Review of living costs in Romania

Apartment rentals in cities other than Bucharest

Apartments come semi furnished with beds, stove, fridge and sometimes Television, microwave and washing machine. msa/apartment.jpg
1 room apartment
- €150-180 Consists of 1 room, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, balcony. Equivalent of a studio apartment
2 rooms - € 200-250 kitchen, bathroom, balcony, 1 bedroom +1 living room or 2 bedrooms
3 rooms - € 250-350 kitchen, bathroom (sometimes even 2 bathrooms) balcony (sometimes 2), 1 living room and 2 bedrooms.
4 rooms- € 350-450 kitchen, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies, 1 living room, 3 bedrooms.

Estate agents will charge a service fee of 50-75% of your first months rental amount to find you an apartment.

Transport

msa/tramvai.jpgTaxis: € 0.50/km
Trains: cross country. A 700km example from Bucharest to Oradea (6-10hrs) 2nd class - approx € 29
1st class - approx €
37 Sleeping class - € 52
Plane: cross country. A 700km example from Bucharest to Oradea (1hr) economy/standard class - approx € 70
Local Trams or Busses € 5 per month - 1 line with student reduction € 0.70 for two way ticket paid in cash


Food and Restaurants

msa/sarmali.gifA decent pizza - € 3-6
A dozen eggs - € 1.5
loaf of bread - € 0.60-1
1litre of milk - € 0.9 - 1.2
Good restaurant meal for two with drinks - € 10- 12
Fruits and veges are priced seasonally. You can get almost any kind of fruit or vege regardless of the season, but will have to pay much higher prices during winter when they are imported. Local Romanian vegetables and fruit are of highest quality and exceptionally cheap when bought at the piazzas (farmers markets).

 

[1] Note the prices mentioned above have been updated for 2013.

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