Cost of living in Sofia, Bulgaria

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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) 9 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 4.96 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.05 лв
12 eggs, large 4.11 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.68 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 6 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.00 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.04 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.21 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 12 лв
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2.25 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.79 лв
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 927 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 659 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 179 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 626 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 448 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 97 лв
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 16 лв
40” flat screen TV 740 лв
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 174 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 16 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 13 лв
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 128 лв
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 65 лв
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 163 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 172 лв
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 38,395 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.11 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 50 лв
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 8 лв
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 7 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 22 лв
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 38 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 7 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 6 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 6 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.32 лв
Tube of toothpaste 3.80 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 13 лв
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 36 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 69 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 9 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.73 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3.16 лв
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB 1,170 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.30 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 47 лв
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5.52 лв
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,846 prices entered by 215 different people.
Latest price update: February 17, 2018.

Sofia position in our World Ranking

the world
286th
out of 340
eastern europe
21st
out of 33

Cheapest and most expensive products in Sofia compared to other cities:

eastern europe
3rd
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3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
3rd
eastern europe
4th
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