Cost of living in Bulgaria

Summary of cost of living in Bulgaria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 4,212 лв
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,727 лв
  • Cost of living in Bulgaria is cheaper than in 69% of countries in Eastern Europe (9 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Bulgaria is cheaper than in 88% of countries in the World (68 out of 77)
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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) 13 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 7 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.50 лв
12 eggs, large 4.28 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 3.45 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 8 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.12 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.30 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.54 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 12 лв
2 liters of coca-cola 2.67 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1.38 лв
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 1,108 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 715 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 160 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 869 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 559 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 113 лв
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 18 лв
40” flat screen tv 618 лв
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 284 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 23 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 9 лв
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 69 лв
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 80 лв
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 134 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 130 лв
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 46,519 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 3.08 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 46 лв
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 12 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 29 лв
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 54 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 8 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 7 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 5.00 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.80 лв
Tube of toothpaste 6 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 31 лв
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 40 лв
2 tickets to the movies 22 лв
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 33 лв
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 78 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 14 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.30 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3.52 лв
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 1,135 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.20 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 37 лв
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 7 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 Varna 66
2nd Plovdiv 60
3rd Burgas 59

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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Sofia costs 10 лв (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Sofia costs 5.00 лв (7 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Sofia costs 12 лв (7 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Sofia costs 100 лв (7 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Sofia costs 15 лв (7 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Sofia costs 50 лв (7 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Sofia costs 20 лв (7 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Sofia costs 5.00 лв (7 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Sofia costs 3.50 лв (7 days ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Sofia costs 5.00 лв (7 days ago)

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