Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: With a population of approximately 2.1 million, Bucharest, Romania boasts a low cost of living, a big-city vibe and welcoming Romanians. Once you've lived here for a while, the city may wear on you - the out-of-control drivers, slow and inattentive service and dirty streets. Expats move to Bucharest for work. It's not a city that attracts a lot of tourists, digital nomads and retirees.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Bucharest, they said:

"My advice would mostly depend upon the person's situation. Most single men I know love Bucharest. Most families with small children like Bucharest because of the affordability of domestic help. Nursery schools are plentiful and inexpensive. But the life in Bucharest can wear on you. I know many people who have spent their life living overseas and are frustrated by this city. The traffic and the blatant disregard of the rules of the road are frustrating. While the traffic here is no worse than any major city (and certainly not worse than WDC or New York City), the drivers seem to care only about where they need to go and what they need to do to get there. Lane patterns, the color of stop lights, pedestrians in the road, tram tracks all mean nothing to most Romanian drivers. Service in restaurants is unbelievably slow. At some point you get used to being ignored. Trying to find someone to help you in a store with a question you have is impossible. The general attitude of seeming to not care is frustrating. Yet Romanians are genuinely nice people, which seems to contradict all of what I have just said. They have big hearts if you have a relationship with them," mentioned another expat in Bucharest.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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