Cost of living in Romania

Summary of cost of living in Romania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 10,538 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,509 lei
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 76% of countries in Eastern Europe (13 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 84% of countries in the World (79 out of 94)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 37 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 16 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.29 lei
12 eggs, large 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 9 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 18 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.36 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.85 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.63 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 29 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 6 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.25 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,966 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,154 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 522 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,928 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,310 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 307 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 40 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,549 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 379 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 46 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 64 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 292 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 161 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 359 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 411 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 91,985 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 7 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 88 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 31 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 34 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 139 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.) 19 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 7 lei
Tube of toothpaste 11 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 44 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 99 lei
2 tickets to the movies 49 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 153 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 186 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 24 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 14 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 9 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,908 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.17 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 232 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 21 lei

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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:
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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 85
2nd Cluj-Napoca 71
3rd Timisoara 70
4th Iasi 65
5th Brasov 64
6th Craiova 64
7th Arad 63
8th Piteşti 59
9th Târgu Mureş 56

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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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Iasi costs 22 lei (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Iasi costs 8 lei (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bucharest costs 21 lei (1 day ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Bucharest costs 50 lei (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Bucharest costs 7 lei (1 day ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Bucharest costs 5.00 lei (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bucharest costs 3.00 lei (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Bucharest costs 80 lei (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Bucharest costs 8 lei (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Bucharest costs 250 lei (1 day ago)

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