A new year has started and it’s time to look at the prices in Romania and see how they changed compared to last year. Overall, there has been an increase in the price of gas, which resulted in an increase of mostly everything else so the cost of living in Romania in 2014 (as well as Bucharest) has increased. But is it still possible to live in this country on a budget of $1,000 (or $1,500 per family)? Let’s check out the cost of living in Romania & Bucharest in 2014 to find out!
UPDATE: You can check out the 2016 cost of living here.
Before we proceed, though, please have in mind that prices might vary slightly based on the time of the year (summer means VERY cheap vegetables and fruits) or the city (smaller cities usually have lower prices). I am trying to create this list based on supermarket prices, which should be pretty much the same in every city, but still the season matters a lot. These being said, let’s check out the cost of living in Romania in 2014 (with Bucharest data too)
Rent (1 room, city center): $250 ($350 in Bucharest)
Rent (1 room, outside of center): $200 ($270 in Bucharest)
Rent (3 room apartment, city center): $450 ($650 in Bucharest)
Rent (3 room apartment, outside of center): $380 ($450 in Bucharest)
Utilities: You will have to pay monthly for Electricity, Water, Garbage disposal, Telephone, TV and so on. The budget for utilities in 2014 remains the same as last year and $100 should be enough to pay all the bills.
Internet: High Speed, $10 per month no matter where you are located.
Food prices in Romania in 2014
Tomatoes (1 kg): $1.5
Potatoes (1 kg): $0.60
Lettuce (1 head): $0.90
Apples (1 kg): $1
Oranges (1 Kg): $1.4
Cheese (1 Kg): $6.50
Eggs (1 egg): $0.25
Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless (1 kg): $6
Fresh fish, local (1 kg): $6
Loaf of Bread (300 grams): $0.60
Milk (1 Liter): $1.50
Bottle of cheap local wine: $4.50
Bottle of better local wine: $6.60
Beer (0.5 liter): $1
Beer (2 liter bottle): $2
Mineral water (1.5 l): $0.70
Bottled water (5 l): $1.50 (better choice for cooking instead of tap water)
Bottle of natural juice (1 liter): $1.8
Restaurant prices in Romania in 2014
Obviously, prices can vary a lot here, so take them as guidelines. You might be able to find cheaper deals and a lot more expensive ones!
Meal for two, inexpensive restaurant, Three-course (without drinks): $18
Meal for two, mid-range restaurant, Three course (without drinks): $30
Beer (0.5 l): $2
Coke (0.25 l): $1.5
Wine (0.75 l): $12
Fresh lemonade: $3.30
Food portions are very large here in Romania, so it would be really difficult to complete a three course meal and you would certainly not be able to do it daily. We usually spend $30 – $35 when we go out to eat (for two people) and we come home stuffed – although we opt for beer or soda instead of wine.
So, in the end, if you accept to live like a Romanian (which generally translates as eating at home most of your meals) and you don’t live an extremely extravagant lifestyle, if you rent a one or two rooms (rooms, not bedrooms – in Romania we don’t count bedrooms separately) apartment even close to city center, your monthly budget would be:
$1,000 per month
… while living on $1,500 per month for a family of two (maybe even with a young child if you’re really careful with your spendings) is completely doable.
Just have in mind that if you’re just coming to Romania for the first time, for the first month at least you’ll probably eat out more to experience the Romanian cuisine, you’ll visit more than usual and in the end you’ll certainly spend more than the estimated budget above.
Did I miss any prices that you’d like to know? How does the cost of living in Romania and Bucharest in 2014 look like?
Photo credit: Joel Abroad