Like most capital cities, Bucharest is home to the majority of goings-on within the Country. Bucharest offers easy access to both the mountains in the North Western Regions, and the coastal and Delta regions in the South East. Here you have a great mix of turn-of-the-century European charm, post-communist quirkiness, and modern living. But what elements draw most people to Romania’s Capitol?…

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Why Bucharest

What Draws People To Romania's Capitol City?

Bucharest is still a relatively unexplored city for many westerners (especially those from the US). For those of us that are aware, we can attest to the European city lifestyle, ease of getting around, the low cost of living, and the four-season climate. While Bucharest has its’ quirks, there is certainly a lot to love about it – enough to even call it home. Keep Reading For More Information On Living In Bucharest.

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so how much?One of the reasons many of us have traveled to or relocated to Bucharest (as well as Romania in its’ entirety) is the extremely attractive cost of living. While you may hear many discussing the “low” salaries paid out in Romania and other parts of Eastern Europe, while it’s true, keep in mind that those salaries go quite a bit further than you may suspect. For those of you fortunate to be here on pensions, or a more “western” salary – then you’re in luck! Consider that one person can live very well here on just under 1,500 Euros a month – with rent included – if you know the right sources. Try doing that in London, or Paris, or New York! Speaking of New York, here’s a look at Romania’s Price Indices as compared to “The Big Apple”. Consider the NYC would be “100” on this scale: Consumer Price Index (Excluding Rents) 49.97 Rent Index 14.51 Groceries Index 44.09 Restaurants Index 42.20 Consumer Price Plus Rent Index 32.76 Local Purchasing Power 37.31 Within each of the nine expandable sections below, you’ll see an example of living expenses. These are averages of the 2014 and likely 2015 years costs – as annual inflation here has stagnated recently. Remember, all prices are in Romanian Lei, whereas 1 USD = 3.95* Romanian New Lei (RON).

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All Prices In Romanian Lei

Inexpensive Restaurant Meal – 20.00
Meal For Two Mid-Range Restaurant, Three Course – 100.00
Combo Meal At McDonald’s or Similar – 18.00
Domestic Beer (.05 Litre Draught) – 5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 Litre Bottle) – 8.00
Cappuccino (regular) – 7.48
Coke/Pepsi (0.55 Litre Bottle) – 4.45
Water (0.33 Litre Bottle) – 3.34

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All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

Milk (regular, 1 Litre) – 4.41
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) – 2.17
Rice (white, 1kg) – 5.04
Eggs (12) – 7.93
Local Cheese (1kg) – 20.26
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless, 1kg) – 19.18
Apples (1kg) – 4.02
Oranges (1kg) – 4.86
Tomato (1kg) – 4.71
Potato (1kg) – 2.31
Lettuce (1 Head) – 2.42
Water (1.5 Litre Bottle) – 2.52
Water (5 Litre Jug) – 5.15
Bottle Of Wine (Mid-Range) – 15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 Litre Bottle) – 3.11
Imported Beer (0.33 Litre Bottle) – 4.86
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) – 14.00

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All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

One-Way Subway/Metro Ticket – 2.00
Monthly Subway/Metro Ticket – 50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) – 1.40
Taxi Per km (Normal Tariff) – 1.40
Taxi 1 Hour Wait (Normal Tariff) – 14.00
Gasoline (1 Litre) – 6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (Or Similar Car) – 69,301.44

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All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage, For 85m2 Apartment) – 389.37
1 Min Of Pre-Paid Calling (Normal Tariff, Without Discounts Or Plan) – 0.64
Internet (6Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) – 33.24

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All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee 1 Adult – 151.29
Tennis Court Rental (1 Hour Weekend) – 47.94
Cinema (1 Adult Ticket International Release) – 25.00

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All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

1 Pair of Jeans (Levi’s 501 or Similar) – 270.64
1 Summer Dress (Chain Store, Zara or Similar) – 154.85
1 Pair Nike Shoes – 292.67
1 Pair Men’s Leather Shoes – 310.61
1 Pair Women’s Dress Shoes – 240.89

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All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

Apartment 1 Room (Studio, Furnished) City Centre – 1,399.02
Apartment 1 Room (Studio, Furnished) Outside City Centre – 961.92
Apartment 3 Rooms (2 Bedroom, Furished) City Centre – 2,400.87
Apartment 3 Rooms (2 Bedroom, Furnished) Outside Centre – 1,632.91

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All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

City Centre Price Per m2 – 5,771.11
Outside Centre Price Per m2 – 3,798.76

Expand For Salary & Finance

All Prices Are In Romanian Lei

Average monthly Disposable Salary After Tax – 1,791.99
Mortgage Interest Rates In Percent Yearly – 7.37

Local Websites We Love

Here Are Our Top Picks For Bucharest Resources We Read On A Regular Basis So You Should Too

Romania Business Review
Romania Tourism Official SIte
Bucharest Romania City Compass
Bucharest In Your Pocket Guide

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