Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 10,288 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,875 lei
  • Bucharest is the 2nd cheapest city in Eastern Europe (8 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 82% of cities in the World (128 out of 157)
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List of prices in Bucharest
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 36 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 22 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 16 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.11 lei
12 eggs, large 13 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.98 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.75 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.08 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 30 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.81 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.74 lei
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,983 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,197 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 476 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,143 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,398 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 295 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 38 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,306 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 367 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 35 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 26 lei
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 251 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 164 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 354 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 365 lei
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 79,086 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.76 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 68 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 20 lei
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 36 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 139 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 17 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 19 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 8 lei
Tube of toothpaste 11 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 39 lei
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 96 lei
2 tickets to the movies 51 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 141 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 228 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 29 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,726 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.80 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 229 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19 lei
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 456 prices entered by 46 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2022

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Bucharest position in our World Ranking

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128th
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eastern europe
8th
out of 9

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