Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,338 (9,976 lei)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,118 (4,770 lei)
  • Bucharest is the cheapest city in Eastern Europe (10 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 79% of cities in the World (108 out of 136)
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List of prices in Bucharest
Current as of Oct 2021.

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Food Update prices
RON USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 37 lei ($9)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 19 lei ($4.53)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14 lei ($3.25)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.53 lei ($1.30)
12 eggs, large 14 lei ($3.21)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6 lei ($1.51)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei ($3.40)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.54 lei ($1.07)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.54 lei ($0.60)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.88 lei ($0.91)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 23 lei ($5.51)
2 liters of coca-cola 5.49 lei ($1.29)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.28 lei ($0.53)
Housing Update prices
RON USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,088 lei ($958)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,988 lei ($466)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 423 lei ($99)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,058 lei ($482)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,319 lei ($309)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 307 lei ($72)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 38 lei ($9)
40” flat screen tv 1,381 lei ($324)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 357 lei ($84)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 28 lei ($7)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 20 lei ($4.75)
Clothes Update prices
RON USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 274 lei ($64)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 167 lei ($39)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 341 lei ($80)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 373 lei ($87)
Transportation Update prices
RON USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 81,217 lei ($19,034)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.90 lei ($1.15)
Monthly ticket public transport 62 lei ($14)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 22 lei ($5.06)
Personal Care Update prices
RON USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 28 lei ($6)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33 lei ($8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 151 lei ($35)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15 lei ($3.56)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12 lei ($2.84)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei ($3.80)
4 rolls of toilet paper 7 lei ($1.56)
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei ($2.24)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 34 lei ($8)
Entertainment Update prices
RON USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 106 lei ($25)
2 tickets to the movies 51 lei ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 138 lei ($32)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 223 lei ($52)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 25 lei ($5.97)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei ($2.74)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei ($1.95)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,726 lei ($639)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.86 lei ($0.20)
1 month of gym membership in business district 230 lei ($54)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19 lei ($4.37)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 419 prices entered by 52 different people.
Latest price update: October 17, 2021

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Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
108th
out of 136
eastern europe
10th
out of 10

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