Cost of living in Iasi, Romania

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 28 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 17 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.72 lei
12 eggs, large 12 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.22 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 27 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.38 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.91 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.26 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 20 lei
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.69 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.09 lei
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,066 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,285 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 363 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,250 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 856 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 226 lei
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 31 lei
40” flat screen TV 1,310 lei
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 301 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 28 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 13 lei
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 224 lei
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 150 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 283 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 319 lei
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 76,120 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.24 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 99 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 20 lei
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 29 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 16 lei
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 90 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 21 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 14 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 4.21 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 26 lei
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 61 lei
2 tickets to the movies 38 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 105 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 16 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 8 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 6 lei
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 2,485 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.54 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 159 lei
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 15 lei
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 214 prices entered by 22 different people.
Latest price update: May 27, 2018.

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