Cost of living in Romania

Summary of cost of living in Romania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,244 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,191 lei
  • Romania is the 4th cheapest country in Eastern Europe (9 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 77% of countries in the World (59 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 36 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 20 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.13 lei
12 eggs, large 12 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.31 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.65 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.40 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 28 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.80 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.54 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,016 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,030 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 448 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,944 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,204 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 301 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 34 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,330 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 377 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 38 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 21 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 296 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 175 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 333 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 361 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 77,345 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.87 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 69 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 31 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 38 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 140 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.) 17 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.05 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 34 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 97 lei
2 tickets to the movies 50 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 132 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 189 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 23 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 11 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,494 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.57 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 181 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20 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 79
2nd Cluj-Napoca 78
3rd Iasi 70
4th Arad 67
5th Craiova 65
6th Oradea 65
7th Sibiu 64
8th Târgu Mureş 61

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 liter of gasoline in Timisoara costs 5.10 lei (2 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bucharest costs 30 lei (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bucharest costs 35 lei (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Bucharest costs 120 lei (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bucharest costs 60 lei (3 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Bucharest costs 7 lei (3 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Bucharest costs 5.00 lei (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Bucharest costs 7 lei (3 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Bucharest costs 30 lei (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Bucharest costs 7 lei (3 days ago)