Cost of living in Bulgaria

Summary of cost of living in Bulgaria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,889 лв
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 2,059 лв
  • Bulgaria is the 4th cheapest country in Eastern Europe (8 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Bulgaria is cheaper than in 73% of countries in the World (47 out of 64)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 17 лв
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 14 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 8 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 3.19 лв
12 eggs, large 7 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 4.12 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 9 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.39 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 2.04 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 2.01 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 20 лв
2 liters of coca-cola 2.79 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.21 лв
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,340 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 943 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 260 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 883 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 640 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 161 лв
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 21 лв
40” flat screen tv 616 лв
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 183 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 25 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 29 лв
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 99 лв
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 57 лв
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 172 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 121 лв
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 44,689 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.74 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 42 лв
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 14 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 25 лв
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 210 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 7 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5.75 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 8 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 4.27 лв
Tube of toothpaste 3.94 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 21 лв
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 50 лв
2 tickets to the movies 25 лв
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 50 лв
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 103 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 13 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 5.17 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 4.65 лв
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,539 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.33 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 53 лв
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 7 лв

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Map of Cost of Living in Bulgaria

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This map shows only the top cities in Bulgaria. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Bulgaria

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Sofia 72
2nd Plovdiv 55
3rd Burgas 54

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Sofia costs 7 лв (about 19 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Plovdiv costs 6.00 лв (4 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Plovdiv costs 6.00 лв (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Plovdiv costs 15 лв (4 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Plovdiv costs 140 лв (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Plovdiv costs 90 лв (4 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Plovdiv costs 28 лв (4 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Plovdiv costs 80 лв (4 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Plovdiv costs 6.00 лв (4 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Plovdiv costs 5.00 лв (4 days ago)

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