Sofia travel budget

Sofia: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Sofia

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 26 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 8.3 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 699* (1148 BGN)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 48 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 5.5 per person
  • $ 7.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1522* (2492 BGN)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 72 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 9.3 per person
  • $ 15 per person

Total budget:

$ 2441* (4004 BGN)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Sofia compared to Bulgaria in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Sofia in 2020 is 43% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Sofia in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Sofia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Sofia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Sofia is 53% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.3/person
($ 6.1 to $ 12)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 16/person
($ 13 to $ 21)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 5.5/person
($ 4.9 to $ 6.1)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 1.6 for 500ml
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.6 for 330ml
($ 1.2 to $ 2.2)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 1.4/cup
($ 1.1 to $ 2.2)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Sofia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Sofia is 62% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 26 to $ 79)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 38/night
($ 26 to $ 57)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 59/night
($ 44 to $ 78)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 84/night
($ 63 to $ 108)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 141/night
($ 90 to $ 194)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 29/month
($ 23 to $ 34)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 61/month
($ 44 to $ 84)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 88/month
($ 55 to $ 143)

47% 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
$ 66/month
($ 29 to $ 155)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 121/month
($ 65 to $ 210)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Sofia

On average, the price of supermarket food in Sofia is 48% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.6)

39% 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)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 1.3/kg
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 3)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 7.3/kg
($ 5.5 to $ 9.8)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6/kg
($ 4.9 to $ 7.3)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.4/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 1.8)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.7/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

74% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.7/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 9/kg
($ 6.1 to $ 12)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Sofia

On average, the price of transport in Sofia is 46% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1/ticket
($ 1 to $ 1)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 32/month
($ 32 to $ 32)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.4)

74% 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)
$ 0.5
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

87% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 11/24hrs
($ 1.2 to $ 150)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Sofia

On average, the cost of housing in Sofia is 51% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 113/month
($ 67 to $ 185)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 14/month
($ 9.2 to $ 20)

81% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 447/month
($ 306 to $ 612)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1426
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 334/month
($ 245 to $ 428)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1139
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 781/month
($ 612 to $ 1101)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2297
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 555/month
($ 428 to $ 734)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1808
Gym
Gym
$ 29/month
($ 20 to $ 38)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 386/month
($ 306 to $ 489)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 995
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5656/yr
($ 3665 to $ 9162)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17403

Leisure activity budget in Sofia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Sofia is 30% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 7.3/ticket
($ 6.1 to $ 9.2)

44% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 14/hr
($ 9.2 to $ 24)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Sofia

On average, shopping budget in Sofia is 12% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 3.5/pack
($ 3.2 to $ 3.7)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 66
($ 38 to $ 98)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 33
($ 22 to $ 49)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 79
($ 63 to $ 124)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 85
($ 55 to $ 124)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

Edinburgh → Sofia
Edinburgh → Sofia
Edinburgh → Sofia
$ 202
(fair price: $ 164)
Manchester → Sofia
Manchester → Sofia
Manchester → Sofia
$ 212
(fair price: $ 177)
Dublin → Sofia
Dublin → Sofia
Dublin → Sofia
$ 180
(fair price: $ 145)
New York City → Sofia
New York City → Sofia
New York City → Sofia
$ 892
(fair price: $ 674)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sofia
Toronto (Ontario) → Sofia
Toronto (Ontario) → Sofia
$ 1003
(fair price: $ 835)
Los Angeles → Sofia
Los Angeles  → Sofia
Los Angeles  → Sofia
$ 1059
(fair price: $ 829)
London → Sofia
London → Sofia
London → Sofia
$ 151
(fair price: $ 130)
Montreal → Sofia
Montreal → Sofia
Montreal → Sofia
$ 1002
(fair price: $ 830)
Melbourne → Sofia
Melbourne → Sofia
Melbourne → Sofia
$ 1308
(fair price: $ 1195)
Sydney → Sofia
Sydney → Sofia
Sydney → Sofia
$ 1328
(fair price: $ 1231)

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About this information on the cost of living in Sofia

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

The information about the cost of living in Sofia was updated on 13-02-2020.

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