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Cost of Living in Bucharest

Summary about cost of living in Bucharest:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 lei 20.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 lei 100.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 18.00 lei 15.00-24.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 lei 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 9.00 lei 7.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 8.24 lei 6.00-11.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.75 lei 3.00-8.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.46 lei 2.00-7.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 15.89 lei 12.87-18.93
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.89 lei 0.91-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.13 lei 1.36-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 8.47 lei 6.00-12.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 10.65 lei 6.80-13.61
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 8.57 lei 6.80-10.89
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 13.86 lei 9.53-18.14
Apples (1 lb) 1.64 lei 1.36-2.27
Banana (1 lb) 2.28 lei 1.81-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 2.08 lei 1.59-3.18
Tomato (1 lb) 2.28 lei 1.81-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 0.92 lei 0.68-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 1.05 lei 0.82-1.36
Lettuce (1 head) 2.33 lei 2.00-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.40 lei 2.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20.00 lei 15.00-27.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.18 lei 2.50-4.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.87 lei 3.50-7.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 16.00 lei 16.00-17.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 lei 1.30-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 67.00 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) 18.98 lei 17.79-20.82
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 75,000.00 lei 67,500.00-85,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 82,717.90 lei 73,449.00-100,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 404.33 lei 276.25-566.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.69 lei 0.40-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 36.05 lei 25.00-52.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 159.04 lei 100.00-200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 56.09 lei 30.00-80.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 26.00 lei 24.00-35.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,439.92 lei 1,000.00-2,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 37,909.90 lei 22,000.00-68,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 281.81 lei 180.00-400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 142.08 lei 89.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 306.20 lei 230.00-400.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 347.18 lei 250.00-450.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,625.78 lei 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,133.17 lei 900.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,848.54 lei 2,025.00-4,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,882.17 lei 1,500.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 623.16 lei 492.38-836.12
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 411.32 lei 334.45-483.09
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,670.52 lei
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, Fixed-Rate 4.41 3.00-7.00

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Last update: December 2017
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99 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Dec 02, 2017 :
Hi everyone.
I won a scolarship and next year will be studing in Iasi University in Bucharest. So I'll be given approx. 250€ per month (rent and utilities not included). I wonder whether it's enough to live?
#Duc vuong on Nov 22, 2017 :
Hi all,
I would appreciate an honest reply , did somebody know the school of dancesport in Bucharest ? Thank you for your reply
#K on Nov 13, 2017 :
Hi all,

I'm about to intern at Bucharest next year. How much do I have to spend including renting the residence?
Is 800€ enough for normal life there or should be more than this rate? Thank you for your advice.
#Med on Nov 10, 2017 :
@Albena,

Average salary on the country level is roughly 2000lei (roughly 450€). Average salary for Bucharest is roughly 3000lei (roughly 700€).

So, 1300€ is much above the average and locals which will hear you having this much will think that "you can buy/get everything you want, fancy stuff and so on".
Cost of living here is quite low (food, transportation, etc), you'll be able to have savings too (depends of course how much fancy you'll decide to live :) )
#Daniel on Oct 17, 2017 :
@Albena, yes you can have a decent/good life with that salary :)
#Albena on Oct 07, 2017 :
Hello everyone!
I would appreciate an honest reply... I've got an offer from multinational company in Bucharest. Gross salary is 1,300 Euro. Is that enough money to have a decent life? Thank you very much in advance.
#Lu on Sep 19, 2017 :
Thanks guys for your honest opinion about my question. Well, i will have private med care paid by company, also some food tickets, but my worry was if i won't struggle to have everything needed- food, house etc. I m not coming coz of money on the end, but just is an opportunity to experience again new country and totally new sort of job. I'm not planning to stay more then year as company offers possibility to transfer you to other country after 12 months or i will just simply move on. Thanks
#A_M on Sep 12, 2017 :
@Filip Stojkovski,

Didnt know about 16% applied to nonEU, could be.
Indeed most companies offer private Medical Care, i have one of these and its considered a very good one. Still, unfortunately sometimes there are surprises that you cant benefit from this one (like the example of finding no free spot for your child to be checked-in, when real signs of emergency is seen).

I hope after the current political party finishes their chaotic and careless governance, in 2020, things will start improving. By then - i dont believe improvements will be seen regardless the fact that i am an optimistic person
#Filip Stojkovski on Sep 09, 2017 :
@Lu, with that salary you would have a decent life but it will be hard to save something, this is the average salary in Bucharest currently (numbeo is a little outdated). Also once you are here you can easy change jobs and get something better paid. I would recommend checking glassdoor.com for salary references.

Related the 0% income tax this applies only to EU citizens, for instance I finished university in EU country but I'm not an EU citizen and I pay full 16 % tax (32% in total).

Regarding the Medical Care, 90 % of the companies as benefit offer medical subscription to private hospitals where the service is way better. The problem with the state hospitals is that the doctors are corrupted, if you go in state hospital and you want to get good treatment you need to bribe the doctors and nurses. In the end you might end up paying more than the private hospitals. The top subscription at private hospitals is around 50 EUR per person and it starts at 15 EUR.
#A_M on Sep 01, 2017 :
Hi all. Will share my story to whomever wants to move in to Bucharest. I am Romanian.

I moved to Bucharest a year ago, came here to same salary (NET) i had in another EU country. Married, with 2 small children (a newborn and a 3y.o. one).

- In IT sector (up to PM role if I am not mistaken) you have 0% income tax, if your university diploma is recognized by the Romania's Gov. I finished my studies in another country, so I had to get that paper 'confirming' my degree in Romania. After that I had 0% income tax. Note that you still pay 16% for Social/Medical Assurance.
- I struggled finding an apartment to rent, considering I was searching in a specific district of 1Mai as to be close to the chosen kindergarten I wanted by child to go to (public one). I rented a decent 1BDR flat for 400EU/month unfurnished, 60sq.m. I dis-considered from the beginning the old buildings with risks to collapse or to crack after the 1st earthquake (that there are published listings of these buildings).
- My child loves the kindergarten (public one) and so do we, as parents. Operating hours 07:30 - 17:00. We pay 3EUR/day for food (breakfast, lunch, fruit/snacks close to end of day). Also we pay 1EUR/week for consumables (chalk, pencils, napkins and things alike). Also we paid 50EUR/year to the classroom budget (money from here went/go to some extra activities organized and to buying extra toys; this money is with one of the parents). All these small fees are kind of frustrating, but i decided to not fight the system (its same at all kindergartens here).
- I use only the public transportation. To be more exact - the Subway, which is good, because here you know how much time it will take you to destination in most of the cases. Subway monthly pass is 15EUR. People having cars I hear often complaining on the traffic in the city (Bucharest is in the top 10 in the WORLDS on traffic problems).
- Cost of living is really cheap. Some numbers are even cheaper than what Numbeo displays above. Examples: 1l milk you can get for 3RON and not 4RON at hypermarkets; I pay 2EUR/month for a postpaid mobile subscription which include a package of 200 national minutes and 50GB Mobile Data (yes, 50GB for 2EUR; I caught a Christmas offer like this).
- I never had any problem with the locals. I had even walks alone at 1AM night without any issue. But note that this depends on the district and even on the area of the district. The North side of the city is in general considered more green, more rich, less robberies/fights/street bulling incidents.
- There are many parks and children playgrounds in Bucharest (at least in the North side of it). Plenty of children present when its warm enough outside. This is very good for your own children to learn socializing and interacting with others.
- The locals warmness is 50/50. Half of them are cold and unpolite, the other half is warm and polite. I think this might also differ based on how do you look like.
- The level of bureaucracy is high and gov institutions will make you running for papers from office to office and from dept to dept when you need some kind of legal document. You'll stay in lines many times, because the online registration/application possibilities are limited.
- Bucharest is a highly polluted city. Especially if you want to stay in the city center. Search online and you'll find a map of the pollution per city areas. Was it just a coincidence or not, in the 1st half a year my entire family (especially children of course) got different illnesses related to viruses and bacterias, much more than what we were facing before coming to Bucharest.
- The politics and the law changes made in Romania are concerning. Mass Media is free to talk, the politicians just do not listen. After you will move here - start watching the news and you'll understand me.
- The Medical Care system (both public and private, but especially the public one) is very very bad, and i doubled the 'very' by purpose. You need a vaccination for your child (even a MANDATORY one) - make sure you start looking for it well in advance because you might not find one. It happened to me. Your child needs hospitalization in a PRIVATE hospital due to sickness - you might not find an empty bed for him. It happened to me and my child went to a public one. Be ready to stay for hours in line at public hospitals when having an emergency with your child, so many people seem to have problems. It happened to me, with my very dehydrated and falling-asleep child on hands. Be ready to not see soap and toilet paper in public hospital rooms. My child stayed in one like that.

You can see the CONS and PROS i listed above. Though I like Bucharest and Romania, nowadays I start thinking to move away from here due to the Medical Care frustrations. I do not feel my children safe here and I feel them being exposed too much to risks while being so young.
#Lu on Aug 23, 2017 :
Hi there, i really need your advice guys.
I get an offer for job for 3800 Lei netto in Bucharest.
As I'm checking the prices here I can not decide to take it or leave it. Do you think i will be able to live decent life or just struggle from one day to another? i'm not spending much money on food, in uk i m able to live on around 70£/week. Also is there any websites you would recommend to search for accomodation? Thanks in advance..
Lu
#Filip on Aug 02, 2017 :
@Nitin,

As I mentioned previously is purely depending on your lifestyle. But if you already have accommodation and car, you can save even 13 000 per month. Or even 15 000 if you don't go out, you don't buy clothes etc.

@Jim,

You will pay 32% taxes on those 40k per month. You would be able to live comfortable, regarding housing you can check following website : https://www.imobiliare.ro/ .
Toyota Corolla starts from 72 000 lei , you can check toyota.ro.
#Jim on Jul 29, 2017 :
I currently make around 40k lei per month, but this is before taxes. What would the tax rate be, and would I be able to afford a nice 4 bedroom house outside the city and car? They say a new Toyota Corolla cost approx 82k lei, how accurate is this?
#Nitin on Jul 28, 2017 :
Hi

How much Money i can save,if lived alone in Bucharest and get the 17000(leu) Net salary after tax .
Most of the time cook myself indian food .
Company will give me company car and mobile with international roaming and accommodation .
#Filip on Jul 10, 2017 :
@Nitin,

There is no additional tax on the Net salary, after rent and private kindergarten you might be able to save 500 $, of course this depends on many factors, it can be more or none. For instance having dinner in high-end restaurants would cost you double of what you find on this site. Having a car would also raise your expenses.

Regarding cost of living almost all prices here are close to reality. With that salary you will be able to live comfortable in Bucharest. My advise would be to find apartment close to your office or close to the metro, as this is the only decent public transport.
#Nitin on Jun 30, 2017 :
Hi All,

I have got a job offer at bucharest,Romania with a monthly Net salary of 4500$ form a reputed USA based 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(is there any extra other tax on net salary(in hand salary)) and the cost of living with wife and 2 kids (4 year old and 1 year old)

Kindly Suggest me .....
#Orhan on Jun 10, 2017 :
Hello i have a chance to study in Brasov next year so i have a question.They give me 600 lei per month and accomodation is free in university dormitory.It will be enough for me to live in there?And one more question is there are chances to work in that city as a student?
#Anonymous on Mar 16, 2017 :
for Tural: yes you can find jobs with 4h or 6h per day also you can find weekend jobs it's pretty easy few tips and tricks :the public transportation is at half price for students also the rail inside the country is free for students and you can stay at the university campus with few roommates (the conditions are not to great) where the accommodation fee is almost 50 euro per month so don't worry it's pretty cheap.
#Tural on Mar 11, 2017 :
Hi, I am planning to come to Bucharest for getting master degree.So I have some questions..one of them is finding part time job for earning daily spendings Is this possible as a student. Thanks for your answers
#Jan on Jan 12, 2017 :
As a guy, who has just come back from vacation in Bucharest, I've to say that their taxis are just phenomenal. 5 USD and you have a night ride from one end of Bucharest to another.

Cheers from Poland
#Petre on Jan 10, 2017 :
@Ted
A short answer is yes,of course 2100(3000-900)RON would be enough to live here in Bucharest and by live I mean you will have food(decent) on your table,pay your utilities(electricity,gas,tv,phone, internet,etc),heat your house in the winter,buy some clothes from time to time (nothing fancy obviously),use public transportation(it's quite cheap, taxi rides are also very cheap) and even go out to a pub once a month but that's about it.
About that 900RON/month rent... you'll probably be staying in a very basic(old furniture or none)one bedroom apartment situated in a "working class area" or a very small and very, very crappy two bedroom apartment situated God knows where but I wouldn't want to live there.
The cigarettes will cost 240-250RON/month.
You won't save any money, that's for sure.

So again the answer is yes,that income would cover a modestly- decent lifestyle.

PS. You'll probably be a little more "happy & healthy" without those cigarettes ;)
#Ted on Jan 08, 2017 :
Hello everyone,

Planning to move to Bucharest.Would 3000 RON be enough money to live here ?

My rent would be 900 RON.
I don't plan to spend money in pubs and i will cook my own meals.
1 pack of cigarrettes every 2 days.(225 RON)

I apreciate verry sincere answers so please go ahead and speak your mind. Thanks.
#Andrew on Dec 28, 2016 :
Hello, I'm Andrew former IT guy and after hours dj, living in Romania for the past 29 years. I know all there is to know about this country. If you plan to visit us or stay here and you need a fixer I'm your guy. (Best: restaurants tables/views, hotel rooms/locations, bars, pubs, private parties, clubs, city tours, attractions, villas or apartments accommodations, boat trips, traditional food, countryside activities , legal documents, translators, transportation, jobs, flower delivery, expensive/cheap stuff, fishing trips, finding ppl, special needs). I can design a perfect vacation in your budget. You name what you want and i will help you. Won't post my phone number here to avoid idiots, if you need any details my e-mail is t.teodor@ymail.com , me and my wife helped students, seniors, girls, couples, ppl with special needs or pets. So don't hesitate to drop a mail !
#Filip on Dec 27, 2016 :
@Dan

This prices are average, you can notice that there is also listed higher and lower price.
That's why also the income is around 2500 Lei, this is what the majority in Bucharest is taking.

If you are taking higher salary of course there are places to spend your money, there are fancy restaurants where dinner will cost you 300-400 lei, there is also premium black angus beef that is 80 lei per kg.

If you want to buy eggs with the bio sign you will pay 12 lei for 6 eggs. But also you can go at the local green market and buy from the producers for half price.

Taxi indeed is not the best but u get what you pay, as you said if you want better service you will take black cab.

Important is that is a big city and there is plenty of choice depending how "deep is your pocket".
#Dan on Dec 12, 2016 :
Some of these prices are off from reality. For example:

1. Meal for 2 in a medium to high quality restaurant can go towards 200 lei or more. Eating in a seafood restaurant will cost more than that. So will eating in a japanese restaurant or a french cuisine one.

Sure, italian food is cheap, because it is everywhere.

2. Quality eggs are about 1 leu a piece.

3. Local cheese is about 32 lei / kg.

4. Chicken - stay away from the cheap ones. It exists but it should be avoided.

5. Beef goes about 32 lei / kg.

6. Local wine goes for about 40 lei / bottle if you want something of medium quality.

7. Taxi - stay away from the cheap ones. Quality is abysmal. If you want quality, go with Uber or some of the more expensive taxi companies like BlackCab.

8.
#Eddie on Oct 12, 2016 :
By the way my Email is
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if you'll so.
#Eddie on Oct 12, 2016 :
Hi I'm Eddie and I'm visiting Bucharest for 10 days next week. I'm looking for someone to help me to rent a place somewhere radar around old town close to nightlife seen and hanging around for fun if you Rader ,to meet new person for hack of it.
I'll appreciate your time spending with me and I'll be happy to help you back financially for your kindness and gaudiness.
I'm about 45 year old male, 186 cm tall and Canadian citizens.
l like to meet new people.
hope to hear from you and I know it'll be exciting.
#Coke on Sep 22, 2016 :
@Mann: You want a job and you can't speak Romanian? You can hardly find a job if you are a local! And btw, what are you doing here if you are from the UK?
There is no need for cab drivers unless you have your own car, companies are full and you hardly make anything unless you stay out all rush hours.
A job at a grocery store will not be more than 1100 RON ( 900 in cash and 200 in food stamps ) for 12 hour shifts+weekends frequently but you can have discounts on products in the evenings, that kind off money doesn't even pay rent and even with a roommate you'll have to give off half and still have to pay utilities so I don't know how you'll survive with ~50 euro/month. And you still need to know the language fairly well cause or else they can easily find someone who does.
You can try game testing which is also a minimum wage job with 8 hour shifts, check EA and Ubisoft. Maybe pray they raise the minimum wage but they can either make the contract part time or give you a collaboration paper in which they state you work 4 per day and pay you marginally less than minimum wage.
#Mann on Aug 31, 2016 :
Hy guys . I'm here in Bucharest last 8 months and I'm looking for any type of job to survive , if any body help me to get a job I'll be appreciate.and yeh I can't speake Romanian very well,& I hold a uk driving licence (if any job for driver) thanks
#Daniel on Aug 31, 2016 :
Hello everyone,
The data for Bucharest are quite accurate, except the average monthly salary (Net After Tax). Statistically (numbers given by National Statistic Institute) in 2016, the average net income is estimated at 2813 lei --> approx. 30% higher than on this site. In December 2015 the average net income in Bucharest was 2.958 lei (657 euro).
#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.