if you see yourself staying for a long time


  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals who do not already have contacts in Hungary
  • Not as much work at present compared to five or ten years ago
  • Not much chance to save given the low-to-medium salaries