By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Feb 11, 2022
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.
What do I need to know about living in Bucharest?
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,"
commented one expat who made the move to Bucharest.
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