Cost of Living in Sofia

Summary about cost of living in Sofia:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 5.11 € 4.60-7.67
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25.56 € 20.44-30.67
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.09 € 3.58-5.11
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 1.28 € 0.77-1.53
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.53 € 1.12-2.30
Cappuccino (regular) 1.16 € 0.77-1.53
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.84 € 0.51-1.28
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.55 € 0.31-1.02
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.93 € 3.48-4.26
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.49 € 0.37-0.60
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.46 € 0.35-0.70
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.70 € 1.18-2.04
Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.53 € 1.85-3.48
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.22 € 1.81-2.55
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.69 € 2.78-4.40
Apples (1 lb) 0.52 € 0.42-0.70
Banana (1 lb) 0.59 € 0.46-0.70
Oranges (1 lb) 0.48 € 0.35-0.70
Tomato (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.46-0.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.24 € 0.16-0.35
Onion (1 lb) 0.24 € 0.19-0.39
Lettuce (1 head) 0.57 € 0.41-0.77
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.46 € 0.36-0.61
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.11 € 3.58-7.16
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.66 € 0.51-0.92
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 1.07 € 0.87-1.53
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 2.81 € 2.56-3.07
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.82 € 0.82-0.82
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 25.56 € 25.56-25.56
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.41 € 0.36-0.51
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.66 € 0.64-0.74
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6.75 € 6.13-7.67
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.42 € 4.06-4.72
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,400.16 € 15,333.47-20,444.63
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,226.22 € 15,077.91-20,444.63
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 88.81 € 51.11-130.33
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 € 0.08-0.23
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 10.19 € 7.67-12.78
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 23.08 € 17.89-30.67
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.87 € 7.67-20.44
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 6.13 € 5.11-7.16
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 317.76 € 230.00-408.89
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,194.68 € 2,555.58-7,973.40
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 51.78 € 25.56-76.67
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 25.57 € 15.33-35.78
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 67.63 € 51.11-92.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 71.89 € 40.89-102.22
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 336.10 € 255.56-408.89
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 257.43 € 204.45-332.23
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 619.90 € 511.12-766.67
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 447.96 € 357.78-613.34
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 131.42 € 75.97-189.94
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 86.01 € 52.23-111.47
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 660.21 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.14 1.53-3.07

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Last update: January 2019
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#Anonymous on Jan 12, 2019 :
Bulgaria is without a doubt a 3rd world country just as the majority of Eastern Europe is the world knows that and I know it because I've been throughout Eastern Europe.If you've ever driven on roads throughout Bulgaria as I have you'd see how bad they're maintained, something you've never done.Save your BS for someone else fuzz nuts bye
#Anonymous on Jan 12, 2019 :
Hey SHHH get the cooridinates of Bulgaria right.Southerners are loud Bulgaria is a southern nation hum?FYI Bulgaria is in Eastern Europe not in Alabama or Tennessee etc as where you are.Your ignorance supercedes itself and you're obviously a dip shit wanna be cya loser.
#Anonymous on Jan 12, 2019 :
Ah SHHH you're just another Western hater I get it.Get your facts straight.Sofia's current population as of 2019 is 1,272,026 a fact.You're obviously trying to impress your GF or just covering your az since you live in Bulgaria.You couldn't tell me anything related to any city's in Bulgaria without looking it up, something I've never done.Turkey was connected to the Turkish yoke that I mentioned.Your ignorance precedes you obviously.I can tell you street names and business names I've eaten at and purchased items from but you're so informed you couldn't.Like I said before get out of your parents basement and learn something besides the BS you're shouveling dude.Give me street names without googeling them.You're just another uninformed ranter trying to impress yourself because nobody else is impressed with your BS including me.Or you're just another local living in a nothing environment.You've never traveled any farther than your parents basement as I mentioned priorarly.Shopping throughout Bulgaria and eating out with the locals gives plenty of experience as to the mindset but just looking around and listening.Anyone with half a brain knows that, obviously your capacity is limited,later loser.
#shhh on Jan 12, 2019 :
That's your problem, you have only "observed" , meaning that you watched and analysed only from your own perspective, generalizing without knowing it all. You still don't know much about the country, nor it's people and you surely don't want to. We are considered a southern nation, southerners are loud, may be rude sometimes or frowned but they're usually helpful. If they're not it's because of personal problems, bad experience or your attitude. People's reaction and attitude reflects your attitude. Most of the time I'm nice to people and they tend to be nice to me, shocker huh? Of course there are problems, but which nation doesn't have problems? If I was shallow-minded like you I'd have said bad things about whatever nation I want, because every nation has it's bad traits, but I won't judge the entire nation because I don't know it very well, I know cliches and a few facts. My point is don't rush your judgment like that. As for your not so polite statements - no , Bulgaria is not 2.4 million, only Sofia is close to that number, so you're wrong, big time. Yes the population is declining but that was expected after changing the system, this will change, the things will get normalized, every nation has it's demographic movements through the years, in and out of the country. Again you showed that you're not prepared and rushed your judgement. And Bulgaria is considered a 2nd world country, do your research. Again a false argument. And yes Russia did help us, while the West supported the ottomans (they were ottomans back then, not Turks, you do your homework). Who should we be thankful to in your opinion in that case? Logic dude, logic. I get it, you're a westerner, thinking that you're superior , etc, but try not to show off like that while providing false arguments because you just look arrogant and unprepared, nothing more.
#Anonymous on Jan 11, 2019 :
Obviously you don't know me either SHHH.The only reason why you're promoting Bulgaria in general is because as a whole Bulgarians aren't friendly as a rule.I've been to Sofia obviously Varna, Burgess,Plovdiv and over 20 city's and smaller towns throughout Bulgaria.I didn't visit for a few days like many do but instead for three months at each location.I never came to analyze or judge anyone,but instead I paid attention to how people in general reacted to each other whether it be foreigners or locals for that matter.I didn't have a cross word with anyone, period nor did I engage them in conversations either.I remained quiet.The same is true throughout all of Eastern Europe and some areas of Western Europe.Many think the usa is such a magical place, breaking news it's not.I should know I lived there much of my life, but no longer reside in the U S.The foreigners you mentioned normally wouldn't actually say anything negative about any locals, especially since they live in their country.You assume I had a bad experience or experiences in Bulgaria, which isn't true.Fact is I had no experiences, intentionally,I only observed their behavior patterns nothing more.The U S isn't anything to me never has been, never will be.I've traveled around the world three times on extended stays, for the better part of 20 years to be exact.I know what big city dwelling is about NYC was my home most of my life.Cold stares etc are part of big and small cities.Funny you call me being a whiner when you live in a 3rd world country like Bulgaria and Bulgarians think Russia is their Jesus for saving them from the supposed Turkish yoke placed upon them.Unlike you I'd never consider living in a country that cannot create it's economy.News flash five years ago there were over 7 million people living in Bulgaria and now there's 2.4 million in the entire country a fact.People fled Bulgaria due to extreme poverty.One day in the not too distant future Bulgaria will cease to exist population wise.No worries though you can always negotiate with the Russians when they invade Bulgaria if the Russians will even let you stay.Do your homework funny boy and grow a set like me.But I doubt you know what that term means, since you don't own such.
#shhh on Jan 07, 2019 :
Funny how you claim that you know me, when you don't. I am living in Sofia for years, I have bought myself an apartment already and I know foreigners. Most of them have been threated very well and are being helped and have received assistance by the locals plenty of times. You can't expect that everyone will like you and will smile to you all the time for no reason. I've been to other countries, Western ones and I have seen different kind of attitude, so you simply can't generalize like that. Also there's a difference between people in different cities, people in big cities are usually tend to be more in a hurry, nervous, tensed, and that's valid for lots of big cities across the globe. So you having a bad experience is not a reason to generalize the entire nation like that. Do you know who does that? The whiners. And I'm bashing on you, because you're being a D**K.
#Anonymous on Jan 05, 2019 :
Obviously shhh is someone who's never visited Sofia.Post from anonymous on January 4th 2019 is spot on.Maybe you should quit living in mom and dads, basement shhh and experience travel like some here has.
#Anonymous on Jan 04, 2019 :
[People say Bulgarians are so warm and friendly,no truth to that]

Unfortunately this is true....

Job is not that bad but blugarian people are truly unfriendly with foreigners
#shhh on Dec 30, 2018 :
There are good psychiatrists working during holidays. You should visit one.
#Anonymous on Dec 29, 2018 :
Sounds like you need to up your med dosage fuzz nuts.The men strut around after they buy a new pair of jeans like they've accomplished something in life, trying to impress an already uninterested female audience.However the female populations mother's make their dresses from cheap cloth normally from second hand stores to woo men.Its a mixed bag throughout Bulgaria in general as a rule.Nothing from nothing leaves nothing,the way the majority of the population lives their lives.Atleast Turkey is a class act even though Bulgarians praise the Russians from delivering Bulgaria from the supposed Turkish yoke.Bulgaria the land of nonprogression blaming everything on any country that'll listen.Grown men and women living with mommy and daddy for life which are cut from the same cloth as their parents,now that's progression, NOT
#shhh on Dec 24, 2018 :
So guys, this is what happens when you don't take your medication on time *under my comment*
#Anonymous on Dec 22, 2018 :
Why would any U S citizen want to live in an overrated shithole like Sofia or anywhere else in Bulgaria for that matter? Bulgarians don't discriminate though,they hate Aussies and Brits equally as well.If people haven't noticed Bulgaria is losing naturalized Bulgarians at a rapid rate and the decline will continue until Russia invades Bulgaria and takes over.People say Bulgarians are so warm and friendly,no truth to that.Especially since people that post those comments are actually locals trying to build up Bulgarias piss poor reputation.
#Edin on Dec 18, 2018 :
In my opinion salaries for these type of positions should be between 1500 and 2500 leva net, depending on the experience and the firm.
#Real one on Dec 18, 2018 :
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,393.00 €
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 922.60 €

For a fair price for an apartment of 85 square meters should be added walls and common spaces, as in Sofia they are not included in the price. An apartment of about 115 square meters is equivalent to 85 squares. Price for a square outside the center is about 1 200 EUR * 115 = 128 800 EUR, divided by 85 square meters = 1 515 EUR.
#Anonymous on Dec 18, 2018 :
Yeah, for sure. I already did it,@edin.

But it´s hard to find any information about salaries. And yeah, there are some job offers on these fields for Germans.
#edin on Dec 16, 2018 :
Hi Ted,

I can't tell you much about Copywriter and Digital Marketing positions, there are some jobs available but I am not sure if german is required. You better oppen , switch to the english version, use the "Keyword" and "Language" sections to filter your prefered positions.
#Ted on Dec 14, 2018 :
Hi Edin,

but I am foccused on jobs like "Content writer", "Copywriter", "Digital Marketing Manager" and so on.

Do you know salaries for German speakers in these field for Bulgaria? It´s very difficult to find any information in the internet..
#Edin to Ted on Dec 08, 2018 :
Hi Ted,

Since you're a native german speaker, especially an educated one you may easily find a proper job in Sofia, even for more than 2k net. There are lots of german companies outsourcing their business in Sofia, so a german person with good education would fit quite well. I've already recommended a friend of a friend,a spanish guy, for Account manager with Spanish in one of the biggest IT companies in Sofia and he got hired, so being an educated german native speaker is a strong advantage, if you have someone to recommend you somewhere and to give you a hint or two you may do really well.
#Ted on Dec 04, 2018 :
Hi guys,

currently I am doing an internship and studying Russian (First language) and English (Second language) both included Business communication. The quality of internship is really good here.
My education background is Accounting and Finance. I´ve already worked for 2,5 years in these field as an Back Office Manger Specialist.

I come from Germany, but want to live in Bulgaria after internship (prefarable in Sofia). I mean only as native speaker I could find easily an Call Center job with 2000 net. But I do not want in these field.

Ok, the other option would be Back Office again. Maybe. Why not? As I saw the salary depends on company and duties. But it´s realistic to say, that I would earn between 1500 - 2000 Leva net. The last one would be ok, but I prefer to earn at least 1800 leva net..

As I noticed in Sofia there are lof of IT companies and Social Media is getting more attractive. So, I decided to work on these field maybe. Currently I have been learning needful IT-Tools such as HTML5, CSS, Photoshop, GoogleAdWords, GoogleAutomation, SEO, maybe some Java basics (but I am not an Informatic!).

Do somebody know about the salaries for jobs like "SEO specialist", "Technical writer", "Social Media Analyst", "Social Media manager"? I did a research on my onw, used some different sources but was not able find some clearly information. Please not, that I have not any (professional) working experience yet

#Edin to Mario AC on Dec 01, 2018 :
Hi Mario AC,

Salaries in PaySafe are quite good for the standard as far as I am aware. You should ask for at least 2000lv net which would be more than enough for a single person.
#Mario AC on Nov 29, 2018 :
Hi everyone, could anyone please tell me ASAP (as I will have to make a decision based on what I am asking really soon) their experience as customer service for PaySafe in Sofia in terms of salary gross and net/ month? And in terms of whether it is advisable to plan to live in Sofia for at least a few years relying on that salary?

Thank you very much to anyone who's taking a little time to answer this!
#Yaron on Oct 29, 2018 :
Aleko, pay attention to measure units. Square meter vs square feet
#Aleko Sofia Bulgaria on Oct 13, 2018 :
Sorry but the prices in android version are incorrect for SOFIA BULGARIA
This is your computer windows version
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,369.47 €
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 931.07 €

This is your android version for my phone
This is incorect
Price per Square FEET to Buy Apartment in City Centre 127,23 €
Price per Square FEET to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 86.50 €
#Edin on Oct 13, 2018 :
Hi Ivan,

It really depends on the company, there are good and not so good, but overall helpdesk technician is a temporary job for no more than a few years until you gain more experience, knowledge and find something better. As for the salary, 1800-2500 sounds good, you won't have any problems if you're single.


Studentski grad isn't the best place to live in Sofia, but it's ok. You haven't mentioned any price. Check in or
#ivan on Sep 21, 2018 :
Hi, have someone experience with technical help desk jobs (native speaker) ? Is it worth the money (1800-2500 bgn) ?
I can imagine that customer service jobs are hard in terms of mental health, but maybe it´s not that bad in some good companies.
Thanks for advice.
#wjim on Sep 04, 2018 :
Hi every one
I will buy an appartement 28 m2 in sofia Studentski grad. Is it a good price?
#Chocho on Sep 03, 2018 :
To JR:
Hopefully you mean Net salary and not gross. Anyway, 3000 BGN net is a very good salary for the Bulgarian standards. If you mean 2500 gross, then you will end-up with 1900 net, which is still 50% above average.
The cost:
- You can rent a 70-80 sqm flat (not house!!!) for 700 BGN. For Utilities plan 150-200 BGN more. Food for 2 can be around 1000-1200 BGN if you cook and don't go out that often. If you buy an old car, it will be still within the budget I hope.

As you see, even with a salary of 2,5 times the average, people cannot really afford that much. Prices in Sofia are exploding and groceries are more expensive than in Western Europe. Today I was comparing the prices at LIDL in Sofia and in Stuttgart. More than 50% of the goods are 20% and more expensive in Sofia, the others have the same price. Only some local vegetables are cheaper. Restaurants are still around 25-50% cheaper in Sofia, but the gap is closing quite fast.
#JR on Sep 02, 2018 :
Hello all, I am waiting an offer from a company in Sofia and probably they will offer me around 2500 to 3000lv. will it be a good amount to leave my country and to start a life here with mi wife? is this amount good to pay rent and regular expenses like food, cloths, fun, also to buy everything for the house. eventually to purchase a car, could be a second hand one.
#edin on Jul 27, 2018 :
Hi Ali Amini

Yes that could be enough for a starting business, but if you are not aware of the market, the economy, the society then most probably you'll fail.

There are tons of restaurants and cofee shops in the city already so that would be a hard field to be competitive in, unless you bring a great idea with you. I've noticed that businesses related to construction, transportation, cars and children (kindergarten,etc) are doing well.

I advise you to research the market first.
#ali amini on Jul 16, 2018 :
I have plan move to Sofia and make my business .
I can bring about 30000€ at first time . Please tell me can I do anything with this money or not ?!
I am civil eng and i have restaurant too .
#Anonymous on Jul 06, 2018 :
@Dr D, don't be so pessimistic, dude. You're exaggerating way too much, and most of the things you said are actually not true. There's a lot of BS in the media that you shouldn't pay attention to. Instead, you should do your own research and make up your own opinions instead of believing what the media and some people tell you. It's not that bad around here. ;)
#Jancany on Jun 05, 2018 :
Thank you for your replies guys. I prefer not to expose the details about me cuz the company indicated this site hence they can read my messages lol. But i can say it is an outsourcing/It firm and i'll be coming from Turkey. Working conditions are charming and it's a beautiful multicultural environment. On the other hand there will be promotion prospects. I know the salary amount is not perfect but other conditions captivated me. Dr D it will be specialist position. By the way i have already exposed myself i think :) Again thank you guys for the informations.
#Dr D on May 16, 2018 :
Very difficult to answer such question.
- What is for you a typical home? What price range? Can vary between 50k-300k Euro.
- How much equity do you have?
- Which duration? 5 years? 10 years? 30 years?
Interest range is currently 4%-5%. Just take Excel and calculate depending on your criteria.
#Shannon McKay on May 15, 2018 :
Could someone please tell me what the average payment (to pay off a mortgage) in Euros is per month for a typical home? I just need a general range. I have been looking everywhere and cannot find an answer. If you know, please email me at:
#Dr D on May 14, 2018 :
@Jancany: What is the exact job position? What are your skills/experience level?
Maybe we can take a closer look and tell you if the offer is fair or not.

I can hardly imagine somebody willing to move to Sofia and being motivated by such an offer. Where do you come from?
#To Jancany on May 13, 2018 :
Hi Jancany. That's a decent salary, about 1250-1300 net. If you really like the job and if there's opportunity to learn and develop then it's okay for you. Overall with that salary you may have a decent life, but don't expect luxary.
If you live alone you'll pay about 300-400 lv for rent, 100 for Utilities, 50-100 for transportation, about 500 for food and you'll have 200-300lv left for fun, clothing, etc. It's not much, but if you're not very pretentious you'll be fine.
#Jancany on May 11, 2018 :
Hello. I have an offer 1660BGN gross. Isnt it possible to live in Sofia? I am single and i can share the apartment with a homemate.

As i searched for the expenses, the most expensive points are rent fees. Many says that a person would need 400euro for living and 300euro for rent. I like the job it is good for self development and experience but what about the life?
#Dr D on Apr 16, 2018 :
Stara Zagora:
Like everywhere outside of Sofia, prices for accomodation are around 50% of the Sofia level. The food cost is the same at shops, restaurants are 10-20% cheaper.
In general, for a single person, I would say 400-500 Euro (800-1000 BGN) would be comfortable (most of the bulgarians live on 600 BGN and make it somehow). Be sure to have a proper private health isnurance since the state one is useless.

Security: Gypsies are a huge problem. Avoid the "Losenets" district. Otherwise, I would say as a smaller town, it is safer than Sofia.
#Anonymous on Apr 16, 2018 :
#Luc Vanden Broek
I'm native Sofian, but I don't live there for the last 9 years. Still I keep contact with family and friends and have a decent knowledge on the current situation. If it's not too late I am happy to answer.
About 700 levs for a 2-room/3-room 80ish sqm apartment you can get in almost any part of the city, except the downtown districts. I don't know tho how are the expenses on electricity/ water supply etc, but overall if you can cover up to 900 levs it should be enough.
Now I suggest you NOT to rent in zone Ovcha Kupel, as some others that I'll list. They are just underdeveloped districts of the city that even I wouldn't recommend. Natives are fine there, but as a foreigner renting, I could imagine you can have problems with the locals. So do avoid all the nord districts, but "Oborishte", "Reduta" and "Geo Milev", which are fine. The southeast districts are good, they are also connected to the downtown with the underground train. "Vitosha" district is acceptable, but I wouldn't recommend and the furthest decent south district to the west, which is also fine is "Krasno Selo".
So I pretty much covored the zones, where up to 900 levs should be enough.
As long as the other expenses you listed, I'm not sure about the university taxes, you should check that out twice, because as far as I know, foreign students pay way higher university tuitions.
Overall with 2700, you both should be having enough money for the month, not to think twice if you can afford something.(like going to restaurants, etc)
Have a nice time in Sofia and I hope I helped a bit.
#Hi on Apr 15, 2018 :
I didn't know much about the Trakia university, but I read a few forums about it. In general it's an avarege university, but the medical facultry especially the Vet program is their best when it comes to quality. I don't know anything about their program in english, but if you're willing to learn anything, if you know english well, if you don't have more money and better options then go for it. Stara Zagora s a nice and quiet 100k people city - park, zoo, restaurants, football team in the A group, etc. Excluding the university taxes about 500 euro should be enough for a normal living - apartment, bills, food, fun, etc.
#Anonymous on Apr 14, 2018 :
Hi All,

We need some feedback about Trakia University for Vet Science at Stara Zagora.
We are planning to get our son enrolled to the University as an International student.
What would be the cost of living for a student out there and most important of all, is it safe??
#not so pessimistic on Mar 29, 2018 :
***In response to Dr D***. Sure there are lots of problems in the country, but you're being way too pessimistic. Healthcare is not that good, but not terrible. There are still very good specialists and not only in the private sector. You present the police like they're asking for bribes on every corner, it's not like that. I and most of my friends have not been involved in any kind of corruption. The state might be corrupted, but same applies for most states, politicians, just on a different level. I don't see how a corrupted politician should interest a foreigner. Sofia is indeed dirty sometimes, but that's because of the bad infrastructure in some districts. Traffic is not bad compared to other big cities in Europe. The countryside is depopulated and gypsies are arriving indeed, but partially that's natural - bulgarians move to the big cities and abroad and gypsies are moving from the villages to the small towns. I don't like it either but this happens almost everywhere nowadays. I don't agree that the food is worse here, people who have been in England or USA for example will tell you the opposite. Of course you have to be picky when it comes to food, same applies for everywhere. Don't be that pessimistic man.
#Robin on Mar 25, 2018 :
Hello, i'm reading some messages here.. I can tell you, i live in Sofia, and with my 2000 leva salary, is a realy good life in here. Yes the health care is sucks, en corruption and fraud on a high level. But don't try it as foreigner, they will arrest you.
If someone have som questions, let me know. With 2000 leva is realy good life.
#Dr D on Mar 12, 2018 :
@Luc Vanden Broek

Hello Luc,

I think you are paying too much attention to some details which are actually not that important. With your income level of around 2000-2400 BGN, you and your son will be quite OK. You don't need to think about food cost or accomodation. The bigger problems you will encounter are:

- Terrible healthcare. Be prepared to pay an expensive private insurance if you expect a decent service. The situation in the state healthcare institutions is catasrophic. The best doctors are leaving the country for better paid jobs in Western Europe.
- Non-Existent law-enforcement. Street crime in Sofia is actually lower than in Brussels for example. The biggest problems are the corruption and fraud at the highest level - state force is basically led by the mafia. Institutions, police, politic- and justice systems - everything.
- Sofia is extremely dirty, esp. the air is highly polluted. Traffic is a nightmare. Infrastructure is in a very poor condition, despite the statements of the prime minister that "HE" is doing so much for the country.
- People: Bulgaria has lot of high potentials, which all left the country. Very few of them are still there. The demographic situation is highly concerning. Outside of Sofia, the country is basically dead. The so called "small town" is disappearing very fast. In most of the villages, you will encounter only few old people over 80. Soon, the gipsy minorities will occupy them completely.
- Quality of goods and services. Yes, you pay less, but you also receive less. Don't think you will get same cheese, beef or beer like in Belgium for 1/2 of the price.

If you are OK with those points, you will be just fine in Sofia.
#Luc Vanden Broek on Mar 12, 2018 :
Hello Vlad :-)
Thanks for your help !

I suppose, the universities have their own Mensa restaurants where students can take their meals on cheap prices ?
About myself : what is cheaper : cooking by myself, streetfood, cafes ? about the supermarkets : are there real Bulgarian supermarkets there (not Billa, Lidl etc...) ? Or just bulgarian markets with fresh vegetables, fruit and so ? Your advices ?

To other guests on this site : your experiences ?
Thanks for any information !
#Anonymous on Feb 25, 2018 :
Hi, is it possible for one person to live in Sofia for 2500 BGN gross?
#Dr D on Feb 23, 2018 :
Piotr: Most of the Bulgarians must live with 1000 BGN or less and you will have 2000 BGN. This will make you part of the top 20% I'd say. But look at my comment below. If you are OK with all these negative points, then you'll have a great life in Sofia. Otherwise, don't even consider coming here, you will regret it.
#Piotr on Feb 21, 2018 :
hey guys i have a job offer for 1000 eur netto is it enough to have decent life ?
#Dr D on Feb 17, 2018 :
Welcome to Bulgaria
- Lowerst prices in EU and lowest quality of goods at the same time
- Highest corruption in EU, political mafia is leading the country
- Almost non-existent healthcare
- Corrupt and ineffective justice system
- Sofia=Dirtiest city in Europa with most polluted air
- Outside of Sofia, everything is dead. Whole villages are dissapearing.The growing gipsy minority is destroying the remainings
- Almost all young and educated bulgarians have left the country. A demographic catastrophe is very near.
#Kilmer on Feb 06, 2018 :
In 2018 the real reality in BG is the following :

- 550€ average gross salary in country
- at least 1000€ average gross in Sofia
Wages are growing double digit every year and will certainly continue like this in the next 3-5 years easily in all the country under the pressure of a very low unemployment rate, big investments in many sectors (IT, outsourcing, car industry, tourism, real estate, manufacturing etc etc).
This with: Income and corporate taxes @ 10%! Lowest prices in EU.. Thus, purchasing power is not bad and continue growing. BG is actually booming!
#Vlad on Jan 25, 2018 :
Luc Vanden Broek - Yes you are realistic. The average for 70m2 appartment is around 600-700 lv. Obcha Kupel is not the best district in Sofia so it might be even cheaper. 200 leva are enough for utilities even during the winter. During the summer you will need less than a 100.
#Anonymous on Jan 13, 2018 :
Hello All,

Prices on pretty much everything in Bulgaria are catching up to the average prices in the rest of Europe. And rather quickly. Maybe in the next 5 years they would be there. Wages are growing at a 10% clip annually for the past 3-4 years and would continue to do so this year and next because of combination of economic growth and labor shortage. This time though, unlike the hot foreign money that caused the economic boom of 2007-2008, the economic growth is fundamentally much more sustainable. Those of you expats who have gotten jobs in Bulgaria are more than welcome but should not expect to have a much higher living standards than what you're having living in your native countries. I am not mentioning figures for comparison because it's pointless and insignificant. Overall, it would be a great experience for you while bringing new thinking and work ethic to the country. Enjoy the nature, the good food and beautiful women. Likelihood is, if you stay for a year, you would stay for 10 years.
#Luc Vanden Broek on Jan 10, 2018 :
Hello to all :-)

I am single and have 1 son
we want to live in Sofia starting November 2018
My son will study at university there

A. I have a Belgian pension of 1350 € netto monthly (about 2700 Lv)and social security can be transferred to National Insurance Bulgaria

minus cost of a credit in Germany monthly 223 €
only till about april 2019
minus insurance costs 25,- €
minus University costs/Month : 100,- €

Makes monthly about 1000 € = 1960 Lv TILL April 2019

B. From april 2019 : 1323 €

- University costs/Month : 100,- €
- Insurance costs : 25,-
Makes monthly about 1200,- € = 2400,- Lv

Question : can I afford
an appartment (Living room/sleeping room/another small room/balcony/about 70 m2) in zone Ovcha Kupel?
I plan a rent of about 700,-Lv + utilities 200,- Lv

Really thankful for all Advises from your side !!!

#Anonymous on Dec 25, 2017 :
@IKS: 3000 lev/month (gross) is a good salary for Bulgaria. You can easily live from it; many Bulgarians live from a significantly lower income. Generally, 1000-2000 lev/month (net) is considerend a sufficient to good salary in Bulgaria, anything more is more than good :).

Don't get too confused by some of the irrational comments here.
#Anonymous on Dec 25, 2017 :
@IKS: 37.000 BGN Gross p.A. will be net 1.259 Euro p.M. (2.462 BGN).
This is comparable to 2.200 Euro net in Western Europe (see my calculations below).
If your husband earns another 1000-1500 Euro, you can live very good. Only with your salary, it will be sufficient but you cannot afford any luxury.
#Chocho on Dec 25, 2017 :
@Günther: I was talking about net of course, not about gross.
But let's see the gross numbers:

7.000 Euro Gross in Germany with tax class 1 (singles) means exactly 3.925 EURO net. See one of the online calculators.
5.000 BGN Gross in Bulgaria means 4.187 BGN net or 2.140 Euro net.
On top of this, in Germany one can deduct lot of expenses from the tax and these 3.925 are really worst case scenario. I was having a similar salary and after the tax declaration was able to take back 3.000 Euro per year. In Bulgaria, there is no chance to do this. In Germany, you have (still) a good health insurance and a pension included. And if you are married or have kids, the taxes get reduced lot more.
#IKS on Dec 24, 2017 :
Hello, I have been offered a role for 37,000 Leva brut per annum. I would like to kniw if I would be able toblive well in Sofia with this wage.... Knowing that I will be with my husband (looking for a job).
#Günther on Dec 23, 2017 :
@Choco: you're forgetting one very important factor: taxes. Healthcare isn't 'free' in Germany, it's funded by taxes :). The highest tax rate in Germany is 45%, excluding Solidaritätszuschlag, Kirchensteuer, etc. So if you make 7.000 euro per month in Germany, you will pay somewhere around 50% of it in taxes.

If you, however, make 5.000 BGN in Bulgaria, you will pay around 16% in taxes.

So, your calculations again:

Germany: 7000 - 3500 (taxes) - 900 (rent) - 800 (cost of living) = 1.800 euro
Bulgaria: 5000 BGN = 2500 euro. 2500 - 400 (taxes) - 300 (rent) - 400 (cost of living) = 1.400 euro

Look at that: quite similar, isn't it :).

By the way, cars are cheaper in Bulgaria than in Germany. Again, mostly because of taxes. Same is true for gasoline.

So yes, 5.000 BGN gross in Bulgaria is about the same as 7.000 euro gross in Germany.
#Chocho on Dec 17, 2017 :
7.000 Euro in Germany is looot more than 5.000 BGN in Bulgaria. Except you spend your whole money for eating at high-end restaurants - in this case your purchase power would be maybe the same.

The monthly cost of living in Sofia (withouth rent) is 400 Euro in Sofia and 800 Euro in Frankfurt. These are Numbeo numbers and are reasonable. For the rent, you pay 5 Euro/sqm in Sofia and 15 Euro in Germany (average for the bigger cities). For 60 sqm this means 300 Euro in Sofia and 900 Euro in Germany.
The result is:
Total cost of living: 1700 in Germany, 700 in Sofia.
The rest in both cases will be spent on luxury (or saved), and luxury is equally expensive everywhere in the world. From 7.000 Salary in Germany, when I deduct the cost I have 5.300 Euro remaining. In Sofia, I would have 1800 Euro. From the 5.300 I can finance a Porsche, from the 1800 a Citroen maybe. Here I ignore the fact that in Sofia you are basically withouth any healthcare and pension and should provide for them from your net salary, while in Germany you get one of the best healthcares worldwide and this for free.

As a result, I would say:
1000 BGN (Sofia)<1500 Euro in Western Europe
2000 BGN (Sofia)<2000 Euro in Western Europe
3000 BGN (Sofia)<2500 Euro in Western Europe
5000 BGN (Sofia)<3500 Euro in Western Europe
Numbeo makes a huge mistake by defining the "Standart of living" just by comparing prices for basic goods. You don't spend your whole money on food and rent. You just save a big part of it, or buy a Mercedes, or a Omega watch, or go to a Ski-Vacation in Austria etc. For all these thinks you pay the same price regardless in which country you live.
#in response to GM on Dec 04, 2017 :
Considering that the prime minister of the Bulgaria earns about 5000lv net this means that what you were offered it is indeed a top salary. Are there better paid devs? Probably, but most are earning below that, so 5k net is considered excelent. You would have the standard of living as if you are earning 7-8000 euro in Germany for example, due to the low prices of rent, groceries, restaurant, etc, etc.
#Günther on Nov 25, 2017 :
It's true that milk is cheaper in Germany than in Bulgaria (due to crazy EU-subsidies), but this is the exception, not the rule. Bread, fruit, vegetables, meat: it's all 30-50% cheaper in Bulgaria.
#Anonymous on Nov 17, 2017 :
Depends how much experience you have but generally Java devs are paid more. Regardless 5000 net is very good salary for Sofia.
#GM on Nov 17, 2017 :
I have been offered the position of a Senior Java Developer in Sofia.
The offer is: 3.000 Euro gross (around 5870 BGN Gross). Net this would mean around 5000 BGN.
I am hearing very different stories about the salaries in the IT-Industry. Some say that 3000 BGN Net is a good salary, others tell me that 8000 BGN net are possible. So what should I believe? My employers are swearing that 5000 BGN net is a top salary and I could have a great standard of living. Is this true?
#Chocho on Nov 13, 2017 :
Hm, prices for food 2 times lower than in Western countries? Yes, but only at restaurants. At supermarkets, prices are the same (or even higher) if you consider also some basic quality standards.
I came back from Germany to Sofia last week and I can fairly compare.
For example:
- Gouda Cheese Aldi Frankfurt: 4,50 Euro KG. Cheapest Kashkaval in Sofia Fantastiko: 12 Lev (palm oil and no milk at all) and 18 Lev for a comparable quality with the German Gouda.
- Bio Milk: 1,09 Euro at Aldi Germany. Normal (no Bio lower quality Milk): 2,20 Lev in Sofia
- 1 Milka Chockolate: 75 Cent in Germany, 2 Lev in Sofia
- 1 Beer Krombacher: 79 Cent in Germany, 2,50 Lev in Bulgaria. A low quality Bulgarian Beer:1,50 Lev
- Beef: I got Rib-Eye steaks for 18 Euro/KG in Germany and for 30 Lev in Sofia. The German was far better.

So where is the cheaper food? I don't see it.
#To Ovidiu on Nov 08, 2017 :
Ovidiu, Chocho's been a bit dramatic here.

If you're a single guy why would you need a 2-bedroom apartment ? For a single person a 1-bedroom apartement would cost about 200-250euro. My utilities are less than 40 euro during the summer and spring. During the winter it could reach 70-100 yes. The transportation cost provided by Chocho is relatively correct - 25 euro per month. This leaves you with about 400 euro which is a good amount of money. Food is usually 2 times cheaper than the Western countries, prices are pretty much the same as in Romania, so I think that you'll do the math. If you cook at home mostly and eventually you go out you'll spend about 200 euro on food, if you eat mostly in restaurants or fast food places you'll spend another 100e. Which leaves you with 100-200 euro for fun and cloths. You'll be just fine if you are not very pretentious.
#Chocho on Nov 04, 2017 :
Ovidiu: 1956 BGN Gross=1525.56 BGN Net=780 Euro Net.

For the pure rent you should consider around 5 Euro/sqm (considering you want to live in one of the better districts). For utilities (heating, electricity, internet, phone) additional 100 Euro. For transportation, consider 25 Euro p.M. These will be your basic cost. So let's see:

Salary: +780
Rent: -300 (assuming 60 sqm for a 2 room flat)
Utilities: -100
Monthly Pass:-25

Remains: 355 Euro. From these, you should cover food, clothing, healthcare, vacation, car, pension etc.
Not that good, isn't it? Esp. because:
- Food at supermarkets is not cheaper than in western europe and has lower quality. For goood quality imported goods, you need to pay more than in Germany.
- Restaurants are cheaper compared to rest of Europe, but with 350 Euro you cannot afford that much from them either. A single basic lunch will cost around 10 BGN, but if you want something better and include the drinks, you can easilly get at 30-40 BGN.
- Healthcare is a disaster in Bulgaria. You need to pay bribes in cash even at state hospitals to get any reasonable treatment. The state health insurance is wortless. Private clinics are better, but can be quite expensive.
- Pension: Again, the state pension is a joke. You need to provide from your net salary in a private fund, otherwise you can end up with a state pension of 200-300 Euro.
- What about a car?
- Vacation?

So, think again if this is a good offer.
#Ovidiu on Nov 02, 2017 :

I recived a offer with 1956 BGN gross

My question is if i can leave in Sofia with this money ?
#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 :
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 ). 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 :
- 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
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!!!

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 :
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 :

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!