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 12 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.72 lei
12 eggs, large 12 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.19 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.92 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.26 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.29 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 28 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.38 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.16 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,548 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,651 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 407 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,569 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,059 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 264 lei
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 35 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,437 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 344 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 35 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 23 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) 149 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 325 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 374 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 80,975 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.50 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) 28 lei
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 114 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 20 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 15 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.40 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 76 lei
2 tickets to the movies 46 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 135 lei
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 133 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 21 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 10 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,473 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.76 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 183 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 Bucharest 79
2nd Satu Mare 76
3rd Constanţa 76
4th Cluj-Napoca 75
5th Timisoara 73
6th Iasi 72
7th Brasov 69
8th Craiova 68
9th Oradea 66
10th Târgu Mureş 62

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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Cluj-Napoca costs 6.00 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Cluj-Napoca costs 7 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Cluj-Napoca costs 19 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Cluj-Napoca costs 60 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Cluj-Napoca costs 25 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Cluj-Napoca costs 3.00 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Cluj-Napoca costs 14 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Cluj-Napoca costs 4.40 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Cluj-Napoca costs 10 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Cluj-Napoca costs 18 lei (about 22 hours ago)