Cost of living in Bulgaria

Summary of cost of living in Bulgaria

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: 3,441 лв
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: 1,419 лв
  • Bulgaria is the 3rd cheapest country in Eastern Europe (10 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Bulgaria is cheaper than in 79% of countries in the World (61 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 11 лв
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 8 лв
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 5.27 лв
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.08 лв
12 eggs, large 3.90 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.91 лв
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 6 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.20 лв
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.21 лв
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.27 лв
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 10 лв
2 liters of coca-cola 2.40 лв
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.74 лв
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 873 лв
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 652 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 197 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area 576 лв
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area 450 лв
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio 133 лв
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 14 лв
40” flat screen tv 538 лв
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) 156 лв
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17 лв
Hourly rate for cleaning help 14 лв
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 93 лв
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 53 лв
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 126 лв
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 129 лв
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 40,092 лв
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 1.90 лв
Monthly ticket public transport 49 лв
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) 8 лв
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 13 лв
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 26 лв
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) 9 лв
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 4.12 лв
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 4.83 лв
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.21 лв
Tube of toothpaste 2.80 лв
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 10 лв
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 40 лв
2 tickets to the movies 23 лв
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 55 лв
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 67 лв
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 10 лв
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 4.00 лв
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 3.09 лв
Ipad wi-fi 128gb 874 лв
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.23 лв
1 month of gym membership in business district 39 лв
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 5.61 лв

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:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

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 80
2nd Vratsa 80
3rd Varna 75
4th Plovdiv 70
5th Burgas 70

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

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Plovdiv costs 1.00 лв (6 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Plovdiv costs 50 лв (6 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Plovdiv costs 15 лв (6 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Plovdiv costs 150 лв (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Plovdiv costs 350 лв (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Plovdiv costs 700 лв (6 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Plovdiv costs 250 лв (6 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Plovdiv costs 750 лв (6 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Plovdiv costs 1,200 лв (6 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Plovdiv costs 2.30 лв (6 days ago)