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 11 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.59 lei
12 eggs, large 9 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 3.74 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.25 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.03 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 25 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.42 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.85 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,565 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,754 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 379 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,467 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 280 lei
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 31 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,404 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 334 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 35 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 278 lei
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 151 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 329 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 365 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 85,300 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.05 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 64 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) 110 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 5.82 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 47 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 118 lei
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 142 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 7 lei
iPad Air 2, 64GB 2,203 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.66 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 218 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 Bucharest 81
2nd Cluj-Napoca 74
3rd Constanţa 74
4th Iasi 73
5th Brasov 72
6th Timisoara 72
7th Oradea 69
8th 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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Bucharest costs 1,500 lei (about 12 hours ago)
  • Ipad air 2, 64gb in Cluj-Napoca costs 2,000 lei (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bucharest costs 1.30 lei (2 days ago)
  • Per hour of waiting of taxi fare per waiting time, weekday at noon in Bucharest costs 1.39 lei (2 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Bucharest costs 1.39 lei (2 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Bucharest costs 1.39 lei (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Bucharest costs 50 lei (2 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Bucharest costs 1.40 lei (4 days ago)
  • Public transport in Bucharest costs 70 lei (4 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bucharest costs 16 lei (5 days ago)