Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 407
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 290
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 140
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 64
12 eggs, large руб 95
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 166
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 361
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 91
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 63
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 555
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 92
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 75,242
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 46,401
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,598
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 38,730
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 29,051
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 4,951
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 488
40” flat screen TV руб 33,237
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 6,199
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 365
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 593
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,169
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 2,915
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,763
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 8,155
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,244,130
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 39
Monthly ticket public transport руб 2,084
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 422
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 516
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,449
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 285
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 180
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 184
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 78
Tube of toothpaste руб 110
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 742
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,747
2 tickets to the movies руб 674
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,285
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,772
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 460
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 195
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 202
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 36,989
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 2.52
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,374
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 120

Map of Cost of Living in Russia

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This map shows only the top cities in Russia. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Russia

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 117
2nd Moscow 112
3rd Saint Petersburg 89
4th Vladivostok 86
5th Kazan' 81
6th Yekaterinburg 74
7th Novosibirsk 69
8th Samara 69
9th Nizhniy Novgorod 64
10th Rostov-on-Don 62
11th Perm 61

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Kaluga costs руб 30,000 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 1,000 (2 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 450 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Moscow costs руб 100 (3 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Moscow costs руб 3,000 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Moscow costs руб 300 (3 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Moscow costs руб 6,000 (3 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Moscow costs руб 1,000 (3 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Moscow costs руб 2,400 (3 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Moscow costs руб 1,000 (3 days ago)