Cost of living in Romania

Summary of cost of living in Romania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,023 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 3,979 lei
  • Romania is the 3rd cheapest country in Eastern Europe (15 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 87% of countries in the World (81 out of 93)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 34 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.05 lei
12 eggs, large 12 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.42 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.80 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.90 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.27 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 29 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.80 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.56 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,918 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,767 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 394 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,662 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,146 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 233 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 35 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,558 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 355 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 38 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 29 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 238 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 146 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 324 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 356 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 84,914 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.76 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 68 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 130 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 18 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 6.00 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 27 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 92 lei
2 tickets to the movies 49 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 155 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 130 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,217 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.60 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 186 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 18 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 81
2nd Cluj-Napoca 74
3rd Iasi 69
4th Arad 67
5th Craiova 64
6th Oradea 64
7th Sibiu 63
8th Târgu Mureş 59

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

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bucharest costs 30 lei (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bucharest costs 80 lei (3 days ago)
  • 40′ flat screen tv in Cluj-Napoca costs 1,900 lei (3 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Cluj-Napoca costs 400 lei (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Cluj-Napoca costs 1,600 lei (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Cluj-Napoca costs 2,400 lei (3 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Cluj-Napoca costs 800 lei (3 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Cluj-Napoca costs 2,900 lei (3 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Cluj-Napoca costs 3,900 lei (3 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Cluj-Napoca costs 6.00 lei (3 days ago)