The Cost of Living in Bucharest

Exchange rate: 0.22024 EUR / RON
Food
RON EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 32 lei (€7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 20 lei (€4.35)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 11 lei (€2.46)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 4.66 lei (€1.03)
12 eggs, large 10 lei (€2.16)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 5.53 lei (€1.22)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 14 lei (€2.99)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 3.71 lei (€0.82)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.34 lei (€0.51)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2.98 lei (€0.66)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 24 lei (€5.21)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 5.49 lei (€1.21)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.85 lei (€0.41)
Housing
RON EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 2,727 lei (€601)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 1,950 lei (€429)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 378 lei (€83)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 1,699 lei (€374)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 1,102 lei (€243)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 246 lei (€54)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 30 lei (€7)
40” flat screen TV 1,437 lei (€316)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 351 lei (€77)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 35 lei (€8)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 18 lei (€4.02)
Clothes
RON EUR
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 308 lei (€68)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 166 lei (€37)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 328 lei (€72)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 383 lei (€84)
Transportation
RON EUR
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 84,324 lei (€18,571)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 5.14 lei (€1.13)
Monthly ticket public transport 62 lei (€14)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 14 lei (€3.12)
Personal Care
RON EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 25 lei (€5.46)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 32 lei (€7)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 119 lei (€26)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) 18 lei (€3.88)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 13 lei (€2.92)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 16 lei (€3.58)
4 rolls of toilet paper 7 lei (€1.46)
Tube of toothpaste 11 lei (€2.38)
Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city 29 lei (€6)
Entertainment
RON EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 88 lei (€19)
2 tickets to the movies 55 lei (€12)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 126 lei (€28)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 164 lei (€36)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 24 lei (€5.26)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 13 lei (€2.83)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 8 lei (€1.83)
iPod nano 16GB 882 lei (€194)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.63 lei (€0.14)
1 month of gym membership in business district 303 lei (€67)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 16 lei (€3.52)