Cost of living in Romania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 29 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.59 lei
12 eggs, large 10 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.20 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.93 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.33 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.08 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 25 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.41 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.94 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,456 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,591 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 394 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,449 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,005 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 279 lei
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 31 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,381 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 316 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 261 lei
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 145 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 325 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 362 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 77,102 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.10 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 66 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25 lei
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 106 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 19 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.80 lei
Tube of toothpaste 11 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 75 lei
2 tickets to the movies 46 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 109 lei
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 139 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 21 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,240 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.78 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 198 lei
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 16 lei

Map of Cost of Living in Romania

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This map shows only the top cities in Romania. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Romania

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Satu Mare 94
2nd Bucharest 79
3rd Cluj-Napoca 75
4th Constanţa 75
5th Iasi 72
6th Brasov 71
7th Timisoara 70
8th Oradea 67
9th Târgu Mureş 64

Price 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.

Are you moving to Romania? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Romania of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bucharest costs 3,000 lei (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Bucharest costs 90 lei (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bucharest costs 18 lei (3 days ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Oradea costs 16 lei (4 days ago)
  • 1 box of 32 of tampons (tampax, ob, ...) in Oradea costs 16 lei (4 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Oradea costs 50 lei (4 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Oradea costs 50 lei (4 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Oradea costs 18 lei (4 days ago)
  • 12 doses box of antibiotics in Oradea costs 18 lei (4 days ago)
  • 12 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Oradea costs 48 lei (4 days ago)