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Bucharest
In the south of Romania sits Bucharest, where remnants of communism intertwine with the vibrance of modern life. With some of the best deals on apartments in all of Europe and all the welcoming cafes, good food and vibrant nightlife one could possibly need, Bucharest is rapidly growing in popularity among remote workers. With a quaint Old Town, beautiful Belle Epoque architecture, historical sites, grand avenues and quiet residential neighborhoods, it's easy to feel at home here. The level of English is high, locals are friendly and the internet is some of the fastest in the world. Bucharest is also within easy reach of medieval villages, castles and palaces and the stunning nature of the Carpathian Mountains and the Transylvanian countryside.

Monthly cost of living for remote workers

A remote worker can expect to spend an average of 6402 1567 1300 ${ selected_currency } per month in Bucharest, with an average rent of 2913 713 591 ${ selected_currency }.
Rent
1 bedroom apartment / modern / central / short term
${ selected_currency } 2913 713 591
Groceries
Basic groceries
${ selected_currency } 539 132 109
Dining out
12 dinners and 8 lunches
${ selected_currency } 780 191 158
Cafe
20 coffees / teas
${ selected_currency } 180 44 37
Coworking space
1 month membership / hot desk
${ selected_currency } 630 154 128
Mobile internet
Prepaid SIM / 5 GB data / fast
${ selected_currency } 34 8 7
Public transportation
20 roundtrip journeys
${ selected_currency } 101 25 21
Taxis
5 short trips
${ selected_currency } 42 10 9
Shared bicycles and scooters
10 trips
${ selected_currency } 120 29 24
Sport and cultural events
1 event
${ selected_currency } 136 33 28
Museums and sights
3 sights / entrance tickets
${ selected_currency } 139 34 28
Nightlife
5 nights out / 3 drinks per night
${ selected_currency } 215 53 44
Gym
1 month membership
${ selected_currency } 144 35 29
Yoga
10 classes
${ selected_currency } 280 69 57
Massage
1 massage
${ selected_currency } 149 36 30
TOTAL
${ selected_currency } 6402 1567 1300
Latest tips
Valuable advice straight from the experiences of your fellow remote workers.
Do you have a tip about Bucharest? Please share and help the community!
My Romanian friends would always tell me they wouldn't hesitate to walk around at night through any of the neighborhoods in the city center. I never had any problems with safety and nobody I knew had any problems either. It always felt very safe to me. I'd say the only issue was drunk, homeless people that would sometimes approach us in the Old Town and start yelling stuff before walking away. But that happens in most cities.
By Mia L. Safety
The Starbucks in Piaza Unirii, at the south end of the Old Town is one of the best places to work in the city. It has multiple levels, long tables, small tables, sofas, big arm chairs and an outdoor terrace. It's basically set up like a coworking space and there are always people there on their laptops. If you're not shy, it's an easy spot to meet Romanians too. Just say hello to those around you!
By Glenn B. Workspaces
If you want a cool local hangout with wonderful food, go to Energiea. It's a five minute walk from the Old Town and is usually full of young Romanians. The menu is full of great items and the quality is excellent for the price. It was my favorite restaurant in the city during my 3 month stay.
By Kris O. Food and drink
If you want to splurge, you can buy a day pass at Orhideea Spa. It costs around 200 lei and you can use the large pool, saunas, jet bath and hamman. They also offer good deals on massages from time to time. Check their website and see what they have available. Their massages are excellent.
By Kris O. Places to visit
If you get a local SIM card, go to one of the main Vodafone shops in the city. Tell them you want a prepaid SIM card with Oferta 7. This costs 7 EUR (they charge you the equivalent in Romanian lei) and it usually includes 5 or more GB of data, 100 minutes of calls to other countries and plenty of free calls/texts within Romania. With the very fast speed of Romanian internet, it's a great deal.
By Trevor F. General
Average weather in Bucharest
Most common months to visit: April - October
What to know
Population
1,830,000
Main airport
Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP)
Language
Romanian
Tap water
Not drinkable
Tipping
5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis
Taxi apps
Star Taxi, Uber