Cost of living in Bulgaria

Summary of cost of living in Bulgaria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,777 лв
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,618 лв
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 20 лв
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 9 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5.19 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.27 лв
12 eggs, large 3.39 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.70 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 7 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.34 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 0.90 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.33 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 13 лв
2 liters of coca-cola 2.34 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.80 лв
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,109 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 726 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 187 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 706 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 476 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 114 лв
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 14 лв
40” flat screen tv 705 лв
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 180 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 14 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 16 лв
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 90 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) 114 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 139 лв
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 43,724 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.30 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 49 лв
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 10 лв
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 24 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 8 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4.69 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4.42 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.27 лв
Tube of toothpaste 3.39 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 11 лв
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 35 лв
2 tickets to the movies 19 лв
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 40 лв
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 65 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 9 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.08 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3.50 лв
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,135 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.21 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 29 лв
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 6 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 74
2nd Burgas 64
3rd Plovdiv 63

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.

Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Sofia costs 1.60 лв (5 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Sofia costs 1.21 лв (5 days ago)
  • Public transport in Sofia costs 50 лв (5 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Sofia costs 15 лв (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Sofia costs 550 лв (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Sofia costs 650 лв (5 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Sofia costs 650 лв (5 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Sofia costs 850 лв (5 days ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Sofia costs 10 лв (5 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Sofia costs 20 лв (5 days ago)

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