The Cost of Living in Sofia

Exchange rate: 0.509 EUR / BGN

Food
BGN EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 13 лв (€7)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 8 лв (€4.18)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 4.54 лв (€2.31)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 2.02 лв (€1.03)
12 eggs, large 3.73 лв (€1.90)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 2.63 лв (€1.34)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 6 лв (€3.27)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 2.05 лв (€1.04)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 1.09 лв (€0.55)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 1.21 лв (€0.62)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 13 лв (€6)
2 liters of Coca-Cola 2.17 лв (€1.10)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 0.70 лв (€0.35)
Housing
BGN EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 902 лв (€459)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 621 лв (€316)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 154 лв (€78)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 563 лв (€286)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 400 лв (€203)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 101 лв (€51)
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 16 лв (€8)
40” flat screen TV 655 лв (€333)
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 151 лв (€77)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 17 лв (€9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help 11 лв (€5.47)
Clothes
BGN EUR
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 103 лв (€53)
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 67 лв (€34)
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 157 лв (€80)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 132 лв (€67)
Transportation
BGN EUR
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 36,089 лв (€18,356)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 2.07 лв (€1.05)
Monthly ticket public transport 50 лв (€26)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 8 лв (€4.12)
Personal Care
BGN EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 9 лв (€4.68)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) 18 лв (€9)
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 34 лв (€18)
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …) 7 лв (€3.70)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 5.68 лв (€2.89)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 7 лв (€3.44)
4 rolls of toilet paper 2.48 лв (€1.26)
Tube of toothpaste 3.30 лв (€1.68)
Standard men’s haircut in expat area of the city 12 лв (€5.89)
Entertainment
BGN EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 36 лв (€18)
2 tickets to the movies 22 лв (€11)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 45 лв (€23)
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 67 лв (€34)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 9 лв (€4.64)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 3.48 лв (€1.77)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 2.96 лв (€1.51)
iPod nano 16GB 375 лв (€191)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.34 лв (€0.17)
1 month of gym membership in business district 61 лв (€31)
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 5.36 лв (€2.73)