Travel budget and cost of living in Bulgaria how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Bulgaria

Bulgaria: calculate your travel budget

Bulgaria: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Bulgaria for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 23 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.4 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 606* (994 BGN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 95 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 4.8 per person
  • $ 6.9 per person

Total budget:

$ 2069* (3388 BGN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 116 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 23 per person
  • $ 8.9 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 2881* (4718 BGN)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Bulgaria in 2019

Cost of living: Bulgaria VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Bulgaria in 2019 is 44% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Bulgaria in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Bulgaria by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Bulgaria compared to the national average.

Cities /Bulgaria View Details
Sofia 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sofia
Plovdiv 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Plovdiv
Dobrich 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dobrich
Sozopol 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sozopol
Varna 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Varna
Burgas 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Burgas

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Local prices in Bulgaria by expense type

Restaurant budget in Bulgaria

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Bulgaria costs 56% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 6.1/person
($ 4.9 to $ 9.2)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 13/person
($ 9.2 to $ 16)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.9/person
($ 3.7 to $ 6.1)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.2 for 500ml
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.2 for 330ml
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.3/cup
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.1)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Bulgaria

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Bulgaria costs 51% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 39/night
($ 17 to $ 136)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 85/night
($ 18 to $ 1580)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 104/night
($ 29 to $ 1603)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 127/night
($ 33 to $ 745)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 141/night
($ 54 to $ 763)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 32/month
($ 15 to $ 69)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 121/month
($ 22 to $ 942)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 115/month
($ 22 to $ 1016)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 54/month
($ 21 to $ 1112)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in Bulgaria

On average, the price of supermarket food in Bulgaria costs 50% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

39% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.6/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1.3 to $ 2.4)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.6/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 9.8)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.5/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 6.7)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.6)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.2/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.7)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 1.8)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.6/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 0.6/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 8.1/kg
($ 6.1 to $ 11)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Bulgaria

On average, the price of transport in Bulgaria costs 40% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 32/month
($ 20 to $ 32)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

77% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 27/24hrs
($ 11 to $ 94)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Bulgaria

On average, the cost of housing in Bulgaria costs 54% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 106/month
($ 63 to $ 153)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

56% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 12/month
($ 8.6 to $ 16)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 299/month
($ 185 to $ 459)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 223/month
($ 124 to $ 367)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 572/month
($ 306 to $ 917)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 396/month
($ 214 to $ 612)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 26/month
($ 16 to $ 32)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 335/month
($ 185 to $ 489)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 4627/yr
($ 1955 to $ 8551)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in Bulgaria

On average, budget for leisure activities in Bulgaria costs 36% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 6.9/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 8.4)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 12/hr
($ 6.1 to $ 20)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Bulgaria

On average, shopping budget in Bulgaria costs 18% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.3/pack
($ 3.1 to $ 3.7)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 54
($ 32 to $ 93)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 30
($ 20 to $ 44)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 78
($ 55 to $ 110)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 75
($ 49 to $ 124)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

Edinburgh → Sofia
Edinburgh → Sofia
Edinburgh → Sofia
$ 214
(fair price: $ 180)
Dublin → Sofia
Dublin → Sofia
Dublin → Sofia
$ 180
(fair price: $ 152)
London → Sofia
London → Sofia
London → Sofia
$ 145
(fair price: $ 131)
Manchester → Sofia
Manchester → Sofia
Manchester → Sofia
$ 230
(fair price: $ 195)
New York City → Sofia
New York City → Sofia
New York City → Sofia
$ 901
(fair price: $ 787)

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About the information on the cost of living in Bulgaria

The information about the cost of living in Bulgaria shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Bulgaria updated on 11-03-2019.

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