Bunga started her career on television as a drama actress. The TV series that she has played were ABG, Senandung Masa Puber, Kala Cinta Menggoda, Penjaga Hati, and others. She later moved on as a singer and as a film actress.
Bunga started her music career in 2004 on a collaboration with PAS Band. She also recorded a single entitled "Saat Kau Pergi" for a soundtrack-album for film Dealova in 2005. Her debut album Cinta Pertama was released in 2006 with the hits singles, "Cinta Pertama" and "Aku Tak Mau Sendiri". Her first album was success and sold out 75,000 copies on the first week in Indonesia. This album raised up her name as a famous singer. She also starred her first film with the same title with her album, Cinta Pertama. This film also got then same success with her first studio album.
In 2007, Bunga starred her second film entitled Kangen. The soundtrack of this film was also taken from Bunga's first album, titled "Mengapa Harus Terjadi". At the end of 2007, she did a duet with Indonesian singer, Ari Lasso in a single titled "Aku dan Dirimu". From her collaboration with Ari Lasso, she won an award from Indonesian Music Awards (AMI) for "Best Pop Collaboration".
Bunga released her second studio album in 2008 entitled Tentang Kamu. The album produced her successful singles, "Tentang Kamu" and "Pernah Muda". In the same year she also starred in 2 films entitled Ada Kamu, Aku Ada and Saus Kacang with her husband, Ashraf Sinclair.
In February 2010, Bunga Citra was appeared again in "Dahsyat", where she duet with Filipino singer Christian Bautista with a remake of Indonesian version of Please Be Careful With My Heart from Christian Bautista's 6th album Romance Revisited originally sung by Filipino Crooner Jose Mari Chan and released in the Philippines.
In June 2013,she starred a great film "Habibie & Ainun" which gained a lot of profits & great views from other counties. She also sang for original soundtrack for that film 'Cinta Sejati'. In June,she released "The Best of BCL". A greatest hits album by Indonesian singer Bunga Citra Lestari. In marketing this album, Bunga Citra Lestari and the record label working with KFC that this album will be circulated in all KFC stores in Indonesia.