Cost of living in Russia

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district руб 373
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) руб 292
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast руб 134
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk руб 64
12 eggs, large руб 85
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes руб 159
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese руб 331
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples руб 97
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes руб 36
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket руб 64
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality руб 526
2 liters of Coca-Cola руб 93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day руб 32
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area руб 80,041
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area руб 43,858
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat руб 6,432
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area руб 39,960
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area руб 27,300
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio руб 3,898
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) руб 474
40” flat screen TV руб 27,375
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) руб 5,639
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) руб 412
Hourly rate for cleaning help руб 546
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) руб 5,001
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) руб 2,943
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) руб 5,595
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes руб 7,561
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new руб 1,116,930
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas руб 41
Monthly ticket public transport руб 1,787
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) руб 290
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) руб 531
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) руб 1,534
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) руб 255
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) руб 165
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) руб 211
4 rolls of toilet paper руб 68
Tube of toothpaste руб 97
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city руб 616
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub руб 1,567
2 tickets to the movies руб 661
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) руб 5,137
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert руб 3,493
1 cocktail drink in downtown club руб 402
Cappuccino in expat area of the city руб 182
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) руб 201
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB руб 32,395
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) руб 4.03
1 month of gym membership in business district руб 2,796
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes руб 133

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 108
2nd Samara 103
3rd Moscow 98
4th Saint Petersburg 84
5th Kazan' 84
6th Vladivostok 79
7th Yekaterinburg 74
8th Novosibirsk 64
9th Rostov-on-Don 61
10th Nizhniy Novgorod 59
11th Voronezh 57
12th Krasnodar 57
13th Perm 56
14th Chelyabinsk 51

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.

Are you moving to Russia? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Russia of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Moscow costs руб 70 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Moscow costs руб 30,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Moscow costs руб 50 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Moscow costs руб 50 (about 19 hours ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Moscow costs руб 55 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Moscow costs руб 2,075 (about 19 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Moscow costs руб 57 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Moscow costs руб 4,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Moscow costs руб 4,000 (about 19 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Moscow costs руб 4,000 (about 19 hours ago)