Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,456 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,410 lei
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 76% of cities in Eastern Europe (13 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 81% of cities in the World (162 out of 200)

List of prices in Bucharest, Romania. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 36 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 19 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.46 lei
12 eggs, large 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.47 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 17 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.41 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.24 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 25 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.47 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.04 lei
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,574 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,888 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 397 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,035 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,297 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 281 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 37 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,481 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 327 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 29 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 27 lei
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 297 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 173 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 370 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 381 lei
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 65,045 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.99 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 61 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 21 lei
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 28 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 146 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15 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 7 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33 lei
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 108 lei
2 tickets to the movies 48 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 134 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 25 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,432 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.85 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 227 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 972 prices entered by 83 different people.
Latest price update: January 15, 2021

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