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Cost of Living in Sofia

Summary about cost of living in Sofia:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 лв 8.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 42.52 лв 35.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 лв 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.00 лв 1.50-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.00 лв 2.00-4.00
Cappuccino (regular) 2.22 лв 1.50-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.60 лв 1.00-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 0.99 лв 0.50-1.50
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 7.50 лв 6.81-7.95
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.91 лв 0.64-1.16
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.00 лв 0.77-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.90 лв 2.10-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.64 лв 3.63-6.80
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.95 лв 2.72-4.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.16 лв 4.08-7.71
Apples (1 lb) 0.89 лв 0.68-1.27
Banana (1 lb) 1.17 лв 0.91-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 0.93 лв 0.73-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.12 лв 0.91-1.59
Potato (1 lb) 0.46 лв 0.36-0.68
Onion (1 lb) 0.43 лв 0.31-0.68
Lettuce (1 head) 1.06 лв 0.60-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.88 лв 0.70-1.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.00 лв 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.24 лв 1.00-1.70
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.09 лв 1.50-3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 5.30 лв 5.00-6.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.60 лв 1.60-1.60
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 50.00 лв 50.00-50.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.80 лв 0.70-1.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.29 лв 1.24-1.43
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 13.20 лв 12.00-15.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.87 лв 7.57-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,218.00 лв 28,000.00-36,650.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 34,240.62 лв 30,000.00-40,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 157.88 лв 100.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 лв 0.20-0.39
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 16.02 лв 10.00-24.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.28 лв 35.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.95 лв 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 лв 10.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 627.01 лв 500.00-800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 8,307.14 лв 5,000.00-10,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 94.67 лв 60.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 54.07 лв 35.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 133.93 лв 100.00-199.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 127.79 лв 90.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 593.51 лв 450.00-800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 441.92 лв 300.00-600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,075.00 лв 800.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 759.32 лв 550.00-1,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 231.40 лв 185.80-278.71
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 158.75 лв 92.90-185.80
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,108.52 лв
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.67 3.90-6.50

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Last update: October 2017
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100 Comments so far

#Mark on Sep 17, 2017 :
Sorry guys... I'm here in Sofia from 2013... They price have increased, that is true but with 2000 net lv you will have a really good life :) , of course of you have bad habit or you wanna go out all nights, that won't be possible.
The only problem at the moment are the rent on the 2013 it was around 450lv for a 85sqm apartment, now it's around 650/700. Btw I have a salary around 3k net, living with my wife and 3 kids with no issues at all!!

Whatever other people said so far is not reflecting the reality
#Zotri on Sep 04, 2017 :
DJ Ivan, no, you cannot live a luxurious life with 1.800 BGN per month, but that is beyond the point.

200.000BGN to buy an apartment in Sofia? Yes, but that would be a brand new apartment in the high end districts.

100BGN in a nightclub? You are being robbed blind.

50.000 - 60.000BGN for a car? You don't even need a car in Sofia, let alone spend 50.000BGN on one.

If by well educated you mean financially illiterate, then yes, I agree with most of your assumptions.
#DJ Ivan on Sep 01, 2017 :
Anna:
Yes, you pay your bills and live in a shared flat. For 1.800 BGN quite possible. But:

- Can you afford an own flat in a good district and pay a 1.500 BGN mortgage for the credit (or save at least 200.000 BGN to buy one with cash)?
- Can you buy a new car for 50.000-60.000 BGN?
- How often do you eat dinner in a good restaurant? Can you let's say drop 100 BGN in a nigth club for a nice evening withouth thinking about the money all the time?
- You say you travel abroad: Can you afford to pay 4000-5000 BGN for a 2 weeks journey to a more exotic destination or for a ski vacation in Austria/Switzerland etc.?

These are normal things which each well educated working person and european with a good job and qualification should be able to afford.

Again: 1.800 BGN are just 900 Euro! And this is under the social minimum for Europe, regardless if we talk about London or Sofia.
#Anna on Aug 29, 2017 :
DJ Ivan, where do you live man? :D
I live in Sofia with exactly 1800 BGN net, which after 400 BGN rent in a shared flat, leaves me enough to live comfortably, and travel almost every month abroad..
#DJ Ivan on Jul 31, 2017 :
@Samuel: 2.374 BGN gross means 1.851,58 BGN net (check for example the calculator on http://www.pariteni.bg/?tid=20&oid=600 ). This is exactly 946,70 EUR net (FX: 1,95583) and not 1008 EUR!!!
In 2018, it will be even less since the social expences are expected to be higher.
The job as a help desk call center agent is not easy. They will totally enslave you with very long shifts and uncompetent managers.

For this money, your life in Sofia will not be great. You will cover your basic needs, but will not be able to buy any luxury goods at all. Sofia is not much cheaper than Spain and the quality of food and services is worse. Don't beleive Eurostat or any other fake statistics.
#DJ Ivan on Jul 30, 2017 :
Salaries:
- A senior lead developer (Java, Android) can get 5.000 to 6.000 BGN net. This is a very good level for a decent lifestyle in Sofia.
- Between 3.000 BGN and 5.000 BGN net are the salaries for developers with around 5-10 years of experience but the requirements are high (several languages). Most of the people I know are around 3000-3500. 4000+ are exceptions. With such a salary you will have a standard comparable with 2.000 Euro net in western Europe. Not bad at all, but still not great.
- For all other senior no-manager positions, the offers are between 2.000 and 3.000 BGN net. This is already a low salary and you shouldn't consider moving to Sofia for such salary.
- Juniors: between 1000-2500 BGN net. This includes most of the call centre slaves, IT helpdesc and other non-IT positions. For most of the Bulgarians, getting over 2.000 BGN net remains just a dream.
- Below 1000 BGN net: Never consider such offers. This is modern slavery.
#DJ Ivan on Jul 30, 2017 :
"...the prices in Bulgaria are pretty much the same as those in Germany, divided by 2..."

Such kind of information is totally wrong and misleading. Prices are currently exploding, esp. if you buy products with minimal quality standards. Just some examples:

1) Local Cheese: Yes, you can find cheese for 8 lev/kg. But this cheese does not contain milk and is made from palm oil and the water part is over 50%. Quality bulgarian white cheese costs around 13-15 lev/kg. The bulgarian gouda cheese (kashkaval) costs 18-20 lev/kg (good quality). For comparison: 1 kg Gouda at REWE in Germany costs around 4,5 Euro/KG and is much much better.

2) Beer: The bulgarian-made beer is just ethanol, water, flavors and preservatives. This including the beers produced by license: Stella, Becks, Amstel, Tuborg etc. Such a beer costs around 1,20-1,60 lev /0,60-0,80 cent. In Germany, at ALDI you can buy a no-name beer for 29 cent, which is 1000% better. A real good german beer (original Krombacher or Becks etc.) can be bought for 79 cent in Germany. An imported Krombacher costs in Bulgaria 2,40 lev/1,20 Euro.

3) Milk: In Germany, for 1 Euro you get 1L Bio Milk. In Bulgaria, for 2 lev you get no name product with low quality.

4) Butter: Deutsche Markenbutter 250g - 1,99 Euro at REWE Germany, 5,80 lev at Fantastiko Sofia.
#Samuel on Jul 28, 2017 :
Hi there,

I got offered a job in Sofia in the IT sector (Helpdesk) multilingual position, they offered me 2374 leva gross, I calculated it will be around 1008€ net per month. I'm 32 years old and I want to have a fresh new start in my career and life. Do you think this is enough to have a good quality life ? (I'm used to Spanish standards) Thank you.
#rosko on Jun 27, 2017 :
Dan, with 400 euro after rent you will have more than decent life in Sofia. In fact your standard of living might increase and you can eat out and party every day. You will probably be the richest student in your social circle. The prices being divided by two is mostly true, but there are exceptions. For example eating out, street food and cafes are more than 2 times cheaper in Sofia, but supermarket prices are sometimes just slightly cheaper than the likes of Aldi/Lidl/Penny in Germany. Also alcohol is much cheaper. Btw I live in Nuremberg so I can compare the prices relatively good. As for the driving license part I don't think you can just take the driving exam but you can sign up for a driving course in Sofia. There are theory tests in English( idk if there are in German) and the course itself is like 8-10 times cheaper than in Germany - about 300-350 euro. The price is also often negotiable depending on how much hours you want to take.
#man on Jun 26, 2017 :
Oh, sorry, i somehow missed that part you already passed the theoretical hours and test, well, if you have no way to finish it in Germany, you will have to ask about that when you come, but i guess you will have to start all over
#man on Jun 26, 2017 :
Dan, the prices in Bulgaria are pretty much the same as those in Germany, devided by 2. So if you can live with 800 euro in Germany, you can live with 400 euro in Bulgaria. It wont be a decent live though, not at all. As for the driving license, i think you can do the driving test in English, not sure in Deutsch, but maybe you can. But it takes time even if you already know how to drive. The good think is you can always pay to get your license easier. :) You know, the corruption is everywhere in Bulgaria. Have a nice stay!
#dan on Jun 22, 2017 :
hi all, I have a question, I'm moving to sofia for university, and I'll have (around 400€ for me to spend) I'm a single 18 year old hahah, 400 for me to spend and the rent is already paid, will that be enough?
and also one more question about the driving license. I finished my theoretical hours and practical hours and did the theory test here in Berlin, Germany ( I'm a German citizen) would I be able to do the driving test in Sofia? because examination centers in Berlin are all booked this summer.. please answer asap to the driving license part
#I on May 15, 2017 :
Deepak, I live in Rousse and I Can tell you 8000€ is very, very good offer.
#Deepak on May 05, 2017 :
I am offered a job of 8000 euros, is it gud for living in Ruse with my wife and 6 year old son
#Deepak on May 05, 2017 :
I am offered a job of 8000 euros, is it gud for living in Ruse with my wife and 6 year old son
#Ivan on Apr 22, 2017 :
I am Bulgaria who was able to "cheat" the system a little bit. I went abroad for awhile but instead of staying there I found a client who had nothing against paying me the local (for the country that I was in) rate but for me to live in Sofia. Well .. just slightly lower than what is the norm in there but still pretty good. So I am very proud that I work hard and bring some foreign money (paying all taxes!) and I have good amount of disposable money. Good enough that after few years I was able to buy a 4 year old car, a 3 bedroom apartment right next to the Underground with personal parking space. Also with my girlfriend we go 1-2 per month to a high level restaurant and we are able to go abroad 2-3 times a year. Now I am not bragging here. I am trying to say that I am able to do so mostly because the cost of living in Sofia is pretty decent. You have everything that a modern society needs and you can buy a beer for 1 EUR. Come ooon! Sofia is great!
#DJ Ivan on Feb 26, 2017 :
Currently, salaries of 6.000 BGN net and above are becoming more and more common. Especially in the IT-Industry, but also for Finance Experts. Mid-level Management can go up to 10k gross. So don't sell yourself below value.
With 1.000 BGN you will live like an animal and will cover only your basic needs.
#Kilmer on Feb 21, 2017 :
Sofia standard of living is growing a lot! Salaries are growing very fast and net disposable salary is more than what numbeo says, I would say at least 1300-1400 bgn net! Also mortgage interest is not more than 4% and not 5.60%..!
No unemployment in Sofia and 6.7% for all BG!
In brief with 1000 bgn net in Sofia you will leave better than with 1000€ in Western Europe..!!!
#lol on Dec 26, 2016 :
Normally white bread is 700g, not 500 and doeasnt coast more then 0.90/1 lev
just saying...

for 1 person living alone - 800 leva is normal and many people will say - perfect.
#a local in response to Alex on Sep 23, 2016 :
Hi Alex,

The salary of 750euro is not great, but not that bad either. If you're single and not that pretentious and still young and a bit inexperienced you'll be just fine, but keep in mind that you'll not have luxary life. You'll have enough money to rent a decent 1-2bedroom apartment, have a public transportation card, take taxi from time to time if necessary (taxi is quite cheap, 4-5 euro usually per a medium-ranged destination) , buy food, pay your bills, go to restaurants and bars once or twice per week, buy some clothes and every once in a while you may afford yourself a trip accross the country or a trip to Greece or Turkey.

Telus is not a top company, but not a bad one either, more like average. If you don't have better offers then just take it and try your luck. Sofia is relatively safe, you'll not have troubles if you avoid gipsy ghetos and avoid roaming around alone after midnight. This applies for most big cities IMO.

I hope I was helpful enough.

Have a good day.
#Patty on Aug 10, 2016 :
Hi to all foreigners in Bulgaria.
I am writing to you just to clarify the situation with the salaries.
I am Bulgarian from Sofia and I worked at the biggest companies in BPO sector.
The salary was 600-750 euros net or 1200-1500 lv.net.
In my last job I received 1000 euros net salary or 1900 lv.
I can tell that some salaries mentioned here 2200-2500lv for work as a slave in call centres are more than good for the standard of living in Bulgaria.
Yes it is dependes on you live style and your vices!!
Do not think this money will be paid for nothing!!!
Please know that the amounts mentioned are more that good comparing with another countries in Europe.
I recommend you to get know with our country and language before starting your life here.
It will be great to speak or try to understang the local language and to travel around the country.
Most of the young peolpe speak English but for sure use some dictionary with Bulgarian words and espressions.
At the begging can be hard for you: new country,life, cuisine,etc.
Bulgaria is good for foreingers for working and living in good / acceptable conditions.
If you do not like the country or the conditions you feelfree to chose Sofia Airport for you next step.
#s. on Aug 05, 2016 :
As a foreigner who has already lived 4 months in Sofia(married with no kids), I will try to describe the situation here as best as possible, from my point of view:

(all numbers are in euro)
apartments : 150-350 depends on many things... usually you get what you pay for..
supermarkets/groceries: same as in Germany(not cheap).. I can say by experience
restaurants:average 20-25 for two persons -2 main dishes, salad, 2 beers, 2 espresso's and sweet, (usually very cheap)
water+electricity+internet/tv+mobile: avg 60/month (70sqrm apartment)
coffee,beers,cigarettes: cheaper than anywhere else in EU!!!

Conclusion:
with 1000euro: rent a furnished,new, at nice area apartment(400)plus utilities, able to buy good and quality products from local groceries/supermarkets(400), eating to medium-good restaurants 4-5/month (100), car(15/month, home-work-home..) total around 900euro and another 100 left for other random.. (clothes,taxi,puplic transport etc) expenses. Therefore with around 1000 net a couple can have a very good quality life in Sofia but without saving much. Of course a couple can live with much less or survive with even half.. but well the point is not to just survive.. then better stay at your own country and be with family and friends...
Regarding the people, so far we didn't have any problem, everyone treated us kindly and respectfully. Also not many people speak English... in any case have the google translator at your smartphone installed.. it will come in handy many many times.. good thing is that there is free wifi almost everywhere!!
#Alex on Jul 28, 2016 :
Hello
I just got a job offer from Telus to work as a game support agent in my native language. From what they told me, the net salary will be arpund 650€ +100€ of rent allowance. They said that they have free gyms, health insurance and stuff. But , and even after reading the comments here I am not really sure. Anyone would like to give me the feedback regarding the jib/company/salary?
And what about the city? How clean/calm/safe is it? I know it has a lot of beautiful monuments, but how good is life in it? What about the public transportation?
#Anonymous on Jul 25, 2016 :
Melon (cleaned and cut into pieces), BGN 2,99 per KILO.
Peach, BGN 1,39
Yoghurt, DANONE, 0,280 kg, neutral: BGN 1,10
Yoghurt, DANONE, 0,280 kg, with fruit, BGN 1,29
Koffie, MELITTA, 0,500 kg, BGN 6,49

I know these prices sound often unbelievable, but Sofia just happens to be the cheapest EU Capital to live in.
Prices outside the big cities
(Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna, etc..) are even much lover.

In the countryside you can buy a small house for EUR 10K.
#Anonymous on Jul 25, 2016 :
Public transportation is BGN 1,60 for a single ride. When you change from one tram to a bus, or another tram or trolley or Metro, you will have to pay again.
Fines are BGN 40,00 (and there is control very frequently).
A carnet of 10 rides is BGN 12,00
A day-ticket for unlimited transportation on all buses, trams, metros and trolley buses are only BGN 4,00.
#oriental on Jul 15, 2016 :
1000euro I think it's really just very regular income for foreigners with skills and experience here in sofia, not just an exotic mother language. as I am Asian living here for few years already, I make almost 3000 euro. though the living cost here is really cheap even compare to Asia, without rent , 500 leva is definately enough to feed yourself , plus other spending , won't cost u more than 1000lv. don't live in the center, if u don't require a luxury flat, 500 lv per month u can get a fairly good place to stay.
#Nana on Jun 17, 2016 :
to AT
Yes, quarter means a district of the city. The HRC Culinary Academy is located exactly in the City Center near the National Palace of Culture. You can search for apartments in the city center or in the Southern and Eastern parts of the city. Lozenetz is the nearest, but expensive district, then any of these could be also ok - Strelbishte, Hipodruma,Beli brezi, etc. You can use trams, buses, metro, trolleybuses almost any kind of public transport available, to get there.
#AT on Jun 14, 2016 :
Hi, I would like to ask about the location in Sofia.. I do some googling for properties for rent, and it ask about what 'quarter' I'd like to check.. does the quarter mean some part of the city?

I'm considering to go to HRC Culinary Academy in Sofia and I can't find out in which part of quarter it is, so it's kinda hard to find place that close to it.. I'm from non-eu country and I don't have anyone that I know there, so I think it would be great if I can find place that near the HRC.. and one more, does the public transport (bus/train) cover the area of HRC? I know my questions kinda lame, but I don't know anything about Sofia, so your answer will be really appreciated..

Thank you so much
#JP on Jun 12, 2016 :
really?

I've heard that the salary is very low in Sofia, but for2200 BGN would be great...

Many Thanks anyway #Andrea
#Andrea on Jun 10, 2016 :
You wont be saving any money just living hand to mouth, I worked for Telus, they will work you to the bone
#João Paulo on Jun 09, 2016 :
Hi Guys,

I got a offer from a company in Sofia,
I would like to know if it a good offer, I am married.

Starting salary: 2200 BGN gross

Relocation assistance: Accommodation for the 1st month + 300 BGN gross from the 2nd month; reimbursement of flight ticket up to 150 Euro gross ( see also the file attached)

Monthly income: 2500 BGN gross ( salary+relocation bonus) approx 2000 BGN net ( 1000 Euro net)

Social benefits: Food vouchers-60 BGN per month /30 Euro per month; Additional Health Insurance; Sport activities; Training and development programs ( for further information see the file attached)

Many Thanks in advanced
#jcm on May 25, 2016 :
Does anybody have opinions on which may be better for retired expats between Sofia Bulgaria, Bucharest Romania, and Budapest Hungary? Cost of living seems very similar as are many other things, but is one favored over the others for expats looking for a cheap place to retire? Thanks!
#Silvia on Apr 15, 2016 :
I am crying, can't believe this stupid country pays foreigners such a great salaries. Locals are lucky if they have 300-400 euros a month for a salary. Officially on the news said: More the half of bulgarians work abroad, so they can survive and provide for their families. I hate you Bulgaria!
#matrix on Apr 12, 2016 :
@Pablo ( Summing up: 950€ gross, 745 € net. (770€ net with travel allowance)
1850 BGN gross, 1450 BGN net (1500 BGN with travel allowance) )

Hello Pablo, usually in the IT sector in Sofia the start net salary is around 1500lv, with 2 languages (e.g. English and German) and technical knowledge the salary should start from 2000lv net.

My advise is to ask for at least 1700lv net as you are native speaker. 1500lv will be enough for the mentioned above needs (small apartment, sport, entertainment), but if you want to save money and to be fairly payed, you should ask for more - at least 100euro :)
#matrix on Apr 12, 2016 :
And almost everyone less than 35 years old speaks English here in Sofia.
#matrix on Apr 12, 2016 :
@Ron (I am a retired U.S. citizen with a fixed retirement income of about $5400 usd (9300 lev) monthly.
I have a 7 year old son I plan on sending to international school, will we be able to live comfortably under those conditions ?? )
- Yes it will be more than comfortable for you and your family. You will have enough money to have big flat in city center or house for rent outside the town. Our private clinics are also nice one and not expensive (compared to EU and USA clinics - Tokuda Clinic is the biggest private clinic in Sofia). Your monthly incame is more than enough for big apartment in the best areas of Sofia, for food markets for the entire family (also in the city center there are a lot of small and nice bio shops), for private school for your child and for clothes, entertainment, travel through the country. And almost everyone person over 35 years old speaks English here in Sofia.
#1500lev on Apr 09, 2016 :
Juan Pablo, i wouldnt be in sofia on 1500 lev a month, not with the price increases that happen each year.
#Ron on Mar 22, 2016 :
Hello,
I am a retired U.S. citizen with a fixed retirement income of about $5400 usd (9300 lev) monthly.
I have a 7 year old son I plan on sending to international school, will we be able to live comfortably under those conditions ??
#Juan Pablo on Mar 22, 2016 :
Hello everyone,
I've been offered a job in the customer service with native speaker skills.

I've been offered 950€ gross per month. it should be 745€ net. plus 25€ net of travel card, 770€ net.
According to today rate should be 1854BGN gross, 1454BGN net. plus 50BGN of travel card, 1500BGN net.

Summing up: 950€ gross, 745 € net. (770€ net with travel allowance)
1850 BGN gross, 1450 BGN net (1500 BGN with travel allowance)

Consider that my basic need is a single bedroom apartment to live alone, a monthly subscription at the gym. Workplace is on line 1 of metro.

In your opinions, how should I handle it in Sofia with that amount?

Thank you.
#peter on Feb 18, 2016 :
average payment 500 euro? its a joke its not over 300 euro
#To Marta on Sep 15, 2015 :
There's a web site called bgrabotodatel.com which basically means bgemployer. There are many reviews and opinions about many employers in it but only in bulgarian language unfortunately. You can use the google translator to read some of them. About CMSG people are devided, there are mixed opinions. It's definitely not the best place to work at, probably an average one. As for Sofia, it's a relatvely safe place if you avoid the ghetos, especially at night.
#Marta on Sep 13, 2015 :
Hi there,

I have been offered a job in Sofia. Does anyone know anything about CMSG ltd company? Is Sofia a safe city?
#one on Aug 27, 2015 :
@Kubilay

1500lv gross (1150net) is the absolute minimum that you should ask for. About 2000lv gross would be good deal, anything above that would be considered great.

@Alexandra

You'll be able to cope with just english, but have in mind that in general the employees in the supermarkets do not speak english, otherwise they would have found better jobs for at least twice the salary. But I don't think that english is generally needed at such places, everything is displayed, shown and computerized. Most young people do know english, it may not be perfect but they'll help you with directions for sure. Taxi drivers do not speak english in general but if you just tell them the address they'll take you there. Be careful not to take taxis that are more expensive than 0.80-1.00lv per km. See their price tags on the front window before taking it. Do not be naive like some foreigners. There's a subway which you can use, it's new and cheap. People with perfect english you can find among students, IT specialists, at the Business park, some clubs, internet forums, facebook groups, other foreigners, etc.
#Kubilay on Aug 19, 2015 :
Hello,
I am from Turkey and I applied to a job in Sofia,they are goıng to hire me because of my mother tongue is turkish, we are on the 2nd stage interview with the company and on the 3rd stage they will ask me what is my salary expectation. I have no idea what should I ask for the salary. Can anyone please help me out about it ? they do not provide accommodation,food and other basic utilities...How much salary should I ask for in leva ?
#Alexandra on Aug 17, 2015 :
Hi. This is a veeery useful website, cheers to whoever made!
Thank you for all the information about rent and expenses but I had another question that so far I see it wasn't addressed. I am a foreigner so I do not speak the language. I am assuming it will take me quite some time to learn it. Will I be able to get along with just english? From going to the supermarket and asking about the fruit section to being able to ask for directions on the street? How about if I needed to find a team of 10 people with perfect english/accent? Would that be an easy task?

Thanks!
#@ #yes way on Aug 15, 2015 :
If you are lucky you can find an apartment for 150- 200, I was staying in mladost and bellow 200 was nothing nice, just some old ones with old furniture,etc. Here we are speaking about average.
Also the bills depends from block to block, for example if you stay old block that is not isolated and you are on central heating you will pay 200-300 leva in the winter.
On the other side 600-700 leva to eat in a restaurant? So a decent lunch around Bussiness Park area is 10 leva, diner in a good restaurant is at least 20, if you go in the center in a nicer restaurant and you take 2 course it will be 40, x30 days that means you are already 1000 +. So as I said we speak average you say that you spend 800 I say 1200 so we meet at 1000 :)
I totally agree with "No Way"
#yes way on Jul 22, 2015 :
Within a few minutes I've found a few nice furnished 2 bedroom apartments in districts not far from The Business park in Mladost or close to the city center for approximately 150 euro per month - Mladost, Darvenitsa, Lozenets, Pavlovo,Lagera, Buckstone, etc. So yes, it's possible. For 250-300 euro you should expect luxury. And you'll need 600-800lv for food if you're eating in restaurants all the time.
#NoWay on Jul 13, 2015 :
#In response to Andrea on Jul 04, 2015 :
I am earning about 2100 gross which is 1700 net, so you'll get around 1750 net. This would be more than enough to handle. The rent for a nice 2 bedroom apartment would be 350-400, 50-100 for home bills, 50-100 for transport and 300-400 for food and drinks. So you'll spend around 60% of your salary for basic living needs, the rest is for you to save or spend for whatever you want to.

This doesn't sound right. "A nice 2 bedroom apartment for 350-400" sounds like a bargain. It is more like 400-600 BGN for a nice, furnished 60-70 sq. m apartment, 20-30 minutes from city centre. Home bills (electricity, heat, water, internet) for such an apartment should be at least 120 per month on an yearly basis. "300-400 for food and drinks" is what really doesn't sound right though. Possible but not preferable. If you want a night out now and then, presumably once a week, and if you eat normal, healthy food, you'll need at least 600-700 monthly for food and drinks. So it sums up at about 1200-1300 per month for basic needs. Well, "basic needs" could be flexible. But it's about 70-75% of your presumable salary of 1750 net.
#In response to Andrea on Jul 04, 2015 :
I am earning about 2100 gross which is 1700 net, so you'll get around 1750 net. This would be more than enough to handle. The rent for a nice 2 bedroom apartment would be 350-400, 50-100 for home bills, 50-100 for transport and 300-400 for food and drinks. So you'll spend around 60% of your salary for basic living needs, the rest is for you to save or spend for whatever you want to.
#Andrea on Jun 30, 2015 :
Hello, can you please advise BGN2200 gross, what would be netto income?
Is it Ok in Sofia?
I will have to pay the rent myself.

Thank you!!
#Miguel on Jun 28, 2015 :
Hello Amelie,

I live in Sofia for 1100 BGN so you should be fine with 1800 BGN net or gross by the way?

Besides your employer who is helping for the rent, you should definitively be fine in downtown, and far better if you live outside of centre.
#Amelie on Jun 26, 2015 :
Guys, please advise if BGN1800 plus the company covers 150euro rent would be a good start? This is salary base for 6 first months
I have to relocate so I need to know. Please help )
#a guy on May 05, 2015 :
I work in the IT field. Indeed the 1st line technicians earn about 1200-1400lv net but you're a foreigner and a native speaker I presume, so your salary should be at least 2000lv net. The tax for the salary they told you (2800) should be no more than 600lv, which means that after tax it'd be around 2200, as the previous guy said. Don't know why they've told you 1400, you better ask what's the catch with that, because 1400lv net for a native speaker in the IT sounds offensive.
#Randy on May 02, 2015 :
Thank you so much for your answer very usefull man! The job will be in IT (1st level). Anyway I don't understand why they told me that 2800bg gross will be less than 1400bg net/650€. Where is the joke?
#to Randy and joao on May 01, 2015 :
The avarage gross sallary in Sofia is about 1100 leva. So yes your sallary is very good, unless you are working in the IT sector. This salalry will be slightly above avarage there.
2800 gross means 2200 net.You can have a nice life with this. With this calcualtor you can see your net salary - http://www.pariteni.bg/?tid=20&oid=600.

Visiting the clubs in the city center costs me between 30-80 leva for the night( with 80 leva you will be able to buy a whole bottle of Bushmills and a couple of sodas almost anywhere in the city center clubs). Visitng the clubs in "Studentski grad"(students campus area, you should defenerly go there if you like night life) will cost even less.

Visiting restaurans in the city center at night normally costs me below 15 leva.

Trips to the province are also very cheap. You can sleep in nice hotels for as low as 20-40 leva. There are many many tourist towns you can go and have a nice weekend, jsut search them (Troyan, Arbanasi, Triavna.. ). Normally a weekend travel will cost me around 200-250 leva.

I work in Sofia and find it vey hard to spent more than 1400 leva without the rent. On avarage I spent around 1200-1300 leva with the rent( my rent is very cheap tho, around 250 leva + utilities) and i go out at least 3 times a week and spent around 250 leva for TAXI as i dont have a car.

So here is an example of a very busy month(I doubt anyone goes out so much):
- 4 visits to clubs 4*65 = 260 leva.

- 10 visits to restaurants 10 * 15 = 150 leva.

- make a weekend trip = 250 leva.

- rent a luxury aprtment with 1 bedroom in the city center + all the Utilities = 650 leva.

- food = 21 lunches at resaurants while you are at work = 5-8 leva = 21*8 = 170 leva. Other food and drinks = 210 leva
total food = ~ 400 leva

- Tranport = 140 leva ( if your car spends 10/100 km. means you can have 1400km on Autogas or 700km on gasoline.).

Total: 1850 leva.

So even after such a busy month with so many expenses you will have 350 more leva at your disposal.If you want to cut your expenses my suggestion is to find a cheaper apartament( you can have nice apartments for about 350 leva) or come to Sofia with a roommate.
#Randy on May 01, 2015 :
Hi, just received a job offer in Sofia, 2800 lev/month gross. What do you think?
#joao on Apr 27, 2015 :
I have a job proposal for Sofia . 1300€ is a good salary in sofia?

kind regards,
#Petar on Apr 06, 2015 :
I think that the cost of mobile phone minute could be decreased, or increased under some conditions. It currently says 'No plan' and for no plan really the price may be actually higher than 0.3 -0.39 BGN. There are however few non-binding contract (that is you need at most one month notice to cancel) options, that give the price of 0.1 BGN for national calls - notably Mtel/Vodafone, but other operators have functionally matching offers. I don't know if these are available for non-citizens, though.
The point is that in the last years there was a significant drop of prices of mobile services, which is not reflected in the stats.
#to jim on Mar 22, 2015 :
You have to ask the landlord about the dogs, it's something that needs to be discussed. You can rent a nice house in the price range of 500-1000 euros. Check the rent sites in the previous post, they have english versions. The house however will be aside of the city center, so you'll need a car as well.
#jim on Mar 14, 2015 :
Hi
I have job offer of 3700 euro what will be take home pay per month approximately.
I want to rent house so I can bring my two dogs will this be feasible.
Do you pay local tax as well in rental accomodation
#One on Feb 28, 2015 :
@marsela you can take a look at these - http://www.tu-sofia.bg and http://www.nbu.bg . As for the a job , yes , you can work in the meantime. There are lots of opened IT jobs in Sofia at the moment. Just open jobs.bg, scroll down a bit and click on the Information Technology banner.

@Gray , check www.bulgarianproperties.com and www.mirela.bg , there are plenty of nice apartaments in the price range of 200-300 euros in nice and central districts.
#marsela on Feb 27, 2015 :
hey everybody..I want to study in Bulgaria for master degree in IT..can you sugest me an english university and I would know if i can work during study..thnx
#Gray on Feb 22, 2015 :
Hi people, I'm looking to maybe live in Sofia for a year. What would be the best way to go about renting a property for a good price? Regards, Gray
#Filip on Feb 14, 2015 :
@Lu

The Salary is good but for the first month you will need a lil more. When you rent apartment for the first time you will need to pay the rest for 2 months plus deposit or one month rent and one + for deposit .
The salary after tax it will be around 2200, you can survive depending on how high is your rent. But it will be good to have something extra. You can find fast job and with both of you working you can handle it without problem and maybe save something.
#Lu on Feb 12, 2015 :
Hi,

My wife has received a job offer as a QA Lead in Sofia for 2800 Leva gross/month.

We are two. Is this money ok? Because i think it's a little low. Can someone give me an advice about this?

I'm a tester too so after we arrive in Bulgaria, i will be looking for a job. But is the money that they have offer enough for both of us in the firsts months?

Thank you all!!
#bulgarian on Feb 08, 2015 :
In response to #Harry on Oct 26, 2014

The life in a village is peaceful and quite cheap, but you should be aware that hundreds of the villages are occupied (literally) by gipsies who cause troubles, big troubles - steal, beat, kill, destroy, etc. It's horrible. Therefore if you still want a cheap and peaceful village life you should make a huge research of the villages and whether there are gipsies nearby.

As for the life in Sofia - the rent for a 2 bedroom apartment would be around 200-300 euroes, the food for a single person is between 150-200 euroes, bills are around 50-70 euroes, public transportation is 0.50 euro and the taxi is quite cheap, so you can go almost everywhere for no more than 4-5 euro. So basically you need about 650-700 euroes for a normal life in Sofia.
#Gabriel on Feb 02, 2015 :
We have received a job offer in Sofia.
Since we have 2 small children, would you recommend me on specific "child recommended" areas in the city?
Another question I got - we have a dog and a cat that we would like to bring with us. Do you know how acceptable is renting an apartment with pets?
Thank you!
#Filip on Feb 02, 2015 :
@Pitanje

With 300 eur u wont be able to save anything, this amount is enough just to cover the basics for one month.
Food, Transport, Bills. I wouldn't recommend you to relocate for 300 eur salary plus apartment.
#Pitanje on Feb 01, 2015 :
I have offer for job, 300 euros + apartment. Is that ok, for living in Sofia?
#Anna on Jan 18, 2015 :
Heinrich your salary will be more than enough for a family of four.A family of four usually needs up to 2000 EUR to live a normal life so you're covered.
Marcos if you're going to be alone,you're gonna save a lot of money in Sofia with that salary :))

Good luck!
#Henrich on Jan 13, 2015 :
Good Afternoon.
I'm moving to Sofia with my family (wife and 2 kids - 13 and 8 year old), and would like to know if the gross salary that the company is offering to me (5500 euros) would be enough to have a good life there.
Please send your comments.
Thanks,
Henrich
#Marcos on Jan 12, 2015 :
I'd received a joboffer to work in Sofia. I'd like to know if the offer that they are doing would let me have a good life quality over there. The company is offering me a gross / month around 4500 euros. I would like someone to tell me if this is good or not, please.
Thanks,
Marcos
#John on Jan 12, 2015 :
I used to live pretty much normally with a net income of 1466 levs per month. It is around 750 euro. I was able to rent a flat in a good district, do the groceries and go out sometimes. I was using public transport for my transportation. On good months (when I spent less) I used to save some money (like 200-300 levs a month). The good thing was that I was renting a flat without central heating (if you rent one with central heating, you will pay a lot for heating water in summer and additionally - for heating your apartment in winter). The one without central heating will consume a lot of electricity during winter, but my bills never exceeded 80 lv (around 40 euro) a month in winter (in summer they were extremely low, like 10 euro). Last time I was in Sofia was 3 months ago, then I moved out. I hope that helps :)
#Mihail on Jan 03, 2015 :
For comfortable living in Sofia I would say a family with 2 children will need about 1500-2000 euro net income.
#Filip on Dec 17, 2014 :
http://www.zdnet.com/article/when-a-tough-history-becomes-your-asset-bulgarias-plan-to-be-a-major-force-in-technology/
#Filip on Dec 16, 2014 :
@ Giovanni
@Viktorija
@ Nuno

In Sofia you need around 500 euro plus rent for good living. Everything that is more than this means you can afford more things or to save more.

The prices listed here are like 80-90 % accurate .
#Giovanni on Dec 13, 2014 :
Hallo there.
i just had a joboffer with this salary:Relocation package: flight to Sofia + one month of accommodation in one hotel.

- Gross per month: 1,663.90 BGN / 831,95 EURO

- Gross potential commissions per month dependant on performance/targets: 15% : 249.60 BGN / 124,8 EURO

- Food vouchers: 30 euro per month

- Private health insurance

- Opportunities to grow up and develop the professional career within multilingual environment.
Could you tell what life stile i can have with those money??
#marina on Dec 12, 2014 :
Hello kindly i need some.data to about sofia i will come at 19 December 2014 and will saty for week i just want to know whts places to visits and where can i do shopping with affordable prices.
#Viktorija on Dec 07, 2014 :
I got job offer in Sofia for 2000 euros gross salary
What does it means in neto salary and is it enough to have a decent life concerning the fact that my family will move with me and my husband need to find job too
I also have two children 4 and 10 years old so school and kindergarten will be extra expence
I also have posibility to negotiate for the salary (but not too much) so what do you thing will be the salary that I should ask for
#Nuno on Dec 06, 2014 :
Hi.

I have a job offer in Marketing, to work in Sofia. After tax, it is around €700, but I don't feel comfortable with this value. I have accomodation included though. I wonder if this is enough to live there, considering that my expeneses would be tranportation, gym fee, food, utilities, going out (restaurants, pubs...), buy clothes, internet, among other things.

Thanks for your feedback.
#Chandana on Dec 05, 2014 :
Hi,

I have been offered the job to teach Yoga in a company. I have more than 14yrs of experience. How much salary should i quote. This is going to be a company regular job.
#Filip on Nov 20, 2014 :
@Lorenz

The salaries for customer service representative usually are in the rage between 500 1000 eur.
Depends on the language and Experience. So 830 for the start is pretty good , you can have decent life in Sofia.
#Adedayo on Nov 16, 2014 :
Please i needed a Job in Bulgarian and any one to help me witha Job? Please e-mail at oroboson@yahoo.co.uk
#Filip on Nov 03, 2014 :
@ Harry

£750 are more than enough to live in Bulgaria, especially for the rural area. Where the prices are way lower than the big cities. The mountain area is cheaper than the seaside. Just to cover the basic you will need around £200-£300 everything else will be extra.
The prices for the house in rural area can vary a lot depending of the current state and the location.
from 5000 - 100 000 .

http://www.bulgarianproperties.com/rural_houses.html
#Harry on Oct 26, 2014 :
Hi guys,

I am from the UK.

My wife and I have holidayed many times in Bulgaria and love the lifestyle. We love it so much that we are looking at taking early retirement next year to live permanently in Bulgaria. I am currently receiving a pension from my time in the military which pays me about £600 a month. We will also rent our house out here in the UK. After the mortgage payment we will have another £150. This takes our monthly income to approx £750 sterling. We will be looking to purchase a house outright in the VT area. We dont want tourist areas so will be looking for village life.

Will my monthly income be enough to support my wife and I?

Many thanks in advance

Harry
#Filip on Oct 10, 2014 :
@Bruno,

You salary after tax will be around 1250 leva.

For 300-400 leva you can find some decent apartment plus 100 leva bills. Also you will need to pay one rent for deposit.

For Sofia is not big salary is something on the average.

In case you are relocating you should ask for at least 1500 plus relocation package so you can at least save something.
#Bruno Mendes on Oct 09, 2014 :
Hi everyone.

I have an offer for a job in Sofia for 870 euros, around 1600 leva i think. Is it enough to have a normal life there? This value is excluding taxes. What it will became after taxes?

Is is easy to find rooms to rent? And how much do they cost with all the expenses (water, gás, electricity, etc)

Thank you in Advance for your help.
#Filip on Sep 10, 2014 :
@Jesan

With full time job you can barely cover all your expenses. You need around 1000 - 1500 leva for decent living. With Part time job you might get around 300-400 leva which will be enough to cover just the rent.

@Cristian , with 1700 leva per month you can afford decent living , if you are planing to live alone you will need around 300-400 leva just for rent, If you are ok living with roommates than you can go with 150-200 in way bigger apartment.
If you spend around 1500 the rest you can save them on the side. Normally depends how you are used or you are planing to live is possible to live also with 1000 if you are not going out in a clubs, restaurants, gym , not buying brand clothes.
#Jesan on Sep 05, 2014 :
Can i lead my educational and accommodation expenses by doing a part time jobs in sofia. Pls anyone tell me that is there available part time jobs in sofia. How much they pay to a student hourly.. Pls tell me..
#Cristian on Sep 03, 2014 :
I received a proposal of a starting salary of 1700lv net. What do you guys think? is it worth to move to bulgaria?
#Jorge Oliveira on Jul 30, 2014 :
Hi All.
After reading all the comments here (and knowing almost nothing about Bulgaria), the least we can do is to say THANK YOU to who ever created/maintains this site.
Of course there will be some mistakes because no situation is the same for everybody.
I did learn that (and i could be wrong of course) the cost of living is lower than on other countries i lived in.
I believe this is intended to be a way for most people to find some useful information about the countries they are looking for.
And for the people who are responding to all the requests from members, i just say THANK YOU again.

For someone like me that doesn't know anything about Bulgaria, this is a really good site to get some information.

And then decide if it's worth it to make the relocation or not.

So don't come here criticizing the people that are only trying to help.

If you can do a better job, then be my guest.
#Josef on Jul 25, 2014 :
@Petar, you mentioned that "250 BGN could get an unfurnished single bedroom apartment, or furnished studio". I talked to a real estate in Sofia and she says that the good apartments will cost around 550-700 BGN + utilities (which is a bit above my budget). Do you know where to look for cheaper alternatives. I was hoping to find a small furnished studio around 300-500 BGN. Thanks.
#Petar on Jul 24, 2014 :
@Peter S: First, I don't know what is "gamers support agent". If this is somewhat qualified (IT) work, probably it is not worth the move, otherwise, along with the rent allowance it is basically average. 250 BGN could get you an unfurnished single bedroom apartment, or furnished studio (for fewer you can get a room in a shared apartment, possibly including bills). Numbers here are relatively correct, considering rents are for fully furnished flats.
1400 gross is something like 1000 net, which is a livable income (especially if you have no dependents), but in order to save something, you have to really save. Eating home can be in the range 300-600 for a single person, depending on what you eat, bills - 100 to 200 (biggest difference from heating in the winter), transportation - 50 BGN for public transportation monthly pass. Put a couple or so hundreds for various unexpected things. This is the bare minimum. From there on is leisure and saving.
#Peter S on Jun 20, 2014 :
Hi..

I received a call this morning with a job offer for myself to move to Sofia, Bulgaria as a "gamers support agent" receiving (Salary: 1400 BGN gross) also including a rent allowance of 250 BGN, basically I would like to know if this is or seems like a decent offer and if I am able to live by with that salary and the chances of being able to save money along the process.

How much would I spend per month in rent, gas, water, electricity, internet etc?

Cheers!!
#Petar on May 22, 2014 :
According to the latest data official national statistics (obviously with notable underestimation) the average salary countrywide is BGN 813 gross / BGN 637 net. For Sofia district it is BGN 1073 / BGN 841 respectively. Some professions are heavily underpaid, like state employed educators and medical personnel (several hundred BGN, with all benefits), but in the private sector any qualified work is expected to pay at least 1200-1500 BGN in Sofia. Call center / support should pay between 1500 and 2000, engineering work - 1500 to 2500, IT / programming - 2000 - 3500. All for neither junior, nor very senior positions and representing some median. There are exceptions also, like architects - due to the collapse of the constructions business, now there are many architects and few work for them. Non qualified work range from low paid store attendant (500) to higher pays for skilled construction workers (like 1500-2000), but evidence is anecdotal as these sectors are quite "grey". There is significant pay divide related to competence in digital technologies and foreign languages (specifically English), but it is present in any developing country, I think. In general most non-qualified work ranges between 500 and 1000 BGN, in my limited observation. Out of Sofia situation is quite different, and the unemployment is by far the worst problem.
#Natalie on Dec 30, 2013 :
I live in Sofia for many years. The average salary for Bulgaria is around 600-700 net. Less than 2% of people get above 1800 BGN. Is is not true that only in the IT sector are paid the full taces on the salaries. I have had enough menagerial positions in different sectors to have a sound opinion on this!

Considering the fact that most of the people are bringing their usually two children with not more than 1500 - 1600 BGN total income, I would say that 2000 BGN is a rear opportunity in Bulgaria and it gives a certain standard, that is not acievable for most of people there. One does not have to worry how will live here with such an income (unless you are fond of expensive whiskeys and very branded clothing).

Just to remind all of you that are here - you may see statistics as well - in these so low incomes people do succeed even to pay their mortgage - for a 500 sq. feet in a normal location it can be in average around 800 - 1200 BGN.
#Boris Alexander Keller on Dec 26, 2013 :
"Angel

"So you will have about 1200-500=700lv monthly. 700lv/30days=23lv daily expenses. My opinion is that you need ~15 lv for food daily (you can live actually with 5lv/day) and you have 8lv remaining for transportation, outgoing and everything else. If you can rent a room for ~300lv then 900lv/30 days is fine (at least I am living with less than that average)".

ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!!
#Valeri on Nov 16, 2013 :
Aurel,
it is quite easy to find a job, especialy in call centers or shared service centers. your salary there will be 1500-2000 BGN (800-1000 E) which for Sofia is ok. if you insist working in your domain, I don t know, it seems very particular. I am French and Bulgarian, and believe me here it is a different life style, if you are open minded you should like it a lot. Anyway, here there are more opportunities than in France at the moment for sure. Merde!
#Aurel on Nov 15, 2013 :
Hi guys,

My girlfriend has received a proposal for a work in Sofia. Her salary will be 1300 euros/month (after tax).
I would like to know if this sum is sufficient together correctly, knowing that I have not found work yet.
And second questions, is it easy to find a job in Sofia (I'm French, my English is not too bad and I have a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and no other qualifications...)?

Thanks,
Aurel
#Filip on Nov 08, 2013 :
@ #concerned

for 6000 leva you can live Luxury in Sofia