Cost of Living in Bulgaria

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Food Price in лв
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 BGN
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 BGN
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 BGN
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 BGN
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 BGN
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 BGN
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 BGN
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 BGN
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 BGN
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 BGN
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 BGN
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 BGN
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 BGN
1.5 kg Sugar 10 BGN
2 liter cooking oil 20 BGN
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 BGN
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 BGN
1 liter milk 8.50 BGN
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 BGN
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 BGN
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 BGN
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 BGN
House Cleaning fee per day 105 BGN
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 BGN
Original branded Electric Fans 200 BGN
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 BGN
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 BGN
Single bed Blankets 120 BGN
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 BGN
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 BGN
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 BGN
Men's haircut 40 BGN
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 BGN
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 BGN
1 month of gym subscription. 105 BGN
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 BGN
Unisex Loris perfume 30 BGN
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 BGN
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 BGN
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 BGN
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 BGN
Go carting 30mins 120 BGN
Movie House 3d cinema 30 BGN
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 BGN
Photo shoot 120 BGN
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 BGN
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 BGN
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 BGN
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 BGN
Spalding Basketball 200 BGN
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 BGN
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 BGN
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 BGN
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 BGN
1 day rent a car cost 140 BGN
Driver’s license 2300 BGN
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 BGN
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 BGN
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 BGN
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 BGN
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 BGN
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 BGN

Bulgaria is famous in Europe for being one of the most inexpensive countries on the continent. The country is extremely beautiful and the living standards are very favorable as well.

Many visitors find Bulgaria very appealing because of the lush scenery and very welcoming citizens. Students from around the globe have dubbed Bulgaria a very pocket-friendly society.

Presently, residents in Bulgaria have an average minimum wage of €260 for a month. This value has increased over the last four years and is still poised to be on the rise. Typically, in reality, the average income is now €500 in a month

Cost of living in Bulgaria is separated into very important aspects such as;

Accommodation Costs

A simple two-bedroom housing in or around the city center of major cities like Sofia or Varna can cost between €300 to €350 a month, depending on how luxurious they are or where they are located.

Outside the city center, rent prices reduce by €50 and smaller cities and towns have even cheaper accommodation. It is very common to find a one-bedroom apartment for €200 or less in many areas around the country.

Typical the farther away a city or town is from the main hub of activity the cheaper they become. Rent prices, however, are reduced by a one-fourth or one-third value in cities like Plovdiv and Bansko.

Transportation Costs

Transportation in Bulgaria is very effective and streamlined. There are many options to choose from when it comes to moving around the country. There are Buses, Trains, Taxis, Trams, and Metro transport services spread across the country.

A bus ticket typically costs €0.80 per travel, while a day bus ticket costs €2 that serves all destinations within a day. Also recently, the government introduced a three-day pass for any location and as many times, which costs only €10.

Taxis within the city can cost about €3 to €4 per trip, and movements to farther locations can reach up to €10. Trains are very available for out of city travel, but many people opt for faster Metro buses €15 or less for journeys as long as three hours.

Students who can afford it can get a used car for as low as €1500, with quite the mileage. Maintaining a car in Bulgaria is also reasonable as fuel prices are just €1.20 per liter.

Feeding Costs

Food prices are very fair in Bulgaria regardless of dietary specifics or whether the individual opts for eating out or buying groceries and cooking at home. A good meal at any normal restaurant can cost between €8 to €12, which would include a 3-course meal which is basically dining for cheap.

Popular Bulgarian snacks like ‘boza’ and ‘banichka’ only cost €1 or sometimes less. One staple favorite among many student circles is the ‘shopska’ salad which only sells for €2.

Shopping for groceries is also very economic and wholesome for any student, most students in Bulgaria spend a weekly budget of €20 on grocery items.

Utility Cost

Utility costs on services such as electricity, water and, heating are all under €50 depending on the usage. Internet and phone services for a month are all within a price of €10 to €15 and sometimes lesser during discount periods.

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