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 ($4.79)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12 lei ($2.99)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.62 lei ($1.17)
12 eggs, large 11 lei ($2.88)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.10 lei ($1.29)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15 lei ($3.67)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.19 lei ($1.06)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.17 lei ($0.55)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.25 lei ($0.82)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 28 lei ($7)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.36 lei ($1.35)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.14 lei ($0.54)
Housing [Edit]
RON USD
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,833 lei ($715)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,783 lei ($450)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 386 lei ($97)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,632 lei ($412)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,119 lei ($282)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 267 lei ($67)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 39 lei ($10)
40” flat screen TV 1,488 lei ($375)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 347 lei ($87)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36 lei ($9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25 lei ($6)
Clothes [Edit]
RON USD
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 287 lei ($72)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 130 lei ($33)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 341 lei ($86)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 416 lei ($105)
Transportation [Edit]
RON USD
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 80,246 lei ($20,242)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.29 lei ($1.34)
Monthly ticket public transport 63 lei ($16)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 15 lei ($3.88)
Personal Care [Edit]
RON USD
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 32 lei ($8)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 36 lei ($9)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 122 lei ($31)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 16 lei ($4.14)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei ($3.27)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 14 lei ($3.60)
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.55 lei ($1.40)
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei ($2.60)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 31 lei ($8)
Entertainment [Edit]
RON USD
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 80 lei ($20)
2 tickets to the movies 51 lei ($13)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 141 lei ($36)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 154 lei ($39)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 lei ($5.60)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei ($3.04)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei ($1.95)
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 3,282 lei ($828)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.94 lei ($0.24)
1 month of gym membership in business district 209 lei ($53)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 17 lei ($4.26)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,413 prices entered by 326 different people.
Latest price update: July 22, 2018.

Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
295th
out of 343
eastern europe
23rd
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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3rd
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3rd
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4th
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4th

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