Cost of living in Moldova

Summary of cost of living in Moldova

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 30,213 Leu
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,038 Leu
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 71 Leu
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 85 Leu
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 47 Leu
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14 Leu
12 eggs, large 30 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 26 Leu
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 68 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 21 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 12 Leu
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 17 Leu
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 140 Leu
2 liters of coca-cola 24 Leu
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 7 Leu
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 8,340 Leu
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 6,064 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 1,610 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 6,000 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 4,115 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,596 Leu
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 136 Leu
40” flat screen tv 7,400 Leu
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,332 Leu
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 181 Leu
Hourly rate for cleaning help 70 Leu
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 891 Leu
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 600 Leu
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,321 Leu
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,894 Leu
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 240,318 Leu
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 17 Leu
Monthly ticket public transport 172 Leu
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 137 Leu
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 103 Leu
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 324 Leu
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 114 Leu
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 57 Leu
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 93 Leu
4 rolls of toilet paper 21 Leu
Tube of toothpaste 31 Leu
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 71 Leu
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 267 Leu
2 tickets to the movies 195 Leu
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 500 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 55 Leu
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 30 Leu
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 35 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 36 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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