Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 12,280 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 5,758 lei
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Bucharest
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 40 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 22 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 20 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 6 lei
12 eggs, large 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 17 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 5.30 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.11 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.57 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 35 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.95 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.94 lei
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 4,845 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,411 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 507 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,495 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,530 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 287 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 30 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,238 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 388 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 56 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 54 lei
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 347 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 204 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 350 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 394 lei
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 92,482 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 78 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 23 lei
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 46 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 30 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 211 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 25 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 15 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 25 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 9 lei
Tube of toothpaste 17 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 65 lei
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 123 lei
2 tickets to the movies 57 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 173 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 191 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 27 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 14 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 16 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,285 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.83 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 244 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 22 lei
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 677 prices entered by 57 different people.
Latest price update: September 24, 2022

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