Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

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Food [Edit]
RON USD
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 30 lei ($8)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19 lei ($5.03)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei ($3.02)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.59 lei ($1.20)
12 eggs, large 11 lei ($2.82)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.42 lei ($1.42)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13 lei ($3.41)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.96 lei ($1.04)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.35 lei ($0.62)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.04 lei ($0.80)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 25 lei ($7)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.38 lei ($1.41)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.01 lei ($0.53)
Housing [Edit]
RON USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,717 lei ($714)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,712 lei ($450)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 389 lei ($102)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,635 lei ($429)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,116 lei ($293)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 277 lei ($73)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 34 lei ($9)
40” flat screen TV 1,342 lei ($352)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 308 lei ($81)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33 lei ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 30 lei ($8)
Clothes [Edit]
RON USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 279 lei ($73)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 145 lei ($38)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 342 lei ($90)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 379 lei ($99)
Transportation [Edit]
RON USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 75,898 lei ($19,931)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.10 lei ($1.34)
Monthly ticket public transport 62 lei ($16)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 14 lei ($3.59)
Personal Care [Edit]
RON USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26 lei ($7)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 29 lei ($8)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 118 lei ($31)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18 lei ($4.60)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei ($3.38)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei ($4.33)
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 lei ($1.63)
Tube of toothpaste 13 lei ($3.30)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 34 lei ($9)
Entertainment [Edit]
RON USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 88 lei ($23)
2 tickets to the movies 51 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 162 lei ($43)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 lei ($5.77)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei ($3.33)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei ($2.20)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,233 lei ($586)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.81 lei ($0.21)
1 month of gym membership in business district 247 lei ($65)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 16 lei ($4.30)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,455 prices entered by 349 different people.
Latest price update: January 22, 2018.

Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
287th
out of 337
eastern europe
23rd
out of 33
romania
1st
out of 4

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

eastern europe
1st
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
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