Cost of living in Moldova

Summary of cost of living in Moldova

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 33,113 Leu
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 15,498 Leu
  • Moldova is the cheapest country in Eastern Europe (17 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Moldova is cheaper than in 93% of countries in the World (88 out of 95)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 70 Leu
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 65 Leu
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 34 Leu
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 13 Leu
12 eggs, large 24 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 22 Leu
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 56 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 13 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 13 Leu
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 18 Leu
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 134 Leu
2 liters of coca-cola 24 Leu
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 6 Leu
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 10,871 Leu
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 6,953 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,475 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 16,369 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,699 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,771 Leu
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 165 Leu
40” flat screen tv 7,575 Leu
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 2,123 Leu
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 293 Leu
Hourly rate for cleaning help 70 Leu
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 1,482 Leu
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 1,025 Leu
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,388 Leu
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,541 Leu
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 213,977 Leu
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 18 Leu
Monthly ticket public transport 168 Leu
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 165 Leu
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 103 Leu
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 293 Leu
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 70 Leu
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 57 Leu
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 69 Leu
4 rolls of toilet paper 20 Leu
Tube of toothpaste 24 Leu
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 186 Leu
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 328 Leu
2 tickets to the movies 210 Leu
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 431 Leu
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 766 Leu
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 81 Leu
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 29 Leu
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 31 Leu
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 9,790 Leu
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.50 Leu
1 month of gym membership in business district 663 Leu
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 69 Leu

Map of Cost of Living in Moldova

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This map shows only the top cities in Moldova. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Chişinău costs 444 Leu (4 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Chişinău costs 30 Leu (7 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Chişinău costs 500 Leu (7 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Chişinău costs 30 Leu (7 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Chişinău costs 30 Leu (7 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Chişinău costs 60 Leu (7 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Chişinău costs 180 Leu (7 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Chişinău costs 300 Leu (7 days ago)
  • Public transport in Chişinău costs 120 Leu (7 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Chişinău costs 16 Leu (7 days ago)