Cost of living in Moldova

Summary of cost of living in Moldova

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 32,106 Leu
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 13,180 Leu
  • Moldova is the cheapest country in Eastern Europe (16 out of 16)
  • Moldova is the cheapest country in the World (89 out of 89)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 95 Leu
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 70 Leu
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 40 Leu
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 16 Leu
12 eggs, large 30 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 25 Leu
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 83 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 16 Leu
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 11 Leu
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 13 Leu
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 90 Leu
2 liters of coca-cola 30 Leu
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 5.56 Leu
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 8,555 Leu
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 5,747 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 2,347 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 4,513 Leu
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 3,753 Leu
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 1,433 Leu
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 99 Leu
40” flat screen tv 4,753 Leu
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 1,846 Leu
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 200 Leu
Hourly rate for cleaning help 150 Leu
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 829 Leu
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 501 Leu
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,758 Leu
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 1,604 Leu
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 300,000 Leu
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 28 Leu
Monthly ticket public transport 153 Leu
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 80 Leu
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 140 Leu
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 250 Leu
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 30 Leu
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 38 Leu
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 35 Leu
4 rolls of toilet paper 25 Leu
Tube of toothpaste 30 Leu
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 113 Leu
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 300 Leu
2 tickets to the movies 171 Leu
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 200 Leu
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 500 Leu
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 80 Leu
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 50 Leu
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 38 Leu
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 13,000 Leu
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 1.00 Leu
1 month of gym membership in business district 400 Leu
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 40 Leu

Map of Cost of Living in Moldova

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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.

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