Cost of living in Bulgaria

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12 лв
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 9 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5.02 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.03 лв
12 eggs, large 4.06 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.72 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 6 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.06 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.05 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.17 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 10 лв
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2.23 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.85 лв
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 919 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 618 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 163 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 627 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 429 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 93 лв
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 15 лв
40” flat screen TV 687 лв
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 186 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 13 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 12 лв
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 114 лв
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 51 лв
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 146 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 152 лв
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 37,117 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.08 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 48 лв
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 9 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 17 лв
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 33 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 5.62 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5.69 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5.38 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.30 лв
Tube of toothpaste 3.42 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11 лв
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 33 лв
2 tickets to the movies 21 лв
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 47 лв
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 66 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 9 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.32 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2.87 лв
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,049 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.32 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 54 лв
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5.52 лв

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.

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 81
2nd Vratsa 80
3rd Varna 72
4th Plovdiv 70
5th Yambol 68

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.

Are you moving to Bulgaria? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Bulgaria of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Plovdiv costs 20 лв (8 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Sofia costs 5.00 лв (8 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Sofia costs 100 лв (8 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Sofia costs 3.00 лв (8 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Sofia costs 4.00 лв (8 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Sofia costs 8 лв (8 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Sofia costs 45 лв (8 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Sofia costs 40 лв (8 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Sofia costs 22 лв (8 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Sofia costs 30 лв (8 days ago)