We already established that the RON are very pretty, but with how much of the cheerfully colored banknotes do you have to part if you want to spend some time in the Romanian capital?
Just because Romania isn’t as expensive as other european countries it doesn’t mean that Bucharest is cheap. However, like everywhere else, the prices vary within the city. Here are some figures:
An espresso can cost you from RON 5,– to RON 8,– but you can find deals like an espresso and a croissant for RON 6,–.
If you want to try some limonada, you will pay between RON 8,– and RON 14,– for ~400 ml.
A big bottle of water (1.5 l) was (interestingly enough) always RON 3,–.
Everything combined, I spent RON 871,78 (EUR 203, 51) for 8 days Bucharest (and a trip to Brasov.) It was a lot more then I expected, but then, we didn’t really live budget conscious. All in all, this is what I spent on:
Food: RON 563.07 (EUR 131,82) including lots of coffee and cake
Transport: RON 123.6 (EUR 28,93)
Souvenirs: RON 185.11 (EUR 43,33)
You can easily spend time in Bucharest without spending as much and once you leave the capital you will note how much cheaper everything is anyway.
A parting word to the bargain hunters: If you go to Bucharest, hoping you can stuff your shopping bags with all sorts of cheap brand-name clothes or make-up, you’ll be disappointed: they are not cheap at all, in fact, you will pay the same price as in other western countries, if not more.
If I’ve forgotten to mention important details you’re interested in, do ask!