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) 18 lei ($4.71)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei ($2.92)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.67 lei ($1.22)
12 eggs, large 10 lei ($2.59)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.30 lei ($1.38)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei ($3.56)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.77 lei ($0.98)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.34 lei ($0.61)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2.92 lei ($0.76)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 25 lei ($6)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.39 lei ($1.40)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.90 lei ($0.49)
Housing [Edit]
RON USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,838 lei ($738)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,923 lei ($500)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 372 lei ($97)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,725 lei ($449)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,145 lei ($298)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 280 lei ($73)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 31 lei ($8)
40” flat screen TV 1,436 lei ($374)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 325 lei ($85)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 34 lei ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25 lei ($6)
Clothes [Edit]
RON USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 292 lei ($76)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 150 lei ($39)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 339 lei ($88)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 353 lei ($92)
Transportation [Edit]
RON USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 83,381 lei ($21,694)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.06 lei ($1.32)
Monthly ticket public transport 60 lei ($16)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 13 lei ($3.48)
Personal Care [Edit]
RON USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25 lei ($7)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 28 lei ($7)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 113 lei ($29)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18 lei ($4.75)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei ($3.27)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei ($4.21)
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 lei ($1.57)
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei ($2.73)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 30 lei ($8)
Entertainment [Edit]
RON USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 90 lei ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 52 lei ($13)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 124 lei ($32)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 163 lei ($42)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 lei ($5.71)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei ($3.26)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei ($2.17)
iPad Air 2, 64GB 2,164 lei ($563)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.74 lei ($0.19)
1 month of gym membership in business district 265 lei ($69)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 16 lei ($4.20)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,461 prices entered by 338 different people.
Latest price update: September 24, 2017.

Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
273rd
out of 322
eastern europe
21st
out of 35
romania
1st
out of 4

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

the world
5th
eastern europe
2nd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
4th

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