Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 11,870 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,406 lei
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is more expensive than in 63% of cities in Eastern Europe (8 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 83% of cities in the World (171 out of 207)
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List of prices in Bucharest
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 48 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 25 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 16 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 7 lei
12 eggs, large 15 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 8 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 18 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.87 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.47 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 4.07 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 33 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 7 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.89 lei
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,067 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,542 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 464 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,131 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,546 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 276 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 40 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,199 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 416 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 57 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 50 lei
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 343 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 193 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 344 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 435 lei
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 100,804 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 85 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 25 lei
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 31 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 244 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 26 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 15 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 27 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 8 lei
Tube of toothpaste 17 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 58 lei
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 145 lei
2 tickets to the movies 69 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 156 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 206 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 28 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 10 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,213 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.38 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 224 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 22 lei
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 778 prices entered by 65 different people.
Latest price update: January 31, 2023

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Bucharest position in our World Ranking

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171st
out of 207
eastern europe
8th
out of 19

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