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:

  • $ 32 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 7.5 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 751* (1246 BGN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 84 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 6.2 per person
  • $ 7.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1979* (3262 BGN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 99 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 15 per person

Total budget:

$ 2781* (4578 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 2020

Cost of living: Bulgaria VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Bulgaria in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) 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 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sofia
Varna 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Varna
Sozopol 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sozopol
Plovdiv 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Plovdiv
Dobrich 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dobrich
Burgas 15% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Burgas

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Local prices in Bulgaria by expense type

Bulgaria: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Bulgaria costs 59% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 6.1/person
($ 3.7 to $ 13)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 14/person
($ 9.2 to $ 20)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 4.9/person
($ 3.7 to $ 6.7)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.3 for 500ml
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.4
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.3 for 330ml
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.4/cup
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Bulgaria: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Bulgaria costs 50% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 42/night
($ 35 to $ 52)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 71/night
($ 40 to $ 132)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 97/night
($ 59 to $ 162)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 101/night
($ 65 to $ 170)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 134/night
($ 100 to $ 187)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 33/month
($ 30 to $ 34)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 122/month
($ 67 to $ 229)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 110/month
($ 61 to $ 189)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 64/month
($ 39 to $ 108)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 162/month
($ 98 to $ 259)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

Bulgaria: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Bulgaria costs 52% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.6)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.7/500g
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.9/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 2.4)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 6.6/kg
($ 4.3 to $ 9.2)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.5/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 7.3)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 1.8)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.4)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 8.2/kg
($ 4.9 to $ 11)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Bulgaria: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Bulgaria costs 41% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 1)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 32/month
($ 20 to $ 38)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.6)

72% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

84% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 27/24hrs
($ 11 to $ 94)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Bulgaria: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Bulgaria costs 58% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 110/month
($ 69 to $ 185)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 174
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 13/month
($ 9.2 to $ 20)

82% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 72
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 339/month
($ 185 to $ 550)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1477
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 256/month
($ 153 to $ 397)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1185
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 568/month
($ 336 to $ 977)

76% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2402
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 421/month
($ 245 to $ 672)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1884
Gym
Gym
$ 28/month
($ 16 to $ 38)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 355/month
($ 245 to $ 489)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1038
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5245/yr
($ 2439 to $ 9500)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18345

Bulgaria: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Bulgaria costs 36% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 7.3/ticket
($ 5.5 to $ 9.2)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 7.3 to $ 20)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Bulgaria: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Bulgaria costs 20% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.5/pack
($ 3.2 to $ 3.7)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.7
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 55
($ 26 to $ 93)

12% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 49
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 32
($ 16 to $ 49)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 79
($ 49 to $ 124)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 83
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 78
($ 44 to $ 124)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 107

Plane ticket budget

Edinburgh → Sofia
Edinburgh → Sofia
Edinburgh → Sofia
$ 202
(fair price: $ 164)
Manchester → Sofia
Manchester → Sofia
Manchester → Sofia
$ 212
(fair price: $ 176)
Dublin → Sofia
Dublin → Sofia
Dublin → Sofia
$ 180
(fair price: $ 146)
New York City → Sofia
New York City → Sofia
New York City → Sofia
$ 892
(fair price: $ 659)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sofia
Toronto (Ontario) → Sofia
Toronto (Ontario) → Sofia
$ 1003
(fair price: $ 826)
Los Angeles → Sofia
Los Angeles  → Sofia
Los Angeles  → Sofia
$ 1059
(fair price: $ 818)
London → Sofia
London → Sofia
London → Sofia
$ 151
(fair price: $ 130)
Montreal → Sofia
Montreal → Sofia
Montreal → Sofia
$ 1002
(fair price: $ 814)
Melbourne → Sofia
Melbourne → Sofia
Melbourne → Sofia
$ 1308
(fair price: $ 1182)
Sydney → Sofia
Sydney → Sofia
Sydney → Sofia
$ 1328
(fair price: $ 1222)

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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 28-03-2020.

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