Cost of living in Moldova

Summary of cost of living in Moldova

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 35,790 Leu
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 14,943 Leu
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 143 Leu
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 80 Leu
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 42 Leu
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 14 Leu
12 eggs, large 38 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 31 Leu
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 88 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 14 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 11 Leu
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 15 Leu
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 130 Leu
2 liters of coca-cola 25 Leu
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 4.73 Leu
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 10,807 Leu
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 5,806 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,763 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 5,901 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 5,344 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,433 Leu
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 150 Leu
40” flat screen tv 4,753 Leu
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,846 Leu
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 227 Leu
Hourly rate for cleaning help 150 Leu
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 829 Leu
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 427 Leu
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,261 Leu
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,149 Leu
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 300,000 Leu
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 27 Leu
Monthly ticket public transport 337 Leu
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 91 Leu
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 140 Leu
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 277 Leu
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 30 Leu
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 38 Leu
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 46 Leu
4 rolls of toilet paper 25 Leu
Tube of toothpaste 39 Leu
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 113 Leu
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 328 Leu
2 tickets to the movies 190 Leu
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 236 Leu
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 549 Leu
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 114 Leu
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 34 Leu
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 36 Leu
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 11,946 Leu
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Leu
1 month of gym membership in business district 1,186 Leu
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 41 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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Bălţi Chişinău Rîbniţa
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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Chişinău costs 6,500 Leu (7 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Chişinău costs 8,000 Leu (7 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Chişinău costs 150 Leu (7 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Chişinău costs 11,400 Leu (7 days ago)

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