Cost of living in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Summary of cost of living in Plovdiv

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,119 лв
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,161 лв
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.
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List of prices in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 12 лв
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 8 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 4.82 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.00 лв
12 eggs, large 3.33 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.29 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 5.73 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.04 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 0.91 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.18 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 9 лв
2 liters of coca-cola 2.35 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.69 лв
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 616 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 459 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 152 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 479 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 298 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 97 лв
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 17 лв
40” flat screen tv 737 лв
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 172 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) 97 лв
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 48 лв
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 151 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 151 лв
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 35,323 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.15 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) 11 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 21 лв
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 30 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 8 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5.03 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5.48 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 1.92 лв
Tube of toothpaste 2.54 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 9 лв
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 29 лв
2 tickets to the movies 18 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 55 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 7 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 2.59 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2.11 лв
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,006 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.37 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 56 лв
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 5.47 лв
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 93 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2020

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