Cost of living in Romania

Summary of cost of living in Romania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 10,748 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,530 lei
  • Romania is the 3rd cheapest country in Eastern Europe (11 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 91% of countries in the World (70 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 40 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 22 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 18 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 6 lei
12 eggs, large 13 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 8 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 18 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 4.64 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 3.11 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.48 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 34 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 6 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 3.09 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,991 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 2,029 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 516 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,879 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,351 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 344 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 33 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,773 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 393 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 47 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 47 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 314 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 171 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 334 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 415 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 89,894 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 8 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 95 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 30 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 33 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 192 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 24 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 17 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 21 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 8 lei
Tube of toothpaste 14 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 54 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 115 lei
2 tickets to the movies 54 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 173 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 192 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 28 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 11 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 3,475 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.25 lei
1 month of gym membership in business district 198 lei
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 22 lei

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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:
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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.

Cost of Living Ranking in Romania

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Bucharest 82
2nd Cluj-Napoca 67
3rd Timisoara 65
4th Iasi 61
5th Craiova 59
6th Arad 59
7th Galaţi 59
8th Târgu Mureş 52

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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