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

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

Currency:

Food | + 75% | |||
---|---|---|---|---|

Food in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 75% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | 9 лв (E£ 101) | E£ 68 | + 48% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | 5.87 лв (E£ 64) | E£ 65 | - 1% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | 4.89 лв (E£ 54) | E£ 33 | + 63% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | 1.92 лв (E£ 21) | E£ 14 | + 55% | |

12 eggs, large | 4.04 лв (E£ 44) | E£ 18 | + 140% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | 2.73 лв (E£ 30) | E£ 6 | + 386% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | 5.26 лв (E£ 58) | E£ 28 | + 105% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | 1.93 лв (E£ 21) | E£ 16 | + 32% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | 1.04 лв (E£ 11) | E£ 5.21 | + 118% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | 1.08 лв (E£ 12) | E£ 17 | - 31% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | 12 лв (E£ 127) | E£ 92 | + 38% | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | 2.22 лв (E£ 24) | E£ 11 | + 117% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | 1.53 лв (E£ 17) | E£ 3.27 | + 411% | |

Housing | + 122% | |||

Housing in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 122% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | 1,141 лв (E£ 12,491) | E£ 5,083 | + 146% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | 636 лв (E£ 6,964) | E£ 2,637 | + 164% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | 177 лв (E£ 1,935) | E£ 291 | + 564% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | 622 лв (E£ 6,804) | E£ 2,571 | + 165% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | 445 лв (E£ 4,868) | E£ 1,457 | + 234% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | 97 лв (E£ 1,057) | E£ 238 | + 344% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | 27 лв (E£ 293) | E£ 381 | - 23% | |

40” flat screen TV | 740 лв (E£ 8,098) | E£ 6,052 | + 34% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | 174 лв (E£ 1,909) | E£ 1,489 | + 28% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | 16 лв (E£ 178) | E£ 67 | + 164% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | 13 лв (E£ 145) | E£ 17 | + 757% | |

Clothes | + 40% | |||

Clothes in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 40% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | 128 лв (E£ 1,399) | E£ 735 | + 90% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | 65 лв (E£ 709) | E£ 604 | + 17% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | 163 лв (E£ 1,781) | E£ 1,448 | + 23% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | 172 лв (E£ 1,879) | E£ 581 | + 223% | |

Transportation | + 113% | |||

Transportation in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 113% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | 38,189 лв (E£ 418,030) | E£ 356,935 | + 17% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | 1.96 лв (E£ 21) | E£ 3.35 | + 540% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | 44 лв (E£ 482) | E£ 123 | + 293% | |

Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) | 8 лв (E£ 89) | E£ 21 | + 325% | |

Personal Care | + 213% | |||

Personal Care in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 213% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | 7 лв (E£ 79) | E£ 24 | + 226% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | 22 лв (E£ 240) | E£ 87 | + 174% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | 38 лв (E£ 419) | E£ 98 | + 327% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | 7 лв (E£ 75) | E£ 40 | + 88% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | 6 лв (E£ 67) | E£ 19 | + 254% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | 6 лв (E£ 67) | E£ 23 | + 199% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | 2.32 лв (E£ 25) | E£ 13 | + 101% | |

Tube of toothpaste | 3.80 лв (E£ 42) | E£ 12 | + 260% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | 13 лв (E£ 142) | E£ 28 | + 410% | |

Entertainment | + 100% | |||

Entertainment in Sofia (Bulgaria) is 100% more expensive than in Alexandria (Egypt) | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | 35 лв (E£ 385) | E£ 119 | + 224% | |

2 tickets to the movies | 22 лв (E£ 244) | E£ 86 | + 184% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | 43 лв (E£ 466) | E£ 244 | + 91% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | 44 лв (E£ 485) | E£ 214 | + 127% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | 9 лв (E£ 96) | E£ 52 | + 83% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | 3.59 лв (E£ 39) | E£ 24 | + 65% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | 1.96 лв (E£ 21) | E£ 19 | + 10% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | 1,170 лв (E£ 12,805) | E£ 12,013 | + 7% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | 0.29 лв (E£ 3.21) | E£ 0.23 | + 1315% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | 56 лв (E£ 615) | E£ 433 | + 42% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | 3.36 лв (E£ 37) | E£ 26 | + 42% | |

TOTAL | + 102% |

This comparison has some inconsistent or sparse data. It already provides a reliable comparison but it is not bullet-proof. It is based on 2,094 prices entered by 235 different people.

These prices were last updated on January 16, 2018.
Exchange rate:
10.946
EGP
/
BGN

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#
Cost of living in
**Sofia (Bulgaria)**
is
**102% more expensive than**
in
**Alexandria (Egypt)**

For example, you would need at least

**E£ 28,214**(2,577 лв) in Sofia to maintain the same standard of living that you can have with**E£ 14,000**in Alexandria.## Recent Prices Added

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