Bulgaria vs Japan - Cost of Living Comparison

Bulgaria Japan
🚶 Cost of living one person
$639
$1171
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1565
$2988
🏠 One person rent
$282
$531
🏘️ Family rent
$465
$1043
🍽️ Food expenses
$249
$394
🚐 Transport expenses
$43.5
$143
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$750
$2440
💸 GDP per capita
$10079
$40193
😃 Human freedom index
8.08
8.73
❤️ Life expectancy
73.6
84.6
👮 Corruption perceptions index
42
73
🌐 English speaking %
24.9%
15%
🎓 Higher education
73
99
😀 Quality of life
63
79
🏙️ Population
7M
126M

The average cost of living in Bulgaria ($639) is 45% less expensive than in Japan ($1171). Bulgaria ranked 133rd vs 43rd for Japan in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.2 months in Bulgaria compared to 2.1 months in Japan. Ranked 51st and 18th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Bulgaria vs Japan

We calculate prices for Bulgaria and Japan as a population-weighted mean of 21 and 907 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Bulgaria Japan
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.17
$6.34
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$25.4
$31.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.33
$5.35
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.43
$3.39
 Cappuccino
$1.5
$3.03
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.04
$1.08
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$285
$558
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$190
$359
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$464
$1157
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$331
$783
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$63.7
$98.6
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$98.2
$152
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$9.82
$34.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.27%
1.48%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1474
$4765
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$979
$2789
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.77
$1.84
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.6
$67
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.98
$26
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.42
$1.18
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.18
$1.4
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.71
$1.6
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
$3.3
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.1
$1.84
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.19
$13
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.84
$6.87
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.64
$18.1
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$4.91
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.43
$2.5
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.26
$4.16
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$4.29
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$2.93
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.77
$2.28
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.36
$0.6
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.26
$1.59
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.57
$8.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.73
$2.01
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.08
$3.97
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6
$10.5
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.62
$3.65
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.29
$1.52
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.58
$1.82
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$21
$56
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.84
$12.5
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$15.9
$34.4
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.3
$17
👖 Brand Jeans
$49.5
$47.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$69.4
$59.8
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$300
$331
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4312
$11700

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Cities Comparison in Bulgaria vs Japan

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Bulgaria

City Cost of living Population
Sofia
$786
1.28M
Varna
$627
368K
Plovdiv
$589
382K
Stara Zagora
$505
156K
Burgas
$554
226K
Ruse
$488
160K
Pleven
$551
120K
Haskovo
$686
92.1K
Blagoevgrad
$534
82.2K
Dobrich
$647
90.1K
Pazardzhik
$553
83.1K
Pernik
$470
81.7K
Yambol
$473
81.7K
Sliven
$514
89.4K
Shumen
$485
95.8K
Veliko Tarnovo
$515
71.1K
Vratsa
$833
67.4K
Asenovgrad
$545
59K
Gabrovo
$429
60.9K
Vidin
$399
56.1K
Bansko
$745
9.53K

In Japan

City Cost of living Population
Tokyo
$1698
14M
Yokohama
$1653
3.76M
Osaka
$1295
2.75M
Nagoya
$1337
2.33M
Kawasaki
$1133
1.54M
Kobe
$1305
1.51M
Sapporo
$1140
1.96M
Kyoto
$1163
1.46M
Hiroshima
$1227
1.2M
Fukuoka
$1234
1.6M
Sendai
$1128
1.06M
Yokosuka
$1133
390K
Kitakyushu
$1049
935K
Sakai
$1220
824K
Chiba
$1395
982K
Saitama
$1179
1.32M
Kumamoto
$1200
738K
Okayama
$1155
720K
Sagamihara
$1153
726K
Shizuoka
$1057
686K
Kagoshima
$1170
594K
Funabashi
$1170
641K
Kashiwa
$999
434K
Kawaguchi
$1085
593K
Hachioji
$1234
576K
Utsunomiya
$1136
518K
Niigata
$1034
791K
Hamamatsu
$1232
788K
Himeji
$1164
528K
Kanazawa
$924
462K