Cost of living in Romania

Summary of cost of living in Romania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,373 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,222 lei
  • Romania is the 4th cheapest country in Eastern Europe (10 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 79% of countries in the World (64 out of 81)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 33 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 20 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 12 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.11 lei
12 eggs, large 11 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 7 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.35 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.67 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.44 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 27 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 6 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.63 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,078 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,972 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 1,911 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,184 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 299 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 34 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,295 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 378 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 36 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 20 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 302 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 183 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 339 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 364 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 88,123 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 4.90 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 71 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 32 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 37 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 135 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 21 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 5.16 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 36 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 93 lei
2 tickets to the movies 51 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 191 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.) 9 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,659 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.55 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 173 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 20 lei

Map of Cost of Living in Romania

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This map shows only the top cities in Romania. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Romania

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Bucharest 80
2nd Cluj-Napoca 77
3rd Iasi 69
4th Arad 66
5th Craiova 64
6th Oradea 64
7th Sibiu 63
8th Târgu Mureş 62

Price 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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Prices recently added

  • 1 liter of gasoline in Sibiu costs 5.00 lei (about 13 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bucharest costs 50 lei (about 22 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Timisoara costs 20 lei (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Timisoara costs 200 lei (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Timisoara costs 10 lei (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Timisoara costs 50 lei (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Timisoara costs 85 lei (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Timisoara costs 40 lei (4 days ago)
  • 8 rolls of toilet paper in Timisoara costs 3.50 lei (4 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Timisoara costs 2.50 lei (4 days ago)