Cost of Living in Bucharest

Summary about cost of living in Bucharest, Romania:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35.00 lei 25.00-60.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 lei 100.00-300.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 20.00 lei 18.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 lei 4.87-12.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 lei 7.00-16.00
Cappuccino (regular) 10.10 lei 5.00-15.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 6.39 lei 4.00-10.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 5.69 lei 4.00-10.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 18.76 lei 13.25-22.71
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.92 lei 1.11-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.54 lei 1.36-3.63
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.68 lei 6.00-14.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.22 lei 6.80-18.14
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 10.06 lei 6.80-11.79
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 15.58 lei 11.34-22.68
Apples (1 lb) 2.15 lei 1.36-3.18
Banana (1 lb) 2.63 lei 1.81-4.08
Oranges (1 lb) 2.65 lei 1.81-4.54
Tomato (1 lb) 2.61 lei 1.36-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.34 lei 0.45-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.31 lei 0.77-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 2.62 lei 1.70-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.58 lei 2.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 lei 15.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.51 lei 2.50-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.67 lei 4.00-10.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 20.00 lei 20.00-23.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 lei 1.30-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 lei 50.00-80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 lei 1.90-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 lei 2.82-4.81
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 lei 17.00-25.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 19.09 lei 17.03-22.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 86,006.00 lei 79,654.00-96,800.75
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 93,650.84 lei 85,171.00-100,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 448.15 lei 300.00-700.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.40 lei 0.05-0.86
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 40.64 lei 30.00-70.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 188.57 lei 120.00-300.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 67.97 lei 40.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 30.00 lei 25.00-45.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,710.19 lei 1,200.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 39,817.76 lei 24,000.00-72,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 303.45 lei 130.00-500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 158.10 lei 90.00-250.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 325.66 lei 200.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 383.41 lei 250.00-600.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,972.62 lei 1,500.00-2,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,393.52 lei 1,000.00-1,920.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,532.62 lei 2,500.00-5,848.81
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,370.71 lei 1,800.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 822.96 lei 650.32-1,132.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 532.76 lei 452.81-679.21
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,532.11 lei
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.29 5.00-8.50

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74 Comments so far
Akash khadka on Jun 07, 2020:
Im from Nepal. Romania is suitable for doing jobs? and. How much we need to cost for month? Please
Anonymous on Dec 06, 2019:
Hi All,
Also could you please guide me about free/paid education for my 10 year old kid . After going through couple of fourms observed the international school is expensive .
I don’t believe in expensive education but wanted to know how good is the Govt schools education system . Thank you .
Kiran on Dec 06, 2019:
Hi All ,
I will be offered soon to join IT company in Bucharest , Romania as full time employee . I am an expat and will be relocating from India with my wife and 10 year old kid . Observed Pension fund contribution is 25% and Health contribution is 10% of gross salary . While the income tax is 10% of taxable base .

This makes the take home salary after all deductions will be around 58.5%

I am wondering if expats can with draw “ Pension fund contribution “ made from there gross salary ? If so , when and how can we withdraw and what is the process .

Appreciate your help . Thank you .
Romanian on Oct 16, 2019:
I've saw a comment bellow in regards with public transport that it's expensive. :)))))
This is not true. If you pay per month 15 EUR for metro then try London :) with more than 1k GBP per month, try Amsterdam and then we'll discuss.

Bucharest and Romania are great for leaving and everything is affordable even for a Romanian which has an University diploma and then continued learning and being professional in his career, especially in IT.

Rentals and also purchasing for apartments cannot compare with other European capitals. Take Paris for example; 1 room studio around city centre ~500k EUR.
Bucharest, around city centre 1 room studio ~55k EUR.

Let's not mention that Romania is a safe country from many perspectives.
Anonymous on Aug 23, 2019:
http://www.ziare.com/social/salariu/salariul-mediu-net-in-bucuresti-a-ajuns-la-3-882-de-lei-iar-pensia-medie-trece-de-1-500-de-lei-1552911

The average monthly net salary in Bucharest is near 4000ron and not 3016ron. Please verify
Jack on Aug 10, 2019:
Any information on pipera lake project in Bucharest ? Location, fair purchase price for 1 and 2 bedroom apartment, rental prices etc...
Jack on Aug 10, 2019:
I am interested in buying an apartment in pipera lake project. Any information on the neighborhood, prices etc. will be appreciated
Dushan on Aug 03, 2019:
Im from sri lanka. Romania is suitable for doing jobs? and. How much we need to cost for month? Please help
Mike Veen on Jun 13, 2019:
@Greg: thank Greg. This useful for me. I am from the Netherland and thinking serious to go Bucarest and stay there. Dont know how to handle things yet but i will. I wish you good luck with your Romanian wife and i agree fully...they are the most beautiful i have ever seen.
Greg on May 24, 2019:
I been married to my Romanian wife for 5 years now and been with her 7 years. I am American from California. I have found Romanian women to be among the most beautiful I ever seen. I see some ignorant comments about Romanians, but most don't trust you at first. When they do, they treat you like family. I like the nightlife there and hanging out with some genuine people, I got to know. You make friends in any country with your attitude, so don't blame others if you are not finding friendly people. I own a brand new 2 bedroom condo. I pay 56,000 Euros. That is beyond cheap where I lived in California, USA. I agree with the statement dated May 18, 2019. You can live very good here for 1500 Euros per month. Most consider that well off. A single person can easily live off that and have money left over. Some of this above prices are high where I get things. I guess you can find some places higher than others, but most people living there know where to get bargains. Currently the US dollar here goes far, Current conversion is $1 US Dollar to 4.2 Romanian Lei. I found Romania to be one of the cheapest places I been too. Bucharest might be a little more money, but there is always things to do. If you live on outskirts are other places, you might find it even cheaper. You can also own a business that generates money for not a big investment. I would suggest hiring a Lawyer to have all paperwork in order. You can get for around 500 Euros.
Anonymous on May 18, 2019:
Currently saving to buy my own place. With that in mind, 3700-3900RON/month is enough to live a frugal living as a young male. This accounts for renting an apartment(one room close to city center), utilities, eating as I please(I cook my own food, I rarely eat out), gym membership, public transport, cheap clothes from H&M and going out maybe twice per month(nothing too fancy, maybe a beer at the pub or watching the latest Marvel flic at IMAX).
Rick on May 14, 2019:
I spent a week in Bucharest while attending a funeral. I spoke with many people about moving to Romania, as I am retired and have a decent income. I found that in Banessa was comfortable, safe and easy to get around in. Apartments were very inexpensive as well as food and transportation. I took Uber from Sector 2 to Banessa and it cost me $5 (Around 15 km). The one issue I found is immigration and the bureaucracy It is very hard for retired people to move to Romania. Also, Health insurance and healthcare are very expensive for ex-pats (Break your arm, and you have to pay 10,000 euros up front and wait for your insurance to reimburse). Still, Bucharest and Romania will forever be my dream place to live.România dragostea mea!
Anonymous on May 14, 2019:
Bucharest is expensive if you don't speak Romanian. You will get ripped off.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019:
#fffff Do your research Russia just took 75% of coast line in Crimea.During the 2008 Olympics Russia took a big chunk of northern Georgia and nobody said a word.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019:
#fffff Nobody cares about the Russians but Russia is cornered.Many think Putin runs the show but it's the communists that pressure him.Watch what happens if the U S puts missels within the NATO zone.I'm not pro Russia by any means but it is what it is.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019:
Hope your condo is bomb proof,Putin said he will bomb parts of Europe if U S missles are allowed. Romania is one area Putin mentioned in Europe.
Roxanne on Apr 06, 2019:
I visit every year for a couple of months. I own a condo in Bucharest and compared to the US I think it’s a bargain to spend time there. Looking forward to spend 6 months there and 6 here.
Vlad on Apr 03, 2019:
Don't come to Romania! It's not safe for outsiders. Live in the mess that you created in the West! Deal with it!
Anonymous on Mar 31, 2019:
Honestly I've lived in Bucharest for three years now and my last semester will end in April 2019.Many locals live with family mostly due to it being so expensive, true.I'm used to high prices being from Paris.Bucharest is very expensive but don't take my word for it though.Move to Bucharest and find out how expensive it is.No I don't fly a helicopter.You asked for honest figures and I gave them,get lost.
Anonymous on Mar 30, 2019:
",$800 eur rent, $300 eur food " NOT EATING OUT " $500 eur transportation, utilities $400 eur."

WHAT? Are you sure you live in Bucharest, and not New York? Do you take helicopter to work? Because 500 EUR per month is unbelievable. I think that you meant to say those prices are in RON, which would then be close to reality.
Anonymous on Mar 26, 2019:
You'd need $4,000 eur in backup funds and another $2,000 eur income each month for one person.I rent a student apartment 22m2 not in the best area.Here are my expenses,$800 eur rent, $300 eur food " NOT EATING OUT " $500 eur transportation, utilities $400 eur. The figures here don't include going out which I don't.I have another 4 months of college left then I'm outta here,way too expensive.P.S. Yes things are that high in Bucharest.Living outside of Bucharest isn't any cheaper considering the extra cost of transportation.
Rauf on Mar 20, 2019:
Hi, i'm planning to come Bucharest for doing master, i wanna know that how much money is enough for a student per month ? Btw, is there any vacancy for students ?

Thanks in advance.
Anonymuous on Mar 05, 2019:
The cost of transport is higher, because the tram/bus transport and metro are separated. A metro pass is around 70 ron/15 euro(monthly) and a bus pass is 50 ron/11 euro(monthly)...so i think it's fair to say that a regular monthly pass is more like 26 euro.
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2019:
The Euro is becoming less valuable each day,it's not rebounding.So the figures here are out the window.Italy and other countries are dropping out of the Eurozone due to the Euro losing value as mentioned priorly.
Marius on Feb 12, 2019:
@Kristian
The net salary for Senior Java Developer it depends on your knowledge.
From what I know you can earn a net salary from 1800 to 4000 Euro/month.

You're right about Net Salary = 0.585*Gross Salary.
Kristian on Jan 23, 2019:
How much salary an experienced Senior Java Developer could expect?
In Sofia, Bulgaria I heard numbers like 3.000 Euro Net. Is it the same in Bucharest?

I also heard, that in Romania Net Salary=0,585 x Gross Salary. Is that true?
Thanks
TheRomanian on Jan 09, 2019:
Seeing all sort of comments about the average salary and how well you'd be with 2000 euros (also some of the commenters ignoring that people speciy it as gross salary), I can share with you, through the prism of being a non pretentious person, but living for some years in cities like Sydney, Dusseldorf, Brussels and making a comparison, that Bucharest is by no means a 'cheap' city to live in. Add up to that the constant stress of driving in one of Europe's most crowded (and with most traffic jams) city.

I have residency in several other countries, however need to be here for my wife, to be close to relatives (medical condition/chronic anxiety), but I leave outside Bucharest, home office, however I curse each day that I have to go in the city.

@Bogdan, @Anonymous(es), stop bullshitting people. 3200 gross salary is less than I have and it isn't such a big number. My wife drives a 10 year old small sedan, I drive an inexpensive MPV (a SUV let's say), we have a small kid, a mortgage (small house), and believe me, one 3200 gross salary is 'barely decent'. But yeah, for people content with some 40 sqm single bedroom apartment used between visits to the old city center pubs, then you can also save some 500 euro (unless you gamble them).

To foreigners: be also cautious with romanians' fake hospitality and kindness. The distance between apes and romanians is not big and it is most exceptional to find some that are honest and don't lack ethics (an old saying tells us: it doesn't mean you're civilized if you're placing the garbage in the bin with so many people around, it means you're civilized if you're doing that even when you're alone, but still binning your garbage and not just throwing it sideways - check what romanians do when you turn your back for a second or two and you'll have some surprises, at least with some of them).

Another saying of romanians: Romania is such a beautiful country... too bad it is populated (figure that).
Bogdan on Jan 09, 2019:
People are you crazy ?

In Romania with 1000 euro for one person or 2000 for 4 person (2adults + 2 kids) it's a very good and sweet life , for a normal family. But depend how much you want to spend ... Example If you are going to a club in downtown you cand spend 200-300 euro for a bottle of whiskey.
Can you rent outside of city center 2 or 3 rooms with 300 - 500 euro.
AllanK on Dec 27, 2018:
I will be staying in Romania for 3 months and a salary of 4500euros net per month. Will that be enough to have a decent lifestlye. Thanks!
Bui on Nov 20, 2018:
Hi there,

I have plan to move our family (i, my wife and my son) to Romania. So can you please advise how much monthly cost that we have to be aware of eg. Renting, food....?

Thanks so much.
Anonymous on Oct 26, 2018:
@Jack, you can live very, very well on 3200 Euro in Bucharest, with the very real possibility of saving up to 500 Euro if you try.
Anonymous on Oct 26, 2018:
@Alexandria, 400 Euros should be plenty enough. You can exchange one Euro into between 4.5-4.6 RON on any given day. The exchange charge would drop that to about 4.1-4.2, but even with that drop, you would still convert into about 1650 RON. That amount is plenty if you don't spend at extravagant pricey restaurants.
Alexandria on Oct 22, 2018:
Hi,

I have been offered a job in Bucharest with a net salary of €900. I only have to spend on food. How much is the average monthly food budget if you eat 1-2 meals at a mid range restaurant per day and the rest for food groceries to be cooked at home? Is €400 enough? Because I plan on saving €500.

Thanks.
Jack on Oct 18, 2018:
Is 3200 EUR gross salary a good one to live in Bucharest for a Family of 4.
Bogdan on Oct 04, 2018:
The average net salary in Bucharest is at least 3250 ron / 700 euro per mounth. 2700 ron is average for all country.
Anonymous on Aug 24, 2018:
These costs are extremely high compared to what Romanians really pay. At 7,151.27 lei per month, you would be considered rich, since the average income is about 550 Euros.
Alberto on Aug 07, 2018:
I'm being offered a job in Bucharest, we are a family of 4, including our big dog, what should be a net salary for an experienced professional? I would appreciate an orientative comment about it, thanks!
Gogu Bordei on Jun 30, 2018:
Another "secret" (Polichinelli's secret, as everyone knows about it, but only our corrupt politicians pretend this is not true), is that beside the real unofficial unemployment rate that beat the world record of all time (even for war zone states like Siria, going on average to 45-60% of active population), so another "secret" is the Bucharest population, that officially is still at 2 million, although in the last 20 years they built more than 20.000 blocks of apartments, and many people still live crowded and pay rent, so nobody knows the real sum, but some say it's between 3 million to 4 million and the Ilfov county (metropolitan area of Bucharest) between 5 to 7 million people - but this should not wonder anyone since the corrupted politicians conducted us (by stupid-animal instinct) to a South-American-Mexican oligarchic model with a single super-city where 70% of the entire country's business is run and the rest of the country with 30%.
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2018:
I don't see an Edit button, so I forgot to mention that it's worth renting an apartment in the Bucharest center, but not to buy one, as the rent price is only double relative to the outskirts but the buying price is 10 to 20 times larger. However some people really need to have these center locations, especially firms that have small offices in those apartments. As there is a subway, this does not felt as a tragedy for the people living permanently in Bucharest, but it is often described as "hell", or "nightmare" by the Romanians coming from other Romanian cities and towns.
Gogu Bordei on Jun 30, 2018:
@#Anonymous, there is no manipulation, but outside Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and possibly Arad and Brasov, the salaries drop abruptly, and vary a lot although the cost of living not so much. One is the official salary and another thing is the unofficial one. The official average salary is computed per country and is totally irrelevant, as many Romanians (40% are not even working officially so even unemployment figures are misleading: they report 4-6% unemployment rate, but they count only the people that asked for help and that were eligible, that is for a maximum of 6 months, after that they go hobo. So by what I can see from friends, brothers, their friends, parents, etc, the unemployment rate goes between about 15% in Bucharest to 39% in other large cities from South and East of Romania like: Craiova, Galati, Iasi, Constanta, and up to 70% in small, almost deserted towns, so the tragic situation of the country is a "state secret" officially, unofficially is the secret fueled by our corrupt politicians, they are not the state, only some mafioso that went political.
The salaries, in Bucharest, officially go on average as net of ~700 Euros/month, unofficially more than 1000. But in other big city is really 700 and in a small town may be 400. What this means? Yes, you can advertise a free job for 700E/m but nobody will present to the interview in Bucharest. In the western side of Romania si almost like in Bucharest, very close, but not quite the same. For instance on average the prices in real-estate in Cluj are even slightly higher than Bucharest's average, however in the city-center they will be topped at ~1500E/sqm -which is very high even so for Cluj, but in Bucharest the city-center is so large, that there are variations even for it, going from 2500E/sqm to 10.000E/sqm, but yes, the average for the entire city is 1300E/sqm sligtly less than for Cluj where is 1310E/sqm. The same can by applied to other large cities, an average of 1200E/sqm means a very small variation between the very center of the city and outskirts, which is not true for Bucharest because it is so crowded that is practically impossible to drive with a car from outside the city to the center and even if you succeed you'll find there is no free parking space and can drive for 2 hours looking for one, like in center New York. This made the prices explode in the very center, but this doesn't matter in any other Romanian city where you can drive in 10 minutes into the center an find even a free parking space. That's why only in Bucharest the real-estate prices be 10-20 times higher in the very center.
Dan on May 05, 2018:
@Dom 2400 EUR in Bucharest is definitely worth the same or more than 3200 EUR equivalent in UK, even in smaller/cheaper towns, let alone major cities, or God forbid, London, where you are almost a busker with this income :)
Sorin on Apr 08, 2018:
#dom, I earn the same in Bucharest and after paying rent (centrally), food (1 meal daily in town + food for home) and other small things I am able to save 1600-1800 euro. Then offcourse you can own a car, go in trips, buy clothes, etc, then this will cost you extra. But those 2400 must be the net. If you mean 2400 gross then you will save only 600 euro after taxes, rent and food.
dom on Apr 08, 2018:
Hi - ive just been offered a job in Bucharest in an educational institute. They are offering me a salary of 2400 euros a month. I know this seems healthy but I earn 800 more here in England. Could someone tell me how my lifestyle might compare? Thanks in advance
Alex on Mar 15, 2018:
@Abdel: I'd advise against it. I know Romanian dentistry graduates that have a very hard time finding a job - and entry level jobs have very very low salaries. Maybe he can study here but work somewhere else, there are a lot of people doing that (because it's cheap to stay & study).
Abdel on Mar 14, 2018:
Hi! Friends,
I am a national of east African country. My son intends to study dentistry in Romania- the English programme at any appropriate dental school. I shall be very grateful if someone can advice me how easy it will be for him to get dentist job in Romania after graduating, level of dentist income, and permanent residence permit/work permit. Thank you once again.
Filip on Mar 14, 2018:
@William
Depends on the private clinic, one of the biggest is Regina Maria: https://www.reginamaria.ro/we-are-largest-private-health-care-network-romania
With basic subscription the visit to GM is usually free, without subscription the prices are between 100-300 RON.
William on Feb 27, 2018:
What is the cost of a private doctors visit for a check up. Also what is the price of an endoscopic in Bucharest
Tommy on Jan 03, 2018:
@K

You'll be okay with 800e.

I'm getting about 600e a month from school and if I really wanted to, I could live off that. However, I do make extra money doing business online. But 800e you will be just fine.
Med on Dec 13, 2017:
@Anonymous - barely.
You will need to share a flat with someone. Allocate 100 € for rent, then some other 50€ for utilities sharing (it depends what do you rent..winter heating bill might come 150€).
100€ left to feed yourself with rice and potatoes :)
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.
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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.

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