Cost of Living Comparison Between Bucharest and Sofia 

Indices DifferenceInfo
Consumer Prices in Sofia are 1.10% higher than in Bucharest (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Sofia are 0.45% lower than in Bucharest
Rent Prices in Sofia are 5.35% lower than in Bucharest
Restaurant Prices in Sofia are 10.91% lower than in Bucharest
Groceries Prices in Sofia are 4.58% higher than in Bucharest
Local Purchasing Power in Sofia is 1.82% higher than in Bucharest
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Restaurants
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35.00 lei
(13.91 лв)
30.18 lei
(12.00 лв)
     -13.76 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 lei
(59.63 лв)
150.92 lei
(60.00 лв)
     +0.62 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 22.00 lei
(8.75 лв)
25.15 lei
(10.00 лв)
     +14.34 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 lei
(3.18 лв)
7.38 lei
(2.94 лв)
     -7.70 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.00 lei
(4.77 лв)
7.55 lei
(3.00 лв)
     -37.12 %
Cappuccino (regular) 10.32 lei
(4.10 лв)
6.55 lei
(2.60 лв)
     -36.56 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 6.50 lei
(2.58 лв)
4.33 lei
(1.72 лв)
     -33.40 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 6.12 lei
(2.43 лв)
2.96 lei
(1.18 лв)
     -51.64 %
Markets
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 19.84 lei
(7.89 лв)
19.99 lei
(7.95 лв)
     +0.74 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.86 lei
(1.14 лв)
2.75 lei
(1.09 лв)
     -4.12 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.45 lei
(0.97 лв)
2.84 lei
(1.13 лв)
     +15.96 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.86 lei
(4.32 лв)
8.10 lei
(3.22 лв)
     -25.40 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 11.73 lei
(4.66 лв)
13.05 lei
(5.19 лв)
     +11.20 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 9.97 lei
(3.96 лв)
11.22 lei
(4.46 лв)
     +12.56 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 15.58 lei
(6.20 лв)
17.93 lei
(7.13 лв)
     +15.09 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.03 lei
(0.81 лв)
2.66 lei
(1.06 лв)
     +31.18 %
Banana (1 lb) 2.66 lei
(1.06 лв)
3.03 lei
(1.21 лв)
     +14.08 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.42 lei
(0.96 лв)
2.82 lei
(1.12 лв)
     +16.55 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.78 lei
(1.10 лв)
3.34 lei
(1.33 лв)
     +20.43 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.23 lei
(0.49 лв)
1.31 lei
(0.52 лв)
     +7.04 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.29 lei
(0.51 лв)
1.31 lei
(0.52 лв)
     +1.88 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.76 lei
(1.10 лв)
2.99 lei
(1.19 лв)
     +8.29 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.66 lei
(1.06 лв)
2.45 lei
(0.98 лв)
     -7.84 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 25.00 lei
(9.94 лв)
25.15 lei
(10.00 лв)
     +0.62 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.94 lei
(1.57 лв)
3.39 lei
(1.35 лв)
     -14.11 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.42 lei
(2.55 лв)
6.10 lei
(2.42 лв)
     -5.08 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 21.00 lei
(8.35 лв)
15.09 lei
(6.00 лв)
     -28.13 %
Transportation
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 lei
(0.60 лв)
4.02 lei
(1.60 лв)
     +168.31 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 70.00 lei
(27.83 лв)
125.77 lei
(50.00 лв)
     +79.67 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.00 lei
(0.80 лв)
2.52 lei
(1.00 лв)
     +25.77 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 lei
(1.28 лв)
3.24 lei
(1.29 лв)
     +0.62 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 lei
(7.95 лв)
33.20 lei
(13.20 лв)
     +66.01 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 20.14 lei
(8.01 лв)
18.74 lei
(7.45 лв)
     -6.94 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 90,000.00 lei
(35,779.92 лв)
100,018.96 lei
(39,763.00 лв)
     +11.13 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 96,510.00 lei
(38,368.00 лв)
99,216.05 lei
(39,443.80 лв)
     +2.80 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 516.23 lei
(205.23 лв)
482.45 lei
(191.80 лв)
     -6.54 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.45 lei
(0.18 лв)
0.83 lei
(0.33 лв)
     +85.50 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 41.38 lei
(16.45 лв)
53.44 lei
(21.24 лв)
     +29.16 %
Sports And Leisure
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 177.84 lei
(70.70 лв)
113.75 lei
(45.22 лв)
     -36.04 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 70.07 lei
(27.86 лв)
68.00 lei
(27.03 лв)
     -2.96 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 30.00 lei
(11.93 лв)
30.18 lei
(12.00 лв)
     +0.62 %
Childcare
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,668.76 lei
(663.42 лв)
1,865.94 lei
(741.81 лв)
     +11.82 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 36,821.68 lei
(14,638.63 лв)
25,725.38 lei
(10,227.24 лв)
     -30.14 %
Clothing And Shoes
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 281.47 lei
(111.90 лв)
236.25 lei
(93.92 лв)
     -16.07 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 162.54 lei
(64.62 лв)
140.62 lei
(55.90 лв)
     -13.48 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 313.64 lei
(124.69 лв)
343.59 lei
(136.60 лв)
     +9.55 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 369.93 lei
(147.07 лв)
346.30 lei
(137.67 лв)
     -6.39 %
Rent Per Month
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,043.12 lei
(812.25 лв)
1,808.59 lei
(719.01 лв)
     -11.48 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,394.17 lei
(554.26 лв)
1,347.68 lei
(535.78 лв)
     -3.33 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,664.34 lei
(1,456.78 лв)
3,381.70 lei
(1,344.41 лв)
     -7.71 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,381.23 lei
(946.67 лв)
2,437.45 lei
(969.02 лв)
     +2.36 %
Buy Apartment Price
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 845.76 lei
(336.24 лв)
786.71 lei
(312.76 лв)
     -6.98 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 519.33 lei
(206.46 лв)
505.60 lei
(201.00 лв)
     -2.64 %
Salaries And Financing
Bucharest Edit Sofia Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,710.30 lei
(1,475.05 лв)
3,760.98 lei
(1,495.19 лв)
     +1.37 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 5.84 3.27      -44.02 %
Last update: July 2021July 2021
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