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 4.63 lei
12 eggs, large 11 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.13 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.04 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.20 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.23 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 26 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.40 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.09 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,570 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,645 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 397 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,532 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,012 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 267 lei
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 35 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,543 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 330 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 34 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 26 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 254 lei
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 144 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 316 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 361 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 82,016 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.27 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 66 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 29 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 27 lei
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 109 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 18 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 14 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.41 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 28 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 73 lei
2 tickets to the movies 46 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 137 lei
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 130 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 20 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 7 lei
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,529 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.83 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 191 lei
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 17 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 81
2nd Bucharest 81
3rd Cluj-Napoca 76
4th Constanţa 74
5th Timisoara 73
6th Iasi 72
7th Brasov 70
8th Oradea 68
9th Târgu Mureş 63

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bucharest costs 30 lei (about 17 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Iasi costs 2,000 lei (about 17 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Bucharest costs 1,250 lei (about 18 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bucharest costs 10 lei (about 21 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bucharest costs 200 lei (about 21 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bucharest costs 50 lei (about 21 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Bucharest costs 150 lei (about 21 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Bucharest costs 50 lei (about 21 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Bucharest costs 12 lei (about 21 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Bucharest costs 6.00 lei (about 21 hours ago)