Cost of Living in Chisinau

Summary of cost of living in Chisinau, Moldova:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 135.46 L 80.00-299.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 L 400.00-800.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 113.50 L 90.00-130.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 25.00 L 16.00-40.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 35.00 L 25.00-50.00
Cappuccino (regular) 29.83 L 20.00-40.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 14.67 L 10.00-25.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 11.06 L 8.00-20.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 76.22 L 56.78-105.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 8.13 L 5.44-10.89
Rice (white), (1 lb) 12.59 L 9.07-16.78
Eggs (regular) (12) 41.69 L 27.60-54.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 82.57 L 54.43-136.08
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 41.99 L 31.75-49.90
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 64.84 L 45.36-81.65
Apples (1 lb) 6.32 L 3.18-9.07
Banana (1 lb) 14.35 L 11.34-18.14
Oranges (1 lb) 13.24 L 9.07-18.14
Tomato (1 lb) 15.68 L 8.62-22.68
Potato (1 lb) 5.39 L 3.63-6.80
Onion (1 lb) 6.08 L 3.18-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 25.14 L 13.00-40.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 13.12 L 10.00-16.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 100.00 L 60.00-150.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 20.24 L 15.00-25.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 31.86 L 25.00-45.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 45.00 L 42.00-50.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 6.00 L 6.00-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 234.00 L 234.00-324.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 32.50 L 25.00-45.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.05 L 6.44-11.67
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 L 60.00-90.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 106.68 L 92.29-124.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 301,000.00 L 300,000.00-400,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 362,333.33 L 348,000.00-400,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 3,939.86 L 2,125.00-7,000.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 123.33 L 80.00-170.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 182.55 L 140.00-250.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 715.76 L 350.00-1,500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 378.57 L 250.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 120.00 L 110.00-200.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 6,130.27 L 4,837.68-7,740.29
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 67,251.20 L 50,000.00-116,104.31
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 948.58 L 500.00-1,600.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 692.64 L 300.00-1,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,705.76 L 1,200.00-3,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,017.08 L 967.54-2,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,770.75 L 4,837.68-10,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,981.32 L 3,800.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,996.98 L 9,675.36-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,136.11 L 6,000.00-18,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,312.76 L 1,858.05-2,787.07
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,636.81 L 1,300.63-1,858.05
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 9,736.00 L
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 13.47 8.50-18.00

Prices in Chisinau

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Last update: September 2023
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3 Comments so far
Anonymous on Dec 13, 2020:
To foreigners everything is very cheap in Moldova compared to UK and other places.Foreigners expect to pay overinflated prices in Moldova just like everywhere else we visit.Moldolva is the least visited country in all of Europe.During the soviet union era everything was clean and modern.But during my visits to Moldova infrastructure is nonexistent. The big hotel in Chisinau,observatory among many other things haven't been repaired at all and it's been over 31 years since the soviet union occupied Moldova.During my short stays in Chisinau over the years they mention politics as the reasons why Moldova is so decrepid looking.Finally after over 30 years Moldovans are rebellious against government,however its a bit late to have the resources to fix not only the badly broken economy but infrastructure due to no money.

Thetruth on Jan 19, 2020:
@roberto , I agree with you in part. However, even I am Romanian I cannot get these prices for rent or services. There is a premium for anyone , subjective and not based on law or market prices , who is a foreigner, expat, emigrated Romanian or Moldovan. While in Theory prices are cheap for the local who has been there all their life it is definitely not these prices for others. Consider that Italy may be 200 euro to fix a car part but it's 200 for everyone, foreigner or local. In Romania, Russia , Belarus , ukraine , Moldova , etc. it's 2 prices. And its a huge difference. Still even with the markup it's still probably cheaper than the 200 euro in italy. However my observation is short term rents are not much less than Spain or Italy and it's moldova! As exotic as it is , if I had to pay the same rent in Spain of course I choose Spain 100 percent of the time. Romanians rip off their own as well as foreigners so unless you can pretend to pass for a local for 30 years there good luck getting so called local prices. I went to a wine bar in chisinau and spoke Romanian with an accent. He switched to English and charged me 4x the local rate. So you know there is much price scamming going on. That's why few decide to stay unless they can somehow get anywhere near the local prices. Even 30 percent above local would be an achievement but often it's more like 50 to 200 percent above local price for expat, repat, foreigner or even local who looks like he has some money.
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
Visited Chisinau September for two weeks like going back in time 50 years ago in a bad way.The people were really strange very poor but whores we're plentiful and cheap too.I was amazed what 30 euro would get me for two none the less all day.I must say that's a pittance compared to Liverpool.