Cost of living in Romania

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 31 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 4.54 lei
12 eggs, large 10 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.22 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 13 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.89 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.21 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2.98 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 1.84 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 1,617 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 389 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,456 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,038 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 1,389 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 319 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 34 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 24 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 269 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) 324 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 373 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 80,902 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.07 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 65 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) 111 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 5.78 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 76 lei
2 tickets to the movies 47 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 119 lei
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 145 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 Wi-Fi 128GB 2,153 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.67 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 216 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 78
2nd Cluj-Napoca 75
3rd Constanţa 73
4th Iasi 71
5th Brasov 70
6th Timisoara 70
7th Oradea 67
8th 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.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Ploieşti costs 17 lei (2 days ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Ploieşti costs 120 lei (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Ploieşti costs 2.00 lei (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Ploieşti costs 120 lei (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Ploieşti costs 6.00 lei (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Ploieşti costs 300 lei (2 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Ploieşti costs 800 lei (2 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Ploieşti costs 70 lei (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Ploieşti costs 800 lei (2 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Ploieşti costs 1,500 lei (2 days ago)