Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,788 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,408 lei
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 59% of cities in Eastern Europe (13 out of 22)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 77% of cities in the World (184 out of 239)

List of prices in Bucharest, Romania. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 35 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.38 lei
12 eggs, large 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.04 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 17 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.30 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.77 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.37 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 34 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.91 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.15 lei
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,235 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,063 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 421 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,045 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,292 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 241 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 39 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,508 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 355 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 36 lei
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 328 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 157 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 320 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 371 lei
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 75,577 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.70 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 64 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 18 lei
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 27 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 32 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 159 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 14 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 7 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 32 lei
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 115 lei
2 tickets to the movies 52 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 148 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 201 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 24 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 9 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,244 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.98 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 242 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19 lei
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,200 prices entered by 126 different people.
Latest price update: July 03, 2020

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Bucharest position in our World Ranking

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184th
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13th
out of 22

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