Cost of living in Bulgaria

Summary of cost of living in Bulgaria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,661 лв
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,519 лв
  • Cost of living in Bulgaria is cheaper than in 76% of countries in Eastern Europe (13 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Bulgaria is cheaper than in 80% of countries in the World (77 out of 96)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 14 лв
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 9 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5.36 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.10 лв
12 eggs, large 3.80 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.88 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5.65 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.21 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.35 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.19 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 12 лв
2 liters of coca-cola 2.27 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.84 лв
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 977 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 674 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 177 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 646 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 474 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 109 лв
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 16 лв
40” flat screen tv 578 лв
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 206 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 14 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 12 лв
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 96 лв
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 50 лв
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 139 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 136 лв
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 37,336 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.26 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 50 лв
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 28 лв
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 36 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 6 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5.79 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.48 лв
Tube of toothpaste 3.61 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 13 лв
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 37 лв
2 tickets to the movies 22 лв
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 41 лв
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 77 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 8 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.22 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2.88 лв
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 925 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.29 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 48 лв
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 5.70 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:
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 80
2nd Vratsa 78
3rd Varna 74
4th Plovdiv 68
5th Burgas 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.

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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Sofia costs 700 лв (3 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Sofia costs 2.60 лв (6 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Sofia costs 20 лв (6 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Sofia costs 1.50 лв (6 days ago)
  • 1 kg of potatoes in Sofia costs 1.20 лв (6 days ago)
  • 250 g of local cheese in Sofia costs 30 лв (6 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Sofia costs 4.00 лв (6 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Sofia costs 10 лв (6 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Sofia costs 25 лв (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Sofia costs 600 лв (6 days ago)