Bucharest: Let’s talk money

After showering you with pictures of crazy cables and exciting tales about the transport system, let’s cut to the chase and talk about the one thing everybody is interested in: money.

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!


About enjirux

I'm a twenty-something female who moved from Austria to Scotland in 2009. Formally addicted to coffee, the UK has turned me into a bit of a tea snob and made me discover lots of wonderful things, e.g. pies. While I love to do a lot of things like writing, taking pictures, baking, traveling and spending days lazing about, my current pay checks says language teacher and will continue to say so until 2013 where there will be no pay check but dust and snakes as I'll venture into Asia. But that's still quite some time away and meanwhile I'll share my thoughts and worries and pictures of pies and short trips with you while gleefully butchering the English language.


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