Cost of living in Romania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 30 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 19 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.71 lei
12 eggs, large 12 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.19 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.93 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.35 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.24 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 29 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.47 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.19 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,660 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,655 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 429 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,583 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,138 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 263 lei
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 40 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,441 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 361 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 38 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 288 lei
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 147 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 348 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 400 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 82,897 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.68 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 66 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 30 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33 lei
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 126 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.) 16 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.75 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 34 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 81 lei
2 tickets to the movies 47 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 140 lei
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 144 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 25 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,401 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.77 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 189 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:
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 Bucharest 78
2nd Constanţa 75
3rd Satu Mare 75
4th Timisoara 75
5th Cluj-Napoca 74
6th Iasi 70
7th Brasov 70
8th Arad 69
9th Craiova 67
10th Oradea 66
11th Sibiu 66
12th Târgu Mureş 61

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?

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Brasov costs 18 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Brasov costs 160 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Brasov costs 10 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Brasov costs 40 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Brasov costs 35 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Brasov costs 4.00 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Brasov costs 2.19 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Brasov costs 70 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Brasov costs 5.00 lei (about 15 hours ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Brasov costs 4.00 lei (about 15 hours ago)