Bulgaria vs North Macedonia - Cost of Living Comparison

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Bulgaria North Macedonia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$766
$653
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1937
$1551
🏠 One person rent
$333
$296
🏘️ Family rent
$578
$477
🍽️ Food expenses
$304
$251
🚐 Transport expenses
$51
$37
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$963
$539
💸 GDP per capita
$13974
$6591
😃 Human freedom index
7.68
7.64
❤️ Life expectancy
71.5
74.5
👮 Corruption perceptions index
45
42
🌐 English speaking %
24.9%
5%
🎓 Higher education
71
66
😀 Quality of life
64
53
🏙️ Population
7M
1.84M

The average cost of living in Bulgaria ($766) is 17% more expensive than in North Macedonia ($653). Bulgaria ranked 119th vs 146th 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 1.3 months in Bulgaria compared to 0.8 months in North Macedonia. Ranked 52nd and 76th 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
$8.32
$6.26
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.7
$25
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$6.94
$4.81
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.92
$1.87
 Cappuccino
$1.87
$1.6
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.3
$1.5
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$352
$249
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$233
$183
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$597
$431
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$431
$309
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$68.6
$81.7
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$106
$125
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$11.8
$18.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.73%
4.71%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1855
$1551
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1219
$1186
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.83
$0.63
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$25.1
$22.8
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.29
$5.67
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.46
$1.4
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.59
$1.23
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.87
$0.66
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$1.36
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.04
$2.08
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$9.2
$7.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.86
$7.07
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.5
$11.2
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.35
$0.89
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.76
$1.34
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$1.13
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.15
$1.59
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.95
$0.81
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.1
$0.87
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.42
$0.32
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.43
$1.57
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$6.02
$4.95
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$0.93
$0.96
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.35
$2.61
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$7.65
$5.81
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.15
$3.78
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.66
$1.37
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$2.11
$1.76
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$27.2
$26.9
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.9
$5.08
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$19.6
$22.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$5.98
$3.45
👖 Brand Jeans
$55.6
$56
👟 Brand Sneakers
$83.9
$71.1
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$405
$213
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$6446
$3445

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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
$938
1.38M
Plovdiv
$714
384K
Varna
$839
369K
Burgas
$513
226K
Stara Zagora
$636
155K
Ruse
$619
159K
Pleven
$710
120K
Yambol
$559
81.4K
Shumen
$605
95.4K
Pernik
$593
81.3K
Pazardzhik
$655
83.1K
Dobrich
$640
89.7K
Sliven
$612
89.4K
Veliko Tarnovo
$654
71K
Haskovo
$741
91.9K
Blagoevgrad
$529
82.2K
Gabrovo
$436
60.5K
Vidin
$632
55.7K
Asenovgrad
$621
59K
Vratsa
$860
67.1K
Bansko
$845
9.56K

In North Macedonia

City Cost of living Population
Skopje
$748
527K
Tetovo
$582
142K
Bitola
$575
74.6K
Kumanovo
$570
70.8K
Ohrid
$618
55.7K
Veles
$540
43.7K
Prilep
$456
66.2K
Stip
$615
43.7K
Strumica
$536
33.8K
Kavadarci
$559
32K