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How much money should I take on holiday to Bulgaria?

How much money should I take on holiday to Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is one of Europe’s hidden gems, but Brits may already be familiar with a few of the country’s most popular attractions.

This is because the tourism industry here has seen an impressive boost in sales these past years because of the intense promotion of Bulgaria’s coastal region. And the local authorities’ efforts have paid off. Who hasn’t heard of the Golden Sands?!

This Balkan nation is one of the cheapest holiday destinations in Europe.

You’d probably be surprised to know that a solo traveler traveling on a budget can actually live on just £50 per day–accommodation, food, and public transport included.

Of course, if you want to be comfortable and don’t stress over keeping everything on the low, you’ll probably spend about £100 per day in larger cities such as Sofia.

For a week of travel in Bulgaria, we suggest you bring an average of £500 for the essentials.

Consider taking with you £800 or more if you also want to do some shopping, whether we’re talking designer clothing or local products and souvenirs.

Holiday ClassEstimated Amount Needed Per Day (Per Person)
Budget£70 Per Day
Mid-range£100 Per Day
High-end£250 Per Day
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If you’re still wondering ’How much money should I take on holiday to Bulgaria?’’ let’s get into more detail because planning your trip means knowing your expenses.

Accommodation for a Week in the Sun

Many Brits visit Bulgaria’s coastal region during the summer to get their Vitamin D. That’s right, this country is one of the sunniest there are in the warm (or should we say downright HOT) month of summer. Dozens of beaches, the Black Sea’s warm sea water that’s perfect for bathing, delicious food, and cocktails— does this sound like the perfect vacation for you? Let’s see how much it costs.

A 7-nights package with continental breakfast at a 3-star hotel in the Golden Sands region costs only £290 for a double room. For a family room (two adults plus two children) at the same hotel, you’d only be paying £310 for the whole stay. We don’t know about you, but we consider this to be quite the bargain!

Accommodation in Sofia and Other Major Cities

If soaking up the sun on a beach is not your thing when traveling to a foreign country, let’s see how much you’d get by on in large cities such as Sofia. There are many types of properties here, the cheapest being the hostel. A backpacker on a budget can spend as low as £6 on a bed in a dorm. Cheap single rooms cost an average of £20 per night.

Couples usually spend about £30 per night for a room in a 3-star hotel located in a good area, but there are cheaper options if you don’t mind staying further from the city center. A family room in a 3-star hotel costs an average of £35 per night.

These prices apply to the capital city and other large cities in Bulgaria, but if you plan on visiting rural areas as well, you’ll generally be spending less as there are many inns and B&Bs to choose from.


Eating out in Bulgaria is not expensive, and you probably won’t have to budget for this. A meal for one at a mid-range restaurant will cost you about £10. Add cocktails or other alcoholic drinks and you still won’t have any problems keeping your bill under £20. Street food is also incredibly cheap; a kebab from a street vendor shouldn’t cost more than £4.


Bulgarian cities have a comprehensive public transport system based on buses, trams, trolleybuses, and metro (in Sofia). Tickets for buses, trolleybuses, and trams cost less than £0.5 each, while the metro may be a little over that. Needless to say, public transport is the least of your worries when it comes to spending money.

If you plan on staying at least three days in Sofia, we suggest purchasing the Sofia Pass which gives you access to all means of public transport in the city as well as discounts at over 60 sites (including museums) in the capital. The pass costs about £9.Train rides are incredibly cheap in Bulgaria, and you can easily book a ticket from Sofia to another city for less than £10 one-way.

Wrapping Up

When estimating how much money to bring on your trip, you should consider the length of your stay and how much of the country you plan on visiting. As you can see everything from accommodation to eating out is extremely affordable, and you will probably make due with even less than £500 if you’re not the spending type.

Enjoy your time in Bulgaria and don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path. It’s one of the few places in Europe where you can still find people living in areas still untouched by technology. It’s a place of contrasts which makes it even more worthwhile!

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