Bulgaria vs North Macedonia - Cost of Living Comparison

Bulgaria North Macedonia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$639
$512
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1565
$1217
🏠 One person rent
$282
$236
🏘️ Family rent
$465
$390
🍽️ Food expenses
$249
$183
🚐 Transport expenses
$43.5
$33.7
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$750
$417
💸 GDP per capita
$10079
$5917
😃 Human freedom index
8.08
7.75
❤️ Life expectancy
73.6
75.7
👮 Corruption perceptions index
42
39
🌐 English speaking %
24.9%
5%
🎓 Higher education
73
62
😀 Quality of life
63
55
🏙️ Population
7M
1.84M

The average cost of living in Bulgaria ($639) is 25% more expensive than in North Macedonia ($512). Bulgaria ranked 133rd vs 173rd for North Macedonia 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 0.8 months in North Macedonia. Ranked 51st and 69th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Bulgaria vs North Macedonia

We calculate prices for Bulgaria and North Macedonia as a population-weighted mean of 21 and 10 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 North Macedonia
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.17
$4.61
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$25.4
$20.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.33
$3.37
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.43
$1.55
 Cappuccino
$1.5
$1.26
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.04
$1.14
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$285
$197
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$190
$138
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$464
$343
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$331
$247
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$63.7
$69.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$98.2
$108
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$9.82
$16.2
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
3.27%
4.73%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1474
$1218
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$979
$923
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.77
$0.6
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$22.6
$19.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.98
$5.05
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.42
$1.32
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.18
$0.9
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.71
$0.53
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.27
$1.1
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.1
$1.73
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.19
$5.42
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$5.84
$4.78
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.64
$8.15
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.24
$0.76
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.43
$1.04
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.26
$0.95
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.83
$1.22
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.72
$0.57
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.77
$0.54
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.36
$0.28
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.26
$1.31
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$5.57
$3.71
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.73
$0.8
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.08
$2.44
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$6
$2.55
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$2.62
$2.82
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.29
$0.79
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.58
$1.54
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$21
$22
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.84
$4.21
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$15.9
$16.8
💇 Haircut, simple
$4.3
$2.58
👖 Brand Jeans
$49.5
$48.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$69.4
$69.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$300
$161
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4312
$2596

Cities Comparison in Bulgaria vs North Macedonia

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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 North Macedonia

City Cost of living Population
Skopje
$598
527K
Tetovo
$478
142K
Bitola
$436
74.6K
Kumanovo
$481
70.8K
Ohrid
$400
55.7K
Strumica
$408
45.1K
Prilep
$388
66.2K
Veles
$401
43.7K
Stip
$412
43.7K
Kavadarci
$401
38.7K