Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

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Food [Edit]
RON USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 29 lei ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19 lei ($4.89)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei ($2.99)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.59 lei ($1.21)
12 eggs, large 12 lei ($3.04)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.22 lei ($1.38)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei ($3.63)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.99 lei ($1.05)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.22 lei ($0.59)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.18 lei ($0.84)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 26 lei ($7)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.30 lei ($1.40)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.32 lei ($0.61)
Housing [Edit]
RON USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,912 lei ($768)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,747 lei ($461)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 380 lei ($100)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,640 lei ($433)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,134 lei ($299)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 242 lei ($64)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 39 lei ($10)
40” flat screen TV 1,400 lei ($369)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 313 lei ($83)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36 lei ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 33 lei ($9)
Clothes [Edit]
RON USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 266 lei ($70)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 130 lei ($34)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 351 lei ($93)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 388 lei ($102)
Transportation [Edit]
RON USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 79,855 lei ($21,061)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.12 lei ($1.35)
Monthly ticket public transport 61 lei ($16)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 15 lei ($3.84)
Personal Care [Edit]
RON USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 28 lei ($7)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 29 lei ($8)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 119 lei ($31)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 17 lei ($4.40)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12 lei ($3.29)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 15 lei ($3.98)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.60 lei ($1.48)
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei ($2.68)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33 lei ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
RON USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 83 lei ($22)
2 tickets to the movies 52 lei ($14)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 151 lei ($40)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 165 lei ($44)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 23 lei ($6)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei ($3.07)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei ($2.11)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,327 lei ($614)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.97 lei ($0.26)
1 month of gym membership in business district 210 lei ($55)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 17 lei ($4.37)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,438 prices entered by 338 different people.
Latest price update: April 22, 2018.

Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
298th
out of 336
eastern europe
24th
out of 33

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

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2nd
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2nd
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2nd
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3rd

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