Cost of living in Romania

Summary of cost of living in Romania

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 9,126 lei
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 4,078 lei
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 76% of countries in Eastern Europe (13 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Romania is cheaper than in 82% of countries in the World (74 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 35 lei
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 21 lei
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 13 lei
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 5.11 lei
12 eggs, large 12 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.37 lei
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 15 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.93 lei
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.84 lei
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 3.26 lei
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 29 lei
2 liters of coca-cola 5.86 lei
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 2.61 lei
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 2,971 lei
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 1,884 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 437 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 1,814 lei
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 1,270 lei
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 263 lei
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 37 lei
40” flat screen tv 1,631 lei
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 368 lei
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 40 lei
Hourly rate for cleaning help 32 lei
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 260 lei
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 144 lei
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 326 lei
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 367 lei
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 78,904 lei
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.74 lei
Monthly ticket public transport 67 lei
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 26 lei
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 34 lei
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 144 lei
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 16 lei
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 15 lei
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 17 lei
4 rolls of toilet paper 6 lei
Tube of toothpaste 10 lei
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 29 lei
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 98 lei
2 tickets to the movies 49 lei
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 158 lei
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 132 lei
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 22 lei
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 12 lei
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 2,022 lei
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.52 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 88
2nd Cluj-Napoca 80
3rd Iasi 74
4th Arad 72
5th Craiova 69
6th Oradea 69
7th Sibiu 68
8th Târgu Mureş 65

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

  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Brasov costs 1,000 lei (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Brasov costs 3,000 lei (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Brasov costs 3,500 lei (1 day ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Brasov costs 2,000 lei (1 day ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Brasov costs 4,000 lei (1 day ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Brasov costs 7,000 lei (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Bucharest costs 100 lei (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Bucharest costs 20 lei (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Bucharest costs 50 lei (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Bucharest costs 100 lei (4 days ago)