Cost of living in Bucharest, Romania

Summary of cost of living in Bucharest

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,654 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,471 lei
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 76% of cities in Eastern Europe (13 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Bucharest is cheaper than in 80% of cities in the World (158 out of 198)

List of prices in Bucharest, Romania. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 36 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 19 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.63 lei
12 eggs, large 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.54 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.54 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.88 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 26 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.49 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.28 lei
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,511 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,988 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 441 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 2,058 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,319 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 307 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 38 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,447 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 357 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 28 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 20 lei
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 274 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 167 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 341 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 373 lei
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 79,012 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.92 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 60 lei
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 22 lei
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 28 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 151 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 15 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 12 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 34 lei
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 107 lei
2 tickets to the movies 49 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 144 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 206 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 25 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,726 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.86 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 226 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20 lei
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 956 prices entered by 72 different people.
Latest price update: March 03, 2021

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Bucharest position in our World Ranking

the world
158th
out of 198
eastern europe
13th
out of 17

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