Cost of Living in Chisinau

Summary about cost of living in Chisinau:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 70.00 L 60.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 250.00 L 200.00-350.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 70.00 L 50.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 19.00 L 15.00-25.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 30.00 L 20.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 23.65 L 15.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 13.29 L 8.00-20.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.48 L 5.00-20.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 40.69 L 34.07-56.78
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.48 L 4.54-7.26
Rice (white), (1 lb) 8.84 L 6.80-11.34
Eggs (regular) (12) 24.56 L 18.00-30.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 48.78 L 27.22-58.97
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 29.42 L 27.22-31.75
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 42.85 L 34.02-54.43
Apples (1 lb) 4.99 L 3.95-7.26
Banana (1 lb) 10.64 L 9.07-11.34
Oranges (1 lb) 10.92 L 8.62-12.25
Tomato (1 lb) 9.07 L 5.44-12.70
Potato (1 lb) 3.63 L 2.72-4.74
Onion (1 lb) 3.52 L 2.37-4.54
Lettuce (1 head) 9.58 L 5.00-20.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 9.73 L 8.00-12.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 L 50.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 13.50 L 11.00-16.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 21.67 L 15.00-30.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 24.00 L 20.00-27.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 L 2.00-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 140.00 L 75.00-180.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 30.00 L 15.00-30.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.16 L 3.54-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 L 50.00-70.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 64.90 L 60.57-68.14
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 283,737.25 L 235,353.00-320,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 352,121.41 L 266,422.24-417,590.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 2,046.05 L 1,200.00-3,131.58
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.56 L 1.00-2.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 154.33 L 100.00-180.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 712.45 L 400.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 124.54 L 80.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100.00 L 80.00-110.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,000.00 L 2,000.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 52,500.00 L 17,401.00-100,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 957.14 L 600.00-1,400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 611.76 L 500.00-800.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,625.00 L 1,000.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 2,007.69 L 1,000.00-2,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,064.71 L 4,000.00-6,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,443.01 L 2,700.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 8,222.68 L 6,500.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,106.43 L 4,500.00-7,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,531.83 L 1,180.44-2,043.85
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 993.60 L 856.77-1,300.63
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,960.71 L
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 13.00 10.00-17.00

Prices in Chisinau

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Last update: October 2017
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19 Comments so far

#bhuvnesh on Apr 18, 2017 :
Hey tatiyana. I am from India i want to visit moldova is it possible to live lavish life with 1000 usd
#bhuvnesh on Apr 18, 2017 :
Hey tatiyana. I am from India i want to visit moldova is it possible to live lavish life with 1000 usd
#Tatiana on Apr 10, 2017 :
Going to supermarket one time that's all- and salary is gone! how can you survive? that why people leaving continuously. here's no work /life balance and i never had it being single/divorced Mum and paying the mortgage at a such A GREEDY MD BANKS; made me to leave the country i born and love; because was a such a struggle..after 10 years....nothing changes it's getting even worse. Price up every day, every month.... Politicians are corrupt and DO NOTHING FOR PEOPLE OR COUNTRY, THEY ARE THERE FOR THEM SELF'S! Huge poverty in villages, all i witness when I'm visiting my family. I'm spending more money for food when i'm in Moldova then when i'm in Britain. Where's people that's deal with controlling prices? Perhaps, they are on Very good salary; AND THEY ARE FARAWAY FROM REALITY THAT AVERAGE PERSON LIVING! PLUS THEY ARE ALL CORRUPT THERE FOR EVERY SIGNATURE THEY WILL CHARGE....TO MAKE PEOPLE'S LIFE TOUGHER! WRONG VALUES! OR NO VALUES AT ALL !
#Fred on Feb 15, 2017 :
Prices for apartment rentals are totally off. A 3 bedroom apartment outside the center will cost you around 500-600 euro
#slava kono on Jan 20, 2017 :
Hello from Los Angeles! My step daughter live in Chisinau and complain that cost of living is to high. A specially utilities and food too. The people below said that price above is not real. She always ask for extra money. Pleas E-mail me the current real markets prices. Thank you
#Constantin. on Jun 07, 2016 :
Numbeo, I think you should reconsider cost of living for Chisinau comparing with Bucharest. I know, rents in the Romanian capital are higher but most prices are not so different. I have been travelling to Moldova at least twice per year from Romania for the last 5 years and I can tell that some prices in Chisinau are higher than in Bucharest. Examples: Clothes, electronics, some types of food and other consumer goods are often cheaper and of a better quality comparing with Chisinau. I have friends in Moldova and they come to city of Iasi for shopping due to the same reason explained by me above. Average salary in Moldova is about 200-250 EUR, and still, this income you can get in the capital only, in the country side you will not earn more than 150 EUR. Of course, Moldova has through the best wine in the world and traditional food is delicious with good prices-but these prices are cheap for foreigners with salaries above 700-800 EUR.
#Anonymous on Jul 19, 2015 :
Hye Sam this is bhuvnesh from India it is possible to live lavish life in Moldova with 1000 usd per month in Moldova plz give me some idea
#Sam on Jun 15, 2015 :
hey guy's, I am traveling to chisinau often. The country is nice and people are amazing.
Of course some how mathematically its dosent match for a middle class life style income and their experience, I can guess average salary is 8000Lie around €400 but still it's very low if you compare to other countries. Monthly expenses will be around €500 for middle class families if they don't have bank credit over their shoulders.
#Grey on Apr 09, 2015 :
Hi. I'm from Moldova the prices indicated are +- close to reality.
#LindaW. on Feb 25, 2015 :
I don't know about life in Poland but I grew up in Moldova, left the country 26 years ago. All family still in Moldova. Kishinev changed a lot, many nice buildings...but despite high prices at high end Hotels and Restaurants, service is medioco. Cleaneness - the same. Nobody smiles or friendly although I know people in Moldova just wonderful and good.
Life in Moldova is very difficult. Over million and a half of people working all over the world. People leave their families to make $ somewhere else. How sad is this? Moldova always had good soil, grape vineries - what happen to it? Why this corrapt goverment don't use hard working hands of Moldovian people to better their country?
Why Portugal, Italy and Greece can use them but not one of the poorest country in the world, Moldova?
#Ludmila on Aug 27, 2014 :
The prices are correct

I live in this city, I confirm the prices
Only the salaries are inferious to what is said - yes, the average salary may be 3461, but you add the 1100 LEI from people who work in bugetary area, and the high salary in finance area and you divide by two!

Voilà, not so good after all
#Lilia on Jun 13, 2014 :
Unfortunately, the prices listed here are at least 20% lower than in reality. As for the salaries - common, let's be serious. A cleaner has at least 3000 MDL salary and you say it's an average salary in the city? Besides, there are so many companies paying unofficial salaries...
#kaitlyn on Jun 04, 2014 :
this website does not help me whatsoever. it doesn't have the cities i'm looking for, nor the information. this is not a trustworthy website. i cannot find anything. certain places are not on here, and the information is not accurate.
#Peter on Apr 08, 2014 :
Jak . I live in Warsaw. I earn 4000 PLN net. If you rent estate in Warsaw sure You will have nothing at the end of month. But compare other cities in europe London and Paris . wages compare to rent estate are lover than Warsaw. Jan and and one more . Poland is not corrupted like Russia or Italy
#david on Feb 07, 2014 :
hi.i will go in few time to study in moldavia chisinau and pleas i nead help,about price of living there,rent per month of one room with share house with students,and the other cost of house en general,transportation and market,thank you very much.
#Jak on Dec 31, 2013 :
Peter, and do you know how expensive is rent/house in Warsaw Poland with energy bills? Dont talk when you do not know anything

all money in poland goes to renting/bills. and guess what. its not from corruption its from the real estate market being owned and catered to western europeans :\
#ying china on Dec 30, 2013 :
chisinau is expensive for the country quality, only cigarettes cheap . camel black 20 L, trolebus 2 lei -3 lei. go andys pizza eat a pizza with friend 300 lei thats %10 percen of a people salary out there, parcs nice lifes hard
#Peter on Dec 09, 2013 :
ziomo you taliknig is trash. minumum wage in poland 1600 pln = about 400eur . average wage 3800PLN. = 850 euro . zimom in what poland you live? Poland GDP per capita 21000 USD . moldavia 4000 USD.
#Koskos on Oct 22, 2013 :
ziomo, according to numbeo the buying power is 58 and in Moldova it's 24, so I guess Viktor wins this round. The other thing is the reason why people of Moldova are more than twice poorer, which is that in Moldova the level of corruption is much higher.