Cost of living in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 10 лв
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 7 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 4.67 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1.96 лв
12 eggs, large 3.34 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.30 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 6.00 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1.89 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.07 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.04 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 10 лв
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2.22 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.68 лв
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 672 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 462 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 157 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 448 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 284 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 92 лв
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 17 лв
40” flat screen TV 769 лв
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 171 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 10 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 7 лв
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 109 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) 148 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 155 лв
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 33,333 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.25 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 39 лв
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 7 лв
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18 лв
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 32 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 8 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5.21 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5.67 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 1.91 лв
Tube of toothpaste 2.57 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 8 лв
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 27 лв
2 tickets to the movies 19 лв
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 30 лв
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 54 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 7 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2.69 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2.08 лв
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,118 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.41 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 57 лв
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5.31 лв
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 111 prices entered by 9 different people.
Latest price update: April 23, 2018.

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