Living Expenses

Currency

The monetary unit in the Republic of Bulgaria is the LEV (BGN), which is equal to 100 STOTINKI (st.).
1 EUR = 1.95583 BGN.

You can find current currency information on the site of the Bulgarian National Bank.
Currency can be exchanged at banks or at any of the country’s many currency exchange offices. Some of these exchange offices also work on holidays. Euro-cheques can be exchanged in banks.

Credit cards: Most Bulgarian hotels and stores accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club credit cards.

Transportation

One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.60 BGN
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 BGN
Monthly Pass (BA and MA Student discount) 21.50 BGN
Monthly Pass (PhD Student discount) 35.50 BGN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.78 BGN
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 0.78 BGN
Gasoline (1 litter) 2.60 BGN

Rent per Month

Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre 500.00 BGN
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre 350.00 BGN
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre 800.00 BGN
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre 600.00 BGN

Utilities (Monthly)

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 apartment 170.00 BGN
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.32 BGN
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 15.00 BGN

Food

Food coupon for any of the student canteens (a three-course meal): 2-3 BGN
Inexpensive Restaurant 8.00 BGN
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 40.00 BGN
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 7.00 BGN
Domestic Beer (0.5 litter draught) 2.00 BGN
Imported Beer (0.33 litter bottle) 3.00 BGN
Cappuccino (regular) 2.00 BGN
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litter bottle) 1.50 BGN
Water (0.33 litter bottle) 1.00 BGN

Markets

Milk (regular), 1 litter 1.90 BGN
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.00 BGN
Rice (1kg) 2.00 BGN
Eggs (12) 3.00 BGN
Local Cheese (1kg) 8.00 BGN
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 9.50 BGN
Apples (1kg) 2.00 BGN
Oranges (1kg) 2.00 BGN
Tomato (1kg) 2.00 BGN
Potato (1kg) 1.00 BGN
Lettuce (1 head) 0.88 BGN
Water (1.5 litter bottle) 0.90 BGN

Sports and Leasure

Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult 50.00 BGN
Tennis court rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.75 BGN
Cinema ticket 8-9 BGN
Theatre/opera ticket 12 BGN

Mobile Operators

Three big companies provide mobile services in Bulgaria: Vivacom, Mtel and Telenor.
You have two options when it comes to paying for your mobile communications:

  • Pre-Paid Services(pay-as-you-go) – For purchase and registration of a pre-paid SIM card, you must visit an office of a mobile operator. The pre-paid SIM card is the best choice for a short stay in Bulgaria. Required documents: national ID or a passport
  • Post-Paid Services (contract services) –For purchase and registration of a post-paid SIM card, you will be asked to sign a contract with the mobile operator, valid for 12 or 24 months. Required documents: proof of residence, national ID or a passport

NB: Since 15.06.2017 the EU has ended roaming surcharges for all EU citizens who travel periodically within the EU and people pay only domestic charges. Please check the roaming conditions of your home mobile operator.