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How much does it cost to travel to Bulgaria?

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How much money will you need for your trip to Bulgaria? You should plan to spend around ư41 ($23) per day on your vacation in Bulgaria, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ư9.15 ($5.09) on meals for one day and ư8.15 ($4.53) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Bulgaria for a couple is ư46 ($26). So, a trip to Bulgaria for two people for one week costs on average ư570 ($317). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Bulgaria for one week usually costs around ư285 for one person. So, a trip to Bulgaria for two people costs around ư570 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ư1,140 in Bulgaria. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Bulgaria can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Bulgaria? How much money do I need for Bulgaria?

How much does a trip to Bulgaria cost? Is Bulgaria expensive? The average Bulgaria trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Bulgaria prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Bulgaria
Average Daily Costs

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The average price for one person for accommodation in Bulgaria is ư23. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Bulgaria is ư46.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Bulgaria

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Transportation Budget in Bulgaria
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Bulgaria is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ư8.15 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bulgaria.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Featured Services

Intercity Transportation Budget in Bulgaria
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  • Transportation between cities and towns in Bulgaria costs an average of ư20. Naturally, prices vary by the length of the route, the type of transportation used, and the date.

  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities

Flights to Bulgaria
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Rental Cars in Bulgaria
The price of renting a car in Bulgaria will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Bulgaria
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Bulgaria can vary, the average cost of food in Bulgaria is ư9.15 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Bulgaria should cost around ư3.66 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bulgaria is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Bulgaria
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Bulgaria typically cost an average of ư6.34 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Featured Activities

Tips and Handouts Budget in Bulgaria
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Bulgaria is ư2.47 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Bulgaria is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Bulgaria
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Bulgaria is ư10.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Bulgaria
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  • The average person spends about ư4.55 on alcoholic beverages in Bulgaria per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Bulgaria
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  • On average, people spend ư0.67 on bottled water in Bulgaria per day. The public water in Bulgaria is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2022
Bulgaria On a Budget
Bulgaria Varna, Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a Balkan country along the Black Sea. It is one of the more frequently overlooked countries in Europe, but it actually has a lot to offer. Bulgaria is a surprisingly diverse country with winter sports, nice beaches, as well as churches and culture that you can immerse yourself in. Because it is less popular than most European countries, you truly feel like you've found an untouched, undiscovered, exotic destination when you travel here. Although the winter can be quite cold, the summer is very pleasant. The area's countryside can also be quite beautiful. There are mountains sprinkled with villages, beaches lined with resorts, and an old world rural setting you won't find elsewhere in Europe.

Bulgaria is divided into five different geographic regions. You're most likely to visit the northwest area, as this is where you will find the country's capital of Sofia. Southwest Bulgaria is very mountainous in nature and is also the country's haven for winter sports. The Northern Thrace is in the plains and has many ancient cities including the most popular, Plovdiv. The Bulgarian Black Sea Coast has many resort towns that see only a few tourists. There are also some larger port cities including Varna and Burgas. In Central Northern Bulgaria you will find many villages and forests lining the Danube River.

It's easiest to travel around the country by bus. This is the most common means of transportation and also the fastest. Trains are slightly less expensive than buses, but they are also slower and not as far reaching. Some destinations in the countryside or further into the mountains require access to a private vehicle. This can be arranged in most of the larger cities such as Sofia, but it can be somewhat expensive.

In general, costs in Bulgaria are quite low. Restaurants are generally cheap and pizza is available almost everywhere as an affordable option. Hotels are more affordable than they are in many Eastern European countries and most of the larger cities have at least a handful of hostels for those who are on a particularly tight budget.


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Top Tourist Attractions
Nessebar: This is a 2500 year old city and World Heritage Site. Located in the Burgas Province, it is a major seaside resort along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
Plovdiv: This is the second largest city in Bulgaria and often referred to as the "heart of Bulgaria" do to its central location and historical importance. The old town of Plovdiv is fun to wander around and get lost in.
Rila Monastery: The Rila Monastery is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is located in the southwestern Rila Mountains and is considered one of the most important religious, cultural and architectural sights in Bulgaria. It was built during the tenth century and was named after its found, the hermit Ivan of Rila.

Popular Foods
Shopska Salads: Bulgarian salads are incredibly fresh. They include cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, and a variety of other vegetables, but rarely have lettuce. The dressing is usually made from either sunflower or olive oil and flavored slightly with vinegar. Although somewhat comparable to Greek salads, Shopska salads typically have a subtly different flavor.
Bob Chorba: This is a mint and herb soup that is usually served warm. It's considered a Bulgarian national dish although it comes in a variety of different styles throughout the country. Most often it is made with beans and onions.
Tarator: This is a cucumber and yogurt soup often served cold. It often combines walnuts, dill, garlic and vegetable oil and is most frequently served during the warmer summer months.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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By Bryan in Food
Salads in Bulgaria are absolutely awesome! They leave off the lettuce component that so many people are accustomed to and instead have fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, cheese, among other things. The cheese is similar to feta, although subtly different. It's a very filling and healthy meal and is a great and affordable option for any meal. You will also find them almost anywhere.

Do note that it can actually be somewhat frustrating to try and find restaurants outside of the capital city Sofia. You will find no shortage of cafes, but most of these cafes serve little more than drinks. Food can be surprisingly hard to come by.

In addition to salad, pizza is another popular and cheap option in Bulgaria. You'll find pizza offered at every bus station or restaurant. Sometimes it's served with ketchup on top which can be an unexpected surprise and is best avoided if possible as it is very much an acquired taste.

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