Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,678 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,368 lei
  • Bucharest is the most expensive city in Romania (1 out of 4)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 65% of cities in Eastern Europe (17 out of 26)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 86% of cities in the World (244 out of 285)

List of prices in Bucharest, Romania. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 34 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 15 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.31 lei
12 eggs, large 13 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.59 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 16 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.96 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.91 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.15 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 30 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.97 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.03 lei
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,254 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,031 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 435 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,940 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,277 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 233 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 35 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,527 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 334 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 35 lei
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 285 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 156 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 354 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 409 lei
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 80,868 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.62 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 63 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 18 lei
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 27 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 37 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 165 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 14 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 37 lei
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 120 lei
2 tickets to the movies 57 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 153 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 197 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 23 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 14 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 9 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,153 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.74 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 227 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 18 lei
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,365 prices entered by 163 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2020

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Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
244th
out of 285
eastern europe
17th
out of 26
romania
1st
out of 4

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