Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 35 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 21 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.56 lei
12 eggs, large 10 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.83 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.63 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.11 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.06 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 27 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.73 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.58 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,739 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,596 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 388 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,675 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,030 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 230 lei
Internet 8MB (1 month) 38 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,690 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 338 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 37 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 20 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 278 lei
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 170 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 350 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 371 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 86,729 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.38 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 64 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 15 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 27 lei
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 96 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 22 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 15 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 30 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 85 lei
2 tickets to the movies 52 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 133 lei
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 166 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
iPod nano 16GB 798 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.81 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 278 lei
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 16 lei
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 2,967 prices entered by 244 different people.
Latest price update: April 29, 2016.

Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
229th
out of 269
eastern europe
15th
out of 31
romania
1st
out of 4

Cheapest and most expensive products in Bucharest compared to other cities:

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