Oradea is one the few undiscovered gems of Romania.
The sad thing is that, despite the fact that it’s one of the largest and most important in Transylvania, it is often forgotten or overlooked by tourists because of all the other popular Transylvanian cities like Brasov or Cluj.
Oradea is quite close to two other bigger cities that attract more concerts, shows and other events, so it’s a good mix of a calm and peaceful life and a hip, young spirit.
It is also significantly cheaper than the mentioned Transylvanian cities, precisely due to the fact that tourism isn’t exactly blooming in it.
As a general rule, food is tasty in Oradea and mostly worth the money in restaurants throughout the city. Hotel restaurants are above average quality, but then the pricing is, too. The best advice is to avoid mall food courts or diners in their vicinity as they can be expensive with low quality food. A decent, yet delicious meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost you over 5$ in Oradea.
Check the traditional open markets in the city for the best food. They are open daily all around the city, and here you’ll find fresh local products, healthier than the ones in supermarkets, and usually cheaper, too. You can find tasty organically-farmed fruits and vegetables in special markets in all cities throughout the city.
Oradea’s transit system is mostly well organized, but while the directions are generally good, the times are not always accurate. Uber is actually more expensive than regular taxis, so your best bet is to use CleverTaxi app for taxi services. Public transportation is quite frequent in Oradea, and cheap too: a one-way ticket costs only 0.48$.
Average cost for all utilities (meaning sewerage, water, gas, building management, garbage, electricity, TV and internet) in an 85m2 apartment in Oradea would be at around 120$ per month in the summer months and 250$ per month in the winter months. Internet speed is lightning fast in Oradea, like in the rest of Romania. You can get 1GB/s download speed for about 8$ every month.
SPORTS & LEISURE
Oradea is also surrounded by gorgeous nature, like many other Romanian cities, so you can regularly go on weekend hikes, and there are many green areas where you can spend time just walking or jogging. However, if you’re more of an indoor person, you can become a member of a gym or fitness club for around 26$. There are also many cinemas in Oradea, and they cost around 6$ per ticket.
CLOTHING & SHOES
There are many opportunities in Oradea for shopping! It has many shopping streets and charming little stores, (not to mention second-hand stores where you can buy cute, hip stuff for half off!) where you can shop for your favorite brands. Prices are also pretty low, so you can buy quality jeans for around 40$, and running sneakers for only 70$.
RENT PER MONTH
Rents in Oradea are actually a lot lower than in other popular Transylvania cities – again, due to the fact that it hasn’t been hit by tourism. You can find places where you’ll pay around 160$ for a one-bedroom apartment – if it’s far from the center, while anything above 230$ means you’ll probably be located in the best part of the city. A larger apartment for the whole family, in the city center is over 400$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Oradea
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 4.77|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 1.19|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 0.87||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.94|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 0.59|
|Eggs (12)||$ 1.82||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 0.72|
|Monthly Pass||$ 16.70|
|Gasoline||$ 1.30||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 124.08|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.04|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 8.71||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 26.24|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 7.31|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 4.77||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 42.20|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 28.03|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 69.18||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 234.02|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 161.11|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 406.90|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Oradea?
It’s no surprise that people in Oradea spend most of their money on food and groceries – that’s the situation mostly anywhere in the world.
After the second biggest expense – rent – are the restaurant and transportation expenses, which are usually similar in Romanian cities.
Many people eat in restaurants every day and, as for transportation – whether the money is spent for public transport or just private car maintenance, it is another aspect of life that has to be paid.
Apparel percentages are the lowest in Oradea, as in every other city in the world.
Oradea: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
With low prices usually come the low wages and salaries, and this is the case in Iasi, too.
Average monthly net salary per capita in Oradea is around 500$, which is high enough to cover all of the basis but definitely not enough to save up or have some fun, travel or any similar activities.
With this kind of income, it is definitely hard to lead a comfortable, quality life where you can actually save up for your future.
Minimum wage in Oradea is around 250$ – which is pretty low.
Cost of Living by City in Romania
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|City||Cost of Living Index|