Cost of Living in Bucharest

Summary about cost of living in Bucharest, Romania:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 40.00 lei 30.00-60.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 180.00 lei 120.00-300.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 lei 25.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 lei 6.00-12.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 lei 8.00-15.00
Cappuccino (regular) 11.25 lei 5.00-15.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 7.03 lei 4.94-10.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 6.27 lei 5.00-10.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 22.73 lei 15.14-30.28
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.98 lei 1.81-7.26
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.24 lei 1.81-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.33 lei 7.19-16.80
Local Cheese (1 lb) 14.79 lei 9.07-20.87
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 11.36 lei 6.73-14.51
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.66 lei 13.61-27.22
Apples (1 lb) 2.14 lei 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 2.96 lei 2.27-4.08
Oranges (1 lb) 2.67 lei 1.81-4.54
Tomato (1 lb) 5.22 lei 1.81-9.07
Potato (1 lb) 1.73 lei 0.91-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 1.54 lei 0.91-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 3.38 lei 2.00-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.89 lei 2.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 29.00 lei 15.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.18 lei 3.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.70 lei 4.00-10.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 23.00 lei 22.00-24.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 lei 3.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 lei 70.00-125.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 lei 2.00-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.00 lei 3.22-5.29
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.45 lei 19.99-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 30.63 lei 27.25-34.07
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 100,000.00 lei 90,000.00-123,675.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 104,173.89 lei 95,000.00-123,500.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 645.16 lei 401.82-1,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 lei 0.03-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 39.90 lei 30.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 215.32 lei 130.00-350.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 76.16 lei 50.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 30.00 lei 25.00-40.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,993.80 lei 1,500.00-2,965.69
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 36,873.35 lei 25,000.00-59,313.88
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 347.05 lei 200.00-530.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 191.97 lei 120.00-280.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 354.00 lei 250.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 418.08 lei 250.00-500.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,233.21 lei 1,550.00-3,212.83
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,615.04 lei 1,235.71-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,245.88 lei 3,000.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,622.12 lei 2,000.00-3,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,091.15 lei 918.40-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 679.63 lei 510.96-836.12
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,248.31 lei
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.68 4.00-8.00

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REY on Jun 08, 2022:
Bucharest - Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) - 854.59 €
Berlin - Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) - 2,919.93 €

Cost in Berlin is slightly higher than in Bucharest, though the Net Salary in Berlin, is 3-4 times higher.

PS: Zurich - Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) - 6,424.63 €

These are just examples, do not take them as an offence.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2022:
Hi all! I'm so frustrated to see racist comments about this country. First of all, every country has bad and good people, and in general, I can say that Romanians are one of the kindest people in the world. They will welcome you in such a great way and they will give you all they have to make you feel good.
Romania is not an unsafe country, not at all. The prices in Bucharest are higher compared to the rest of the country, but please compare it with other European capitals and you will make the difference. The normal cost of living (rent, food, bills) is normal, not cheap, not expensive, if you want to go to a restaurant might be higher than other east European countries, but trying to compare them with France, Italy, Spain, is cheaper. But here you can find very nice places, restaurants, bars, that can't be compared to other countries at a decent price.
Please try once to visit it, to see the landscapes, the beauty of nature, of the Carpati Mountains and you will not regret it. Also try to meet Romanians and try to go to a party here with them, and you will never want to leave this contry.
Anonymous on Nov 28, 2021:
I've never met an intelligent romanian inroute, at the airport in Bucharest. Also romanians are gypsies that rarely bathe and wear layers of clothing to mask their body odor. Portable kiosks should be mandatory for hot water hosedowns with deodorant soap.Yes all romanians stink of body odor.I cringe knowing my flight will stop in Bucharest inroute,to elsewhere.
Anonymous on Jun 03, 2021:
If you are rich this is a good city but if you are poor this is a horible city... A lot of scammers and gold diggers.
Pratik Sai on Apr 29, 2021:
@Kiran

58.5% of salary is take home that is more or less right. You will not get back your pension contributions unless you retire there so please make sure the company offers you a social security reimbursement - should be approx 35% of your salary.
roboul on Mar 06, 2021:
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Anonymous on Feb 08, 2021:
Hum trashy pile of rubbish you said? Your comments on Feb 7,2021 hum? Everyone knows how dangerous Bucharest actually is and I must agree with comments made about Bucharest on Dec 19,2020.I'm not of the mindset of others in Europe who carrouse in the red-light districts visiting Bucharest.I drive a taxi throughout Bucharest so I see all of the violence taking place throughout Bucharest and I've driven taxi 56 years in Bucharest,yes I'm a native Bucharestian.Gun battles day or night,it doesn't matter how safe any area's are supposed to be.Take your RUBBISH SELF back from whence you came and your shag parties with you.To post Dec 19,2020 thank you for telling it like it really is because I too live and work throughout the violent city daily.
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2021:
Replying to Anonymous of Dec 19 2020.
I have never before seen such a trashy pile of rubbish written about Bucharest.
Utter lies and garbage such as your commentary suggests you are either malicious or stupid.
Bucharest is, without doubt, one of the safest cities in Europe. I have lived here far longer than you and have seen none of the violence you claim. NONE.
Anonymous on Jan 18, 2021:
There's way too many gypsys living in Bucharest.They are laying drugged or drunk on the sidewalks
Anonymous on Jan 06, 2021:
Yes I'm sure because I stayed in PIATA ROMANA neighborhood a very upscale area,supposedly.
Anonymous on Jan 03, 2021:
Dear Anonymus,

Are you realy sure you lived in Bucharest, Romania?

Kind regards,
Anonymous on Dec 19, 2020:
I lived in Bucharest for 8 months in a supposed great area but I left due to extreme violence throughout the city.The high prices weren't an issue for me.The crime rates listed here aren't correct but instead double that. The city is loaded with guns and I've heard automatic weapons many times throughout the city day or night. If you have a death wish live in Bucharest.
Alex on Dec 18, 2020:
Prices are a lot higher in Bucharest and Romania then in this Summary... to get this prices for food you need to search all town for cheap food...
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.