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Plovdiv, Oblast Plovdiv, Bulgaria

How much does it cost to travel to Plovdiv?

You should plan to spend around $82 (ư147) per day on your vacation in Plovdiv. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $22 (ư39) on meals
  • $23 (ư40) on local transportation
  • $90 (ư161) on hotels

A one week trip to Plovdiv for two people costs, on average, $1,143 (ư2,052). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Plovdiv cost?

A one week trip to Plovdiv usually costs around $571 (ư1,026) for one person and $1,143 (ư2,052) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Plovdiv on average costs around $1,143 (ư2,052) for one person and $2,286 (ư4,103) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Plovdiv will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Plovdiv on average costs around $2,449 (ư4,396) for one person and $4,898 (ư8,793) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Plovdiv has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Plovdiv expensive to visit?

Plovdiv is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Bulgaria, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its overall travel expenses. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Plovdiv is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in Europe for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Novi Sad, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Murren.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Plovdiv Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Plovdiv?

The average Plovdiv trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Plovdiv travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ư161 ($90)
Local Transportation 1 ư40 ($23)
Food 2 ư39 ($22)
Entertainment 1 ư28 ($16)
Alcohol 2 ư9 - 26 ($5 - 15)
Accommodation Budget in Plovdiv
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Plovdiv is $45 (ư81). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Plovdiv is $90 (ư161). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

Hotel Prices in Plovdiv

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Plovdiv based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $43. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Plovdiv
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Plovdiv is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $23 (ư40) per person, per day, on local transportation in Plovdiv.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Plovdiv
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Rental Cars in Plovdiv
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Food Budget in Plovdiv
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Plovdiv can vary, the average cost of food in Plovdiv is $22 (ư39) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Plovdiv should cost around $8.64 (ư16) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Plovdiv is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Plovdiv
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Plovdiv typically cost an average of $16 (ư28) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Plovdiv
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  • The average person spends about $9.79 (ư18) on alcoholic beverages in Plovdiv per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Plovdiv On a Budget
Plovdiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Located in a large, hilly plain between the Rhodope Mountains in the south of Bulgaria and the Balkan Range in the central part of the country, Plovdiv sits uniquely spread across six hills. It is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, dating back roughly 8,000 years. Some of its best features are its ancient ruins and historic architecture.
With a history that dates to the ancient Thracians, a few thousand years before Roman occupation, Plovdiv is a treasure trove of relic monuments. One of the best-known examples from antiquity is the Ancient Theatre, which is still in use roughly 2,000 years after its construction, accommodating 7,000 people. Operas and theatre performances are held in the summer. Another treasured monument is the 2nd-century Roman Stadium, which once sat 30,000 spectators, though much of it now lies buried beneath Plovdiv's Old Town. The cobbled streets and traditional homes of Old Town blend with the ruins in a unique and interesting way, showing layers of time with Bulgarian revival buildings amidst an ancient Roman Forum.

Plovdiv also features a number of religious centers that speak to the culture of the region. Bachkovo Monastery, for example, lies on the outskirts in the town of Asenovgrad. Founded in 1083, it is the oldest Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria and brings together Bulgarian, Georgian, and byzantine religious traditions. Others, within Plovdiv itself, include the city's oldest Christian church called the Church of St. Konstantin and Elena from the 4th century, and the Dzhumaya Mosque built by the Ottomans in the 1300s.
Historically the city developed on seven hills until one was destroyed in the early 20th century. The leftover material was used to pave most of Plovdiv's streets. Today six hills remain, and they are called the Three Hills (Nebet, Dzhambaz, and Taksim Tepe), the Hill of the Youth (Dzhendem Tepe), the Hill of the Liberators (Bunarzhik), and the Hill of Danov (Sahat Tepe). The Three Hills make up the most historic part of the city-the Old Town, or, the Ancient Plovdiv Architectural and Historical Reserve. Of the Three Hills, Nebet Tepe is recognized as a cultural monument of national importance, featuring the fortress remains of a prehistoric settlement that grew to become the Thracian city of Evmolpia by the 12th century BC. Old Plovdiv is compact and walkable, with the main downtown road blocked to traffic for pedestrians only. There are plenty of historic sites with many Bulgarian revival buildings now used as museums, hotels, and restaurants, as well as opportunities for buying local goods and art. Explore the cobblestone streets and discover other centuries-old treasures, including churches, mosques, and an ancient gateway.

From walking Plovdiv's scenic hills to exploring Old Town's historic architecture, visitors can spend days just wandering on foot and taking in the sights. One might enjoy a musical or theatre performance in one of Old Town's unique venues or walking the cobbled streets to shop for the perfect souvenir. Some of the most popular gifts tend to be Bulgarian rose products-mostly shampoos, gels, oils, and perfumes.

For a little more insight into the region's cultural, historical, and artistic heritage, visitors can also step inside one of the city's museums. A few of the more popular exhibits include the Regional Ethnographic Museum and the Plovdiv Aviation Museum.

Plovdiv is also a great base to explore some of Bulgaria's best wineries, which are quite nice and very scenic. Plovdiv even has its own wine festival every year, too.
Food and Dining
Bulgarian cuisine is typical of Eastern Europe with some Balkan influences, such as Persian, Turkish, and Greek cooking. Dishes include any variety of meats-lamb, goat meat, veal, chicken or pork-grilled with spices and herbs or often cooked into stews. Yogurt is also central to many meals. Banitsa, for example, is a popular breakfast pastry of eggs, white cheese, and yogurt between phyllo layers. Another example that uses yogurt is a cold soup of cucumbers, garlic, yogurt, and dill known as tarator. Bulgarians also cook with a white cheese called sirene; it is similar to feta and is used in salads and pastries. Other popular food items include cold cuts like salami and sausage, a variety of soups and stews like shkembe chorba (spicy, made with tripe) and bob chorba (bean soup), salads and relishes made with seasonal vegetables and cheeses, bread and pastries, and kebab. There are also a variety of Bulgarian wines, beers, distilled liquors, and fermented beverages, such as boza (made from roasted flour) and ayran (from yogurt).

The international Plovdiv Airport is located near the village of Krumovo, 15 kilometers away from the city center (about 20 minutes by car). It is primarily served by the low-cost airline RyanAir. In addition to transfer by private car, the city center can also be reached by taxi and public shared shuttle (line No. 2).

Another way to travel to Plovdiv, both nationally and internationally, is by train. The railway station is about a 10-15 minute walk to the city center.

We've been gathering travel cost data from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of destinations around the world.

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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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