Cost of living in Russia

Summary of cost of living in Russia

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: руб 152,958
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: руб 78,322
  • Russia is the 2nd cheapest country in Eastern Europe (11 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Russia is cheaper than in 86% of countries in the World (66 out of 77)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 406
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) руб 283
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 144
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 65
12 eggs, large руб 88
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 130
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 333
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 107
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 66
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 593
2 liters of coca-cola руб 110
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 29
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area руб 68,217
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area руб 38,434
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 5,700
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area руб 32,389
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area руб 23,273
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio руб 3,730
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) руб 439
40” flat screen tv руб 24,196
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 6,604
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 413
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 811
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) руб 4,784
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) руб 2,535
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,645
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 6,989
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,246,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 47
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,609
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 451
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 549
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,290
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) руб 307
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 183
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 213
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 81
Tube of toothpaste руб 100
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 559
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,443
2 tickets to the movies руб 580
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,605
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,345
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 385
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 166
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 220
Ipad wi-fi 128gb руб 35,616
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 7
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 3,599
1 package of marlboro cigarettes руб 160

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:
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 Moscow 86
2nd Nizhnekamsk 77
3rd Yakutsk 75
4th Grozny 73
5th Saint Petersburg 73
6th Yekaterinburg 62
7th Novosibirsk 59
8th Samara 58
9th Sterlitamak 57
10th Voronezh 55
11th Ufa 54
12th Perm 53
13th Volgograd 53
14th Kaliningrad 52
15th Krasnodar 52
16th Tomsk 50
17th Krasnoyarsk 48
18th Izhevsk 47
19th Irkutsk 47
20th Omsk 47
21st Chelyabinsk 46

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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Prices recently added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Moscow costs руб 42 (2 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Krasnodar costs руб 1,429,900 (2 days ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Krasnodar costs руб 8,000 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Krasnodar costs руб 50 (2 days ago)
  • Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new in Vologda costs руб 800,000 (6 days ago)
  • Public transport in Moscow costs руб 400 (8 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Moscow costs руб 600 (8 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Moscow costs руб 45,000 (8 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Moscow costs руб 60,000 (8 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Moscow costs руб 80 (8 days ago)