The weather is getting better and better, and with rising temperatures you probably are getting ready to visit Romania. Right now is actually one of the best times of the year to visit Romania – but you probably wonder how much money should you actually budget for a trip to Romania?

As always when it comes to money-related topics, the question is pretty difficult to answer because different people have different spending habits. Plus, there are many other things involved here: what part of Romania will you visit? Will it be a large city like Bucharest or Timisoara, a smaller one like Drobeta Turnu Severin, or maybe you’ll visit the expensive seaside resorts in Mamaia or the traditional villages in Transilvania?

Prices are obviously higher in the more touristy places and the larger cities, while the places that are outside the beaten path are cheaper. But despite all these extra things to take into consideration, we’re going to try and answer in today’s article how much money you actually need for a vacation in Romania.

Getting there & accommodation prices

We’re going to talk mostly about the money you should be prepared to spend during your stay in Romania excluding the plane ticket prices and accommodation prices. The first because there are so many places that tourists could come from, and the second because there are so many options to choose from: cheap hotels in the city, AirBnb rentals and much, much more. This is up for you to decide and it’s usually paid for before getting here.

Budget for food

Once you get here, one of the biggest expenses will most likely be on food. And since you’re here for a vacation, you will most likely to try out some delicious traditional Romanian food at local restaurants.

Romania doesn’t really have an eating out culture and unfortunately the charming, small family restaurants that are present in so many countries over the world do not exist in most Romanian cities. But you can still find good options basically anywhere in the country.

Hamburger menu at a decent place for about $5

Prices vary greatly, with a lot of budget options available. For example, a cheap restaurant in a smaller city where locals eat can cost as low as $5 for an two course meal (soup and main course, sometimes dessert included too). These will be more of the self service type of restaurants or places where the service and the food quality won’t be amazing, but you won’t risk getting sick either.

Normally, a decent meal at a decent restaurant would cost about $10, going way higher for more pretentious places.

If you love pastries, fast food or easier “grab and go” options, Romania has a ton of delicious options here. A large pretzel costs as low as 25 cents, you can grab a croissant and coffee in most places for around $2 or more and a large shawarma can be bought for $2.50.

If you’re planning to eat mostly from restaurants/cafes and on a budget, you should budget a minimum of $17 per day. But if you want to include some decent restaurants and eat better meals, I would recommend a minimum of $30 per day per person during your vacation. For this money you will eat good food at decent restaurants… and you’ll surely add a bunch of extra pounds of pure Romanian fat. No problem, that’s what you do during vacations!

Of course, these are options for those with a limited budget. There are luxury places where a 3-course menu can cost $100 or more, but we’re not talking about those. Most likely, the people who afford eating at such places won’t ready budget articles for their upcoming vacations.

Budget for attractions & Sightseeing

Throughout the country, prices are usually about the same when it comes to sightseeing and public transportation. Have in mind though that the smaller cities don’t offer many options when it comes to public transportation and you will most likely have to walk or take a taxi (which is also cheap).

When it comes to visiting museums or other attractions, prices range from as low as $1 to around $7, with discounts offered to children. The more important attractions are usually more expensive: for example, or ticket to Peles was about $7.6, while the visit to the Palace of Parliament costed $9.

There are many beautiful places to see in Romania

In the end, it all depends on what you plan to see depending on where you go. The daily budget for attractions and sightseeing should be between 0 to $10 per day per person.

If you need to travel to nearby places to visit the said attractions, you will usually have the options to take a train or a bus. Since you won’t go from Bucharest to Timisoara or other insane distances, you should expect paying about $15 for a one way ticket.

Conclusion
In the end, you should remember that most of the places in Romania are priced for Romanian tourists and since income in this country is still pretty low, so are the prices. You can check out my article about the cost of living in Romania to see even more prices – even though the article was published in 2016, it is still pretty much accurate this year as prices are about the same.

And if you’re looking for an actual number, I would say that having a budget of at least $30 per day (after paying for transportation to the country and accommodation) would be pretty much safe for the budget minded traveler.

This amount would allow you to eat mostly at restaurants as well as bakeries and fast food places, but also visit a thing or two during your stay here. Of course, the more you can budget per day, the better the food and the higher the number of attractions you’ll be able to check out.

But in the end, you can spend nothing extra each day, soak in the sun and enjoy the all inclusive options that seaside resorts offer… this is up for you to decide!

14 COMMENTS

  1. Love this and we found it accurate for both Bucharest and Brasov. Romania is a great place to visit and see wonderful things without blowing your budget. I look forward to visiting again in the near future. The food costs are really reasonable, and delicious solid food. You might have a bit of trouble being a vegetarian, but if you love meat, you’re good to go. BTW, love the new look 🙂

    • That is indeed correct! There are very few options for vegetarians, especially in the smaller cities, but with rising numbers of vegetarians in Romania, most likely things will change. That, or we’ll finish all the meat in the country and have no other option left but to go vegetarian :))

  2. I also find your estimates to be accurate… maybe even generous. We moved to Brasov last summer, but were too busy to fully take in many of the tourist sites around the city or those in Bucharest where we often had to visit on business. This year, however, we’re getting out playing tourist and enjoying the country.

    Compared to vacation expenses in the US, this country is an exceptional bargain. We learned that packing items from a grocery store is economical, practical and easy, and for an inexpensive fast food bargain, the omnipresent mici and fries can’t be beat. The larger cities have convenient restaurants around the centers, and the local Romanians will drink here, but as you stated, not necessarily dine. Visiting the sites, we found many have no entry fees at all, such a number of fortified churches we’ve seen. Those that do charge, the entry is negligible. Traveling by car, we have been using AirBNB ($31 centrally located adjacent to the old center in Sibiu. Had a similar experience in Piatra Neamt), but often have to choose a pensiune on the fly. A couple of days ago we found a gorgeous one of these in the a remote area of Buzau County for $30. It was nice hotel with restaurant, and reminded us of spring in the Temecula Valley area of Southern California. We chose to splurge on dinner for two, which included chicken schnitzel, mici, rice, vegetables, bread, mineral water, 1000ml carafe of a very good local white wine, and two double scotch on the rocks. The host also gave us a complementary plate of fresh pastries. The price of this extravaganza? $28.42!

    So, you may ask, what’s the best thing about vacation travel in Romania? Is it the sites? The landscapes? The foods? The bargains? While all of these are wonderful, I’d have to say it’s the people. Everyone we’ve encountered on our travels have been helpful and hospitable and it is they who are making our adventures fantastic.

    • Thank you for your input, Jim! Indeed, food costs can be kept very low if you buy it from a grocery store. But I am happy to hear that the costs can go even lower than what I quoted. It’s always better to have budgeted more and have some money left at the end than the other way around 🙂

      I am really happy to hear that you’re enjoying life here and exploring the country.

  3. Hello C:
    How’s the weather? Hot and dry? Certainly your quoted costs are more than reasonable. I imagine your trip to Spain
    will require a more substantial budget–n’est-ce pas?;-) Any idea which is best airline to fly from Seattle to Bucharest?

    I know Tarom no longer does Trans-Atlan. (I know to check CheapOair, but I was wondering if you know anyone who’s had any experience with Trans-Atlan travel to Romania.) Is your PM still sticking around? I understand your Prez wants her to hit the bricks. Ah, politics…
    Like the rainbow! Where is this background in Romania?
    ~Teil

    • Hello Teil, the weather in Romania is indeed really hot right now. We’re in Valencia at the moment and we’re surprised to see that it’s colder here than in Romania. Climate change is really messing things up…

      Regarding the best airline to get to Romania, I can’t make the recommendations, but I know that most options are flying from the US to London and from there to Romania.

      The photo is a stock photo taken in Romania, but unfortunately the author doesn’t say where it was taken. Most mountain villages here could offer such a beautiful view, though.

      • Hey, Teil. Last year when we moved here, we got a great deal on one-way airfare from Los Angeles booking through momondo.com. Our trip was originally placed through British Airways, but the flight from LAX to London was on their partner, American Airlines. London to Bucharest continued on a BA plane. My wife and her family have made the trip several times from LAX on Turkish Airlines through Istanbul for a good price. I believe they connect with United in Seattle.

        BTW… today is cool and raining in Brasov. A nice, refreshing break from the hot, sunny days.

        • Hi Jim,
          Thanks for the info.
          Are you well satisfied with Brasov?
          I’ve heard great things about the city.
          (Only neg. is bear and people interactions:
          seems bears usually come up the winners.
          Of course a lot of bear activity here in the
          states, so…)
          Do you have any concerns about gang violence or
          your personal safety? I know there’s a lot of youth
          unemployment, and that coupled with over-
          indulgence in alcohol usually leads to trouble.
          I live in Tacoma, southwest of Seattle. So
          much gun violence, drug use, and homelessness.
          I don’t begrudge people who are homeless–they
          are very sad. However the gun violence and drug
          use is absolutely indefensible. Although I’m almost 61,
          and am still in pretty good shape, I wouldn’t even con-
          sider venturing out at night.
          Do you feel you are much safer in Brasov than in the USA?
          Other than any unplanned ursine (or inebriated yob) interactions,
          are you pretty confident in venturing around the city
          city at all hours?
          I trust your life in Romania is much better than your
          life was in your former country. (I assume USA.)
          Thanks again for your info.
          ~Teil

      • Hello C.
        Hope you are enjoying Spain–although it’s cold.
        Can’t wait to get your “trip report”!
        I trust wife and son Romanian are having a swell time,
        too.
        ~Teil

  4. Hello to All of you,
    sounds good and great to go with traditional food at traditional Restaurants, as for Junk food Am not really interested with that type of food.

    Regards,
    Emad

  5. I haven’t been to Romania yet but it’s great to read such kind of post before going there, C. It’s really great you’re discussing budget as that’s an essential thing. I will definitely need to reread your post when planning my trip there!

    • I am sure you’ll like it here, Lydia! For a traveler with a stricter budget, you can also end up spending less as other commenters here suggested. If you have any questions, let me know!

  6. Teil was asking about personal security issues in Romania (is it safe to walk late at night). I’ve been to Romania three times now, a Canadian who is used to things being pretty safe. And i’ve witnessed no issues with violence in Romania, and no even particularly scary situations. Now sure, leading into the Piata Unirii in Bucharest, there were a few aimless folks hanging around the streetcorners, but they mostly kept to themselves. And it was interesting that the Tsigani people, who might have a reputation for being fairly aggressive in certain western European capitals, were much less so on the romanian streets where i saw them. So if you’re worried about security issues, i would say it seems to me to be quite a bit safer than the US, frankly.

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