Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 8,657 zł (9,342 lei)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,002 zł (4,319 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 79% of cities in the World (158 out of 199)

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

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Food [Edit]
RON PLN
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 36 lei (33 zł)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 20 lei (18 zł)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14 lei (13 zł)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.64 lei (5.23 zł)
12 eggs, large 14 lei (13 zł)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.75 lei (5.33 zł)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15 lei (14 zł)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.64 lei (4.30 zł)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.55 lei (2.36 zł)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.69 lei (3.42 zł)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 25 lei (23 zł)
2 liters of coca-cola 5.39 lei (5.00 zł)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.23 lei (2.07 zł)
Housing [Edit]
RON PLN
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,413 lei (3,163 zł)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,882 lei (1,744 zł)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 418 lei (388 zł)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,003 lei (1,856 zł)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,277 lei (1,184 zł)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 298 lei (276 zł)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 39 lei (36 zł)
40” flat screen tv 1,610 lei (1,492 zł)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 338 lei (313 zł)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 27 lei (25 zł)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 24 lei (23 zł)
Clothes [Edit]
RON PLN
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 254 lei (235 zł)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 169 lei (157 zł)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 348 lei (323 zł)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 372 lei (345 zł)
Transportation [Edit]
RON PLN
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 66,588 lei (61,708 zł)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.90 lei (4.54 zł)
Monthly ticket public transport 60 lei (56 zł)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 21 lei (20 zł)
Personal Care [Edit]
RON PLN
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 28 lei (26 zł)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 34 lei (31 zł)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 133 lei (124 zł)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15 lei (13 zł)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei (12 zł)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17 lei (15 zł)
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 lei (5.89 zł)
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei (9 zł)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33 lei (30 zł)
Entertainment [Edit]
RON PLN
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 102 lei (95 zł)
2 tickets to the movies 49 lei (45 zł)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 144 lei (134 zł)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 197 lei (182 zł)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 25 lei (23 zł)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei (11 zł)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei (8 zł)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,481 lei (2,299 zł)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.85 lei (0.79 zł)
1 month of gym membership in business district 216 lei (201 zł)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20 lei (18 zł)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 851 prices entered by 71 different people.
Latest price update: February 28, 2021

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