Cost of living in Romania

Summary of cost of living in Romania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,517 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,316 lei
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 67% of countries in Eastern Europe (10 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 75% of countries in the World (58 out of 77)
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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) 21 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 14 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.28 lei
12 eggs, large 12 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 6 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 16 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.14 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.86 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.14 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 29 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.70 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.58 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 3,146 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,066 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 446 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,950 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,223 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 290 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 33 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,647 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 382 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 33 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 25 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 323 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 190 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 348 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 390 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 77,449 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.08 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 73 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 39 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 162 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 19 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 14 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 lei
Tube of toothpaste 11 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 33 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 106 lei
2 tickets to the movies 49 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 154 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 181 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 24 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,513 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.51 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 199 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 19 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 84
2nd Cluj-Napoca 80
3rd Iasi 72
4th Arad 70
5th Craiova 67
6th Oradea 67
7th Sibiu 65
8th Târgu Mureş 64

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 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bucharest costs 21 lei (5 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Bucharest costs 1.30 lei (5 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bucharest costs 25 lei (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Bucharest costs 7 lei (7 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Bucharest costs 8 lei (7 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Bucharest costs 15 lei (7 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Bucharest costs 80 lei (7 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bucharest costs 60 lei (7 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Bucharest costs 70 lei (7 days ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Bucharest costs 10 lei (7 days ago)