Romania Spending Reports

Cost of Living in Bucharest, Romania (Spending Report)

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Ready for another hefty post? I just left Bucharest after 42 days of stay. It was an unforgettable experience, to say the least. And the great thing is living in Bucharest won’t break the bank. You can literally purchase 3-course lunches for $5-6 and ride $2-4 Ubers around town!

My expenses ended up being higher than that of Greece, though the cost of living in Bucharest was cheaper than that of Athens. I spent more than I should have because of the following:

  • Attended two music festivals
  • Visited two other cities
  • Constantly took taxis and Ubers instead of using the metro
  • Paid for co-working space membership
  • Hung out with friends a lot
  • Cooked zero times…

Even though I paid for the above, I only spent $26.16 per day when you don’t include accommodations.

Below is my spending report for 42 days in Bucharest!

Cost of Living in Bucharest, Romania (Spending Report)

Disclaimers:

  • Sometimes I forgot to jot down my expenses and grouped them together later on after remembering.
  • I ate a lot of Asian food.
  • I had issues with my AirBnB. It was originally around $750 but because of all the problems, the owner compensated me with $58.

Spending By Category

Food

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Lei USD
Goulash 25 $6.25
Groceries 26 $6.50
Water 4 $1.00
Pizza 20 $5.00
Pho 24 $6.00
Pizza 26.5 $6.63
Pho 24 $6.00
Bun Thit Nuong 19 $4.75
Orange Juice 15 $3.75
Chicken and vegetables 40 $10.00
Soup + Rice and Vegetables 38 $9.50
Water 7 $1.75
Pizza + coke 17 $4.25
Beef soup + spaghetti bolognese + water 30 $7.50
Bun Thit Nuong 17 $4.25
Food 19 $4.75
Cafe cu bere 85 $21.25
Food 100 $25.00
Vietnamese food 23 $5.75
Vietnamese food 42 $10.50
Pizza 30 $7.50
Pho 24 $6.00
tip 14 $3.50
Vietnamese food 22 $5.50
Pho 24 $6.00
Fried rice 14 $3.50
Spaghetti with friend 85 $21.25
Groceries 14 $3.50
Food 60 $15.00
Water 7 $1.75
Chicken fingers 26 $6.50
Vietnamese food 45 $11.25
Salad 34 $8.50
Croissant and water 8 $2.00
Noodles 15 $3.75
Ramen 18 $4.50
Asian food 20 $5.00
Asian food 24 $6.00
Burger 24 $6.00
Bread and Water 5 $1.25
Pho 24 $6.00
Orange Juice 12 $3.00
Pho delivery 61 $15.25
Pho delivery 61 $15.25
Asian food 25 $6.25
Burgers at Osho 40 $10.00
Burgers at D’eight 30 $7.50
Orange juice at Tucano coffee 12 $3.00
Spaghetti 29 $7.25
Pizza 15 $3.75
Pho, orange juice, chicken, water, beer 65 $16.25
Pho 24 $6.00
Taqueria 32 $8.00
Korean Food 53 $13.25
Pizza 15 $3.75
Water 4 $1.00
KFC 20 $5.00
Orange juice 13 $3.25
Korean Food 58 $14.50
Toan’s 24 $6.00
Pizza 15 $3.75
Daily Menu at d’eight 26 $6.50
Pho 20 $5.00
Korean food 64 $16.00
$464.13

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Entertainment

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Lei USD
Beer 6 $1.50
Drinks 50 $12.50
Escape Game 25 $6.25
Concert Tickets 213 $53.25
Hop on hop off tickets 100 $25.00
Drinks 60 $15.00
Drinks 50 $12.50
Rowing boats 10 $2.50
Beer 18 $4.50
Beer 20 $5.00
Drinks 30 $7.50
Beer 14 $3.50
Drinks 20 $5.00
Beer 29 $7.25
Untold Music Festival 350 $87.50
Beer 10 $2.50
Swimming 51 $12.75
Alcohol 100 $25.00
Swimming, alcohol, all you can eat sushi 175 $43.75
Beer 6 $1.50
Beer 16 $4.00
Movie 21 $5.25
Drinks 30 $7.50
Drinks 92 $23.00
Whiskey coke 14 $3.50
Beer 4 $1.00
Drinks 30 $7.50
Palace of the Parliament 20 $5.00
Drinks 7 $1.75
$392.75

Miscellaneous

Lei USD
Makeup 45 $11.25
Coworking space 170 $42.50
GoPro charger 23 $5.75
Shopping 75 $18.75
Tent 45 $11.25
Phone for the month $39.29
$128.79

Transportation

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Lei USD
Bus to flat 8 2
Taxis 40 10
Transportation to Brasov 215 $53.75
Taxis 20 $5.00
Taxi 10 $2.50
Uber 11 $2.75
Taxi 16 $4.00
Uber 20.24 $5.06
Uber 12 $3.00
Uber 18 $4.50
Metro 5 $1.25
Metro 5 $1.25
Uber 12 $3.00
Uber 12 $3.00
Uber 8 $2.00
Uber to airport 40 $10.00
Athens to Bucharest $26.07
$139.13

Accommodations

Bucharest AirBnB $692

Overall Spend

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Accommodations $692.00
Transportation $139.13
Miscellaneous $128.79
Entertainment $392.75
Food $464.13
$1,816.80

cost of living in bucharest

It cost around $1,816.80 for 42 days including the flight from Athens to Bucharest, AirBnB accommodations, food, entertainment, transportation, and other miscellaneous items. This averaged out to $43.26/day which is a bit more than I anticipated on spending.

If you’re looking for a place to stay with lower living expenses (or for a place as a digital nomad), I would definitely recommend Bucharest, Romania!

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Max
    September 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Pho delivery still seems weird to me. It’s something I reserve for leftovers, take-out, or for someone who’s sick. But delivery something seems sacrosanct about that.

    Glad to see you’re having fun.

  • Reply
    Luminita
    October 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    These spending sheets are great for tourist who want to visit Bucharest. If you think Bucharest is affordable, you should see how other Romanian cities rank next to it. The cost of living is even lower, although the entertaining options are fewer.

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      Sharon
      October 2, 2016 at 7:25 am

      I’m glad you liked it! I heard about this…definitely should check out other Romanian cities 🙂

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