Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: $2,285 (9,789 lei)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: $1,029 (4,408 lei)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 59% of cities in Eastern Europe (13 out of 22)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 77% of cities in the World (184 out of 239)

List of prices in Bucharest, Romania. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
RON USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 35 lei ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 lei ($4.93)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14 lei ($3.37)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.38 lei ($1.26)
12 eggs, large 14 lei ($3.16)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.04 lei ($1.18)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 17 lei ($4.02)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.30 lei ($1.00)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.77 lei ($0.65)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.37 lei ($0.79)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 34 lei ($8)
2 liters of coca-cola 5.91 lei ($1.38)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.15 lei ($0.73)
Housing [Edit]
RON USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,235 lei ($755)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,063 lei ($482)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 421 lei ($98)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,045 lei ($477)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,292 lei ($301)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 241 lei ($56)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 39 lei ($9)
40” flat screen tv 1,508 lei ($352)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 355 lei ($83)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36 lei ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 36 lei ($8)
Clothes [Edit]
RON USD
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 328 lei ($77)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 157 lei ($37)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 320 lei ($75)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 371 lei ($87)
Transportation [Edit]
RON USD
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 75,577 lei ($17,638)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.70 lei ($1.33)
Monthly ticket public transport 64 lei ($15)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 18 lei ($4.14)
Personal Care [Edit]
RON USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 27 lei ($6)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 32 lei ($8)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 159 lei ($37)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 14 lei ($3.34)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14 lei ($3.22)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei ($3.68)
4 rolls of toilet paper 7 lei ($1.53)
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei ($2.40)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32 lei ($7)
Entertainment [Edit]
RON USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 115 lei ($27)
2 tickets to the movies 52 lei ($12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 148 lei ($34)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 201 lei ($47)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 24 lei ($5.65)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei ($3.12)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 9 lei ($2.10)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,244 lei ($524)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.98 lei ($0.23)
1 month of gym membership in business district 242 lei ($57)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19 lei ($4.41)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,145 prices entered by 119 different people.
Latest price update: July 13, 2020

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Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
184th
out of 239
eastern europe
13th
out of 22

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