- Cost of Living
- Bulgaria
- Egypt
- Sofia
- Alexandria
- Comparison

##
Cost of living in
**Sofia, Bulgaria**
compared to
**Alexandria, Egypt**

Currency:

Food | + 44% | |||
---|---|---|---|---|

Food in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 44% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | 9 лв (E£ 102) | E£ 72 | + 41% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | 5.87 лв (E£ 65) | E£ 72 | - 9% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | 5.10 лв (E£ 56) | E£ 36 | + 55% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | 1.92 лв (E£ 21) | E£ 13 | + 59% | |

12 eggs, large | 4.03 лв (E£ 45) | E£ 19 | + 130% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | 2.72 лв (E£ 30) | E£ 14 | + 114% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | 5.26 лв (E£ 58) | E£ 35 | + 69% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | 2.06 лв (E£ 23) | E£ 21 | + 9% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | 1.04 лв (E£ 12) | E£ 5.98 | + 93% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | 1.08 лв (E£ 12) | E£ 19 | - 38% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | 11 лв (E£ 121) | E£ 92 | + 31% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | 2.21 лв (E£ 24) | E£ 11 | + 120% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | 1.53 лв (E£ 17) | E£ 11 | + 54% | |

Housing | + 63% | |||

Housing in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 63% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | 1,141 лв (E£ 12,640) | E£ 5,401 | + 134% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | 640 лв (E£ 7,087) | E£ 3,866 | + 83% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | 172 лв (E£ 1,908) | E£ 898 | + 113% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | 639 лв (E£ 7,073) | E£ 3,625 | + 95% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | 449 лв (E£ 4,978) | E£ 2,335 | + 113% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | 93 лв (E£ 1,031) | E£ 736 | + 40% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | 27 лв (E£ 296) | E£ 365 | - 19% | |

40” flat screen TV | 748 лв (E£ 8,285) | E£ 6,508 | + 27% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | 206 лв (E£ 2,277) | E£ 1,489 | + 53% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | 17 лв (E£ 191) | E£ 67 | + 183% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | 12 лв (E£ 136) | - | - | |

Clothes | + 29% | |||

Clothes in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 29% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | 132 лв (E£ 1,462) | E£ 740 | + 97% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | 59 лв (E£ 652) | E£ 614 | + 6% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | 160 лв (E£ 1,770) | E£ 1,504 | + 18% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | 168 лв (E£ 1,857) | E£ 777 | + 139% | |

Transportation | + 58% | |||

Transportation in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 58% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | 38,732 лв (E£ 429,038) | E£ 453,039 | - 5% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | 1.96 лв (E£ 22) | E£ 3.88 | + 459% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | 44 лв (E£ 488) | E£ 182 | + 167% | |

Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) | 9 лв (E£ 95) | E£ 126 | - 25% | |

Personal Care | + 135% | |||

Personal Care in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 135% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | 7 лв (E£ 80) | E£ 33 | + 145% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | 23 лв (E£ 259) | E£ 80 | + 223% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | 40 лв (E£ 444) | E£ 200 | + 122% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | 7 лв (E£ 72) | E£ 40 | + 80% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | 5.48 лв (E£ 61) | E£ 21 | + 189% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | 5.38 лв (E£ 60) | E£ 26 | + 132% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | 2.48 лв (E£ 27) | E£ 20 | + 39% | |

Tube of toothpaste | 3.85 лв (E£ 43) | E£ 15 | + 191% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | 14 лв (E£ 150) | E£ 48 | + 216% | |

Entertainment | + 89% | |||

Entertainment in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 89% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | 35 лв (E£ 385) | E£ 153 | + 151% | |

2 tickets to the movies | 22 лв (E£ 239) | E£ 96 | + 149% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | 45 лв (E£ 503) | E£ 520 | - 3% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | 44 лв (E£ 490) | E£ 228 | + 115% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | 9 лв (E£ 100) | E£ 52 | + 92% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | 3.72 лв (E£ 41) | E£ 24 | + 70% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | 1.96 лв (E£ 22) | E£ 19 | + 11% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | 1,170 лв (E£ 12,958) | E£ 12,013 | + 8% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | 0.29 лв (E£ 3.25) | E£ 0.23 | + 1332% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | 49 лв (E£ 539) | E£ 416 | + 29% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | 3.36 лв (E£ 37) | E£ 28 | + 33% | |

TOTAL | + 62% |

This comparison has some inconsistent or sparse data. It already provides a reliable comparison but it is not bullet-proof. It is based on 1,949 prices entered by 226 different people.

These prices were last updated on March 24, 2018.
Exchange rate:
11.077
EGP
/
BGN

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#
Cost of living in
**Sofia (Bulgaria)**
is
**62% more expensive than**
in
**Alexandria (Egypt)**

For example, you would need at least

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