Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 33 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.53 lei
12 eggs, large 10 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.15 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.75 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.04 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.02 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 26 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.48 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.79 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,895 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 2,023 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 374 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,752 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,112 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 246 lei
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 31 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,552 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 346 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 39 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 296 lei
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 176 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 324 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 392 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 88,905 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.03 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 61 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 14 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 22 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 32 lei
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 102 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 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 29 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 86 lei
2 tickets to the movies 55 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 160 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 25 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
iPod nano 16GB 812 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.53 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 280 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 3,282 prices entered by 305 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2017.

Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
197th
out of 223
eastern europe
14th
out of 24

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

the world
4th
eastern europe
1st
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd

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