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Cost of Living in Bucharest

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 39.63
Rent Index: 12.44
Groceries Index: 31.40
Restaurants Index: 36.08
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 26.83
Local Purchasing Power: 54.41
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 lei 20.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 lei 80.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 18.00 lei 15.60-25.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 lei 4.00-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.00 lei 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 7.63 lei 6.00-10.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.35 lei 3.00-7.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.13 lei 2.00-6.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 15.59 lei 13.25-18.93
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.73 lei 1.13-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.07 lei 1.36-2.72
Eggs (12) 7.87 lei 6.00-10.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 9.31 lei 6.80-12.11
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 8.26 lei 6.80-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 12.63 lei 9.98-15.88
Apples (1 lb) 1.64 lei 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 2.37 lei 2.04-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 2.13 lei 1.61-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 1.96 lei 1.36-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 0.97 lei 0.68-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.99 lei 0.91-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.13 lei 1.70-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.38 lei 2.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 lei 15.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.98 lei 2.50-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.69 lei 3.50-6.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 15.50 lei 15.00-16.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 lei 1.30-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 60.00 lei 50.00-70.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.39 lei 1.39-1.40
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.24 lei 2.24-2.25
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 13.90 lei 13.90-14.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 19.49 lei 18.17-21.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 72,000.00 lei 60,000.00-81,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 78,750.53 lei 65,000.00-93,429.22
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 424.76 lei 300.00-600.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.57 lei 0.40-0.94
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 31.47 lei 20.00-40.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 151.13 lei 100.00-200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 53.70 lei 40.00-80.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 25.00 lei 21.50-31.78
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 280.73 lei 180.00-400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 141.74 lei 100.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 291.28 lei 250.00-380.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 337.07 lei 250.00-450.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,485.31 lei 1,200.00-1,850.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,024.30 lei 800.00-1,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,550.84 lei 2,000.00-3,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,685.94 lei 1,350.00-2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 570.38 lei 464.51-696.77
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 374.59 lei 325.16-418.06
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 2,165.32 lei
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.03 4.00-6.00

Prices in Bucharest, Romania

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Last update: August, 2016
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96 Comments so far

#Fiona M on Aug 16, 2016 :
Hi,

I have lived and worked in County Dolj in Romania for many years. Now looking to move to a small town or village area about 30 minutes drive outside of Bucuresti . Looking for a countryside house in an attractive safe country area to settle permanently. What villages/commune/towns should I be looking at please? Thanks for all advice and suggestions.
#ivb on Jul 22, 2016 :
Notes on income. It's always hard to state what is necessary, minimum, good, bad, as people have quite different needs. I'd say 500EUR after rent would get you good food (cooking at home), going out about once-twice a week (I mean proper out- meals/cocktails), OK clothing (you'll have to look around for good prices though), a day trip once a month- hiking/ seaside whatever (incl. driving for transport) and all the rest (utilities, phone etc). If you want to save, have credit or mortgage to pay etc. you'll need extra. If you have interests/ hobbies that require spending - e.g. music records and books, swimming (for some reason, swimming is expensive in Bucharest)- you'll require extra (or cut down somewhere else). If you have dependants, you'll obviously need extra - this is all for single.
@Rahul. Gross or net? Net is about 70% from gross. The employer would pay extra taxes for you, but you wouldn't hear about these in a job offer.
#Rahul on Jul 09, 2016 :
Hi All,

I have got a job offer at bucharest,Romania with a monthly salary of 1800 Euro form a reputed Mnc in IT sector. I'm not clear whether it will be wise decision to accept it or not. What will be the taxation on this and the cost of living.

Thanks & regards
Rahul
#Adina on Jul 08, 2016 :
#Joe Schmoe:
this is my apartment http://olx.ro/oferta/proprietar-inchiriez-ap-2-camere-zona-dacia-eminescu-bucuresti-ID624J6.html
downtown piata Romana, apartment with 2 rooms, floor 2/6 , 40 sqm, renovated, furnished , equipped, air conditioning system summer / winter , washing machine , balcony.
subway access 10-minute walk.
Suitable for one person or a couple. I prefer no pets.
Rent 300 Euro / month
#Joe Schmoe on Jul 04, 2016 :
Looking for a long term studio apartment in bucharest. How do I find one fora decent price.
#sofia on Jun 25, 2016 :
Hi ! Be aware some taxi drivers take advantage of tourists and ask for a tip apart from the fee shown on the meter.
#Adrian on Jun 17, 2016 :
Hello guys I'm moving to Bucharest soon because of my wife.
I'm from Brazil and I don't have an university bachelor.

Any idea for me?
Which job I need to start looking for?

(her family is ok and help me at the first 'till I get stable financially)
#Renan on Jun 15, 2016 :
Hi guys,

I received a job offer
Salary: 490 Eur net

Rent allowance for 2 year – 200 euros/monthly.

I am married,so would be a good offer?
#João Paulo on Jun 09, 2016 :
Hi Guys,

I got a offer from a company in Sofia,
I would like to know if it a good offer, I am married.

Starting salary: 2200 BGN gross

Relocation assistance: Accommodation for the 1st month + 300 BGN gross from the 2nd month; reimbursement of flight ticket up to 150 Euro gross ( see also the file attached)

Monthly income: 2500 BGN gross ( salary+relocation bonus) approx 2000 BGN net ( 1000 Euro net)

Social benefits: Food vouchers-60 BGN per month /30 Euro per month; Additional Health Insurance; Sport activities; Training and development programs ( for further information see the file attached)

Many Thanks in advanced
#George on Jun 03, 2016 :
@Paul, you don't understand - 600 eur is after taxes, not after rent.
The rent is at least another 200. That leaves you with 400 for living. You can survive with that but you would be far from happy.
#Paul on May 31, 2016 :
George, you must be fucking kidding me! 600 Euro after rent is freaking great for anybody. In Barcelona or Paris you would struggle to have 600 after rent, maybe need a 2nd job, not to mention the other costs, that are much higher too, than in Bucharest. OMG! People sometimes have 250-300 euro salaries and still don't cry like that! Most people especially young ones work 10-12 hours a day for shit incomes while others write crap about 800!?
#Gusttavo Amaral on May 31, 2016 :
Many thanks for your answer #George

I very good professional opportunity and hard decision.

But, I know the salary is shit.:/
#George on May 30, 2016 :
@João Paulo, short answer: no.
You can't really support decent lifestyle for you and your wife with 600 eur net income.
#João Paulo on May 29, 2016 :
Hi guys,

I received a job offer to work as a Helpdesk and, I have no Ideia about the live in the city.

I am married and the company is offering "1000 euro gross per/month" (30% more than average salaries in Romania)
Rent allowance for 2 year – 200 euros/monthly.

Is that ok? Would we have a good life in the city?
#Anonymous on May 19, 2016 :
I think there is some manipulation of the average net wage for romania, it went from 460 eur up to 560 eur within just 2 weeks.
#Hany on May 10, 2016 :
If you bring 1000 us dollar with you to romania...is there better exchange rate you can get through black matket....how much is it. Are there safe places to sell dollars...is it ok sell dollars there.

Hany
#constantine on May 05, 2016 :
I think Romania is a very expensive country with very expensive rents!
#Mr. O on Apr 18, 2016 :
Normal living/2 persons costs you 1000 Euro.
Rent (suburbs - medium center):
1 bedroom 150-250 Euro
2 beds 200-300
3 beds 270-400

Beer 1 Euro/bottle (shop), 2-3 Euro Pub

Monthly bus pass - 15E
Monthly subways pass - 15E

This site is ~80% accurate.

2200 Euro in Europe is the equivalent of 1000E in Bucharest. Average salary is ~500E
Daily life is very secure. If don't looking for trouble and take care of your properties, than for sure you will enjoy a great life there. Yes, avoid the suburbs and gypsies and don't start debating on nationalism or religion as in romanians are considered to be very heart feeling and a proud nation. Either you are their best friend in most of the cases, either they will be very racist.
People are nice and warm and yes, women are to be considered very beautiful. Be careful though, women are smart, independent and are aware of their charm. Not every good looking bimbo is a one night stand ;).
Good luck at work back there and enjoy the holidays & night life.
#@Kariko on Apr 17, 2016 :
Depending in which domain you are working, but you can ask between 8000-1000 RON/per month after taxes. This is somewhere an average for mid-senior engineers in the IT domain.
#Kariko on Mar 26, 2016 :
So, im moving to bucharest for work starting May, im a mid senior Engineer & i have an offer from a multinational well known company, so how much should i ask for ? knowing that im married & not looking for a medium or a low budget life
##Johnny on Mar 23, 2016 :
Yes there are companies that pay 20 000 RON for senior management positions (including bonuses or stocks), mainly in the IT/Software development and Consulting Services. Also most of the international companies are offering premium dental, health, fitness services in addition to the salary.

Simply open linked in and start applying.
#Johnny on Mar 13, 2016 :
If I return back in Romania can I find a job to pay me as much as my employer pays me in present?
So that would be 20000 roni/month.
In addition to that I get here medical, dental, vision insurance,pension benefit, paid most of it by my employer.
What position do I need to apply for?
When I left Romania, more than 20 years ago, I was a manager(at corporate level).

Thanks,
#Don on Mar 01, 2016 :
A very expensive city. Especially considering how low wages are.
#@Ari on Feb 20, 2016 :
Depending of his experience, for Junior would be 2000-3000 for mid to senior 4000-5000 RON.
#Ari on Feb 15, 2016 :
Question for locals: I am negotiating a salary for remote employee to do work as a web designer. What would be a very comfortable salary for him?
#Alex on Feb 10, 2016 :
@TekGuru

No one dreams about the american culture. Not even romanians.
#Joe on Feb 09, 2016 :
Well i have been in buchrest at least 5 tiem in the last 3 years, and i can say its beautiful city and in all this times i didnt had problems of security, even walking alone or with some friend. its an interesting place to live and to have fun too
#Steve on Jan 31, 2016 :
I am planning to to move to Bucharest from the UK in about 4-6 weeks time. I do not believe all the negative stories about being robbed and so it will not stop me. I work for myself and as such I have a good income and with the cost of living in Romania, I will have a good life there. I have lived and traveled all over the world and every country has its own problems with crime. I am not put off in the slightest about this. Initially I will be staying in a shared apartment found on the airbnb site. Bucharest has some beautiful places to stay and I am looking forward to living in Romania and experiencing the people, culture, entertainment and lifestyle. Thank you.
#Lukas on Jan 17, 2016 :
HI guys, i will live and work in Bucharest, is +- 850 eur per month enough to live comfortably on my own? Preferably near city centre? Note that i will have free food at my workplace, so i will be spending less for food.
THanks
#Daniel on Jan 10, 2016 :
I live in Bucharest, and i am romanian, i can tell you, that the rent cost dispayed here is bullshit, you can find for 700lei a mounth a decend 1 bedroom with kitchen and bathroom where only u will stay and for the same price can bring somebody with you and split the cost, utilities are a little expensive sometimes u can almost pay the rent money for them, people...well this is the tragic part, if u are a foreigner there are all the chances to be robbed pe a gypsi althought they are a minority,the most robberies,killings,rapes are done by them) they are numerous no school no work, no respect to life, if u come here to work on minimum wage, even having a house so no rent involved...you are screwed, not medium salary is anough, you will need to have somebody to share things or you will be working just to have a roof over you-r head, and food. Bucharest is famous for the most beautifull girls/women in the world, changes are u will fall in love 10-15 times a day. Most of us hate the country, well not the country...the corrupt, mind-less creatures that rule the country. And the respounse, yes if u own a house and have 1000$ u can a pretty good life, the auto insurence depends on you-r agge is not that expensive, with 1000$ u have anough to not care for the full mounth, depending on how much money do u spend. You can afford going on vacantions.
#TekGuru on Dec 19, 2015 :
@ Maya
I seriously doubt that. Romanian girl will web cam for the world for $500 a month. I'm pretty sure Romanian girls are interested in American men, our culture and our success.
#USMan on Oct 30, 2015 :
What a bunch of fuckin' losers!
Romania is a beautiful country, people are ...well, people there are great people and not so great but where is it different? I read raju's comments he's an indian loser that speaks outa' his ass, ignore him. I also read"Just a Romanian who lived abroad the last 25 years " comment ... just another loser that couldn't make it in Romania the same he didn't make it abroad, if he would've he would've been gotten over it.
Keep in mind that there is no perfect spot in the world, if it would exist everyone would be there and no one anywhere else, if you can make it in India/US/Romania ...you will make it anywhere it is JUST UP TO YOU!
#Just a Romanian who lived abroad the last 25 years on Aug 03, 2015 :
For all who want to move in Romania to do business or just have fun: do not do it. You will be robbed by Romanians, period.
#@Raju on May 19, 2015 :
There so such investor program in Romania. What you want you can find in Bulgaria, where by investing 500 000 eur you can get citizenship, or Hungary where you can buy Government Bonds for 250 000 eur and you can get one. More details you can find online.
Seems like Romania is not the right country for you :)
#Raju on May 14, 2015 :
I want to do business in Romania to get passport of EU. How much money do I need to show and stay there to get it?
#Maya on Apr 30, 2015 :
For all you losers that are looking for young Romanian girls to have a good time with: hit it!!! stay in your country and don't bother coming to Romania for your sick fun! Romanian girls are smart, beautiful, and don't give a crap about your money, trying to impress them, just because you're a bunch of losers in your own country and nobody gives a crap about you! Stay home and go f yourselves!!!!
#Filip on Apr 20, 2015 :
@Ahmed

Bucharest is one of the best places in Europe for Nightlife.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw_wYmYJrfQ

Best months to visit are from May till October.

Ron and Lei is the same. Currently the exchange rate is around 1 USD = 4 RON

There are hundreds of clubs and bars, just google it and you will see :)
#ahmed on Apr 17, 2015 :
Hello, I am coming to bucharest in may just to have fun. Whether it is right place to come for. Currency is Ron or lei. What is those equivalent to us dollar. How r the club's and nightlife. Is it safe
#Azeez on Apr 14, 2015 :
I am an old man but look very Young, wgat is my chance to marry or have a beautiful girl from Bucharest, my monthly income is around 1500.
#pull mask on Jan 02, 2015 :
I have a cyber friend.She live in Bucharest. We chat with each other everyday. But in one week I don't hear any about her. I She is very special friend to me. How can I find her in Bucharest. I only know a part of her name, her birthday and her old job.
#Filip on Dec 16, 2014 :
@ Bakari

For HR position 1000 eur is good, important to know if this the salary after or before tax.
All the taxes on your salary will be around 30 %.

Also this is good salary for Bucharest, you can afford good living.
#Bakari on Dec 13, 2014 :
Hello guys, i have been offered a job for around 900-1000 euro in a HR position. I am still negotiating the salary, but can you guys give me an idea of how much i should ask for? Do you guys also have any links to student/international house share websites/agencies?
#Filip on Nov 14, 2014 :
@Asad

Depends where do you want to live, for example in the neighborhood for students you can find really cheap rooms and you can handle a month with 300 eur. But if you want to live in apartment and alone than you will need more than 500. The transport is really cheap actually you can see all the prices above.
#Asad on Nov 10, 2014 :
for how much a foreign student can live in bucharest atleast ..it includes accommodation,food,transportation,utilities and other things
#anca on Oct 26, 2014 :
A part of the girls are friendly,but not most of them. Here are like in any part of the world :) Maybe a girl without education will accept a rich men to take her to Monte Carlo and pays him with fun...
In Bucharest,most of the girls are working and they are winning alot of money(for Romania).
I think romanian girls are probably harder to conquer than girls from United Kingdom,for example....
#vanquangtk on Aug 19, 2014 :
I'm from asia and i have CWI certificate for welding inspector, is it easy for me to have a job in bucharest
#Filip on Jul 18, 2014 :
@Dr. Mark

As I know the doctors are really under payed in Romania , but with good advertisement you can get a lot of foreigners living here and maybe to earn something more.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/why-are-romanian-doctors-leaving-the-country
http://www.ibtimes.com/medical-leave-romanian-doctors-fleeing-poor-pay-corruption-western-europe-1557178

Read this articles
#Dr. Mark on Jul 17, 2014 :
Hello what is the possibility of a foriegn doctor opening a private family practice in Romania. What is the salary?
#Murtadha on Jul 11, 2014 :
Hi
I am Murtadha from Iraq ... i am new student in Bucharest ... can i find rent with Romanian family?
Thanks
#Filip on Jul 07, 2014 :
@Mercapide

On those 12 000 lei you will pay just small tax because as developer you wont pay same taxes like in the other domains, I dont know if this law is applicable for foreigners working in Romania, anyway even if you pay all the taxes you will have around 8500 net salary.
For senior developer the salaries are 6000 lei and up. This is more than enough , you can afford luxurious living in Bucharest. On average you need around 3000-4000 lei for decent living everything more that that is extra. Especially as single guy.
#Mercapide on Jul 02, 2014 :
Hi all,
I have a job offer of 12,000 RON per month(gross) as Senior Developer and I have no idea if it is ok for a Senior Developer and if it is ok for a single guy 29 years old.
#Valentin on Jun 11, 2014 :
@carlo , you'll not friendly good looking girls in Bucharest unless you have a Ferrari and you want to take them in a trip to Monte Carlo without expecting anything. Most of girls here with a universitary degree earn about 1000 usd per month and they are thinking to estabilish a family not to have an adventure with someone who will live the country by the end of the weekend. I can recomand you small towns in abandoned places . There you'll find people very friendly with foreign visitors.
#Petrica on Jun 05, 2014 :
@carlo , most of (not all of them I want to be accurate) the ladies in Bucharest are friendly with us (Foreigners) because as expat, we earn good money and can afford nice restaurants and clubs every weekend without spending a major part of our salaries.

But, in Brasov, Sibiu or Cluj it's less true, you'll meet people curious about where do you come from and who you are, not espacially how much you earn.

You can also find very nice girls in the Baltic states (Lithuania the best :)), Czech and Hungary !!!
Have a good day !
#Carlo Molinari on May 20, 2014 :
I am planing to visit Bucharest this summer .i have heart that the lady are very beautiful and very friendly with foreigner is that true ?
#morsa on May 03, 2014 :
To #Yunus

I don't know what your line of work is (though I guess it doesn't involve frequent use of English language), but 1000 euro per month after tax is OK for a single person below 30.
As far as expecting above 3000 euros, well... you can expect all you want, but again, that's damn decent for any young professional these days in any European city let alone Bucharest. In fact 3000 euros amounts to almost 7 times the median income there. If tomorrow you relocate to Brussels and ask for 14000 euros a month (~ 7 x 2000) you're not very likely to get it unless the sun shines out of your a**. All I'm saying is, your advice is a little unrealistic and you expectations too high.
#Yunus on Apr 29, 2014 :
I lived in Romania for 3 years (between 2008 and 2011), all I can say is, if you are in your 20s and want to experience something different, you can come to Bucharest for few years. But keep in mind that you are coming here to enjoy life so dont accept anything less than 1000 EUR per month/net or you will share a poor life with rest of the Romanians. For those who have a kid and wants to move to Romania to live with their family. Please do not accept any offer which is lower than what you are getting in your own country. You are basically making a big sacrifice to change your life and you dont want to do it for free. I would say if you have a kid and your wife wont be working you should ask minimum 3000 EURO per month (net) and you will have the same standard as a Romanian couple who works in a very good job but still dreams about living in a first class country. So if you ask me again how much I would ask if they call me back, it would be minimum 3000 euro (but keep in mind that I am single). Less than this amount it doesnt worth.
#Sam on Mar 20, 2014 :
there are 2 types of taxis, mercedes which drives from the airport - more expencive, and dacia-taxi which is very cheap, 2 times cheaper than mercedes taxi.
#HSB3 on Mar 13, 2014 :
I visited friends last May (2013). The girls and parties being good was true. Bucharest is like most Big cities (which include London and NYC), there are two prices - local and tourist/luxury. I need some hair gel and a hair studio offered "the best" for 20 Euros. I bought some cheap brand (which was sub-par but did the job as a temp replacement) for a minor amount of Leu's. I stayed at a 4 star hotel and it costed next to nothing by Canadian standards. Only the plane there cost real money. Taxis will rip you off unless you are with a local (which I mostly was). Funny thing about taxis ripping me off when they did - the amount in Cdn $ is minor. If they had been honest I would of tipped (as we do here) and the tip would of been better than their rip off amount. Crime doesn't pay.
#HM on Feb 19, 2014 :
@Rafael, my standards too, are quite different,

I must say after traveling Europe, USA, all claims about Romanian girls being the best looking in Europe are false, actually it's the opposite...

In my opinion Romanians are nice people, brave, well-harted, more than good to strangers, but they see things from different perspective.
#Rafael on Feb 13, 2014 :
To Joseph
If you want to have international standards, you will need a lot of money for the school. Probably you will choose a private school for your kid. These school are really expensive (for example the English School in Pipera is more than 18.000€ per course to pay all in September...)
for a public it would be enough with 500e per month.
Think that your standards probably are different than the standards for the majority of Romanians, so be careful with the recommendations of the people... My experience after lining in Bucharest for more than 6 years...
#Filip on Jan 30, 2014 :
@ Ahmend

1000 EUR should be more than enough if you have housing, insurance and schools for the kid.
Depends how comfortable you want to leave, you can pass with 800 as well.
#Bucur Obor on Jan 25, 2014 :
Bucharest is one of the most controversial cities. Compared to other major capital cities of Europe, Bucharest is safe, crime rate being about 30%, meaning that 70% of the city is safe to walk at time of the day. Keep away from the boroughs of Ferentari, Colentina and Traian! If you keep calm and you pay attention to what you do and what you're saying, you'll never have a problem with the gangs. If not... don't worry, we have great funeral services. like ultimuldrum.ro
Before you arrive, I recommend you to get informed about the prices. Search online for the cheapest taxi fares and car rentals. 3-4*s hotels are clean, cheap and easy to book.
We have one of the best night life, excellent food and the most beautiful girls in the world!
Almost everybody knows how to say Hi in english and we are very friendly.
#Ahmed on Jan 22, 2014 :
Hello
I ask if I received offer from company with all benefits like (housing, car, health insurance and schooling)
So what the amount I can ask them for me and my wife and my child to eat in the month and clothing?
#joseph on Jan 18, 2014 :
Realy many thanks for you filip
#Filip on Jan 17, 2014 :
@joseph

If you want your kid to study in English/French/German you will need to pay for private school and as I know they are a little expensive maybe 1500 eur per year(I'm not sure at all about this)
If you have accommodation for free than you will need around 500 eur per person to live comfortable so you will need around 1500 eur per month. Everything else is extra and you can afford more extras . For the language you wont have any problems as the majority is speaking English, especially if you are working at some international company where English is official for internal communication.
#joseph on Jan 15, 2014 :
Please if the company gave me the accommodation as a free so how much euro can cover the school of my son 4 years old , my wife and me to live comfortable
Thank you for your concern
#joseph on Jan 15, 2014 :
Hi, I will come to Bucharest the next month as pharmacist in manufacture and I have Thomas 4 years so what about the school and how much does it cost and should i enter him private school because he don't know Romanian language or governmental one.
Also what is the salary of pharmacist
#oli on Jan 05, 2014 :
The average salary in Bucharest is almost 500euro, a rent for 1 bedroom in a decent area is around 200euro or less. The monthly ticket for transportation for metro is 15euro. The petrol here is 1,5 euro/liter. Cable/internet is 15euro. The clothes are the most expensive thing here. The restaurants are not expensive but having only 500euro income it will not let you this as an option, more of your meals will be home cooked food.
If the income is more than 500e, around 1000e you will do good.
The city is one of the most safest city in Europe, you will not see in other places as much women walking alone in the streets in the middle of the night as you will see here and this tells all.
#Adrian on Dec 05, 2013 :
Hi im very interested to know Romania better. i have met with a friend recently who works as a part time lawyer in Bucharest. He says he does not earn very much money and has to do odd jobs to earn more money to live and carry on with his studies. He is coming to UK in a few weeks I have shared the costs with him to he can fly and stay. he has to work very hard.
#Filip on Nov 08, 2013 :
Of course that she can, most of the people in Bucharest live with 400 $, but this is just basics so with this money you can not afford a lot of things. I think for descent living you need 500 eur at least. This is in case you have your own apartment/house.
#Anonymous on Nov 04, 2013 :
So, can a cam-chat-woman Make a living ,if she only makes $400.00 @ mount?
#Anonymous on Nov 01, 2013 :
To see cost of living on this site, you need to compare with another city to see the monthly figures the site has.

It shows Brasov as 1600e for example. But this chat discussion to date is only about Bucharest. The lest popular of many Romanian cities for leasure living but the best by a factor of at least 2 for earning money.

Brasov, Sibiu and CLuj for example are considered superior if you speak of air cleanliness, cost of living, lack of car horns & over-stressed, busy people.

Very accurate site data at 2013 prices I see. A good resource. Personally, I know you can live on half of the monthly 1600e quoted for Brasov, but only if living as a local, not as a tourist. I know of respectable single mothers able (just) to raise one or two children on an income of 500e including rent of 200e in an inner centre basic apartment. Of course, 1000e would be better but I speak of what I have seen work.

White Mountain Property (home finders in Brasov & Bucharest).
#WhiteMountain on Nov 01, 2013 :
To see cost of living on this site, you need to company ro another city to see the figures the site has. It shows Brasov as 1600e for example. But this chat discussion to date is only about Bucharest. The lest popular of many Romanian cities for leasure living but the best by a factor of at least 2 for earning money.

Brasov, Sibiu and CLuj for example are considered superior if you speak of air cleanliness, cost of living, lack of car horns & over-stressed, busy people.

Very accurate site data at 2013 prices I see. A good resource. Personally, I know you can live on half of the monthly 1600e quoted for Brasov, but only if living as a local, not as a tourist. I know of respectable single mothers able (just) to raise one or two children on an income of 500e including rent of 200e in an inner centre basic apartment. Of course, 1000e would be better but I speak of what I have seen work.

White Mountain Property (home finders in Brasov & Bucharest).
#Alan on Oct 20, 2013 :
I am a foreigner who has lived here in Bucharest for three years now. It is a wonderfully interesting, fun city with lots of charm and fun things to see and do.

However...... The people in Bucharest are among the most shallow, self centered, arrogant, status mad, money and image mad, rude and crass you will ever meet. I say this as an experienced traveller who has lived and worked in many countries.

The mentality of the Bucharest people is disgusting, money mad, aggressive, "me first", get out of my way, rude and nasty. Not a nice people. But a beautiful city and a great place to live for a few years.
#Traian Basescu on Oct 15, 2013 :
To all foreigners who intend to move to Romania:
While I welcome you here, be advised that, recently, a very large part of the romanian population became very, very xenophobic. Decide accordingly. Good luck!
#Alvaro on Oct 14, 2013 :
Hi everyone!
I received a proposal of working in Romania (Bucharest), but I don't know what would be a good salary for a Project Manager in Telecom market. I'll move with my wife. Any comments or suggestions?
Thanks for your info!!
#Prem on Sep 29, 2013 :
Hi it's me Prem from India next month october i'm planning to move romania (bucharest) for work purpose in company but my salary only €500. So pls my friend help me to contact in this email id (Prem_cha34@yahoo.com)
#Filip on Sep 03, 2013 :
@Elad , I dont know if you are asking about IT Engineer , but if that is the case the salary is from 3500-4500 RON per month after taxes, that means 1000 eur , with included benefits.
@#Harish 1700 EUR is more than sufficient for one person, just depends if that net or gross . Because the difference between them is 30%.
#Harish on Aug 29, 2013 :
Hello All,

I am an Indian national and I have been offered a job in Bucharest. Salary they have offered is 1700 EUR. Would this be sufficient enough to make a good living in Buka? I would specifically like to know the rentals for a 1 Bedroom / Studio apartment in a very decent and safe place at a convenient distance from City. Also it will be great if some one can comment on how good/safe the city is for the residents there?
#randy on Aug 26, 2013 :
l am going to romaine to meet my finace's kid and staying in the Hilton. is 3000.00 us enough to stay 7 day's?
#Elad on Jul 25, 2013 :
What should be the salary of Engineer in Bucharest who has 2-3 years expirience in customer support?
#MarioG on May 16, 2013 :
Hello! I have an opportunity to study in romania for a couple of years, i am form mexico and would be living in a student dorm in Bucharest ... is 2000 RON a month enough to cover expenses (FYI i enjoy coffee a bit too much)???
THANKS
#J R on May 10, 2013 :
Looks good!
#Andrei on Apr 17, 2013 :
Hello Melanir

So you will be earning roughly 7600 RON per month. That is way more than you require. The rent and utilities should be around 1000 RON monthly, food could be ~ 1500 RON to well, quite high if you eat at the restaurant each night. A nanny might be around 1000 RON monthly, but then again it depends on how much time you want her to spend with your child.

If you want clearer facts reply with what exactly you plan on doing here and how high is your living standard (food, leisure etc) and I'll do my best to help you.
#Melanir on Mar 10, 2013 :
Hi all,
I am considering a job in Bucharest. I will get 26000 Euros yearly. Will this be enough to live comfortable and hopefully save a bit? I will be living with my 4 year old son. I will need to pay for rent, food, school fees and possibly a nanny.
Also - are nannies easy to find and what price range should I be offering?
Regards and thanks
#Ana on Feb 25, 2013 :
Go to Timisoara, another city is you want to live in Romania. I recommend it. It is located in the west part of the country. Is very beautiful,nicer people and definitely more chill and quiet as the capital. Plus the cost are sometimes half of what it is in Bucharest.
#Sam on Feb 24, 2013 :
thanks Vlad and Oliver, for your replies, I just wondered are people interested in car anti-theft devices, do they use alarms?
#vlad on Feb 11, 2013 :
@sam
2700 usd is fantastic in Bucharest. you can live decent with 750 $ . the car theft is not an issue, unless you have a very expensive car. I live in Bucharest and once in 6 years since i have a car i found a mirror stolen. I would advice you , if you want to spend your retirement in Romania to avoid Bucharest because is very crowded and go to Brasov or Sibiu or Timisoara
#Oliver on Feb 06, 2013 :
@Sam: Car theft is not a big issue. Maybe it's only a problem in some areas of Buchares, where I've seen lots of steering blockers installed.You can definitely avoid those. If your car is not an exotic one it will probably not be stolen.

2700 USD a month is more than decent. There are people here that live decently with 1000 USD per month(no kids though).
I guess that the biggest expense for you would be the private medical system(as I am sure that the public one won't suit your USA lifestyle)

@Dheeraj Metro is only 50RON per month, so this leaves you with 1300 for groceries which is more than enough for 1 person.Leaving groceries aside, the average price of pizza(32 cm in diameter) delivered at home is 17 RON. If you were to skipe cooking and eat 2 pizzas per day for a month it would cost you 1054 RON. With ~7 RON per day you could prepare your own breakfast that could include:

0.5 l of milk(1.5-2.7 RON)
1 loaf of bread(1 RON)
100g of margarine(1 RON)
2 eggs (1.2RON)
80g of jam (~2 RON)

#Sam on Feb 05, 2013 :
Is a car theft problem in Bucharest?
#Anonymous on Feb 04, 2013 :
Sam, it sounds certainly enough for a decent lifestyle.
#sam on Feb 03, 2013 :
Okay basic question...i am planning to perhaps live in romania i am retired and average pension i get is 2700 usd a month...would this be good to live on at current rate? and what kind of day to living could i expect?
#Dheeraj on Jan 17, 2013 :
I need to know if 1356 Ron for a month only for Travelling (metro) and Food (Groceries) is good enough?
#Alin on Dec 10, 2012 :
"#Economist on May 20, 2012 :
Yes with $1000 you can live two persons okay if you don't need to pay rent."

Excuse me, but how many people in Bucharest are in that position?
You either pay rent or mortgage, that's a given.
The only people who don't need to pay either are those old enough (or rich enough) who have already paid their mortgage in full.
That's like saying "you can live with $1000 in New York if you don't need to pay rent, transportation, utilities, insurance and groceries". That's probably true as well, LOL.
#bau on Nov 07, 2012 :
mario the answer is yes, i live in bucharest, with the car is a diferent story
#bucharest on Oct 23, 2012 :
cheapest beer in bucharest is 1.64ron at french hypermarket, cheapest 1l milk is 2.99ron, 2l mineral water 2ron. the prices at restaurants are too high for the offered services. the clothes from mall are most fake and you can buy them at half price from bazaars. a nice apartment in decent location is around 450euro and utilities 400ron in the winter, 200ron other months. with 1.000 usd/month if you own an apartment and don't have a car you are king in bucharest.